I made this patchwork pillow on a whim. I had a few pieces of fabric left over from a reversible capelet that I made this fall.
I was so in love with the fabrics that I knew I needed to “use it up”, so the following is what transpired.
Make a template for the square sizes you wish to use. I used 2 index cards and made the template as long as the shortest side of the index card.
Cut out squares using template (I cut out 18 squares each of 2 different fabrics)
Lay out the pieces in the layout that looks best
Sew each square to the square that laid directly above it on your layout. I used a 1/6 of an inch seam when sewing the pieces together. This should make a strip of 6 squares.
Do this for each row until you have 6 rows of 6 squares.
Lay out the strips next to each other to make sure that the pattern is still how you like it and that you don’t have 2 like fabrics in each row next to each other.
Sew the adjacent row to the one next to it ensuring that you have the seams lined up for each square
Iron the entire piece using steam, if possible, to keep it flat
Cut out a coordinating fabric piece the size of your finished piece for the backer
Place both pieces with right sides together lining up edges. You may pin if you wish.
Sew around the entire perimeter leaving a 5 inch opening at the end of your run of stitches for placing the stuffing through.
Turn the pillow case right side out by pulling it through the opening.
Use a pair of scissors or a pencil to push out the corners from the inside so they are points on the outside.
Stuff the pillow to desired firmness
Fold over each fabric side at the opening and pin the folded edges together to make a finished edge.
Then sew along this edge and snip all loose threads on the pillow.
Place in a place of admiration and enjoy!
Laura Hooker is a full time mother, wife, Registered Nurse, and craft a holic! I came about this wonderful world of crafting at an early age, and find much inspiration from my lovely friends in blog land. I am partial to the sewing machine crafts, and really enjoy coming up with and displaying my own patterns and tutorials. I have a five year old little boy named Sam Hayden. He is the light in my soul…my true inspiration. I blog about family life and at Lala… A Mountain Mama