Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Fly A Kite Nursery Floor Pillow Tutorial : :

After a super busy weekend, yesterday we had to make a spur of the moment trip out of town for the day, and now I am not feeling very well. at. all. Blah! I have lots of orders to catch up on today, and hopefully I will feel better quickly. While I catch-up and rest-up, I thought this would be the perfect time to share one of the tutorials that I had created as part of the Riley Blake Design Team, right here!

Fly A Kite Nursery Floor Pillow Tutorial

Today I'm sharing a tutorial for a kite themed nursery floor pillow using Riley Blake's Fly A Kite collection by October Afternoon. This step by step tutorial is for making a large floor pillow, however you can make a smaller version by simply eliminating a few steps. If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments or email me at maureencracknell@hotmail.com. Now let's get started!!

What you'll need : :

  • 4 - fat quarters or 1/4 yd cuts of Fly A Kite prints (fabrics for the center pillow kite shape)
  • 1 - 1/2 yd Fly A Kite solid or print for corner pieces
  • 1 - fat quarter or 1/4 yd cut for top and bottom border pieces (cut 2 - 3.5" x 18" strips)
  • 1 - fat quarter or 1/4 yd cut for side border pieces (cut 2 - 3.5" x 24" strips)
  • 1 - 1 yd cut of main Fly A Kite print for the pillow back fabrics
  • 1 - 24" x 24" pillow insert
  • 1 - 25" x 25" piece of batting
  • coordinating thread
  • Sewing pins & basting pins
  • Sharp scissors and/or a rotary cutter/mat set 
  • 1 - 9.5" square piece of sturdy card stock for template 

Fly A Kite is here!

-- Cut a template measuring a 9.5" square from sturdy card stock or cardboard

make a cardstock template measuring a 9.5" square

-- Cut the measurements below from the Fly A Kite fat quarters or yardage for each block

cut strips

1. Use rotary cutter, mat, and ruler to cut fabrics 2. Layout fabrics in an order beginning with the smallest cut strip at the bottom, centering each piece like picture two below 3. Repeat this step for all four blocks 4. Press with iron so seams are facing forward


5. Take the 9.5" square template and place in the very center of the block

center 9.5" template

6. With the template as a guide, use a ruler and rotary cutter to trim away excess fabric 7. Repeat for all four sides until you have a perfect 9.5" square block


8. Repeat this step with each of the four pieced fabrics

two finished blocks

9. Layout all four 9.5" blocks to create a kite shape

four blocks -- kite!

Notice those kite points! :)

kite points! :)

10. Begin sewing blocks together, take two blocks right sides facing and pin with seams down 11. Using a 1/4" seam, sew together, repeat with the top two blocks 12. Press well with seams open 13. With right sides facing, pin top and bottom sewn pieces together, sew using 1/4" seam

My creation

14. Add border fabrics -- first pin and sew the top and bottom border pieces measuring 3.5" x 18", next add the side border pieces measuring 3.5" x 24" 15. Using basting pins, baste finished quilt top to 25" square piece of batting

My creation

16. Add machine quilting -- beginning in the inner-most diamond shape, staying close to the seams, sew following the diamond shapes that make up the kite design. Stop and pivot at each corner, sewing outward. I "stitch in the ditch" to avoid having to stop when making my way throughout each diamond shape. Continue following the diamond shape pattern until the entire pillow top is quilted

Stitch in the ditch to keep quilting

Remove pins and the pillow top is finished! (The second photo is an example of what the reverse side should look like after quilting) Handing quilting this would be beautiful!

My creation

Creating an envelope style back : :

17. Cut two pieces of fabric measuring 18" x 24" from the yard of fabric for the back 18. On one edge of each piece, with wrong side facing, fold over one edge a 1/4", press, fold over 1/4" again, press again 19. Pin in place 20. Sew on the inner and outer edge of that fold to create a double seam on both pieces
21. With right sides facing, place backing fabrics on the quilted pillow top

My creation

22. Pin in place

place back fabrics right sides facing - pin in place

23. Using a 1/4" seam, sew around the perimeter of the pillow 24. Trim away excess fabric and batting  
25. Add a zigzag stitch around the perimeter of the pillow 26. Trim corners

My creation

Turn finished pillow top right side out, insert pillow form, and VOILA! Your Fly A Kite Nursery Floor Pillow is finished!!

My creation

To create an 18" pillow with this design, simply eliminate the border, adjust the batting needed to a 19" square, and change the measurement of both pieces of fabric needed to make the pillow back envelope closure to 13.5" x 18".

They think make a wonderful set!!

pillow setI hope you enjoy seeing my very first Design Team Project here today! If you do give this tutorial or any of my others a go at anytime, be sure to share on my Facebook page or in my Maureen Cracknell Handmade Flickr group anytime!

Wishing a wonderful week to all!! Maureen 
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  1. What a fabulous tutorial---thank you so much for sharing this with us. I just love it---I will have to try this one out. :)

  2. Feel better! Great pillow!! =D

  3. Oh boy, I am loving this one. I will certainly give it a try soon. I am increasing my list of Christmas gifts to make and I am going to put this on it using several different collections one being one being Peak Hour which is the theme of what I am making a pillow mattress, small quilt, bigger quilt and now this pillow for our grandson for his 2nd birthday and Christmas. I can't wait to see how it turns out.

    Thank you for sharing.

  4. Wonderful tutorial! Thanks for sharing. Feel batter.

  5. Your pillow is pretty! I have a whole bunch of fabrics from this line. They are great with everything and wish I bought more than just a yard of each.

  6. Sweet wee cushion, hope you feel much better today

  7. I love this one!!

    Thanx! Anne

  8. I love that line and your use of the prints. Thanks for the tutorial!

  9. I'm always on the lookout for new cushion tutorials and this is a fantastic one, Maureen!Thanks for sharing it!

  10. Thank you so much for this GREAT tutorial once again.

  11. Love seeing this again, especially with the refresher on how to do an envelope back. Feel better soon!

  12. Love the pillow. Try to get some rest and feel better.

  13. Great design and tutorial, Maureen! I hope you're feeling better soon! :)

  14. Great tutorial, Maureen! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Such a pretty pillow and doing it while getting ready to move is astounding! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  16. You are a pillow ninja! I am always amazed at how you crank them out, and I especially love this one. I needed some inspiration for the pillow swap on Flickr, so thank you!

  17. This is super cute, Maureen! Once you get settled into your new home, do you want to come and decorate mine?!

  18. I love the kite floor pillow. It's the perfect balance of color and pattern to appeal to kids and adults alike. Great job!


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