Precut strips and simple embroidery stitches on a plain white insert create a lovely pillow. Just imagine how many color combinations you could use!
Skill Level: Beginner Pillow Size: 16" x 16"
• 8 precut 21/2" coordinating strips
• 7⁄8 yard solid white
• 3/4 yard 45"-wide lightweight batting
• 16"-square pillow form
• 3 (5⁄8") buttons
• Coordinating colors size 8 pearl cotton
• Tapestry needle
• Water-soluble fabric marker
• Walking foot (optional)
• Buttonhole foot (optional)
• Basic sewing tools and supplies
1. Cut (15) 21/2" x 18" A strips from coordinating 21/2" by fabric width precut strips.
2. Cut one 18" by fabric width strip white solid. Subcut strip into one each 18" C square, 9" x 18" D rectangle and 111/2" x 18" E rectangle.
3. Cut one 61/2" by fabric width strip white solid. Subcut strip into one 61/2" x 18" B rectangle.
4. From batting, cut one 18" square pillow front and two 11" x 18" pillow back rectangles.
Completing the Pillow Front
1. Stitch two A strips to one 18" side of B and three A strips to the opposite side of B to make pillow front as shown in Figure 1. Press seams toward A strips.
2. Layer 18" square of batting between C square right side down, and pillow front, right side up; baste together. Use a walking foot to quilt close to seams as shown in Figure 2.
3. Trim the pillow front down to 161/2" square and staystitch 1⁄8" from edges.
4. Draw two or three partial circles on the center white panel of the pillow front with a water-soluble fabric marker referring to the Placement Diagram and photos. Draw 3–5 concentric circles 1/4" apart within the first circle. Note: Use a round object as a template, like a plate or lid, to draw the circles.
5. Use a running stitch and a single 30"-strand of pearl cotton to hand-quilt the concentric circles as shown in Figure 3. Bury thread ends between the quilt layers to secure.
Completing the Pillow Back
1. Stitch five A strips right sides together lengthwise to 18" right side of D to make A-D unit as shown in Figure 4. Press seam allowances toward A.
2. Fold and press the A-D unit in half wrong sides together to make the upper pillow back as shown in Figure 5. Align seams and stitch just below the seam line to form the button flap, again referring to Figure 5.
3. Mark and stitch three 5⁄8" buttonholes centered on the button flap 3" apart referring to Figure 6.
4. Slip one 11" x 18" batting piece inside the A-D unit, smoothing batting edge against button flap seam. Baste layers and quilt close to seams using a walking foot; trim batting. Trim length to 161/2" to make upper pillow back.
5. Stitch five A strips right sides together lengthwise to one 18" side of E to make A-E unit; press seams toward E.
6. Fold A-E unit in half wrong sides together along A/E seam and press. Smooth remaining 11" x 18" batting piece inside the folded A-E unit. Baste and quilt close to seams using a walking foot; trim batting. Trim length to 161/2" to make lower pillow back.
Completing the Pillow
1. With strips vertical on pillow front, position upper pillow back with strips horizontal, right sides together at the top of pillow front, raw edges even as shown in Figure 7.
2. Position the lower pillow back, overlapping upper pillow back, on bottom of pillow front with raw edges even and right sides together, again referring to Figure 7; pin in place.
3. Stitch around outer edge of pillow. Stitch again 1⁄8" from original stitching to reinforce seam. Trim corners and finish seam allowance with zigzag, overedge stitch or serger.
4. Turn the pillow right side out through the overlapped back pieces. Use buttonholes as placement guides and hand-stitch three buttons in place. Insert pillow form and close buttons to finish.