I’m on a bit if a pillow kick, trying to fill up my couches with lots of fun, bright, and cheery pillows. This long and narrow pillow came as a result. It was pretty easy to put together and now it has me thinking up a quilt version. Hmm….you might just see it down the road.
Here’s what you need for a 20″ x 8″ pillow:
1/3 yard pillow body fabric
1/3 yard batting
1/3 yard scrap for quilting back
3 flower fabrics 6″ x 6″
1/4 yard Thermo Web HeatnBond Lite Fusible Interfacing
Assorted Scraps for circles
3 Ceramic 1″ Buttons
pillow trim (optional) I used Jumbo Ric Rac
1. Start by ironing the fusible web onto the back of the three fabric pieces for the flowers. Cut out a flower shape approximately 5-6″ in diameter.
2. Cut two rectangles from the pillow fabric, batting, and quilting back fabric that each measure approximately 10″ x 22″ . This is larger than the finished pillow because the quilting will shrink up the fabric. Once quilted we will trim the pillow pieces to size.
3. Iron the pillow front fabric and then arrange the three flowers onto the fabric. Press in place to secure. Using coordinating thread and your machines applique stitch setting sew around the outer edge of the three flowers.
4. Next, layer the backing, batting, and pillow front to make your quilt sandwich. Machine quilt the two pieces. I chose to not quilt on the flowers to make them pop from the pillow. Trim both of the pillow pieces to 9″ x 21″ in size. Set aside.
5. Find something round that is approximately 4″ in diameter, I personally, used a small bowl. Trace around it onto fabric and cutout. Cut two more pieces of fabric the same size. These are your three largest circles. Cut three more fabric circles the same size and then trim off 1/8 – 1/4″ from the edge.
6. Next, cut three more pieces of fabric that are the same as the smaller circles you just cut. Trim a little off of the edge to make it smaller. Continue cutting circles that get progressively smaller until you have three nice stacks of scrappy circles.
7. Sew in the center of each of these three stacks to secure. I wanted my circles to be frayed so at this point I threw the three stacks in the washer with a load of laundry.
8. After they are out of the dryer, arrange a button on top of the stack and sew it on. While you still have your needle and thread going sew the stack to the center of one of the flowers.
9. Sew all three stacks onto the pillow top.
10. I you want to use a trim around the edges of the pillow, pin it onto the edge at this point. With right sides together pin the edges together. Sew around all of the sides using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Be sure to leave a 5″ – 6″ opening for turning.
11. Turn the pillow right side out and fill with fiberfill. Hand stitch the opening closed.