Hello! I'm Heather Jones of www.oliveandollie.com. I am so excited to share my first project as a member of Riley Blake's Design Team with you today! We'll be making a fun Modern Log Cabin pillow cover with an envelope closure using some of Carina Gardner's beautiful Dainty Blossom fabrics. The front is a modern spin on the traditional log cabin quilting block, and with it's clean lines and simple construction, this pillow cover is easy enough for a beginner and it makes a quick project for an experienced sewist. The envelope closure makes it easy to change out the pillow cover whenever you want, plus it is machine washable, which is a must if you have small children and pets like I do! Make a few of these out of your favorite fabrics for a fast and simple way to bring color to any space in your home!
You'll need a total of five fabrics for this project, 1/4 yard each of four fabrics and 1/2 yard for the backing. I used Pink Dainty Floral, Green Dainty Dots, Pale Pink solid, and Pink Dainty Blooms for the front of the pillow, and Pink Dainty Dots for the back.
For this project you'll also need a rotary cutter, straight edge, cutting mat, sewing machine, coordinating thread, straight pins, safety pins, scissors, and one or two premade 20” pillow forms per pillow.
Pillow front layout diagram
Measurements for all front pieces:
Piece 1= 4 ½” x 4 ½”
Piece 2= 2 ½” x 4 ½”
Piece 3= 2 ½” x 4 ½”
Piece 4= 2 ½” x 8 ½”
Piece 5= 1 ½” x 8 ½”
Piece 6= 3 ½” x 7 ½”
Piece 7= 2 ½” x 7 ½”
Piece 8= 2 ½” x 13 ½”
Piece 9= 3 ½” x 13 ½”
Piece 10= 3 ½” x 12 ½”
Piece 11= 4 ½” x 12 ½”
Piece 12= 4 ½” x 20 ½”
Piece 13= 4 ½” x 20 ½”
Cutting instructions for the front:
1. From the Pink Dainty Floral fabric, cut a 4 ½” square.
2. From the Green Dainty Dots fabric, cut (1) 2 ½” x Width of Fabric (WOF) strip. Subcut the strip into (2) 2 ½” x 4 ½” strips (pieces 2 & 3), and (2) 2 ½” x 8 ½” strips. Keep one strip at 2 ½” x 8 ½” (piece 4). Trim the remaining 8 ½” long strip so that it measures 1 ½” x 8 ½” (piece 5).
3. From the Pale Pink solid fabric, cut (1) 2 ½” x WOF strip and (1) 3 ½” x WOF strip. From the 2 ½” strip, subcut it into (1) 2 ½” x 7 ½” strip (piece 7) and (1) 2 ½” x 13 ½” strip (piece 8). From the 3 ½” strip, subcut it into (1) 3 ½” x 7 ½” strip (piece 6) and (1) 3 ½” x 13 ½” strip (piece 9).
4. From the Pink Dainty Blooms fabric, cut (2) 4 ½” x WOF strips. Subcut one strip into (2) 4 ½” x 12 ½” strips. Keep one strip at 4 ½” x 12 ½” (piece 11). Trim the other 12 ½” strip so that it measures 3 ½” x 12 ½” (piece 10). Subcut the other strip into (2) 4 ½” x 20 ½” strips (pieces 12 and 13).
Lay out all of your pattern pieces on a flat surface, following the arrangement in the diagram above.
Construct the log cabin block for the front of the pillow cover:
1. Sew Piece 2 to the top of square 1, right sides together. Press seams open. Sew Piece 3 to the bottom of square 1, right sides together. Press seams open.
2. Sew Piece 4 to right side of the pieced square, right sides together. Press seams open. Sew strip 5 to the left side of the pieced square, right sides together. Press seams open.
Here's what the block will look like after the first round of "logs" is attached.
3. Sew Piece 6 to top of the pieced square, right sides together. Press seams open. Sew Piece 7 to the bottom of the pieced square, right sides together. Press seams open.
4. Sew Piece 8 to right side of the pieced square, right sides together. Press seams open. Sew Piece 9 to the left side of the pieced square, right sides together. Press seams open.
Here's what the block will look like after the second round of "logs" is attached.
5. Sew Piece 10 to the top of the pieced square, right sides together. Press seams open. Sew Piece 11 to the bottom of the pieced square, right sides together. Press seams open.
6. Sew Piece 12 to the right side of the pieced square, right sides together. Press seams open. Sew Piece 13 to the left side of the pieced square, right sides together. Press seams open.
Congratulations! You’re finished with the front of the pillow! Square it up if necessary with a rotary cuter and a straight edge.
Create the envelope back
7. Cut a 15 ½” x WOF strip of the Pink Dainty Dots fabric for the back. Subcut it into (2) 15 ½” x 20 ½” pieces.
8. With the wrong side of the fabric facing up, fold and press ½” along the long side of the fabric with a hot iron. Then, fold again, 1 ½” along the same side of the fabric and press with a hot iron. Repeat with the second backing piece of fabric.
9. Pin the hem that you just created and edge stitch along the inside edge of the fold. Repeat with the second backing piece of fabric.
10. Place one backing piece on a flat surface, wrong side up, with the hem on the left-hand side and running vertically. Place the second backing piece, wrong side up and with the hem on the right-hand side and running vertically, on top of the first one, overlapping the two pieces so that they together measure 20 ½” in width.
11. Pin the two pieces together and edge stitch the top and bottom areas where the two pieces overlap, to create one backing piece.
Tip: Use a couple of safety pins or straight pins to join the two pieces together in the center, near the hem, to make it easier to move from the table to the sewing machine.
If you look closely in the photo above, you can see the stitches that secure both backing pieces together, just near my fingers.
Tip: If you used straight pins to secure the middle section of the back, switch to safety pins now. You don't want to poke your fingers during the last few steps!
Sew front of pillow to the back:
12. Place the front of the pillow cover on top of the back of the pillow cover, right sides together, and pin in place. Keep the safety pins on the backing to stabilize the envelope section during this step. Sew all around perimeter of the pillow square, making sure to stop ¼” away from the next side and pivot fabric to continue around all four sides. Backstitch to secure stitches.
Tip: At the end of each side of the pillow cover, be sure to stop your sewing machine with the needle down, lift the presser foot of your machine, and pivot the fabric 90 degrees counterclockwise. Then lower your presser foot and continue to sew down the next side.
13. Finish the raw seams of the pillow cover by serging them or sewing them with a zig zag stitch on your sewing machine.
14. Remove safety pins from the hem and turn pillow cover right side out. Voila! You’re finished with the pillow cover and ready to stuff it.
15. Stuff with a 20” premade pillow form. For an extra full pillow, stuff with two 20” premade pillow forms.
Isn't it cute?? I made another pillow out of the same fabrics, but you can see that I switched their placements in the pattern. Just by changing the fabrics around, the pillow has a completely different look!
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and that you make some of these modern log cabin pillow covers for yourself! I've made a pdf of the pattern available to you as an easy, free download on google docs. Just click on this link for your own copy.
I just picked up a bunch of pillow forms ...
I can't wait to try this!
Thank you so much for the GREAT tutorial Heather!
Please take a minute and go visit Heather's blog
She's got a GREAT giveaway that you won't want to miss!
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~See you next Wednesday for another fabulous tutorial~