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.
- One side of the rectangle will be the length of the pillow form plus 1" for seam allowances.
- (Don't panic, math skills can be very weak for this.) Using the original diameter of the pillow form (without the seam allowance) times 3.14 (Pi) Plus 1" for seam allowances. Use these tools for assistance if needed: Math.about.com Circle Information and tools | Circle calculating tool |Handy Fraction/Decimal/Metric Conversion Chart | Fraction-Decimal Equivalents
- For Example; For a bolster pillow form that is 9" x 14", the length of the form is 14" so one side of the rectangle is 14" plus 1" which equals 15".
The diameter of the pillow is 9" so the other edge of the rectangle is 9 times 3.14 which equals 28.26 plus 1" for seam allowances is 29.26 ( or 29 17/64 but I would round it to 29 1/4")Handy Fraction/Decimal/Metric Conversion Chart
- two 10" circles for the ends
- one rectangle 15" by 29 1/4" for the body of the pillow