Thai triangle cushions are pillows composed of a stacked, sewn-together series of ten separate triangle cushions. Traditionally, Thai triangles are filled with straw to create a firm pillow to rest against, but today they are usually filled with tightly packed batting for firmness. The cushions come in a variety of colors and are used for comfort during meditation, reading, a quick nap or television viewing. With some fabric and some sewing skill, you can make your own Thai triangle cushion to meet all your relaxation needs.
Things You'll Need
- 10 yards of fabric
- Measuring tape
- Sewing pins
- Sewing machine
- Needle and thread
- Polyester filling
Lay out your fabric on a clean table. With your measuring tape, measure 30 6-inch-by-28-inch rectangles. Mark your measurements onto your fabric with your chalk. With your measuring tape, measure 20 5 1/2-inch triangles. Mark your measurements onto your fabric with your chalk. With your scissors, cut out rectangles and triangles. You now have the fabric cut for your Thai triangle cushion.
Pin your rectangles together along their longest edge in groups of three to form the length of your triangle cushions. Make sure you pin the right side of the fabric facing out. Take your pinned pieces of fabric to your sewing machine. Using a 1/2-inch seam allowance, sew your rectangles together. You now have ten fabric triangles without their end pieces.
Pin a triangle piece of fabric to one end of lengths just sewn. Using a needle and thread, hand-stitch the triangle in place. Repeat for all ten triangle pieces, leaving one side open on each.
Arrange the sewn triangles in the shape of your Thai triangle cushion. Lay out four of the triangles at the bottom. The triangles will need to rest against each other. To do this, you will need to alternate the direction of the triangle tip for every other triangle; your first triangle will be upright and your next triangle will point down. Pin your triangles together. Repeat this step for each row of your cushion, keeping in mind that your bottom row will have four triangles, your second row will have three triangles, your third row will have two triangles and your top row will have one triangle. Pin all your rows together.
Hand-stitch your triangles together at the ends. Keep in mind that one end of your triangles still does not have an end cap. You now have an assembled Thai triangle cushion that is ready to be stuffed.
Stuff your triangles with polyester filling. Place the stuffing into your triangles through their open end. Fill each of them until each triangle is firm to the touch and almost over-flowing with stuffing. Pin your final triangle pieces of fabric over the openings,, and hand-stitch them in place.