Different types of sewing methods for cushions
Simple, Basic, or Knife edge cushion
This is the beginning of making a cushion, and is the most straight forward one. This has a front piece and a back piece of material. The gap in this cushion can have a fastening of your choice or simply slip stitched closed.
This design is also a variation of the simple one and a frill is attached between the front and the back of the cushion. The fastening can be hidden in the seam, placed down the centre of the back or slip stitched closed.
These cushions are made from bits of material sewn together to make a new fabric. These can be joined in different shapes to give different pattern. All information on types of sewing for cushions are from www.cushionandmore.com
History of Pillows and Cushions
As long as humans have laid down to sleep, we've used pillows. Nobody has found a caveman pillow, because soft items don't last for tens of thousands of years. But we do have pillows that have survived from ancient times, from both China and Egypt.
You can go to a museum and see an unwrapped mummy with his head still resting on his original pillow. (We're not showing that here in case you're reading this at lunch.)
What survives better than soft pillows are the ancient depictions of them? Carvings from Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Americas all show royalty seated on cushions. Below is a re-created Roman sitting room.
Wealthy Greeks slept with their heads and feet resting on ornately embroidered cushions. Ancient Egyptians, who believed the head to be the seat of life, not only spent heavily on lavish pillows for themselves, they also placed them in the tombs of their honoured dead. The Chinese thought soft pillows robbed the body of its vitality and therefore made their pillows from wood, leather or even ceramic.
Until the mid-1800s, people slept in a position that was closer to sitting up than lying down. Using a combination of a large bolster pillow and two or three smaller square pillows, the sleeper would prop herself against the bed's headboard. This was thought to be a healthier position for repose. Source: http://www.sew4home.com
Boxed edge cushion
This design of cushion is a variation of the simple design. This has a gusset or welt between the front and the back pieces of fabric. These can be made for inside use or outside.The gap can either have a fastening attached or slip stitched closed.
A different shaped cushion as this is an elongated, cylindrical kind. One piece of material is used for making the body with circular pieces inserted at each end. There can be a gap left in the seam to allow for a fastening or the gap can be slip stitched closed.