I sew the strips to an 8 1/2" piece of telephone book paper. Then I turn it over and cut off the edges sticking out.
It looks a lot better after being trimmed!
This was going to be a Christmas present for DS#3/DIL, but since we decided to just give stocking stuffers, I will say it is a combined birthday present (since one birthday is in November & one in December). The pillow is about 48" long and I made it for their bed. It will go with the quilt I made them a couple years ago.
I put a zipper in back and piping around the pillow. This is the first time ever that I put piping on a pillow and I didn't really enjoy the experience, but I'm glad I did it. Before this, the only piping I applied was to some Christmas stockings.
The pillow fit perfectly - what a relief!
How is your gift shopping/making going? I still have a little shopping to do. Have a wonderful week!