Pillows 4 Ways: Patchwork and Layered Stripes

Monday, April 16, 2012

It's the final installment of...

Patchwork pillows are pretty easy.  That is, if you're good at sewing exact seam allowances and matching up seams.  (Or if you just don't care about perfection.  Which is totally me.)

Start by deciding how big you want your pillow to be and cut the proper number of squares out of your choice of fabrics.  I have a stack of note paper that just so happened to be the exact size I wanted my patchwork squares to be, so I used it as a template and cut out 12 squares.

Iron your squares flat.  I just love ironing fabric.  Shirts?  Notsomuch.

Lay two squares right sides together and sew a seam using 1/4" seam allowance.

Add another square.  Sew another seam.

Until you have your fabric sewed in nice neat rows.

Then match up your seams as best you can and sew your rows together.  Using this patchwork front as a template, cut out a solid piece of fabric for the back.  Sew them right sides together, leaving a hole for turning and stuffing.

And there you have it!  An easy patchwork pillow!

The last pillow I made, which I'll call the Layered Stripes pillow was so easy that I failed to take any photos of the process.  Basically cut squares of fabric for the front and back of your pillow, then sew a tube (green quatrefoil fabric), ironing it flat, with the seam in the back.  Then take a piece of contrasting fabric (white quatrefoil) and sew a seam on either side (I used a greek key stitch)  Pin all four pieces together in this order: front (right side up), wide tube (right side up), narrow tube (right side up), back (wrong side up).  Sew around leaving a hole for turning and stuffing.

And now for the big reveal of my fabulous new pillows on my IKEA Craigslist sofa.  Drumroll, please...

I think my sofa looks much more complete now that it's all decked out with bright and cheery pillows.  Now if I could just find some end tables (I swear I have the perfect ones in my head, but have yet to find them anywhere).

So, tell me, which one is your favorite?  I prefer the white quatrefoil with the yellow ruffle.  I think I just have a thing for ruffly pillows.

P.S. In case you missed it, check out Pillows 4 Ways Part 1 here and Part 2 here.


  1. They look fabulous! Great job on each one and such a great statement on your couch. Love them all!

  2. Looks great! The craft room is really coming together nicely.

  3. I love your pillows patchwork. The fabrics look beautiful together.