What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make?
Again for a 16″ pillow form, the finished size needs to be 16-1/2″ or there about. That is the finished size of the pillow front plus outside seam allowances.
This pillow has 3 squares that diminish in size. It is visual movement as if the birds were flying flying out and flying in. At least in my thoughts, that it how it worked.
From the fat quarter, cut 3 squares. One 3″, one 2″ and one 1″.
These squares need sewn to strips of fabric which are the same width. I cut one 18″ or there about strips 3″ wide, 2″ wide and 1″ wide. Or rather, I ripped the strips. Sheets rip straighter than I can cut.
Lay the squares on a flat surface and position as shown. Cut corresponding strips so that fabric can be sewn to the top and bottom of each square and keep with your placement/design.
Sew the cut strips to both the top and bottom of the matching squares always using a 1/4″ seam allowance and press flat.
With the strips pressed flat, lay the sewn strips together to get the placement perfect. If the strips were 18″ long, there is plenty of room to move around and get just right. Flip one other strip to the middle strip, right sides together. Pin here or there to keep place and stitch using a 1/4 seam allowance. Press flat and return to the flat surface and flip and pin the remaining outside strip to the other side of the middle strip. Again pin here or there to keep the placement and stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press flat. Trim top and bottom edges to make even. It doesn’t matter that the size is as extra pieces can be added to make it 16-1/2″. Which is what I did because my fabric was getting skimpy and I didn’t have enough to make the full square. Makes no difference though, still looks good in the end. If you have enough fabric, cut all strips long enough that they can be trimmed to 16-1/2″
I then stitched a 9-1/2″ piece to the right of the squared piece. It was the largest piece I had left. I still needed a little extra and also didn’t want my square to smack up against my side seam, so I added a 3″ strip to the left side. I trimmed and pressed and then added a strip to the top to make the whole pillow front 16-1/2″ x 16-1/2″. Just make it work.
Once the front was stitched and pressed, I embroidered the beautiful birds. The beautiful birds design is from Urban Threads. If machine embroidery isn’t an option, no worries as Urban Threads also have this as a hand embroidery design. Again, the machine embroidery is beautiful but it would be even more beautiful being hand stitched, I just can’t do that. I have carpal tunnel. The hand embroidery design costs $1.00. The machine embroidery design cost $3.00. No wonder I love that shop so much.
Shame on me – I used regular cotton sewing thread for the embroidery. And I used it in the bobbin too. If you have a machine that does machine embroidery, jiminy crickets the gals at the store would say you can never, ever do that. But truth be told, you can. I had an embroidery shop for years and I know all kinds of tricks. I do use embroidery thread – for my quilting. Anyway, I used the cotton thread because I wanted it matte not glossy.
Trim up all your sides. Again you could have a 15″ square and the 16″ pillow form would fit. No stressing here as it will be beautiful regardless of the size.
Quilt as desired. I did straight line quilting starting around the embroidery design.
For the back, I pieced together pieces, then strips. Pressed, trimmed and used the same instructions on Pillow #2 to make an envelope back.
That is it. Pretty Pillow #3 made for a song and a dance.
As always, any questions just ask. I’ll answer.
I’ll have Pillow #4 in a day or so.
Happy Sunday & see you next time. Also, if you haven’t visited the Giveaway List in a few days, do so. There is about a zillion trillion giveaways. Ok – at least over 100 and some spectacular ones too. Giveaway List can be found at the top of the page.
PS..in looking at my pictures my sewing room looks dirty. That isn’t trick photography. It is dirty. I can’t work full time, sew and do my other stuff and clean too. I had to give up something. Look past the dirt, ok?