Friday, August 12, 2011

Quilted Stripes Pillow Tutorial : :

Purple, Grey, and Yellow Strip Pillow

Today I'm going to share a tutorial with you for a simple pillow cover -- My Favorite Colors Stripey Toss Pillow. A project designed to showoff your favorite color combinations that's quick, easy, and turns out super cute! It's a great project for a beginner quilter, if you want a project to practice sewing those perfect straight lines with your machine, and also great if you need to get a little hand quilting practice in.

What you'll need : :
  • 1 - Pillow Insert measuring 12" x 16"
  • 8 - 2.5" x 12.5" strips of quilting weight cotton fabric in your favorite color combination
  • 2 - 9" x 12.5" pieces of fabric for the back of the pillow
  • 1 - piece of cotton batting measuring 14" x 18" 
  • 1 - piece of cotton muslin measuring 14" x 18"
  • Threads and Pearl Cotton floss in coordinating colors
  • Sharp scissors and an embroidery needle
  • Embroidery Hoop or Quilting Hoop
  • Note * Click on any of my images for a larger picture 

Cutting and Piecing the Fabrics : :

1. Choose eight different fabrics with a color scheme of your choice (you can find my inspiration for the Purple, Yellow, and Grey color scheme of my pillow here) 2. Cut the fabrics into eight 2.5" x 12.5" pieces (I recommend using a rotary cutter and mat set for cutting)
purple + yellow + greyFabric Color strips

3. Leaving a 1/4" seam allowance, sew the fabric strips together. Sewn together, each color will measure 2", the entire piece 16.5" 4. On the reverse side, press all seams open. Once finished, give the front side a good press, as well
Sew together, press seams openSeams Pressed Open -- back

After these Cutting and Piecing steps, the pillow top should look like this : :
sewn together, seams pressed open -- front
Layering and Quilting the Pillow Top : :

5. Cut Muslin and Batting to measure 14" x 18" -- Cutting these pieces larger will help when quilting. At a later point the excess will be trimmed away 6. Layer Muslin, Batting, and Pieced Pillow Top
Muslin and BattingLayers -- Muslin, Batting, Pillow Top

7. Prepare for machine quilting. Pin layers together well, adding a few pins running down each of the eight different fabrics that makeup your pillow top 8. Stitch on either side of the seams as shown in the photo below (I used a pale purple and deep purple thread to match my color choices) 9. Once quilted, remove pins
Pin and StitchPin and Stitch

After these Quilting steps, the pillow top should look like this : :
Quilted Pillow Top

10. Using a large ruler or straight edge, trim away excess fabric, batting, and muslin. The pillow top should now measure 12.5" x 16.5"
Square up sides -- backSquare up sides -- front
Adding the Hand Quilted Detail : :

11. Carefully put the quilted pillow top inside the embroidery/quilting hoop, stretching it taught, but not too tight. 12. Cut a length of floss, thread strand onto embroidery needle, knotting one end
Add some StitchingHoop and Floss

13. For a running Stitch : : Insert needle up through the bottom, pull the stitch through until the knot catches, insert down through the front and pull back through. Repeat leaving a little space between each stitch, like shown in the photo below. Try to keep those stitches even.
Running StitchRunning Stitch

After these Hand Quilting steps, the pillow top should look like this : : Pillow Top Finished
Sew pillow together : :

14. Prepare back pieces -- Using the 9" x 12.5" fabric pieces, fold over one of the sides measuring 12.5" just a 1/4", press, fold over again, press. Sew along inner folded edge and along the outer edge, staying close to the fold. This will create the double seam finish. 15. Place pillow top piece RIGHT side up on your work surface. Place both backing pieces RIGHT side down on top of the pillow top piece. Pin and sew along entire perimeter using a 1/4" seam allowance. 16. Zig zag stitch around the entire perimeter, as well
Pin Back Frabric OnZig Zag Finish

17. Trim all four corners
Trim CornerTrim Corner -- done

18. Turn pillow right side out (You can see here that I added my striped fabric running in different directions just for something different). Press well
Back Finished

19. Insert your pillow form and now you have your very own Favorite Colors Stripey Toss Pillow!!!
Purple, Grey, and Yellow Strip Pillow
Purple, Grey, and Yellow Strip Pillow

Wishing a wonderful weekend to all!!! 
Be sure to let me know if you give it a go!


  1. I love your pillow! The color combination is amazing, and the lines are so clean. Thank you for sharing how you put it together. I think I'm going to pin this to save it for later! :)

  2. Awesome pillow. Thanks for showing how it came about. I'm going right now put it on my to do list.

  3. Thanks so much for this tutoral! I want to teach my girls to quilt in school this year, and this is the best first project I could imagine!!!!

  4. Thank you!

    Strawdermans, I agree! I will have my first little sewing class this Fall, with my boys and a few other local children eager to sew! This project is going to be perfect for them!

    I'm also thinking it'll make a great little gift!

  5. What a pretty color combination! As soon as Pinterest is back up, I'm pinning this.

  6. Thanks for the amazing tutorial. Lovely work and colors!

  7. Wow, this must have been a ton of work to post! Thanks for the tutorial, my daughter wants to sew and this is a great project for her to start with. I like the added touch of the embroidered stitching; very cute and creative.

  8. Janet, Thank you! It is a bit of work to put these tutorials together, but I really enjoy the process!

    Thanks again!

  9. GORGEOUS!!!! I'm sorry for shouting but your pillow and tutorial are so phenomenal!!! Thanks so for sharing!!

  10. Carmen, Thank you! The comments really are what make taking the time to create these tutorials worth it! I usually don't get many comments compared to the number of visitors I get, so to those of you who take the time to let me know you appreciate it -- I THANK YOU!!!! (sorry for MY shouting : )

  11. Great tutorial! Very clear and awesome pictures, and the pillow looks so pretty!

  12. A beautiful pillow and wonderful tutorial. My nieces are always looking for things to make for their grandmother for Christmas, and these would be perfect while teaching them to quilt as well. Thank you.

  13. Great tutorial! I can definitely see those made up in my colors.

  14. I love the colors on the pillow! Great tutorial!

  15. Thank you SO much for posting! I've been trying to get psyched up to try a little quilting project, and this post has finally made me do more than just bookmark for later... I actually bought batting! And I'm cutting fabric strips! Now I just have to get the kiddos occupied - I don't suppose you have a tutorial for that?? ;)

  16. This is a wonderful tutorial. Thank you for sharing with us! I love it and will definitely try it.
    Have a wonderful day.

  17. This is so cute, I just had to feature you again!

  18. Thank you for this lovely simple project. I would like to make a pillow for each grand chld for Christmas presents!

  19. I just love the pillow tutorial. I am redoing my bedroom in the purple shades and this will look wonderful on my bed. Instrutions are done very well.

  20. I have made several pillows using a technique similar to yours but never scrappy like yours...I love it and have the perfect "scraps" to make it with as well....excellent of the best I have ever seen.
    Thank you

  21. I love this! These colors are exactly what I chose for our spare bedroom makeover! The embroidery accent is perfect :)
    Thank you so much! I can't wait to make these.

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