Pillows 4 Ways: Sprocket

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Welcome to a little series I like to call...

Today, I'm showing off my Sprocket pillow (bottom right of the composite above).  Tomorrow you'll get to see how I made the white quatrefoil one (top left), and Monday I'll show you the other two.  Yay, so excited!  Are you ready?!  Here we go!

Oh wait, before we get started, I offer you this disclosure: I've only sewed a handful of things in my whole life, so if I can make pillows that look halfway decent, I know you can too!  Okay, now here we go!

First things first, I want to thank Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew for her awesome tutorial for this pillow!  I'm going to show you what I did, but if you want to make one for yourself, please click on over to her site for more in-depth instructions, not to mention to download the template!

What you'll need:

Fabric (There are 12 "spokes" on this sprocket, so feel free to go crazy and choose 12 different fabrics!  However, for mine, I only chose 5 plus one for the sides.  This is a great project to use up all those scraps!)
Template printed from Cluck Cluck Sew (I had to print mine at 95% to get the measurement to come out right.)

Aren't my fabrics great?  They are (top to bottom, left to right):
Unknown green quatrefoil (from Hobby Lobby)
Heather Bailey Zag Stripe in Turquoise
Amy Butler Half Moon Dots in Cherry
Amy Butler Wallflower in Cherry
Heather Bailey Pop Daisy in Red

Trace your template onto the back of the fabrics and cut out.  Arrange the pieces how you would like them.

Pin together two at a time and sew them into pairs.

Then sew the pairs into two halves.

And the halves into a whole.  Iron your seams flat (my favorite part - I love ironing seams for some reason.  It just makes everything look better!)

Now you have a whole front for your pillow!  I won't lie, I'm a very novice sewer, so this part took me a few hours.  But doesn't it look so purdy once it's done?

Using the front as a guide, cut a solid piece for the back.

Then follow the rest of Allison's instructions because I failed to take any more photos after that - d'oh!

But here she is!  I spent a few dollars on the green and black fabrics and a few dollars on the pack of buttons, but I had everything else I needed, so this pillow was cheap!  Gotta love that.

I know you know where these pillows are living.  That's right, my craft room!  I can't wait to show you the rest of the pillows I made plus a final look at them all together!

Update: Check out Pillows 4 Ways Part 2 here and Part 3 here.

Also linking up to these parties.


  1. I love it and yes the fabric is amazing!

  2. Love all the pillows and fabrics used. And love the round pillow tute (and I'm going to follow the link to get the rest because I'm seriously intrigued!) ...

    I'm pinning to!

    So very, very happy that you linked up to our Pillopalooza slumber party!



  3. ... and I meant to say that ironing is my favorite part of sewing too! It's the only time I pull out the iron and the real ironing board (not a towel on the table or floor). Just finishes everything off!



  4. Love the tutorial. You write the best step-by-step! Thanks for all the inspiration and thanks for linking to the PillowPalooza Party!