I used canvas drop cloth on the front and for the piping. The piping is what gave me a fit. Not the actual making of it, but putting it on. Had to rip out seams once . I also had to recut the ticking fabric once as well. Black and creme ticking are on the flip side of the pillow. It still looks like it needs something though. Maybe buttons??
Here is a close up of the piping. I really enjoyed making it and now that I know how to put it on properly I plan on using it more in future projects.