Some of my favorite simple gifts to give are small pillows. To see a couple of the pillows I made last Christmas go here. This year I have plans to make a few fun pillows using 12 Days of Christmas. I thought you might like a tutorial on how to make this pillow…so here goes!
I used one background layer cake square trimmed to 9″ square along with 4 charm squares trimmed to 4″ square. I made my hexagon flower using 1″ paper pieces and scraps.
You will also need two other layer cake squares for the backing. Trim them one to 8″ by 9″ and trim the other to 7″ by 9.” I also used one strip of 2 ¼″ by width of fabric for the binding (not pictured).
Press the four inch squares wrong sides together to make triangles like this.
Then sew each square, right sides together, to the background square. If you enlarge the photo you should be able to see that I used the pressed line for my guide, sewing just a thread inside the pressed line.
Press the squares out to the corners and you’ll have a triangle on each corner. I trimmed the extra fabric ¼″ away from my seam. At this time I pinned my hexagon flower to the background fabric, centered it and stitched it to my pillow top. If you want to do some handquilting you can do that now…but you don’t have to. I added a layer of batting and did a simple outline stitch around my hexagon flower and along the edges of the corner triangles.
On the larger backing piece press under 1 ½″ on one side. I also did a narrow hem (you can use a zig zag stitch or serge this edge also) on the edge of the side that was folded in (the hem doesn’t show in this photo).
Next pin your backing pieces to the front of your pillow–wrong sides together. Make sure the backing piece with the folded under edge is on top. You will be able to insert your pillow form through the opening between the two backing pieces.
Stitch around all edges using a scant ¼″ seam.
Attach your binding to the front of your pillow. I’d actually never seen a pillow constructed using binding until very recently when I saw pillows with binding on this blog and absolutely loved the idea. I think I’ll be adding binding to many of my pillows now!
Hand stitch the binding to the back…
You’re just about done. Actually, this little pattern would make a really cute potholder too…I made my own pillow form to stuff inside. The good thing about using this method is you can swap out pillow covers according to the holiday!
And there it is…a fun pillow perfect for gift giving! Instead of a hexagon flower a bit of stitchery in the center of this pillow would be really fun as well. Even easier would be to just make your favorite 6″ block using Christams fabrics and add a 2″ border all around…there are so many ways to make and embellish pillows…and you might need to make two so you can keep one for yourself! Have a wonderful day!