Three quick pillow projects coming up! These are from my Quilt Market booth, and they highlight the Daisies 'N Such fabrics so sweetly. Some were created in-the-moment, and some were thought-out and planned - but all are easy-peasy and allow for changes as you wish.
These how-to posts will provide the basic ideas for construction, but you'll need to figure out the exact sizes for your specific pillow. I will share my dimensions to help you determine what yours should be.
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Pillow Project #1: Midsummer Log Cabin
My pillow is 20" square.
You can adjust the following measurements to fit your pillow. Keep the sashing strips the same width, and determine how wide your primary fabrics should be based upon the difference between your overall pillow size less 2.25" for sashing, and divided by 4, plus seam allowances. Get that?
- 20" pillow - 2.25" sashing = 17.75"
- 17.75" divided by 4 = 4.4374 ~ rounded to 4.5" width for primary fabrics
- Add .5" for seam allowances.
The pillow top is improv-pieced in the sense you don't need to measure the exact length of each piece before sewing it to the previous section. You can simply sew and even up the lengths by trimming as you go.
- Start with a 5" square of your primary fabric. Sew a sashing strip to the bottom of it. Trim excess sash length.
- Add another sashing strip to the right side of your block as shown. Trim excess length.
- Add a primary fabric strip to the bottom. Trim excess length.
- Add a primary fabric strip to the right side. Trim excess length.
5. Continue in this fashion until you have fully assembled your pillow top. Bodda-boom, bodda-bing, you're done!
Complete your pillow with your preferred method of fill and closure. To avoid pillows with pointy 'ears' taper your stitching on the corners. On a pillow this size, I tapered a full inch from each side's center to its corner.