Earthly Angel Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Show mom just how special she is this Mother’s Day with a one-of-a-kind crafted gift. This easy-to-sew pillow can be created in a variety of colors and fabrics, so make an angel that looks just like Mom, right down to a dress in her favorite color.

Materials

  • Cotton fabric, 45” wide: tan, 3/8 yd.; flesh-tone, scraps; medium brown print, 1/8 yd.; black print, 1/8 yd.; green print, 1/8 yd.; blue and blue/tan plaid, scraps
  • Lightweight cotton batting, scraps
  • Pillow form, 12” square
  • Fabric and Battenburg lace doilies, 3”, four
  • Off-white piping, 1-1/2 yds.
  • Light blue satin ribbon, 1/8”-wide, 1/4 yd.
  • Embroidery floss: black, blue, dark brown, flesh, gold, green, off-white.
  • Flat-backed buttons in colors of choice: 1/2” diameter, six; mottled brown, 5/8” diameter, four

Tools

  • Air-soluble marker
  • Pellon Wonder-Under Lightweight Fusible Web Adhesive
  • Optional: red acrylic paint; 1/4” stencil brush, tea bags, saucepan

Basic Supplies

scissors, pinking shears, pencil, ruler, transparent tape, sewing machine, matching threads, straight pins, embroidery needle, embroidery hoop, iron, pressing cloth, paper towel

Directions

Prepare and Cut Fabrics

1. Wash and dry fabrics. For small pieces of fabric, it is best to wash by hand and let air dry to prevent tangling. Press fabrics.

2. For center panel, cut an 8-1/2” square from tan fabric. For border, cut four 2-1/2”x8-1/2” strips from medium brown. For corners, cut four 2-1/2” squares from black.

3. If desired, tea-dye doilies for a vintage look. To tea dye, fill saucepan half full with water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat; add one or two tea bags for each cup of water used. (Note: The more tea used, the darker the final color.) Let tea bags steep for 15 minutes; remove tea bags and stir. Place doilies into tea, stirring fabric occasionally. Check every five minutes until desired color is achieved. Remove fabric from tea; squeeze out excess liquid. Line dry or place in dryer with old towel (to absorb the tea). Press doilies. Wipe out dryer before drying other items.

4. For appliqués, print and cut out patterns, cutting along dashed lines; set lettering pattern aside. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Trace outlines of remaining patterns onto paper side of iron-on adhesive, omitting halo on hair pattern and flower stems on grass pattern. For wings, trace one wing and one reverse onto paper side of adhesive. Cut out appliqués just outside traced lines; remove paper backing.

5. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse iron-on appliqués to wrong sides of following fabrics: hair to medium brown; dress to blue; face and legs to flesh-tone; shoes to black; grass to green; wings to cotton batting. Cut out appliqués on traced lines, using pinking shears to cut top edge of grass.

6. If desired, drybrush angel’s cheeks with red acrylic paint. To drybrush, dip brush into paint and wipe on paper towel until almost dry. Apply paint to cheeks in a circular motion.

Center Panel

1. Using lettering pattern and air-soluble marker, trace pattern onto right side of center panel. The “E” in “Earthly” should begin 5/8” from left edge and 9/16” from top edge of center panel.

2. Using photo as guide, position appliqués on right side of center panel and pin in place as follows: grass (side and bottom edges should be even with panel side and bottom edges), shoes, legs, dress, face, hair, and wings. (Note: Dotted lines on patterns show where a pattern piece is overlapped by another piece. For example, legs are overlapped by shoes and dress; wings are overlapped by hair and dress; etc.) When pleased with arrangement, use iron and pressing cloth to fuse appliqués to center panel.

3. In same way as lettering, use patterns to transfer remaining details to center panel: halo, facial features, dress details, line to divide legs, line to divide shoes, and flower stems.

4. (Note: Use three strands of floss for blanket stitching, one strand for hair bangs, and two strands for all other embroidery.) With matching floss, blanket stitch around outside edges of hair, wings, dress, legs, and shoes. In addition, blanket stitch lines dividing legs and shoes, working stitches toward the left. For grass, blanket stitch along top edge; stitches should begin between pinked points and end approximately 1/4” from top of grass.

5. With dark brown floss, stem stitch lettering and hair bangs. With green floss, stem stitch flower stems. With gold floss, stem stitch halo. With blue floss, stem stitch arm lines on dress. With black floss, straight stitch eyes.

6. For apron, use pinking shears to cut a 1-3/4”x2-3/4” rectangle from blue/tan fabric. Sew a gathering stitch along one long edge of apron, 1/4” from edge. Gather apron to measure 1-1/4”-wide at gathering. Pin apron to dress; gathering stitch should be even with dashed line shown on pattern. Sew apron to dress using blue floss and stem stitch.

7. From satin ribbon, tie a 1” wide two-loop bow with tails; trim tails even. Tack bow to center neck of dress. With off-white floss, sew to top of each flower stem one button in color of choice.

Assemble Pillow Front

1. (Note: Sew with right sides facing in 1/4” seams. Press seams outward away from center panel.) Sew one border strip to left side and one to right side of center panel. Sew corner blocks to ends of remaining border strips. Sew assembled corners/borders to top and bottom of center panel.

2. Using photo as guide, pin doilies to corner blocks; outer edges of doilies will extend over edges of pillow front. Trim doilies even with edges of pillow front. Sew doilies to pillow front using matching thread. With dark brown floss, blanket stitch around center fabric edge of each doily; stitches should point toward center of pillow. With off-white floss, sew one 5/8” diameter brown button to fabric corner of each doily.

Finishing

1. Beginning and ending in a bottom corner, sew piping around pillow front, 1/4” from edge. Clip piping seam at corners as you work, to round edges.

2. For pillow back, cut a 12-1/2” square from remaining tan fabric. Sew pillow front to pillow back along piping seams, leaving a 10” opening at bottom for turning and stuffing. Trim corners; turn right side out. Insert pillow form into opening. Hand sew opening closed.

Tip

  • To trace pattern in reverse, tape pattern to window during daylight hours, right side of pattern facing window. Position adhesive over pattern and trace.

Add Your Own Touch . . .

  • Create a treasured keepsake from packed-away baby clothes.
  • Use flower-shaped decorative buttons instead of round buttons.
  • Extend the lines of the angel’s dress, leave off the apron, legs, and shoes, and appliqué several angels onto a tree skirt or table runner for the holidays.

by Mary Ayres

Floral Heart Ring Pillow

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Delicate embroidered details accent this beautiful satin heart pillow to create the perfect keepsake of your wedding day.

Materials

  • Fabrics, 1/3 yd. each: ivory satin, unbleached muslin
  • Fairfield Industries Poly-fil Polyester Fiberfill Stuffing
  • Sheer ivory ribbon, 1/3 yd.
  • Light avocado silk ribbon, 3 yds.
  • Scallop-edge ivory bridal lace, 3/4 yd.
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss: Lavender Lt (#211), Pistachio Green Vy Lt (#369), Yellow Lt Pale (#745), Delft Blue (#800)
  • Plastic wedding rings, two

Tools

  • Chenille needles: #22, #24
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Sewing machine and white thread
  • Mechanical lead pencil

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins, iron and pressing surface

Directions

STEP 1

Cut two 12”x13” rectangles from satin fabric. Print pattern. Center pattern face down on wrong side of one fabric rectangle. Tape fabric, right side up, to light box or sunny window; use mechanical pencil to trace pattern. (Note: Inner heart line is seam allowance; do not trace.) Circles on pattern represent French knots; use very small dashes when tracing pattern onto fabric to ensure knot will cover pencil mark. (Note: Mechanical pencil draws much thinner lines than traditional pencil; floss must cover pattern lines.)

STEP 2

Sew zigzag stitch around raw edges of fabric to prevent raveling. Baste heart outline. Place fabric in embroidery hoop.

STEP 3

(Note: For all embroidery, use two strands floss and #24 tapestry needle. Use #22 needle for silk ribbon leaves.) Stem stitch Pistachio Green Vy Lt vines. Use silk ribbon to stitch lazy daisy leaves. For flower petals, wrap floss three times around needle to stitch Delft Blue French knots on solid circles, stitch Lavender Lt French knots on open circles. For flower centers, wrap floss two times around needle to stitch Yellow Lt Pale French knots.

STEP 4

To make pillow form, trace two hearts onto muslin; cut out hearts 1/4” beyond traced line. (Note: Sew with right sides together with 1/4” seams throughout.) Sew pieces together, leaving 4” opening on one side. Clip curves; turn right side out. Stuff with fiberfill. Whipstitch opening closed. Set aside.

STEP 5

Sew satin pieces together, 1/4” inside basted line, leaving 4-1/2” opening on one side. Clip curves; turn. Carefully press as needed.

STEP 6

Sew center of sheer ribbon length to center of embroidered pillow front. Place pillow form inside pillow; whipstitch opening closed.

STEP 7

Beginning at center top and using photo as guide, sew lace to pillow edge with scallops toward embroidered center. Tie rings onto ribbon.

Other Options

  • Use white or off-white floss and silk ribbon on white or pastel satin pillow.
  • Replace French knot flower centers with seed beads.
  • Stitch flower/vine design on bouquet ribbons.

Lasy Daisy Stitch Using Ribbon

To create the Lasy Daisy stitch using ribbon, bring needle up at A. Keep ribbon flat, untwisted, and full. Insert needle down through fabric at B and back up through at C, keeping ribbon under needle to form a loop. Pull ribbon through, leaving loop loose and full. To hold loop in place, insert needle through on other side of ribbon near C, forming a straight stitch over loop.

by Linda Wyszynski

T-Shirt Pillow

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Rescue a favorite old t-shirt from the garage sale stack, then cleverly restyle it into a custom lounge pillow for your kid’s room.

 

Materials

  • T-shirt
  • Pillow insert, 14”x18”

Tools

  • Sewing machine and coordinating thread
  • Air-soluble fabric marker
  • Hook-and-loop tape (optional)
  • Beacon Adhesives Liquid Thread (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler or yardstick, straight pins

Directions

STEP 1

Place shirt flat on table, right side up. Use scissors to split side seams and to remove sleeves along seams. Cut across top of shirt just below neck, separating it into front and back sections.

STEP 2

Decide which way you want your artwork oriented, horizontally or vertically. Use fabric marker to draw a 19-1⁄4”x14-1⁄4” rectangle on front of shirt, encompassing artwork; cut for pillowcase front.

STEP 3

Draw 20”x15” rectangle on back section of shirt; cut for pillowcase back. Cut rectangle in half, creating two 15”x10” pieces.

STEP 4

Place pillowcase front on table, right side up. Place two pillowcase back sections on top of front section, right side down, lining up outside edges and overlapping edges at center. Pin fabric to secure.

STEP 5

Sew, or glue, layers together 5⁄8” from outside edge of rectangles. If necessary, let glue dry. Turn pillowcase inside out through center opening. Insert pillow. If desired, sew or glue small piece of hook-and-loop tape to opening to help keep it closed; follow package directions.

Tips

  • Sew a bunch of t-shirt designs together to make a comforter cover.
  • Use size L or XL t-shirts with center artwork for best results.

by Aimee Dolby

Beaded Woven Ribbon Pillow

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Invite spring into your home! Weave soft pink and chartreuse ribbons into an accent pillow to add a splash of color to your dècor, then highlight with a few beads for a bit of sparkle.

Materials

  • White cotton fabric (pillow back), 14” square
  • Offray Grosgrain Ribbon, 7/8”, 18 ft. spool: Chartreuse, Light Pink
  • Opal-lined E beads, 39

Tools

  • Pellon Fusible interfacing, 15” square
  • Fairfield Poly-fil polyester fiberfill
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing needle and matching thread
  • Iron and pressing board

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins

Directions

Size

13-1/2″ square

Pillow

1. Cut fourteen 14” lengths from each ribbon color.

2. Place interfacing, fusible side up, on pressing board. (Note: Cut interfacing larger to allow for ribbons shifting.)

3. Place Light Pink ribbons horizontally across interfacing. Pin ribbon ends to interfacing.

4. Weave Chartreuse ribbons vertically through Light Pink ribbons, keeping rows straight. Pin ends to interfacing to secure.

5. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse ribbons onto interfacing. Remove pins; trim to 14” square.

6. Hand stitch beads across center of pillow front.

7. With right sides together, machine sew pillow front to back with 1/4” seam allowance, leaving 5” opening at bottom for turning. Trim corners; turn right side out and stuff. Hand stitch opening closed.

by Lisa Bychowski

Wool Felt Pillow

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Black and white accents are all the rage! Update your living room décor with this chic wool felt bird pillow.

Materials

  • Wool felt: white, 3/8 yd.; black, 1/4 yd.
  • Pillow form, 12” square
  • Black satin piping, 1-1/2 yds.
  • Black embroidery floss

Tools

  • Sewing machine and black thread
  • Needle
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins

Directions

Size

12″ square

Pillow

1. For pillow front and back, cut two 13” white felt squares. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.) Cut materials as indicated.

2. Use photo as guide to free-hand cut and arrange black felt strips on front for tree branches, overlapping and trimming as needed. Place bird on branch close to center. Place leaves along branches. (Note: Edges of leaves should not be closer than 1” to edge of pillow.) Apply small dabs of glue under black felt shapes to secure to white felt before embroidering.

3. Use two strands black floss to blanket stitch around edges of bird and leaves, and over branches.

4. Pin and sew piping around pillow front, 1/2” from edge, beginning and ending in a corner; remove pins. Sew pillow front to back with right sides together along piping stitching, leaving 10” open at bottom. Trim corners; turn right side out. Insert form into pillow. Hand sew opening closed.

by Mary Ayres

Ribbon-Embroidered Pillow

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These delicate, dimensional flowers might be popping up on more than a pillow sham once you learn how easy it is to do silk ribbon embroidery!

Materials

  • White pillow sham 16” square
  • Pillow form, 16” square
  • Silk embroidery ribbon, 4mm wide: periwinkle, 1-1/2 yards; creamy yellow, 1/2 yard; light avocado, 1 yard; lemon yellow, 1/2 yard; dusty purple, 3/4 yard; lichen green, 1/2 yard
  • Silk embroidery ribbon, 7mm wide: light pink, 3/4 yard; pale shamrock, 1/2 yard

Tools

  • Tulip Soft Matte Fabric Paints: Olive, Cool Blue
  • Ivy or leaf rubber stamp of choice
  • Chenille needles: #20, #22
  • Parchment paper, 15-3/4” square

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, sponge

Directions

Pillow

1. Handwash sham; lay flat to dry. Press. Insert parchment paper to protect back surface while stamping front. Place sham on flat work surface so opening is positioned vertically in back. Mix equal parts Olive and Cool Blue. Apply paint evenly to stamp with sponge. (Note: Practice on scrap fabric before stamping sham.) Beginning 2-1⁄2” from upper left corner and ending 3” from lower right side, stamp ivy on sham as shown in photo. (Note: Designer applied stamp several times to achieve results shown.) Let dry 24 hours before proceeding.

2. To thread needle, insert ribbon end through eye of needle, pulling through 3” length. Pierce 3” length with needle, about 1⁄2” from end. Pull back on opposite end until it locks securely around eye of needle. To secure ribbon, insert needle through fabric, leaving a 1⁄2” length at back. When taking first few stitches, catch the length with needle at back. When finished stitching design, tie a slip knot to secure ribbon at back. (Note: Do not drag ribbon from one design to next. Fasten off and begin next design with new ribbon.)

3. For periwinkle flowers, work seven petals using lazy daisy stitch. Make large creamy yellow French knot at center. (Note: Wrap ribbon around needle three times for French knots.) Make three avocado lazy daisy leaves.

4. For light pink flowers, make three lemon yellow French knots close together for center. Work nine light pink petals using straight stitch. Make three pale shamrock straight-stitch leaves.

5. For dusty purple bud clusters, make one group of five dusty purple French knots and one group of seven. (Note: Leave ribbon slightly loose to form “sloppy” knots.) Make random lichen green straight-stitch leaves around each knot.

6. Insert pillow form into sham.

Tutorials

Silk ribbon stitching only looks intimidating. Follow the tutorials below to find out just how easy it can be to embroider with ribbon.

Straight Stitch

To create a straight stitch, come up at A, then go down at B, keeping ribbon flat. (Note: May be taut or loose depending on desired effect.)

French Knot

Bring needle up through fabric; smoothly wrap ribbon once around needle. (Note: For this project, wrap ribbon round needle three times.)

Hold ribbon securely off to one side and push needle down through fabric at starting point.

Lazy Daisy

Bring needle up at A. Keep ribbon flat, untwisted, and full. Insert needle down through fabric at B and back up through at C, keeping ribbon under needle to form a loop. Pull ribbon through, leaving loop loose and full. To hold loop in place, insert needle through on other side of ribbon near C, forming a straight stitch over loop.

by Linda Wyszynski

 

Heartfelt Bear Pillow

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Any day is the best day for hugs and kisses! Make this bear and pillow for a sweet someone in your life this Valentine’s Day.

Materials

  • Fabric: light pink print, 3⁄8 yard; bright pink print, 1⁄4 yard; white, 1⁄4 yard
  • The Warm Company Warm & White Needled Cotton Batting
  • Pillow form, 12” square
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Pink/white check ribbon, 5⁄8” wide, 3⁄8 yard
  • White jumbo rick rack, 2-1⁄8 yards
  • Flat white buttons, 1⁄2”, 11

Tools

  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Cool White, Baby Pink, Boysenberry Pink, Soft Black
  • Royal & Langnickel Paintbrushes: Natural Hair Bristle, #5; Crafter’s Choice Stencil, Series 1111, 1⁄4”; Royal Majestic Liner, Series 4595, #1
  • Stencils: alphabet; heart, 1/2”
  • Needle
  • Sewing thread: white, pink

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, straight pins

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 9” square from bright pink fabric. Stencil “Hugs and Kisses” using Cool White, spacing words 1⁄2” apart. (Note: Fill in stencil gaps with Cool White.)

STEP 2

Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access patterns, select the link, then download and print items.) For pocket, cut one heart from stenciled fabric, one from remaining bright pink fabric, and one from batting. Baste batting heart to back of stenciled heart.

STEP 3

Beginning and ending at bottom point of heart, sew rick rack around stenciled heart, 1⁄4” from edge. (Note: Sew through center of rick rack.) Sew fabric hearts together with right sides facing along rick rack stitching, leaving 3” opening for turning. Clip seam. Turn heart right side out and hand sew opening closed.

STEP 4

Cut two 12-1⁄2” squares from light pink fabric. Pin heart pocket to front of one square, lifting heart slightly at center so bear will fit in pocket. (Note: Bottom of heart should be 1-1⁄2” from bottom of square.) Use pink thread to sew buttons to heart pocket (through all layers) where indicated.

STEP 5

Beginning and ending in bottom corner, sew rick rack around front of pocket square, 1⁄4” from edge. (Note: Sew through center of rick rack.) With right sides facing, sew fabric squares together along rick rack stitching, leaving 10” opening along bottom. Trim corners; turn pillow right side out. Insert pillow form into opening; hand sew opening closed.

STEP 6

Using pattern, cut two bears from white fabric. Transfer mouth and eyes to one bear. Drybrush cheeks Boysenberry Pink. Dot eyes and line mouth Soft Black. Add Cool White highlight dots to cheeks.

STEP 7

Stencil Baby Pink heart for nose and one centered at end of each arm and leg. Shade heart edges Boysenberry Pink.

STEP 8

Pin bear pieces together with right sides facing. Stitch bear, 1⁄4” from edge, leaving 2” opening along outside edge of one leg. Trim seam and clip lines where indicated on pattern. Hand sew opening closed with tiny whipstitch.

STEP 9

Tie ribbon into bow; trim ends. Hand sew bow to bear under mouth. Place bear in pocket.

by Mary Ayres

Love Pillow

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‘Tis the season… for love! Stitch this elegant pillow to create a romantic atmosphere in your home this Valentine’s Day.

Materials

  • 14-count white Aida, 12″x10″
  • White satin or fabric of choice (pillow backing), 12″x10″
  • Anchor 6-Strand Embroidery Floss
  • Gathered white lace of choice, 1-1/2” wide, 1-1/2 yards

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Fiberfill (for pillow stuffing)
  • Sewing machine and white thread

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins

Directions

Size/Stitch Count

Approx finished size: 8-5/8” w x 6-3/4” h; stitch count 120 w x 95 h

Pillow

1. Print pattern and key.

2. Stitch design centered on fabric.

3. Backstitch design as shown using 1 strand Gray, Med (Anchor 400) embroidery floss.

4. To create pillow, cut 12”x10” pillow backing; zigzag stitch around edges to prevent raveling. Position pillow backing on work surface and secure lace with pins around outside edges, matching selvages. (Note: Lace should be laying inward, against pillow backing.) Baste lace to pillow backing; remove pins. Place cross-stitched pillow front on pillow backing with right sides together, matching selvages. Secure with pins. Stitch pillow together using 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving 4″ opening for turning. Trim seams and clip corners; turn pillow right side out. Stuff pillow with fiberfill. Hand sew opening closed.

by Pamela Kellogg

Christmas Tree Pillow

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Add some holiday spirit to your décor with this warm and fun Christmas Tree Pillow. There’s no complicated fabric piecing to tackle. You can make this pillow by simply fusing, then stitching!  

Materials

  • Cotton fabrics: burgundy check, 3⁄8 yard; ivory, 6”x9”; light brown, scrap
  • Green wool felt scrap
  • Pillow form, 12” square
  • Fringed trim, burgundy, 1-1⁄2 yards
  • Flat buttons: off-white, 1⁄2”, four; assorted colors, 3⁄8” to 3⁄4”, four
  • Burgundy embroidery floss

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • Therm O Web HeatnBond Ultrahold Iron-On Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins

Directions

Size

12″ square

Pillow

1. Print and cut out pattern. Cut pieces from adhesive slightly larger than tree and trunk. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse adhesive to back of green felt and brown fabric. Cut out tree and trunk, adding 1⁄4” to top of trunk as shown on pattern.

2. Remove backing; fuse shapes to center of ivory rectangle, with tree overlapping trunk. Transfer dotted lines to tree. Use three strands floss to blanket stitch around tree as shown.

3. Cut 6”x9” rectangle from adhesive; fuse rectangle to back of ivory rectangle. Cut 5”x8” rectangle from center of ivory rectangle; remove backing.

4. Cut two 12-1⁄2” squares from burgundy-check fabric. Fuse 5”x8” ivory rectangle to center of one burgundy-check square. Use three strands floss to feather stitch along outside edge of rectangle. (Note: If desired, use blanket stitch instead.)

5. Use floss to sew off-white buttons to corners of ivory rectangle and remaining buttons to tree dots.

6. Beginning and ending in a corner, sew trim (with fringe facing toward center) around pillow front, 1⁄4” from edges. With right sides facing, sew pillow front to back along trim stitching, leaving 10” opening along bottom edge. Trim corners; turn pillow right side out. Insert pillow form into opening; hand sew opening closed.

by Mary Ayres