Thursday, September 23, 2010

Quick Quilted Pillow Project

I made this pillow! Isn't it adorable?

I had fun picking out whimsical fabrics from my bloated collection of fat quarters.

I especially love the yellow print; it looks like it was inspired by Mary Blair! I tried to pick out coordinating fabrics that also looked like they could belong in a Mary Blair painting.

How To Make this 8"x12" Pillow:
Note: This pillow is pretty small; if I did this project again I would probably make it 12"x16" instead, or at least 10"x14".
  1. Cut out strips of fabric 9" long and of different widths from five coordinating fabrics.
  2. Sew the fabric strips together with half-inch seam allowances
  3. Cut out a 9"x13" piece of fabric for the back and two duplicates of backing fabric (I used a plain yellow fabric which I had leftover from a Gryffindor Quidditch robe)
  4. Sandwich quilting batting between your nice fabric and the plain fabric (make two "sandwiches").
  5. Quilt the layers of each sandwich together by hand-sewing with three strands of embroidery threads in vertical lines one inch apart, alternating between two lines of orange and two lines of lime green thread.
  6. After quilting both the front and back sandwiches, put the two quilted pieces together back-to-back and sew the edges (except for 4 inches on the bottom).
  7. Clip the corners, then turn it right-side out and press
  8. Stuff with polyester fill and hand-sew the opening closed.
  9. Ta-da!


  1. What a quick easy idea for a pillow. Looks store bought (actually better than store bought)
    I like the way you quilted it. I think its a do-able project.
    ♥ Joy

  2. I actually got the idea from an Anthropologie "Yoruba" pillow. I liked how the pillow was just made out of strips of different fabrics and the hand-stitched thread gave it texture.

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