How to Make a Patchwork Pillow

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By Guest Blogger Annabelle Carter Short

Patchwork projects can be a lot of fun and they can give you a product that is uniquely your own. Depending on the fabric and pattern that you use, you can create something purely one-of-a-kind.

If you’ve never made a patchwork pillow before, you might be a little intimidated on how to do so. Don’t worry, though, because with this step-by-step guide you’ll be able to create your own patchwork pillow in no time.

1. Gather What You Need

The first thing you’ll want to do is to gather the materials you’ll need for this project such as scissors, fabrics, thread, pins, measuring tape, rotary cutters, filling for the pillow, and a mat to work on.

When it comes to fabric, you can use whatever colors and patterns you want – this is where you get to personalize your patchwork pillow. In reference to material, it’s wise to use cotton for this. Cotton is easy to work with and it will offer you a soft surface for your pillow.

2. Creating Your Patches

The size of the patches that you use for your pillow depends on the scale you want your patches to be and how big you want your pillow to be. For now, we’ll settle on a 12-inch by 12-inch pillow with 16 patches on the front.

For this size and number, you’ll want to cut out double the squares you need. So, for a 16 patch pillow, you’ll want 32 squares. Once again, these patches sizes will depend on how big you want your pillow but you’ll also want to keep these squares all the same size. You’ll also want to cut out enough cotton to add a border to your pillow around your patches.

3. Sewing the Squares

To start sewing the patches together, place two square that you want to make up a single patch on top of one another. These should be positioned so that when one corner is pulled back to create the patch, both sections of fabric are facing the right way.

These stacked squares should be sewn together from point to point down the middle. Whether you want to create patches for the back of the pillow or if you want a bare backing is up to you.

4. Iron the Patches into Position

Now, you’ll want to position these patches so that they show the two complementary fabrics in two triangles. To do this, you’ll want to fold the corner of the patch to its opposite corner – across the sewn center line – to reveal the second pattern.

To keep these in place, use an iron to sew them flat. You don’t need to worry about sewing the edges right now because these patches will be permanently fixed into position when the patches are sewn to one another.

5. Sewing Together the Front and Back

Now, you can gather your patches into position and sew them together to form the front of your pillow. After you connect your patches, you will also want to pull out that border you made in the beginning and sew that around the edges of your patchwork section.

If you are creating a patchwork back, you will also want to take this step create the other side as well.

6. Finishing Touches

Finally, you’ll want to get ready to finish off your pillow. To do this, start to sew your front and back together but don’t close the the pillow up completely – leave one side open. On the side you left open, insert the filling into the pillow and sew the final side closed.

What you do with your patchwork pillow once you’re done is up to you. However, if you aren’t sure, you have a few options. For one, you could add a touch of personalization with a gift ribbon or tag with your logo or name on it and sell your product through your own store or a platform like Etsy.

If you aren’t looking for a profit but still want to share your patchwork pillow, you could always gift it to someone special.

About the author: Annabelle Carter Short is a freelance writer and a seamstress of more than 6 years. She is a craft lover and would like to start online Arts & Crafts business one day. Annabelle is a mother and she loves making crafts with her two children, Leo and Michelle. When not working, she’s spending time with her family or putting pen to paper for her own personal pursuits. Annabelle writes for several online publications and magazines.

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