Patchwork Pillow is a great detail that can change your environment and add a cool and unique vibe to your home. If you’re the creative soul and you have some beautiful leftover quilt blocks, you should consider creating a patchwork pillow.
How To Make A Patchwork Pillow Tutorial
Follow this easy step by step guide and create your masterpiece today:
STEP #1 GATHER MATERIALS
You will need:
- quilt blocks (prepare 40 pieces, 2.5″)
STEP #2 SEW TOGETHER SQUARES
If you already have a leftover quilt that is perfectly sized for your pillow, you won´t have to set together smaller parts. Whatever the case, we’ll start with the idea that you have smaller parts that need to be set to together.
If you don’t have a block to start with there are several options for easy patchwork blocks that can be used for pillow fronts. A simple four-patch or nine-patch block is perfect for a simple pillow front.
- For a finished 12″ x 12″ four-patch pillow front, sew four squares 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ together.
- For a finished 12″ x 12″ nine-patch pillow front, sew nine squares 4 1/2” x 4 1/2” together
It doesn´t matter whether you are using one block or piecing a few different blocks together for the pillow front, consider adding coordinating borders to make the pillow front bigger.
STEP #3 MAKE THE PILLOW FRONT
Start with the pillow front. Measure the center section of your pillow top. If you are beginning with a 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ unfinished quilt block, cut two border pieces 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ for the left and right borders. Sew the borders using a 1/4″ seam allowance and press toward the outer borders.
Next, create the top and bottom borders. Cut two pieces 2 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ for these sections. Add these pieces using a 1/4″ seam and also press the seams toward the border sections.
Use a sewing machine to quilt or if you prefer, you can hand quilt; it is up to you.
STEP #4 MAKE THE PILLOW BACK
Also, you should craft the pillow back. In order to do that, you should prepare two pieces of backing fabric: one should be 16 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ and the other should measure 16 1/2″ x 14″. These pillow back segments can be out of the same fabric or from different fabrics for a cool look.
Fold in and squeeze 1/4″ on one 16 1/2″ edge of each pillow back section. Fold again, press, and sew to craft a finished edge.
STEP#5 SEW FRONT AND BACK TOGETHER
Sew the pillow front and back segments together, right sides together using a 1/4″ seam. The pillow back segments should cover each other. Stick the larger pillow back section to the pillow front first and then add the smaller pillow back segment. It helps to use a lot of pins for this.
Clasp the corners and turn your pad right side out through the opening in the envelope back. Give the pillow a decent pressing and afterward add the pillow insert to finish your pillow.
Now that you have the whole patchwork, you should stuff your pillow. For that action, use either fiberfill or any ready-made polyester or cotton stuffing or then close the opening.
STEP #6 PERSONALIZE YOUR PILLOW
There you have it, your DIY patchwork pillow. If you like what you see and maybe wish to earn some extra money, you should consider personalizing it. How could you do that? Add your personalized tag or a custom-made label. You can also custom design your label online, and then you are ready to launch your pillow on Etsy.
About the author: “Annabelle Carter Short is a writer and a seamstress of more than 5 years. She is a craft lover and would like to start an online Arts & Crafts business. Annabelle is a mother and she loves making crafts with her two children, Leo (age 9) and Michelle (age 11).”