After a long winter of rain, floods, snowstorms. and freezing temperatures, I think we are all ready for some beautiful spring weather. It will be so nice when roses, tulips, and bright colored sunflowers start to appear. But if it’s not blooming flowers in your neighborhood yet, maybe sewing a pillow with flowers will just have to do for now. To make it easier to create the pillow, I used the amazing Therm O Web Heat N Bond EZ Print Lite Sheets to print the applique flowers and leaves. No tracing involved! I ran the sheets through my inkjet printer and they were ready to use. Easy!

“Bring on Spring” 18” x 18” pillow, by Carol Swift from Just Let Me Quilt

What you’ll need for the pillow:

Therm O Web Heat N Bond EZ Print Lite Sheets
Therm O Web Spray n Bond Basting Adhesive
Heat n Bond Fleece Fusible High Loft
Heat N Bond Fusible Interfacing – Light Weight
Therm O Web Fabric Fuse Adhesive
Aurifil Thread 50 wt, 2120, 1104, 2692
Oliso Purple Iron
Fabric
18” zipper
18” x 18” pillow form
Embroidery thread

Cutting Instructions:

Cut 16 – 3½” x 3½” squares, center blocks
Cut 4 – 3½” x 12½” strips, borders
Cut 4 – 3½” x 3½” squares, border corners
Cut 1 – 18½” x 18½” Heat N Bond Fusible Interfacing – Light Weight
Cut 1 – 18½” x 18½” Heat n Bond Fleece Fusible High Loft
Cut 1 – 18½” x 18½” fabric square for lining
Cut 2 – 19” x 19” squares for backing/pocket
Cut 3 – 2½” x 42” strips for binding

Sewing instructions: (1/4” seams):

Step 1: Sew center squares together in four rows as shown. Press seams to sides. Sew rows together matching seams.

Step 2: Sew two 3½” x 12½” border strips to each side of center block. Press seams towards borders.

Step 3: Sew two 3½” x 3½” border corners to two 3½” x 12½” border strip. Press seams towards corners. Sew strips to top and bottom of center block matching seams. Press seams towards borders.

Step 4: Prepare the applique patterns following either of the applique instructions below:

a. Applique with printable Heat n Bond EZ Print Lite sheets: Using your inkjet printer, print out applique pattern pieces using Heat n Bond EZ Print Lite sheets. Load one sheet at a time into the paper tray. Sheet should be placed so printing is on the smooth side of the paper. Print quality at the normal setting and for plain paper. Allow 5-10 seconds for ink to dry.

b. Applique with Heat n Bond Lite: Trace applique designs on the smooth side of Heat n Bond Lite.

Step 5: Iron adhesive pieces to wrong sides of fabrics with a medium heat iron, no steam. Press for 2 seconds. Repeat until all surfaces have been bonded to fabric. Let cool. Cut out applique pieces. Peel off paper liner. Place applique shape, adhesive side down, on top of right side of project. Press and hold iron for 6 seconds on each section until entire piece is bonded. Let cool.

*Tip: Using a heatproof ironing sheet to arrange your applique pieces before placing them on fabric project helps avoid misplaced pieces. Arrange the designs with adhesive side down and lightly iron to hold all the pieces together. Let cool. Remove gently and place on fabric in desired position.

Step 6: Place 18½” x 18½” Heat N Bond Fusible Interfacing – Light Weight, rough side down, on wrong side of fabric. Cover with ironing cloth and follow package directions to press in place.

*Tip: Ironing Heat N Bond Fusible Interfacing – Light Weight to the wrong side of fabric helps stabilize the fabric when sewing on applique pieces, keeps threads from showing through from embroidery, and helps maintain fabric size.

Step 7: Sew around applique edges using a straight, zig-zag, or blanket stitch.

Step 8: Trace lettering and stems on pillow front using washable marker. Embroider flower stems using your favorite stitch.

Step 9: Place 18½” x 18½” Heat n Bond Fleece Fusible High Loft with adhesive side down on top of interfaced fabric. Cover with ironing cloth and press in place following package directions.

Step 7: Spray Heat n Bond Fleece Fusible High Loft with Therm O Web Spray n Bond Basting Adhesive  and lay 18½” x 18½” fabric lining on top, wrong side down. Smooth to remove wrinkles. Let dry. Quilt pillow top if desired.

Step 8: Fold 19” squares in half, wrong sides together. Press folds. Lay folded edges side-by-side, right side up, with about a 1/2” gap between them. Squeeze a small line of Therm O Web Fabric Fuse Adhesive along fabric fold. Lay wrong side of zipper along fabric folds over the Fabric Fuse making sure to keep the zipper teeth centered and away from the Fabric Fuse. Let dry. Using a straight or zig-zag stitch, sew along outside edge of zipper. Repeat on other side of zipper. Baste around edges of pillow backing.

Step 9: Place pillow top and zippered back with wrong sides together (backing will be larger than pillow front.) Trim edges and square up pillow and backing so the front and back pillow are the same size. Baste around the edges keeping edges of front and back together.

Step 10: Add binding using your favorite method.

Step 11: Place pillow form inside pillow. Zip closed. You’re ready for spring!

You can find this pattern in PDF format at Just Let Me Quilt’s Craftsy Store HERE.

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