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Points And Scallops Pillow Tutorial

You can make a variety of pillow styles using simple points and scallops.  We’ll cover a couple of them here.


The pillow in front uses a 13″ square fabric “frame”.  

Cut the “points” using the following pattern:


Cut 16 of the point pattern pieces from a co-ordinating fabric (I used solid white so the detail would show up).  Position the point pieces on the pillow squares as shown, using 8 on the front side, and 8 on the back piece.  Sew in place using a satin stitch zig zag.

Using a scallop tool (I used the 12 in 1 Magic Ruler) draw out and cut two lengths of scallop trim the length of the 4 sides of the pillow (13″ x 4 = 52″ and add 1″ for the seam to sew the length together).  Place the two lengths right sides together and stitch 1/4″ seam all along the scallop edge.  Clip the curves, turn right side out and press.  Sew the ends of the edging piece together.

Now you’re ready to put the pillow together.   Pin the front and back, right sides together, and place the scallop edging in place along the inside of the pillow.  Sew all the pieces together using a 1/2″ seam — sew 3 of the sides and about half of the 4th side — leaving an area open to turn the pillow right side out.  Stuff with polyester fiberfil, then pin and stitch closed the remaining part that was left open.

The second pillow was made using a 13″ square frame, however the scallops were added to the pillow frame.  In other words, this scallop trim is actually part of the pillow, not an edging that’s been added.   After completing the pillow / scallop form, pin them together with right sides on the OUTSIDE.  Mark the original square line of the pillow and sew all around (leaving a small area to stuff) with a wide satin stitch zig zag.  Stuff the pillow and zig zag the remaining portion of the square.

To complete this pillow you will use a satin stitch zig zag and sew around the entire scallop edge as you can see in the picture.

The 12 in 1 Magic Ruler has a scallop edge that extends out to a yard long, which makes it very easy to draw any scallop edging that you’d need.

Scallops and points can be used for other items besides pillows — use the scallop for skirt trims, kids curtains, home decor trim, and the points for decorator purses, etc.

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