Words To Design By
We've defined some basic bedding terms to help guide you in your design process.
Bolster: A bolster pillow is long and narrow. They are placed front and center of all bedding pillows for a decorative touch. Bolsters will vary in size and finished edging. Pictured below is a bolster in quilted navy fabric and a bolster in beige with trim detail down the center.
Box Edge: A box edge pillow is sewn with side walls. The box edge is finished in varying widths and coordinating or contrast fabrics or trim. Pictured is a box edge finished with a ruffle (white sham).
Flange Edge: A flange is a strip of fabric, typically 1 - 3 inches, that has been added to an edge creating a more formal decorative look. Flanges can be a coordinating fabric and include special stitching. A duvet cover has three sides with flanges and a pillow sham has flanges on all four sides. Pictured below is a coordinating flange (blue sham) and a matelasse sham (white sham) with a 2 1/2" flange edge.
Knife Edge Pillow: A knife edge pillow is created when two pieces of fabric are sewn together around the edges, forming a “knife edge” or a sharp corner. The crisp edges create a simple clean look as shown in the pictures below.
Welted Edge: A welted or corded edge is sewn in a knife edge pillow at seam. The welted edge tapers and is described as either "contrast"; a contrast cord/piping from the body of the pillow or "self-welt"; the same fabric as the body of the pillow (shown below).