Celebrate your red, white and blue this Summer with a fun pillow sewing tutorial by the incredible Nicole of the Sewing Rabbit Team! This patriotic patchwork pillow tutorial is a great way to use up some of your red, white & blue scraps – and will keep your tushy comfy while watching fireworks and eating smores all Summer long :). Get the DIY below!
Patriotic Patchwork Pillow Tutorial
Hi friends! Nicole here from Modern Handcraft with a pillow cover tutorial that you can create for the Fourth of July! I am a huge fan of pillow covers for holidays, they slip right over your current pillow, are cheap to make, and take up very little room in storage!
This one uses great red, white and blue fabrics but can easily use up your scraps from your scrap bin to create a fun scrappy cover.
Materials needed: Finished pillow size 18″ 18″
- Fat quarter of Red, White and Blue fabric (fabrics used today are from Timeless treasures and are part of their sketch basic line) – cut into pieces measuring 2.5″ x 5″
- 1/4 yard cut of fabric for your pillow back – cut into two pieces measuring 14″ x 18.5″
- Heat N Bond Fusible Fleece
- Coordinating Thread
- Sewing Machine and Notions (straight pins, iron, rotary cutter, cutting mat, acrylic ruler)
Step 1: (seam allowances are 1/4″ unless noted)
- Cut your three fabrics into 2.5″ x 5″ rectangles. For this particular there are a total of 36 rectangles (12 red / 12 white / 12 blue)
- Lay your rectangles out in your desired pattern, I chose to do a red white and blue pattern with the colors doing a stairstep design. You will lay out 4 rows of 9 rectangles.
- Sew your rows together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
- When finished turn over your 4 rows and iron the seam allowance in opposite directions like shown above. This will help you “nest” your seams together and make it easier to pin and sew your rows.
- Line up your seams and pin.
- Sew your 4 rows together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
- Iron open your seams after sewing each row together.
- Turn your pillow cover front over and press flat.
- Now at your iron using high heat and steam fuse your pillow front to your heat n bond fusible fleece. Trim the extra fleece from the edges.
- You do not have to quilt the front of your pillow if using the fusible fleece but I think it always adds a nice touch to your quilted items. A straight line stitch along each seam looks nice or if you can do a free motion stitch a fun pattern would look great as well!
- At your iron, take your two backing pieces measuring 14″ x 18.5″ and iron over one of the long sides .5″ and then another .5″. Do this on each piece. This will be for our envelope backing.
- Stitch along the inside of your folded edge.
- Place your pillow top facing up, and layer your two envelope backing pieces facing down. Make sure that your folded edges are both towards the middle like shown above. Pin in place.
- Sew around the perimeter of your pillow using a 1/4″ seam allowance, when finished trim the edges.
- You can add a nice zig zag stitch around the edges to keep the fabric from fraying while on your pilllow.
You are finished!!