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Designer: Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries


Materials for Patchwork Pillow

•    1⁄4 yard red dot (pillow top)

•    1⁄4 yard gold print (pillow top)

•    1⁄4 yard green print (pillow top)

•    1 yard multicolor floral (pillow top and back)

•    1⁄4 yard green stripe (binding)

•    21" square muslin (lining)

•    21" square batting

•    18"-square pillow form


Finished pillow: 18" square


Quantities are for 44⁄45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. 

Measurements include 1⁄4" seam allowances unless otherwise stated. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.


Cut and Assemble Patchwork Pillow

Cut pieces in the following order.


From red dot, cut:

•    2—6-3⁄4×8-3⁄4" rectangles

From gold print, cut:

•    2—4-3⁄4×6-1⁄2" rectangles

•    2—2 -1⁄2×6-3⁄4" rectangles

From green print, cut:

•    2—6-3⁄4×8-3⁄4" rectangles

From multicolor floral, cut:

•    2—19×23" rectangles

•    1—6 -1⁄2×10-1⁄2" rectangle

From green stripe, cut:

•    2—3×42" binding strips


1.    Referring to Patchwork Pillow Assembly Diagram, lay out rectangles in three rows. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams in one direction, alternating direction with each row. Join rows to make pillow top. Press seams in one direction.

2.    Layer pillow top with batting and muslin lining; baste. Quilt as desired. Trim batting and lining even with pillow top edges.

3.    With wrong side inside, fold each multicolor floral 19×23" rectangle in half to form two double-thick 19×11-1⁄2" rectangles. (The double thickness makes the pillow back more stable.) Overlap folded edges of double-thick rectangles by about 4" to make a 19" square (Pillow Back Assembly Diagram). Baste 1⁄2" from edges to make pillow back.

4.    Layer pillow top and back wrong sides together; join with  1⁄2" seam. Bind with green stripe binding strips using  1⁄2" seams. Insert pillow form through opening.