You’re probably wondering – what are dog-eared pillows? They are pillows that have corners that stick out like a dog’s ears. Some people like their pillows like that, and some don’t. It’s really a matter of personal preference.
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If you cut your pillows with square corners, they are probably going to stick out a bit. In the example below, the pillow on the left has square cut corners, and the pillow on the right has had the corners tapered or rounded slightly.
Here’s a close up of the corners. The difference is kind of subtle.
There’s a simple fix for dog-eared pillows. Normally pillow squares would be cut like the one in the picture below, with square corners.
You can make a simple adjustment to your corners during the cutting step. To do this easily, I have made a corner template, that you can see in the picture below. Starting from 2″ away from corner, there is an angle over 1/2″. You do this on both sides of the corner, for all four corners.
Once you have cut your tapered corners, just finish off the pillow like you normally would. I have written a couple of posts about how to make a pillow, and how to hand sew a pillow closed if you have any questions about finishing off the pillow.
So what do you think? Do dog-eared corners bother you, or not?
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Thank you for the info on dog eared pillows, it was a tremendous help.
Trudy, I’m glad it was helpful!
Could the corners be trimmed even more? The rounded ones still look a little dog eared to me. What are the industry standards? I love your videos! I first discovered you on Craftsy!
Erika, there are no industry standards that I know of. It’s all personal preference, so you can certainly trim the corners even more.
Would you use these same template measurements if you had a pillow that was 27×33?
Beginner sewer (I’m 63) I would l8ke to make a flanged pillow with envelope opening,
Great tutorial idea! Thanks! I always like learning what my readers are interested in.