Below is a pattern Betsy offers. Notice how she made it look so old with the primitive stitched trim around the perimeter of the rug? And the unevenness of the sides? Yeah, I'm sure some of you don't care for it but to me it was wonderfully primitive as if the rug (or pillow) was in need of repair and....'she used what she had and did the best she could'. This is the first piece that caught my eye, mostly because of the trim.
Below is a photo of the left bottom side for a close up. Betsy went to the trouble of make the wobbly uneven sides just for that antique look.
Yeah, I'm sure some of you don't care for the look but to me it was very primitive and something I wanted to do. Okay, for my pillow didn't want the uneven sides but did like the trim vs. a fancy wool covered cord edge.
Betsy said to cut (rip) black (or whatever color you want) cotton fabric in 2 - 2 1/2" wide strips. First she said wash to remove sizing, bleeding and shrinking. Then it is put into a bath of brown dye to tone it down and give it age. Next the strips are tossed into the dryer , once dry then rolled into a ball. Yup, you read it here.....remove the knotted cotton strips and they achieve their natural wrinkles all wrapped into the cotton ball to be used later as a binding edge.
I started at the bottom of the pillow and left a tail at the opening. It doesn't show it well but the bottom left corner is just above the 5th whipped stitch. All four corners need to be stitched nicely to have a well shaped pillow. OH, forgot to mention that thread I'm using is crochet cotton which I've coffee/black walnut dyed to give it age.
Here is what the side of the pillow looks like and the flash is making the thread look lighter than it is.
I've still the pillow stuffing part to do, hopefully tomorrow. So there is more to this pillow project. If anyone has questions that I haven't addressed to this point, please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll post next time.
Have a great evening, try to stay warm and toasty!