Transforming a finished and blocked piece of needlepoint into a pillow with well-shaped edges is a beautiful way to display your handwork.
Sewing machine and thread
Pillow form or polyester fiberfill for stuffing.
Start by trimming down the excess canvas around all four outside edges to within 1/2 inch of the worked design to prepare the pillow front. This 1/2 inch will be your seam allowance. Using the trimmed needlepoint piece as a pattern, cut a piece of backing fabric the same size as the pillow front.
Place the pillow front and the pillow back together, having their right sides facing. Begin Stitching in-the-ditch along the bottom edge, 1-inch from the corner closest to you. When you reach the next corner, place the machine needle in the "down" position, pivot the fabric and stitch in-the-ditch along the next edge.
Repeat until you are back at the bottom edge, stitching 1-inch from the final corner. You will now have an open area long the bottom edge of the pillow.
Clip the corners to within 1/4 inch of the machine stitching line - do not cut through the machine stitching line. Clipping the corners reduces the bulk, eliminating rounded corners for a more professional-looking finish.