In case you haven’t herd yet, we are OBSESSED with Cotton + Steel’s premier collection! We bought it all and have been having an amazing time creating fun projects. Today I decided to play around with one of the project they included in their little booklet which we got at quilt market. Its a bag pattern that Rashida Coleman-Hale put together using her Moonlit Collection. I decided I have enough little bags hanging around but I can ALWAYS use some throw pillows! So I modified the project a bit and thought I’d share how!
Materials If you are going to match the pattern exactly like what I did you will need 2″ of each print. I recommend getting a fat quarter of each so you have some awesome scraps left over. Here are the prints I used:
You will also need:
- a 14″ zipper
- a fat quarter for the back of your pillow
- Rotary Cutter , board, and ruler
- a 14″x14″ pillow form
- 1/4″ seam foot (optional)
Lets get started!
Start by cutting a 2″ strip of each pattern using your rotary cutter.
For each “plus” sign in your pillow, you will need to cut 2 pieces.
- 2″ x 2″
- 2″ x 5″
As you see in the diagram below, some of the pieces that fall on the edge of the pattern have to be cut into a different size, a 2″ x 3.5″ piece. Look in the picture at the diagram and each piece marked with a “B” needs to be that size. I also added one more row to the right side of the pattern to create a finished top that is closer to 14″ x 14″ to fit onto the pillow form that we carry.
Start laying out your pieces to b e sewn up! You will be sewing your pieces together by creating vertical rows as you see in the photo above. Make sure to use a 1/4″ seam allowance.
After you create your vertical rows then piece them all together.
To save thread, continue to sew between each set of fabrics you piece together creating one continuous string like the picture to the left. This way you don’t pull out more of your needle and bobbin thread between each block you sew.
So now you should have the op of your pillow finished and it should look something like the picture to the right.
I had some fraying happening on my seam allowance so to help the pillow last long I decided to back the piece with a piece of flannel and spray glue it on. This is an optional step but I think it will be worth it in the end. Don’t have spray glue? Just sew the flannel onto the front by sewing around all four sides.
Cut the piece you are using for the back to the proper size. Mine turned into a 14 x 14.25 because I decided to add an extra row to my pattern. Finish the edges of all four sides on both the top and bottom of the pillow.
Now sew on the zipper! Make sure to align the fabric properly on the zipper and with right sides together sew the zipper to the front pillow and then to the back. I recommend using a zipper foot but be careful not to get too close to the zipper coil.
With right sides together finish the last three sides. Make sure to leave your zipper partially open or else you’ll have a hard time turning it right side out (I say this from experience)
Stick your pillow form in and enjoy your new pillow!