One of the fun things about being on the Sizzix design team is getting to try out new dies that come out before they are for sale in the stores. We can play around with them and get creative with projects and come up with new ways of using them. Today I am sharing one of my favorite ways to work with more delicate dies in a home decor project just in time for the Halloween decorating season.
My Matchstick Jack-O-Lantern Pillow is easy to adjust to whatever size pillow form you have, and doesn’t require traditional appliqué methods of sewing around each raw edge. I like to use a heat n bond lite – or heat n bond no sew paired with some tight matchstick quilting to secure the die cut designs.
- Fabric for your pillow shape – Robert Kaufman Essex Linen in Black
- Various shades of orange fabric scraps for pumpkins – measuring at least 5″ x 6″
- 1 fat quarter of fabric for pillow binding
- 1 Pillow form – 12′ x 15″ was used for this project
- Sizzix Fabi or Big Shot Machine
- Standard Cutting Pads
- Sizzix Bigz Die / Jack-O-Lantern
- Coordinating thread – Orange Aurifil thread
- Batting – fusible fleece also works nicely – cut to the size of your pillow front
- Basting Spray
- Sewing machine and notions (scissors, straight pins, etc)
Begin by measuring your pillow form. My form measures 12″ x 15″ so I am cutting my pillow form the exact same size. It will make for a snugger fit for your pillow and create a fuller appearance. For your envelope backing divide your pillow length by 2 and add three inches. So my envelope backing pieces measure (15 / 2 = 7.5 + 3 = 10.5″ for each backing piece).
You will now add your fusible interfacing product to the back of your orange fabric scraps. I used a Heat n Bond lite for this project.
Make a Sizzix Sandwich by layering a cutting pad – Jack-o-lantern die – layers of fabric backed with heat n bond – cutting pad and roll through your Fabi machine. I also placed some of my fabric pieces facing up and some facing down so some of the pumpkin faces will be facing different directions.
Arrange your Jack-o-lantern faces on your pillow front allowing space around the edges for sewing your pillow together and adding your binding at the end.
Once you have the arrangement you like, peel off the paper backing from the heat n bond and place Jack-o-lanterns back in position for ironing.
Baste your pillow front to a layer of batting – I prefer to spray baste smaller projects like this. Pin basting or using a fusible fleece works as well.
Time for the quilting. I chose to do a tight matchstick quilt (where the lines are close together, preferably close to 1/4″ wide) across the front of my pillow front. This secures the pumpkin faces down where you will not have to appliqué around each individual edge.
Now you can create your binding for the back edges of your envelope back and for the perimeter of your pillow for a nice finished look.
To make this you will need to cut your binding fabric into 2.5″ strips. Sew binding stips together to form one long strip.
Fold wrong sides together lengthwise and press.
With a 1/4″ seam, sew the raw edges of the binding to the edges of the right side of one of the backing pieces.
Turn the folded edge of the binding to the back side of the backing piece covering your last stitching line and pin / stitch in place along edge. Continue the same steps again for the second backing piece.
To finish your pillow lay your pillow front face down, layer your envelope pieces right side up overlapping.
Pin around the perimeter of your pieces now to hold in place, sew a basting stitch around the outside edge to keep in place for adding your binding.
Add your binding like you would a quilt – I have a good tutorial on how to do that here.
You are finished! I am planning on making a larger pillow to compliment this one using a new ghost die in the same manner.
Thanks for stopping by today friends!