Earlier this week I showed the workroom sample pillow I made in order to work out the kinks before making the real pillows- the reversible inset flanged plaid and striped wool shams with leather welting on both sides.
I did a lot of research to decide on a fabrication method. Making the sample pillow ensured that the technique was sound, but I also needed to be sure that it would work with the actual materials, since they were so challenging; so I then made one corner mock-up with the wool and leather.
The big aha moment came when I realized that I could apply the welt to the flange first, rather than to the pillow body. More on that below. I even put in a mini zipper to be sure that would work. To my amazement, the zipper was easy.
Since the flanges were also reversible, I cut the plaid strips and laid them out to size and pressed in the diagonal miter before sewing. Then I laid out the striped wool on top to be sure I was making them exactly the same size. After sewing together and pressing, I used fusible interfacing to stiffen the flange and keep the fabrics from flopping apart.
and finally, eventually!, the backs and the zippers.