After being asked to be part of the Riley Blake Quilted Cotton Blog Tour, it didn’t take me long to determine what I’d make with one of the double-sided prequilted fabrics. I was smitten with the quilted eyeglass frames and polka dot duo, knowing that a trio of pillows were destined for this playful fabric.
Quilted Fabric and Pillows—the Perfect Combo
When sewing pillows, I find that cotton fabrics always required a backing or interfacing to prevent the fabric from sagging or looking wimpy. Using a double-sided quilted fabric which has a layer of beefy batting between the layers, automatically gives the pillows a plump look. (Here’s one time when the adjective plump is a positive!) Plus, the two coordinating fabrics provide great design options. (Note: The large appliqué is a free download.)
- Two yards of quilted fabric. Cotton Glasses Off White Collection by Riley Blake Designs is the featured print.
- Three pillow forms: 20″, 16″, and 12″
- Free Download of Eyeglasses appliqué, click here
- Madeira’s Monofilament Thread
- 18″ of Velcro
- Pellon’s Wonder-Under
- Optional: fusible interfacing
Note: All seam allowances are 1/2″.
- Cut squares for each pillow front: To make a basic quilted fabric pillow, cut a square the pillow size plus 1″ for seam allowances.
20″ Pillow Form: Cut one 21″ square
16″ Pillow Form: Cut one 17″ square
12″ Pillow Form: Cut one 13″ square
- Cut two rectangles for each pillow back: Divide the size of the front square in half, then add 3″ to the shorter measurement for the overlap.
20″ Pillow Form: Cut two rectangles 21″ x 13-1/2″
16″ Pillow Form: Cut two rectangles 17″ x 11-1/2″
12″ Pillow Form: Cut two rectangles 13″ x 9-1/2″
- Serge or zigzag one long edge of each rectangle.
- Cut a 7″ strip of Velcro for the large and medium pillows and a 4″ strip for the smallest, 12″ pillow.
- Separate the two lengths.
- Center the top edge of the Velcro strips to each rectangle 1-1/2″ from the serged or zigzagged edge.
- Topstitch the Velcro to the fabric.
- Fold under a 3″ hem along one Velcro edge.
- Topstitch the hem.
- Overlap the rectangles, matching the Velcro strips. The pillow back is now the same size as the pillow front.
- Stack the front and back pillow pieces, right sides together.
- Shape the corners of the front and back pieces to prevent pokey corners.
- Measure in 1/2″ along both sides of the corners.
- Measure down and across 4″ (Note: On the smallest pillow size, 12″, the measurement was decreased to 3″.)
- Place rulers at 4″ measurement along cut edge and taper to 1/2″ mark; trim.
- Repeat on all four corners.
Note from Nancy: Consider making a template of the size of the shaped corners from poster board to quickly mark the pillow corners.
- Stitch front and back pillow pieces, using 1/2″ seam allowance. Pivot at corners.
- Trim away batting at corner to achieve a sharp corner. It may be necessary to clip a few of the fabric quilting stitches.
- Release Velcro, turn right side out. Insert the pillow form. Ta da!
Geekly Specs Pillow Wrap
- Measurements for the pillow wrap are designed for a 20″ pillow.
- Cut a length of fabric for the wrap 11″ x 40″. Optional: Press fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric to give the finished wrap additional support.
- Align right sides and long edge together. Stitch leaving a 3–4″ opening near one end. Press open the seam allowance.
- Reach through one end and pull up the opposite end, meeting right sides.
- Stitch the ends together.
- Pull out the fabric through the opening. A tube shape will appear. Press.
- Hand stitch the opening closed.
- Click here to download the eyeglass appliqué.
- Trace appliqué shape on the paper side of Pellon’s Wonder-Under.
- Roughly cut out the shape.
- Fuse the Wonder-Under to the wrong side of the appliqué fabric.
Note from Nancy: To prevent show-through of the black fabric, fusible interfacing was pressed to the wrong side of the off-white fabric before fusing the Wonder-Under in place.
- Cut along the traced line. Remove the paper backing.
- Center the appliqué on the wrap; press.
- Stitch around the edges of the appliqué with a narrow zigzag or satin stitch. Use clear monofilament thread for ease of stitching.
- Place the wrap on the pillow. That’s it!
- Option: cut the rectangles different sizes to divide the design in thirds instead of in half. Using a 16″ pillow form, the rectangles were cut:
- 17″ x 14″
- 17″ x 9″
- Stitch the pillow, following the pillow-sewing basics section. Feature both sides of the quilted fabric, selecting one side of the fabric for the larger rectangle and other side of the fabric for the smaller rectangle.
- Cut fabric for the buttons as detailed on the covered button package. Separate the quilted fabrics; snip the quilting threads.
- Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of the squares and cover the buttons as directed on the package.
- Hand stitch the buttons to the overlap. Easy!
Curl Up with a Good Book & Pillow
- Cut a pocket 13″ x 7″. Turn under 1/2″ along one 13″ edge; topstitch.
- Position the pocket on the pillow front and baste along the sides.
- Measure in 3-1/2″ from each side of the pillow. The 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge is my must-have measuring tool.
- Cut two 13″ lengths of 1/2″ wide ribbon. Pin and machine baste at each end.
- Reference the Pillow-Sewing Basics (above) to complete the pillow.
Bye for now,
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