2020 NZP Pillow Sewing Challenge

The Nancy Zieman Productions Team is excited to announce the 2020 Pillow Sewing Challenge, taking place February 25– March 24, 2020! You’re invited to participate in the Nancy Zieman Productions 2020 Pillow Sewing Challenge. Brainstorm, browse, design, and plan. Then, sew a pillow! Enter the NZP 2020 Pillow Sewing Challenge by emailing one pillow image to [email protected].

Make a pillow to showcase your sewing talents. Entries may be for any occasion, any color, or any size (that fits on a sofa or comparable household furniture). Sew a pillow using as much imagination as you like. You may enter ONE pillow: Pillow must be completed within the last year and may not have been entered into previous Nancy Zieman Productions Pillow Sewing Challenges.

How to Enter

2020 Nancy Zieman Productions Pillow Sewing Challenge Guidelines

  • Select or create your design. All sewing, quilting, serging, machine embroidery, and embellishment techniques are eligible. Pillow must be made within the last year and may not have been entered into previous NZP Pillow Sewing Challenges.
  • How to enter: Send ONE high-resolution quality image of your Pillow to [email protected] by 11:59 p.m. CST on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Include your full name, hometown, and a sentence or two about your Pillow.
  • One entry per sewist; open to US residents in the 48 contiguous states only.
  • All Pillows will be judged, and winning entries will receive a prize from our generous sponsors! Explore the full list of prizes, totaling over $875 (see below).

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  • February 25, 2020—Pillow Challenge Kick Off
  • March 22, 2020—Pillow Challenge Entry Deadline
  • March 23, 2020—A Panel of Judges Review Entries
  • March 24, 2020—Winners Announced! All decisions made by judges are final.
Nancy Zieman Pillow Sewing Round Up

As the calendar starts to turn toward Springtime, it’s time to start thinking spring/summer decorating. Pillows are a go-to sewing project for any skill level, they’re quickly sewn in most any size, and they can be made in multiple styles!

Tutorials Included

Nancy Zieman’s Off-Kilter Log Cabin Quilt Block Pillow

Nancy Zieman's Off-Kilter Log Cabin Quilt Block Pillow FREE! Sewing Tutorial

Nancy designed this Off-Kilter Log Cabin Quilt Block Pillow for the 2017 NZP Pillow Challenge. Made from five cotton solid fabrics, this pillow design features Nancy’s modern approach to a traditional Log Cabin quilt block design. The color choice gives the pillow a mid-century modern feel—the process is Nancy’s time-honored Stitch ‘n Flip technique.

Wrapped Pillow Corners

Pillows, collars, and cuffs are just a few of the areas where corners need to be sewn. Cast aside the traditional technique and incorporate Nancy Zieman’s “absolute easiest way” to handle sewing corners. Learn to make crisp pillow corners using this tutorial.

Boxed Pillow Corners

Boxed-Corner Buttonhole Pillow Tutorial/How-To by Nancy Zieman

Give your living space a breath of fresh air by sewing new pillows. These boxed-cornered pillows are almost effortless to make. Learn how to add a neat boxy edge to each of the four pillow corners – with our Boxed-Corner Pillow Sewing Tutorial.

Envelope Pillows

You can, of course, make any pillow design you wish. We thought this easy pattern might spark your creative juices. Our Lattice Pillow features four machine appliquéd fabric strips interlaced on a solid background square. The pillow back is created envelope style and uses a hook-and-loop closure!

Embroidered Pillow Wraps

How To Make A Pillow Band Wrap by Nancy Zieman
You can easily change your seasonal home décor with a little fabric and a great embroidery design. With our Pillow Wrap Sewing Tutorial, embroider a seasonal motif on fabric or choose an elegant fabric design to complement your décor. Then, follow our simple directions and create a Pillow Wrap, or two! We’ve made our pillow wrap two-sided, which will save time, fabric, and add a splash to the family room – all year ’round.

Recycled Button-up Shirt Pillow

Sew our Lumberjack Pillow—from a flannel shirt! We call this recycled-garment project our Lumberjack Pillow, although you could make this from any loved ones’ shirt and make a memory pillow. Our technique fits the shirt around a pillow form insert, allowing for many different shirts and pillow sizes to be easily created.

Throw Pillows Made From Quilt Blocks

Sew a Pillow from a Leftover Orphan Quilt Block Tutorial by Nancy Zieman

Along our quilting journey, we try new techniques and test interesting ideas. Sometimes these valuable lessons and attempts yield “orphan blocks” or leftover quilt blocks – that don’t belong to a larger quilt. Take one or more of these treasured quilt blocks and sew them into Quilt Block Pillows – our simple idea doesn’t require any additional quilting!

Pillows from Quilted Fabrics

How to make easy pillows with double-sided quilted fabric Nancy Zieman features Riley Blake Designs Fabric

Making pillows from double-sided prequilted fabrics is easier than you think! Nancy was smitten with the quilted eyeglass frames and polka dot duo fabrics from Riley Blake. Nancy just knew that a Trio of Pillows were destined for this playful fabric.

 Afternoon Picnic Floating Star Pillow Tutorial

Afternoon Picnic Floating Star FREE! 18-inch Quilt Block Pillow Tutorial

Stitch our beautiful Afternoon Picnic Floating Star 18-inch quilt block, and showcase your quilt piecing talents. No time right now to stitch an entire bed quilt? No worries! Our one-block pillow project is for you! We’ve selected eight fat quarters from Nancy’s Afternoon Picnic Fat Quarter Pack to make our striking pillow. See how quick this quilt block comes together with TEAM NZP’s FREE! Afternoon Picnic Floating Star Pillow Sewing Tutorial!


Pillow Size Reference Chart:

Turn Orphan Quilt Blocks into Throw Pillows | Be My Valentine Quilt Block | Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Over $875 in prizes! Thank you to our generous 2020 Pillow Sewing Challenge Sponsors!

Clover USA
  • Clover-USA: Gold Eye Milliners, Gold Eye Sharp Needles (No. 10), Threader and Petit Cut, Tailor’s Chalk (White), Seam Ripper, Water Erasable Marker (Thick), Protect ‘n Grip Thimble (Medium), Wonder Clips (Asst. 10pc), Bordeaux Ultimate Shears 200, Rotary Cutter (45mm), I Sew For Fun Pin Caddy, I Sew For Fun Heart Shaped Pins, I Sew For Fun Roll & Press & I Sew For Fun Point 2 Point Turner. A $184 value
  • Pellon: Perfect Loft Cluster Fill: PLOFT 16, Allergy-Free Pillow Insert: AFPI1616, Down-Alternative Pillow Insert: DAPI1616, Print-Stitch-Dissolve: 2301S, Fusible Sheerweight: 906F-201YD, Shape-Flex: SF101-601YD,Flex Foam: FF776020P, EZ-Steam II Sheets: EZ25S, EZ Steam II Tape: EZ2-20T, EZ-Steam II Tape: EZ2-40T, Fuse-N-Tear: 371R, 100% Cotton Jelly Roll Batting Strip: FJR-2525, Craft Size Natural Cotton Batting: F/NCP3445 & Craft Size White Cotton Batting: GB-3445.  A $145 value
June Tailor Inc.
June Tailor Inc.
  • June Tailor: Quilt As You Go set of 3 Pillow Covers, Quilt As You Go set of 7 Uplifting Inspirational Mug Mats, Shape Cut Ruler & Cut ‘n Press II. A $130 value
Riley Blake Designs
  • Riley Blake Designs: Couturiere Parisienne Fat Quarter Bundle, Pleasant Home 4″ Pin Bowl, Travel Magnetic Pin Tin & Blossom Embroidery Scissors. A $98 value
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Stitch it! Sisters
  • Stitch it! SistersNEW! Modern Floating Triangles Wall Hanging/Table Runner Bundle Box with Supersize 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge and Stitch it! Sisters 5″ Fabric Short Stack with S!S button & sticker. A $75 value
Mary Mulari Mary's Designs
  • Mary’s Productions and Mary Mulari Family Girls Apron Pattern, Little Sister & Brother Apron Pattern, Crisscross Apron Pattern & Chatterbox Reversible Apron Kit with one apron panel, one coordinating yard of fabric, a fat quarter and a special tip sheet. A $55 value
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Nancy Zieman Productions
  • Nancy Zieman Productions: Nancy Zieman, The Rest of the Story Book with DVD by Richard Zieman, Nancy Zieman’s No-Hassle Triangles Gauge by Clover and NEW! Red Elegance Lap and Double/Queen Quilt Pattern. A $53 value

For a chance to be the random winner of a Red Elegance Stitch it! Sisters 5″ Fabric Short Stack with S!S button & sticker, please leave a comment below sharing where you’ll showcase your new pillow sewing project: Family Room, Bed Room, RV, or ?

Nancy Zieman Productions will give away one Stitch it! Sisters 5″ Fabric Short Stack to one US resident in the 48 contiguous states. Winner must reply within 30 days to the official giveaway announcement email message – sent from Nancy Zieman Productions. Email The NZP Team at [email protected]



2020 NZP Pillow Sewing Challenge

Be sure to join in and follow the NEW! 2020 Nancy Zieman Productions Pillow Sewing Challenge – this March at the NZP Blog. Deadline to enter is Sunday, March 22, 2020.


Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC.


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