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Calculations and Cutting Instructions to Sew a Bolster Pillow Sham

Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
These directions will guide you through how to cut your fabric for any size bolster pillow.

Note: All directions will use a 1/2" seam allowance.
The Pillow Ends:

  • Find the distance across the end of the bolster pillow form and add 1" for seam allowances. Cut out two circles that are the distance across the end plus 1". Use a compass or one of the many circular templates you have around the house to obtain a circle. Dinner plates, dessert plates, bowls, pans and more are all usable templates.
  • Stack the circles and mark the exact same spot on one edge of both circles. This will be the mark to begin and end the piping and the mark to line up the seam on the body of the bolster pillow.
The Body of the Pillow -The body of the pillow will require a rectangle of fabric Using these calculations - a 9" by 14" bolster pillow will require
  • two 10" circles for the ends
  • one rectangle 15" by 29 1/4" for the body of the pillow
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