What 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)
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.
*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.
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.
Above is 2 of the 3 times. As always, press flat and straighten the edges.
Cut or rip two 1-1/2″ x 10″ strips to join the 3 stitched pieces together. Press flat, trim up any wiggly edges.
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.
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.
To quilt on a diagonal: draw one line, stitch on that line. Use the edge of your presser foot to add additional lines.
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.
Clip corners, turn and press well. Insert pillow form and that is it. Pretty pillow for very little money and very little time.
If you have questions, ask.
In a couple days I’ll post how-to’s for Pillow # 3 shown below.
See you next time.