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Map Textile Pillows

Photography: Dana Gallagher

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2010


Backing a vintage hankie with linen makes it more durable as a pillowcase and lets you show off any illustrated borders or scalloped edges. The following instructions are for a standard 12-inch square handkerchief.


  • Handkerchief

  • Linen

  • Sewing supplies

  • Iron

  • 12-inch pillow insert


  1. Sew handkerchief to a 14 1/2-inch-square piece of linen, using a small slip stitch.

  2. Cut 2 pieces of linen for the back of the pillow, 9 1/2 by 14 1/2 inches. Hem one 9 1/2-inch edge of each piece, turning edge over 1/2 inch, then 1/2 inch again. Pin, and edge-stitch. Place handkerchief piece right side up; place linen pieces on top of handkerchief, right side down, aligning outside edges and overlapping at center to form a flap. Sew along edges of pillow with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Turn pillowcase right side out, and press with an iron.

  3. To make a flanged edge, topstitch a 1/2-inch border around edge of pillowcase. Insert pillow through back flap.

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