THE SIMPLE LIFE Pieced Pillows

Posted by WendyS on Friday, October 5th, 2012

Hello!  My name is Wendy Sheppard from Ivory Spring, and I am most excited to be sharing with you a couple of pillow projects using the panel print and companion fabrics from The Simple Life collection!  [Disclaimer: This pillow project requires basic piecing knowledge.]

 [Image source: Screen shot from Riley Blake's website]

Here are the pillows.  The one in the foreground (Pillow A) finishes at 16", while the one in the background (Pillow B) finishes at 18" .

Supplies to make one Pillow A and one Pillow B:

1.  One panel print

2.  Fat quarters (one each): Simple Buntings Aqua, Simple Floral Aqua, Simple Dots, Aqua, Basic Solids Pepper - please read through cutting directions before cutting in the fabrics.

3.  Pillow Backing for Pillow A:  2 16 1/2" x 16 1/2" fabric squares (I used Simple Main Aqua)

4.  Pillow Backing for Pillow B:  2 18 1/2" x 18 1/2" fabric squares (I used Simple Main Aqua)

5.  Optional:  If quilting the pillow top before constructing pillow case, Pillow A requires 1 18" x 18" batting piece, and 1 18" x 18" a separate backing fabric piece; and Pillow B requires 1 20" x 20" batting piece, and 1 20" x 20" a separate backing fabric piece.

6.  1 16" and 1 18" pillow inserts.  I used Fairfield Poly-fil Home Elegance inserts for a nice plump look.

7.  Basic sewing notions

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I am dividing this tutorial into three parts:

1.  Pillow top construction.  Upon finishing constructing the pillow tops, you may choose to finish the pillow case according to method of choice.  I share how I finish my pillow tops in section 2 and 3.

2.  Quilting pillow top.  I like to quilt my pillow tops like I do quilt tops to give my pillow tops a slightly fuller and dimensional look.

3.  Pillowcase construction.  I use the simple envelope closure to finish with the pillowcase construction.

 

Section 1a.  Pillow top construction for Pillow A

Cutting directions:

From panel print, center design and cut one panel block to measure 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" square.

From simple dots aqua FQ, cut 4 2 7/8" x 2 7/8" and 8 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares

From simple floral aqua FQ, cut 4 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares, 4 2 7/8" x 2 7/8" squares, and 4 1 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangles

From basic solids pepper FQ, cut 4 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares

From simple buntings aqua FQ, center design and cut 4 1 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangles.   [When you look at the bunting fabric, you will notice that under one of the bunting rows are two rows of dashed lines.  Take a look at the top right portion of the photo below,  you can see that I placed the 1/4" mark of my ruler on/close to the row of dashed lines closest to the bunting row.  I then measured 1 1/2" from the right edge of the ruler and cut the rectangles to the correct 1 1/2" width.]

From panel print, look for the scalloped striped border.  So, you would measure 1/4" from the bottom of the stripes, and measure out 2 1/2" wide.  Cut 4 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangles. 

Before you cut, you would want to check to see if the 4 1/4" mark falls within the blue scallop area and not the white dot within the scallop.  Adjust the position of your ruler lengthwise accordingly and cut the rectangle at 8 1/2". By doing that, you will make sure you get the nice blue triangle tip in the flying geese units as shown in the image below.  [Note:  you don't have to bother with this extra step if you don't care if the tip lands on the white circle in the scallop, and just cut the rectangles as mentioned above.]

Step 1 (Flying Geese Units):

Sew together 1 1 1/2" x 8 1/2" simple floral aqua rectangle, 1 1/2" x 8 1/2" simple buntings rectangle, and 1 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" scallop/stripe rectangle to make a pieced rectangle unit.


Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" simple dots aqua square.  Place the square, right sides together, on one end of the pieced rectangle unit.  Sew on the drawn line.  Trim 1/4" away from the sewn line. 

Open to reveal the simple dots aqua triangle. Press. 

Repeat with another 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" simple dots aqua square on the other end of the pieced rectangle unit to complete one flying geese unit.

 

Make a total of 4 units.

Step 2: Corner Units

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of a 2 7/8" x 2 7/8" simple dots aqua square.  Lay it, right sides together, on a 2 7/8" x 2 7/8" simple floral aqua square.  Sew 1/4" away from the drawn line, right and left sides of the line.  Cut along the drawn line to yield 2 half-square-triangle units (HST).  Open and press.  Repeat to make a total of 8 units.

Sew together 2 HSTs, 1 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" simple floral aqua square and 1 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" basic solids pepper square to make a corner unit.

Make a total of 4 corner units.

Step 3:  Assembly

Sew 2 flying geese units on the right and left sides of the 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" panel block square.

Sew 2 corner units to the right and left sides of 1 flying geese unit.  Repeat to make a total of 2 corner units/flying geese combo unit.

 

Arrange and sew together all the sewn sections to complete the pillow top.  It should measure approximately 16 1/2" x 16 1/2". 

 

Section 1b.  Pillow top construction for Pillow B

Cutting directions:

From panel print, center design and cut 4 panel blocks to measure 7 1/2" x 7 1/2" square.

From panel print where the stripes border is, cut 4 3/4" x 7 1/2" rectangles

From basic solids pepper FQ, cut 8 3/4" x 7 1/2", 2 3/4" x 15 1/4" and 2 3/4" x 15 3/4" rectangles

From basic floral aqua FQ, cut 1 3/4" x 3/4" square, 2 1 7/8" x 15 1/4" and 2 1 7/8" x 18 1/2" rectangles

Step 1 (Pieced Sashing Units):

Sew together 2 3/4" x 7 1/2" basic solids pepper and 1 3/4" x 7 1/2" blue stripe rectangles to make a sashing unit.

Make a total of 4 units.

Step 2 (Assembly):

Sew 2 7 1/2" panel blocks and 1 sashing unit together.  Repeat for the other 2 panel blocks and 1 sashing unit.

Sew 2 sashing units and 1 3/4" x 3/4" basic floral aqua together.

Arrange and sew all the sewn sections together.

Add to the right and left sides basic solids pepper 3/4" x 15 1/4" rectangles.  Then add to the top and bottom sides basic solids pepper 3/4" x 15 3/4" rectangles.

Add to the left and right sides basic floral aqua 1 7/8" x 15 3/4" rectangles.  Then add to top and bottom sides basic floral aqua 1 7/8" x 18 1/2" rectangles to complete pillow top.  It should measure 18 1/2" x 18 1/2" approximately.

 

Section 2.  Quilting pillow top (optional)

Layer the pillow top right side up on top of the batting pieces and the wrong side of the backing fabric square.  Baste and quilt as desired.  I kept the quilting simple on mine.

Trim pillow sandwiches to measure 16 1/2" square for Pillow A and 18 1/2" square for Pillow B.

 

Section 3.  Pillowcase construction

Turn under one edge of the pillow backing square (16 1/2" for Pillow A, 18 1/2" for Pillow B) about 1/4".  Turn under again between 3 1/2" and 4 1/2" and press.  Do this for both backing squares, and edge stitch to secure each flap with an edge stitch foot.

Place quilted pillow top right side up.  Place the backing pieces on the pillow top right sides together, and finished edges facing the center.  Adjust the backing pieces so that the finished edges overlap approximately 5 to 7" and the raw edges of the pillow top and backing pieces are properly aligned.  Trim off any excess of the backing pieces, if any.  Pin and sew pieces together using a 1/4" seam allowance all around the outer edge of the pillowcase.  Clip the corners.  Reduce bulk of the seam allowance by using a zigzag stitch.  Turn pillowcase right side out, and press.  Insert pillow form.

I hope you will enjoy making these pillows using the darling fabrics from The Simple Life collection.  You still have 4 more panel blocks left from the panel print.  You can either make another Pillow B, or FOUR (!!!) Pillow A's to use up the entire panel print, or wherever creativity takes you.  Please note that extra fabrics will be needed if you choose to make the extra pillows.  I doubt you will only buy just the recommended FQ's listed in the supplies list.  Also, should you decide to make the extra pillows, chances are you will need to use other companion fabrics to substitute for the pieces (like the scallops and stripes) cut from the panel print.  But I imagine that's where the real fun is -- you get to play mix-and-match with all the fabrics offered in the collection to come up with your own collection of pillows!  I am curious to know the setting in which you can see these pillows -- sun room, sewing room, kids' room... any thoughts?


Category: Home Decor


Comments

  1. What a great tutorial. Beautiful fabric. This would certainly look cute in a little girls room, but I see many uses of this tutorial. Thank you! SewCalGal www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com
    by SewCalGal
    October 05th, 2012 at 6:24 p.m.
  2. Great tutorial, and I love the fabric!
    by Billie
    October 06th, 2012 at 6:08 p.m.


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