What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow #2

 

what can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make. Pillow 2 @ wowilikethat.comWhat can a thrifted sheet and 1 fat quarter make?

Sorry before I said 4 pillows but I squeezed one more out of my little scraps so to be truthful it is 5 adorable pillows.

Today is the one shown above.  I had showed this pillow to my friend who quilts and she said she can’t do little squares. Just can’t do them. Said she doesn’t have patience to do them. I said they really aren’t little squares and you can do them.

So on to the little squares that really aren’t little squares or more affectionately called Pillow #2.

**Be forewarned. There will be extra strip fabric left over when done but that is because there will be enough for Pillow #4. Be patient.

I used my thrifted sheet and one fat quarter of Andover Fabrics Sun Prints to make. You can buy Sun Prints from almost any quilt shop or you can get it from Amazon here.

Cut:  Four 2″ x 26″ of print fabric.

Two 2″ x 1-1/2″ solid fabric (mine was the thrifted sheet)

what can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make. Pillow 2 @ wowilikethat.com

Stitch one  2″ x 26″ print to one 2″ x 26″ solid to one 2″ x 26 print using 1/4″ seams. Press flat.

Repeat with the remaining 3 strips.

what can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make. Pillow 2 @ wowilikethat.com

*Quick Tip – When I use sheets for sewing, I rarely if ever cut with a rotary cutter. I rip instead.  Sheets as well as many other cotton fabrics, rip straight and it is quicker than cutting.  I couldn’t do it on the String of Pearls – I tried but it made the fabric funky so I used the rotary cutter.

See the two sewn together strips above?  Cut or rip a 1-1/4″ x 26″ strip. Stitch this strip in the middle of the 2 pieced strips. what can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make. Pillow 2 @ wowilikethat.com

See the 1-1/4″ strip sewn on the piece above?  As always, press before moving on. Also if needed, straighten up any wiggly edges. Dimensions don’t have to be exact, it can always be fixed at the end. Just make sure everything is even.

Cut the stitched piece into 2″ strips as shown above. Six cut 2″ strips are needed for Pillow #2.

My strips measured 9-1/2 long. I cut or rather ripped three 1″ x 10″ strips. Making it a little longer gives me room to straighten up.

Stitch the 1″ strips to the middle of two 2″ pieces.  Do this 3 times.

what can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make. Pillow 2 @ wowilikethat.com

Above is 2 of the 3 times.  As always, press flat and straighten the edges.

Swhat can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make. Pillow 2 @ wowilikethat.com

Cut or rip two 1-1/2″ x 10″ strips to join the 3 stitched pieces together. Press flat, trim up any wiggly edges.

what can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make. Pillow 2 @ wowilikethat.com

Above is the strips all stitched together – plus some iron water marks. Eeek. Plus shown is the top and bottom piece stitched also.  I made my pillow for a 16″ pillow form. Therefore my fabric needs to be 16-1/2 before stitching the back on.  That is 16″ finished plus 1/4″ seam allowance on both sides for sewing.

My top and bottom pieces were 3-1/4″ wide x the length of the stitched piece which was 13-1/2″.  It does not have to be this exact measure.  Make it work.  If your piece is smaller. Add more fabric to this outside piece.  Got it? Stitch and press flat.

 What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? @ wowilikethat.com

Do the same for the sides.  Figure what is needed to make a 16-1/2″ piece. I needed two 1-3/4″ x 16-1/2″.  Again, this doesn’t have to be perfect nor even a perfect square. Stitch and press flat and trim any wiggly edges.  That is it. The pillow top is done.

I spray basted to a piece of batting and to a backing piece and quilted with simple straight lines on a diagonal.

 What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? @ wowilikethat.com

To quilt on a diagonal: draw one line, stitch on that line.  Use the edge of your presser foot to add additional lines.

What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow #2 @ wowilikethat.com

Since I was using a sheet, I had some already hemmed edges that I used for the back.  First trim up your quilted piece.  Lay the quilted piece on a flat surface.  Two pieces of fabric are needed the depth of the pillow x the width of the pillow plus at least 4″.  If needed, hem the edges. Press.

Lay the fabric right sides together with the quilted pillow top. Overlapping in the middle. (In reading this it doesn’t sound clear. If unsure on how to make a slip in pillow or envelope pillow back – Tater Tots and Jello has some easy instructions here.) Sorry I was done when I realized my shots of this step weren’t that clear. If you have additional questions, ask.

Stitch all around. I used a zig zag stitch and stitched all these seams too so that it can be washed without raveling.  If preferred, it can be serged.

What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow #2 @ wowilikethat.com

Clip corners, turn and press well.  Insert pillow form and that is it. Pretty pillow for very little money and very little time.

What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow #2 @ wowilikethat.com

If you have questions, ask.

In a couple days I’ll post how-to’s for Pillow # 3 shown below.

What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow #2 @ wowilikethat.com

See you next time.

Debbie

8 thoughts on “What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow #2

    • During the summer, here in Pittsburgh, there is a monthly flea market for just antiques. I go only because of the lady who sells the vintage linen and sheets. Well she also sells old buttons. I have a serious obsession with old buttons too.

      If the sheets fit my bed, I use them. Old sheets feel heavenly. They are stiffer but smoother than anything you can buy now. I love them. If they don’t or if they are funky from 50’s or 60’s, I cut them up and make new pillow cases from them.

      Last year at the antique flea market I got 10 vintage pillow cases for free. They were stuffed inside a trunk and they were selling the trunk. When I opened the trunk, they said they didn’t want the pillowcases and if I wanted the old things I could take them. They were stunning. They were all off white with hand crocheted edgings. I embroidered on them and gave them all way at Christmas. Everyone loved them or at least they said they loved them because I was so in love with them they didn’t have the heart to say otherwise. I should have kept a set for myself but didn’t. More will come along or I’ll just get some of your spares. :) Use your sheets cause someone in heaven will be smiling when you do.
      Thanks for writing.
      Debbie

    • Thanks for sending your giveaway. I’ll get it posted. Awww it is so nice to hear that you won some things. Thanks for letting me know. Not sure what was wrong with the email but I haven’t check it since this morning so maybe it was just a short server issue. Anyway, thanks for reading and writing and sharing the giveaway.

      Debbie

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