After making the backpack travel pillow yesterday, my daughter asked if she could have a little pillow for her room. Mostly everything in her room is polka dots, so I went ahead and stuck with the theme. I had this fabric laying around in my stash just waiting to be used up, so it worked out perfectly. I just got my GO! Heart-2″, 3″, 4″ and the GO! Value Die in the mail so I decided to use those as the top for the pillow. You do not need to have these dies, or even the GO! Baby Fabric Cutter in order to do this project, so let’s get started.
January 18, 2012 By 23 Comments
Fabric for hearts and back of pillow-
9 hearts (3″ x 3″)
Square cut into 12″ x 12″
Fabric for background of the hearts and behind quilt backing-
Square cut into 13.5″ x 13.5″
9 squares – 4.5″ x 4.5″
Fusible webbing-cut into same size as fabric hearts
Stuffing for pillow (I used Poly-Fil)
Accuquilt dies and cutter (Optional)
Quilt top for pillow
To attach the hearts to your squares, you will place the fusible webbing heart in the center of the square, then place the fabric heart over that. Iron all 3 pieces together. Repeat for each of the 9 squares.
This is how your squares will look when you are finished ironing them together.
Next, sew each of the squares together 3 blocks across by 3 blocks down. Place your squares on top of each other, right sides facing, and sew a 1/4″ seam.
Continue doing this until you have 3 rows of 3. Then, lay them out and you are going to take the middle row and flip it up on to the top row. The middle row will be upside down, facing right sides together on the top row. Sew the last row onto the middle row in the same manner.
After all rows are sewn together, you will have your quilt top.
Next, place your quilt top onto the quilt batting to determine how much you will need. I made sure to leave a little extra on either side (about 1/2″ to 1″) just to be sure it all was quilted to the edge.
Using the 13.5″ x 13.5″ square of fabric that you have set aside, you will sandwich the quilt batting in between the quilt top. Pin these three layers together to ensure your fabric doesn’t move around when you are quilting it.
As for what quilting method you will use, that is entirely up to you. I decided to go with the stitch in the ditch method of just sewing in each one of the seams. Next time though, I might get a little bit more advanced and go for a free motion design.
Assembling the pillow pieces
Next, take your back piece that you cut out and lay it on top of the quilted pillow top, right sides facing. Mark a 4″ space using a fabric marker that will not be sewn, to allow you to turn the pillow case inside out.
Sew this together using a 1/4″ seam.
Before turning inside out, we need to get rid of the extra quilt batting that sticks out on the side. Cut this off leaving the 1/4″ seam in tact. Clip the corners to ensure the corners lay flat.
Stuff your pillow, sew up the open seam and you are done! You now have a cute quilted pillow to share! Thanks for stopping by. Let me know if you have any questions or comments. I love hearing from you!!