Today I’m sharing a Scrappy Patchwork Pillow Tutorial. You can use your scraps or a Moda Candy pack also works perfectly for the print patchwork squares. Keep reading for all of the details for this quick project.
Do you ever have scraps that are just too precious to part with? Or that perhaps you don’t want to get lost in a bigger scrap project? And that you want to use now? After finishing up another Fig Tree quilt with Aloha Girl this week I wondered what to do with my precious scraps. The Aloha Girl collection is a favorite of mine, and won’t be available until spring, but I wanted to make something to enjoy now! I started piecing some 1 ½″ squares, and…well…now I have a pillow!
Patchwork Fabrics (can be cut from one Moda Candy pack):
16 squares 1 ½″ x 1 ½″
16 squares 2 ½″ x 2 ½″
Background Fabric (⅛ yard)
2 rectangles 1 ½″ x 4 ½″
2 rectangles 1 ½″ x 6 ½″
And 2 rectangles 1 ½″ x 10 ½″
2 rectangles 1 ½″ x 12 ½″
Border (5″ by width of fabric or ¼ yard)
2 rectangles 2 ½″ x 12 ½″
2 rectangles 2 ½″ x 16 ½″
Binding (⅛ yard)
2 strips 2 ¼″ x width of fabric
Pillow Back (⅓ yard)
2 rectangles 11 ½″ x 16 ½″ for flap pillow back
Batting 20″ x 20″
Muslin or Cotton 20″ x 20″
1. Piece 16 1 ½″ squares together in four rows of four squares each.
2. Add a 1 ½″ x 4 ½″ background rectangle to the left and right sides of the 16-patch unit. Press toward the background rectangles.
3. Add a 1 ½″ x 6 ½″ background rectangle to the top and bottom of the 16-patch unit. Press toward the background rectangles.
4. Arrange the 16 squares 2 ½″ x 2 ½″ as desired. Sew two sets of 3 squares to add to the left and right sides of the unit from step 3. Sew two sets of 5 squares to add to the top and bottom.
5. Sew 1 ½″ x 10 ½″ background rectangles to the left and right sides and press towards the background rectangles.
6. Sew 1 ½″ x 12 ½″ background rectangles to the top and bottom and press towards the background rectangles.
7. Sew 2 ½″ x 12 ½″ border rectangles to the left and right sides and press toward the border fabric.
8. Sew 2 ½″ x 16 ½″ border rectangles to the top and bottom and press toward the border fabric.
1. Layer pillow top, batting, and thin muslin or cotton (centering the pillow top on the batting/muslin pieces) and quilt as desired. I quilted a simple horizontal wavy line design with quilting rows about 1″ apart.
2. Trim the excess batting and muslin even with the edges of the pillow top.
3. To prepare the flap pillow back pieces, finish one of the 16 ½″ sides on each piece with a narrow ¼″ hem.
4. Place pillow top face down (wrong side up). Place pillow flap pieces right sides up with hemmed edges towards the middle of the pillow back. They will overlap and allow you to insert a pillow form through the opening when you’re finished.
5. Baste ⅛″ all the way around all four edges.
6. Bind pillow edges with your prepared binding.
7. Insert pillow form (I used a 16″ purchased pillow form for my pillow).
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