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!
In this pillow design, the back becomes the front as the pillow overlap is part of the feature. Three large covered buttons provide the focal point.
- 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.
Several of you have asked for downloadable, printable instructions of this project. For your convenience, the Trio of Pillows is now available to purchase as a downloadable file.
Bye for now,
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