My friend Lori sent me one of her new Half-hexie ruler sets and some Polka Dot Stitches to play with! I'd been wanting to make a hexagon pillow for quite a while, so this was the perfect opportunity to have some fun with an easy to construct method for hexagons.
You will need 20 5'' x 5'' charm squares, 1/4 yard for binding, 1/2 yard for backing, and Lori's Half-Hexie ruler, of course! I'm using the smaller ruler (sized for charm squares) for my pillow; however, the set also comes with a larger ruler sized perfectly for use with layer cakes!
Cut 2 half-hexagons from each charm square. You'll end up with a total of 40 half hexies. Arrange the hexagons in 8 rows of 5 half-hexies each. Play around with the arrangement until you are happy with the distribution of prints and colors.
Begin sewing the rows together. The sewing will be regular straight seams...no y-seams required! I pressed each row in one direction, alternating the directions so the seams would "nest" when I sewed each row together.
After all the rows are sewn, begin sewing the rows together. I actually pressed these seams between the rows open.
After you've sewn all 8 rows together your pillow top will look like this. It's starting to come together!
Next you'll want to use a long acryllic ruler and trim the side edges straight. I lined up the ruler edge with the innermost points of the hexagons.
After you've trimmed the sides your pillow top will measure approximately 15'' x 15'' and will look like this. You can put your pillow together now, or you can do a little hand or machine quilting on the front. I layered my pillow top, a piece of batting, and a piece of muslin and then machine quilted 1/4'' on either side of the hexagon side seams, starting at the center top of my pillow and sewing down to the bottom, pivoting at each point.
Unfortunately, I didn't take a picture of the quilting, but you can see it in the finished pillow pictures.
I wanted a zipper back for my pillow and used this Sew, Mama, Sew! tutorial found here. Here are the measurements I used for my pillow back sections if you are using this tutorial (the directions in the tutorial are for a pillow of a different size). Note: I made my pillow back 1/2'' bigger than my pillow front and trimmed everything up even after sewing the back to the front.
- Cut one piece 4'' x 15 1/2'' for back flap
- Cut two pieces 8'' x 15 1/2'' for pillow back sections
- Use a 16'' zipper. I like to use a larger zipper and cut it off, giving me extra room to work with.
After making my pillow back, I placed my pillow top and pillow back wrong sides together and sewed with a 1/4'' seam all the way around the pillow.
For binding I used 2 strips of fabric 2 1/4'' by the width of the fabric. After binding, insert a pillow form (I used a 14'' x 14'' pillow form), and enjoy your pillow!
Here is a picture of the pillow back--I actually used two separate fabrics for the pillow back sections and a third fabric for the flap.
And here it is! I think it would be a lot of fun to have a pillow parade here on my blog next month! If you make a pillow using my tutorial, send me a photo, and I'll post a parade on March 22nd (of course we'll have to have prizes for the parade as well)!
The Half-Hexie Ruler Sets are available now here at Fat Quarter Shop!
Thanks so much for stopping by!