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Two of the first design decisions when making a pillow are shape and size.Pillows go far beyond the familiar square and can be made in virtually any shape and size hearts, stars, cubes, triangles, and more.Buy conventional shapes in craft and sewing supply stores, or make your own form with muslin and stuffing (see Chapter Five, Materials & Techniques, for how to do this, along with other helpful sewing hints).
When deciding on a pillow size and shape, consider the fabric:Solid-color fabrics offer the most shape options because there is no repreat to be centered.A large pattern works best on an oversize pillow.A heavyweight fabic lends itself to virtually any shape; delicate silk and chiffon need to be lined, which your shape would have to work with. Sometimes details will inspire the shape; perhaps you have four tassels to show off at the corners of a square pillow. Selecting the right size is important to a pillow's appearence so that the finished pillow doesn't seem too massive or too small.But altering a pillow size going bigger or smaller than usual is one way to transform the feel of a room.
Build on the ideas in this chapter enlarge an oblong; add ball fringe to a circle, piping to a square.Have fun with them.
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