Patriotic Patchwork Pillow

Patriotic Patchwork Pillow
May 29, 2018 nicole
In Holidays, Tutorials, Uncategorized

Hi friends! I am here today with a pillow cover tutorial that you can create for the Fourth of July! I am a huge fan of pillow covers for holidays, they slip right over your current pillow, are cheap to make, and take up very little room in storage!

Patriotic Patchwork Pillow Tutorial - Modern Handcraft

This one uses great red, white and blue fabrics but can easily use up your scraps from your scrap bin to create a fun scrappy cover.

Materials needed: Finished pillow size 18″ 18″

Step 1: (seam allowances are 1/4″ unless noted)

Patriotic Patchwork Pillow Tutorial - Modern Handcraft

  • Cut your three fabrics into 2.5″ x 5″ rectangles. For this particular there are a total of 36 rectangles (12 red / 12 white / 12 blue)

Patriotic Patchwork Pillow Tutorial - Modern Handcraft

  • Lay your rectangles out in your desired pattern, I chose to do a red white and blue pattern with the colors doing a stairstep design. You will lay out 4 rows of 9 rectangles.

Step 2:

Patriotic Patchwork Pillow Tutorial - Modern Handcraft

Patriotic Patchwork Pillow Tutorial - Modern Handcraft

  • Sew your rows together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Patriotic Patchwork Pillow Tutorial - Modern Handcraft

  • When finished turn over your 4 rows and iron the seam allowance in opposite directions like shown above. This will help you “nest” your seams together and make it easier to pin and sew your rows.

Patriotic Patchwork Pillow Tutorial - Modern Handcraft

  • Line up your seams and pin.

Patriotic Patchwork Pillow Tutorial - Modern Handcraft

  • Sew your 4 rows together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Patriotic Patchwork Pillow Tutorial - Modern Handcraft

  • Iron open your seams after sewing each row together.

Step 3:

Patriotic Patchwork Pillow Tutorial - Modern Handcraft

  • Turn your pillow cover front over and press flat.

Patriotic Patchwork Pillow Tutorial - Modern Handcraft

  • Now at your iron using high heat and steam fuse your pillow front to your heat n bond fusible fleece. Trim the extra fleece from the edges.

Patriotic Patchwork Pillow Tutorial - Modern Handcraft

  • You do not have to quilt the front of your pillow if using the fusible fleece but I think it always adds a nice touch to your quilted items. A straight line stitch along each seam looks nice or if you can do a free motion stitch a fun pattern would look great as well!

Step 4:

Patriotic Patchwork Pillow Tutorial - Modern Handcraft

  • At your iron, take your two backing pieces measuring 14″ x 18.5″ and iron over one of the long sides .5″ and then another .5″. Do this on each piece. This will be for our envelope backing.

Patriotic Patchwork Pillow Tutorial - Modern Handcraft

  • Stitch along the inside of your folded edge.

Patriotic Patchwork Pillow Tutorial - Modern Handcraft

  • Place your pillow top facing up, and layer your two envelope backing pieces facing down. Make sure that your folded edges are both towards the middle like shown above. Pin in place.

Patriotic Patchwork Pillow Tutorial - Modern Handcraft

  • Sew around the perimeter of your pillow using a 1/4″ seam allowance, when finished trim the edges.

Patriotic Patchwork Pillow Tutorial - Modern Handcraft

  • You can add a nice zig zag stitch around the edges to keep the fabric from fraying while on your pilllow.

You are finished!!

Thanks for stopping by today friends!

Nicole


Patriotic Patchwork Pillow Tutorial - Modern Handcraft

Patriotic Patchwork Pillow Tutorial - Modern Handcraft

 

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