This is one of my favorite pillow styles.
It’s cross between a pillow and a cushion…but more pillow than cushion especially if you use a feather insert.
And even though the “box” part of this pillow may be a bit daunting you can do it!
And here’s how…
Though the pieces shown in this post are for a larger pillow, the measurements I’m including are for a finished 20″ pillow using a feather insert.
The breakdown of the pieces you need to make this pillow are…
- Top and Bottom – cut 21″x 21″ each.
- Boxing – 2 widths of 54″ fabric cut at 3″ wide. 2 widths of 54″ fabric cut 2.5″
- Ruffles – 6 widths of 54″ fabric cut at 4″ each.
- 18″ zipper
*Due to the extra width involved with the boxing you’ll need a pillow insert larger than the finished size of your pillow cover.
For instance, if you’d like your finished pillow to be 20″ you’ll need to choose a 24″ pillow insert. If your pillow insert is quite firm then I’d make the finished pillow cover 3″ smaller than the pillow insert.
illustration photo via Threads Magazine
This illustration helps to show the shape of a boxed pillow. Instead of the optional piping or trim we’ll be including a ruffle.
Sew 3 of the 54″ x 4″ ruffle pieces right sides together, end to end, connecting all three pieces to form a circle. Repeat with the second set of 3 pieces.
Fold the ruffle pieces in half lengthwise to form a 2″ strip.
Gather the ruffles using this gathering technique or this handy dandy little attachment!
Once your ruffle is gathered…
Sew the ruffle to the top of your pillow cover.
Repeat for the bottom of pillow cover.
Your pillow cover will now look like so.
Sew your zipper to the 2 @ 2.5″ pieces of boxing. Once the zipper in sewn in place, trim piece to 3″ keeping the zipper centered.
Sew remaining 54″ x 3″ pieces of boxing together, end to end, right sides together.
Turn under one end of 3″ boxing forming a small hem.
Pin hemmed boxing over the closed end of your zipper (in order to hide zipper pull when pillow cover is finished). Stitch together along outer seam allowance and at the end of the zipper.
This is what your boxing with zipper will look like from the back side.
Place zippered boxing along lower edge of front pillow top, over ruffle, centering zipper along the width of your pillow top.
Sewing with the boxing piece on top (layers are – top to bottom: boxing, ruffle, pillow top) sew pieces together using a 1/2″ seam allowance, clipping fabric as you sew around corners.
Now you have sewn all the way around your pillow top and are getting close to the zipper again.
This illustration shows how the pillow is coming together at this point.
What we’re going to do next is bring the boxing around to cover the end of the zipper. Trim any excess boxing fabric being sure to leave enough fabric to turn under for a hem and to cover the end of the zipper.
Here the boxing has been hemmed.
Pin zippered piece over hemmed piece.
*At this point, after the pieces are pinned in place, your layers will be: top to bottom -zippered boxing, hemmed boxing, ruffle, pillow top.
This shows how the boxing appears after sewn in place to the pillow top.
The hemmed boxing piece is covering the end of the zipper.
Stitch or baste boxing pieces together along seam allowance.
Next is sewing the pillow bottom to the “boxed” pillow top.
The most important step in this process, as you pin the pillow bottom to the boxing, is to make sure you line up the corners of each top with each bottom piece.
In order for the pillow to stay “square” you need to make sure the corners line up.
How to I know this?
Let’s just say lopsided cushions are not pretty. Not to mention being a whole lot of trouble to take apart and remake.
The boxed pillow is a bit more time consuming with a few more details than your average pillow cover. So if you’re a beginner, I’d suggest trying a few simple pillows first before tackling this one but don’t rule it out! It’s really a sweet pillow and worth the effort.
The blue floral was my first attempt at making this style of boxed pillow. I made one for each of my older girls when they shared a room. Somehow Kaleigh ended up with both of them and this is still a point of contention. Courtney is still expecting her’s to be shipped to California.
Kaleigh even took one as a prop for their engagement pictures!
If you haven’t read this story yet you’re missing out.
Even if Kaleigh did tell her readers the pillow came from TJ Maxx!
Can you believe that? And I thought she was going to correct that.
Well, here’s to setting the record straight.
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