Leslie D. wanted pillows made from her old drapes, and I offered to try. I thought it would be fun to create a tutorial for a very simple pillow. No frills, no bells and whistles, just a square pillow.
After the square was cut out, I turned the fabric with the right sides together and pinned it in preparation for sewing. Along one side, I positioned the pins in a different direction, to show me where I wanted to leave an opening for stuffing. I left an opening of approximately five inches. Enough space to easily place stuffing inside.
Then I began sewing at one point where wanted to leave an opening, reverse stitching to secure the seam. I continued all around the sides until I came to the other point of the opening and reverse stitched there as well.
When I finished, I clipped the corners, so that when I turned it right side out, the points would be sharper. I also zig zag stitched outside of the seam line, to reinforce it. Nothing like a seam ripping open when you plop down on the pillow to watch the evening news. You could also just sew another simple straight line for security.
I pulled it right side out, and used a thick needle to pull the corners out to a point. This must be done carefully, so as not to rip the fabric. Then I smoothed it all out, and pressed with an iron.
Now we were ready for the stuffing. First I balled up small wads of stuffing and pushed into the corners. This helps it stay in place a little better.