Spring Pinwheel Pillow Tutorial

Posted by HeidiF on Monday, March 31st, 2014

Hello again, fellow sewers!  I'm so excited to be back visiting from my blog Honeybear Lane to share this fun spring/summer pinwheel pillow tutorial.  

Pinwheels are the epitome of summer, aren't they?  And they are such an easy quilter's staple.  Even if you've never quilted before, you can make pinwheels without needing advanced sewing skills.  And look what a cute little button-up backside...


From Riley Blake's Unforgettable Collection 

-Main in Brown, 5x5 square

-Hexi Pink, 5x5 square

-Petals Blue, 5x5 square

-Wallpaper Yellow, 5x5 square

-1 fat quarter white cotton

-1 fat quarter Wallpapers Yellow Stripes

-1/4 yard Wallpapers Blue Stripes

5 coordinating buttons

Fat Quarter Fusible Interfacing

Fat Quarter Wonder Under

18x18 pillow insert


Step 1:  Iron the Wonder Under to your four 5x5 squares, leave the paper on the other side.  Cut the squares in half on the diagonal to make two triangles of each.  Then cut on of the triangles in each fabric in half again and in half again.  

Step 2:  Prepare your pillow front and back fabric.  Cut the white fat quarter to 18x18" and iron the fusible interfacing to one side so it's nice and sturdy.  Cut your fat quarter of Wallpapers Yellow Stripes to 20x18 and cut it in half so you have two pieces that are 10x18.  Iron the 18" side over 1/4" and another 1/4" and sew down.  

Step 3:  Arrange your triangle pieces on your white pillow front fabric (making sure the interfacing is on the bottom) and iron on when you get them like the design shown.  

Use a blanket stitch on your machine, applique around each triangle.  

Step 4:  Sew five buttons on the hem of one of your backing pieces and use the buttons as a guide to mark where your buttonholes will be.  Use your buttonhole foot to create five buttonholes.  Use a seam ripper to rip open your buttonholes and button up your two backing pieces.

Step 5:  Put your back and front together, WRONG sides together.  If you don't want to bind your pillow, you can put them RIGHT sides together and then flip it right side out.  I love the look of binding on pillows though, so I sewed it WRONG sides together (with a 3/8th seam allowance.)  Then I trimmed the edges so there is a 1/4" seam allowance all around.

Step 6:  Make a binding by cutting two WOF strips of the Wallpapers Blue Stripes and sewing together at an angle.  Then iron the binding in half.  

Step 7:  Bind your pillow using this tutorial.  

Category: Home Decor


  1. I love this pillow! And I Love, love, love your site. Sooo tasteful and gorgeous!
    by Pat Thompson
    March 31st, 2014 at 6:24 p.m.

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