Quilted Garden Pillow

27 Oct 2014

Quilted Garden Pillow Tutorial by Anorina @ sameliasmum.com

 Hi there. It's Anorina here, from Samelia's Mum and today I am sharing a tutorial for a fun pillow (or if you're from where I am from, we call them cushions) using the beautiful new fabric line by Carina Gardner called Primrose Garden.

The most difficult step to making this pillow is choosing the fabrics from the Primrose Garden range. They're all lovely. I decided to begin with a focus fabric for the centre and the white and red for the outer corners/borders.

Primrose Garden Fabric Requirements


Fabric requirements:

  • C4040 Red Flowers – 1/2 yard
  • C4045 Red/White dot – 1/2 yard
  • C4044 White/Aqua dot – 1/2 yard
  • C4046 Red Stripe - 1/4 yard (Binding)
  • Coordinating print - 1/2 yard (Backing)
  • 18" square batting
Red/White dot 
  • Cut (2) 2 3/4" x WOF strips (outer border)
  • Cross-cut (2) 2 3/4" x 12 1/2"
  • Cross-cut (2) 2 3/4" x 17"
Red Stripe
  • Cut (2) 1 3/4" x WOF strips (binding)
Backing Fabric
  • Cut 16.5" square

Now, let's begin. I went into EQ7 and played around with sizing of the basic foundation pieced pineapple block. Please print this block and use a little bit of tape to line up and tape the four pages together. 

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1. Fussy cut a 9 1/2" square of the centre focus fabric (in my case it was the red flowers). As we place our fabrics on the back of the paper, place over the back of the A1 position (right side facing up) ensuring there is enough of a seam all the way around. Hold the paper up near a well lit window to assist with the placement. Pin the fabric in place.

2. Cut a piece of red dot fabric for the A2 position and place it with the right side facing down. Ensure it is large enough to cover the seams by at least 1/4" when it is flipped over.

Again, hold it up near a well lit window to assist in the placement. Pin in place (but not too close to the lines).

Foundation Piecing

3. Turn this over (ensuring the pieces of fabric have not moved) and take this all over to your sewing machine. Turn the stitch length down to approximately 1.0 - 1.2 and sew on the A2 line. I always like to begin a few stitches before the start of the line, and a few stitches after the end of the line.

Foundation Piecing 1

 4. Use a piece of cardboard (I just cut up a cereal box or in this instance a peanut m&m box) and place it over the sewn line. Fold it over the cardboard and use a ruler and rotary cutter to cut the 1/4" seam. Flip the fabric over so that the right side is now facing up (obviously, on the back of the paper).

Foundation Piecing 3

 4. Find the next foundation piece (A3) and repeat the previous steps. Hold up to the light to ensure placement, pin and sew on the line. Trim and flip the piece which you just sewed over so that it is facing up.

 Continue sewing the pieces, cutting fabric as you go to suit your needs. 

When all of the foundation pieces are sewn to the fabric, trim the paper on the dotted line. This line is 1/4" outside of the outside of the block. This extra 1/4" is the seam allowance.

Carefully tear away all of the foundation paper.

Foundation Piecing Tear Away

Press the block well. Use a little starch if necessary.

Sew the shorter 2 3/4" strips to either side of the foundation block and press.

Sew the remaining 2 3/4" border strips to the top and bottom of the block and press well.


Place the completed and well pressed square onto the batting and quilt straight lines. Personally, I like to change my stitch length to 3.5 - 4.0 when quilting straight lines. Use the sewing machine presser foot as a guide to keep the lines straight-ish...


Trim the quilted cushion top so that it is approximately ¾” wider than the cushion insert. Cut the backing fabric this same size.

Place the backing fabric face down and the cushion top with the right side facing up. Sew 3 of the 4 sides with a very scant ¼” seam. Place the cushion insert inside, and sew the remaining side with the scant seam.



Join the binding strips together end to end with 45-degree seams, then trim the seams and press them open.

** Starting approximately 4” from the bottom corner of one side of the pillow and leaving a tail for joining, sew the binding to the right side, mitring the corners as you go.

Stop approximately 6” from the starting point, (just after mitring and beginning to sew the last side). Join the ends of the binding neatly with a 45-degree seam, trim the surplus and finish sewing the binding to the pillow. 

Turn the pillow to the back, fold and slip-stitch the binding it in place along the seamline.


** I use a ½” seam when sewing the binding as I like the look of the wider binding.

Quilted Primrose Garden Pillow by Samelias Mum

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Happy Stitching!

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