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Two-Color Star Pillow

Choose your favorite palette to customize a two-color star pillow. Fabrics are from the Kona Cotton Solids collection from Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

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

Press seams in directions indicated by arrows on diagrams. If no direction is specified, press seam toward darker fabric.

 

1)    Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of solid green 3-7⁄8" squares. (To prevent fabric from stretching as you draw lines, place 220-grit sandpaper under each square.)

2)    Layer a marked solid green square atop a solid light gray 3-7⁄8" square. Sew together with two seams, stitching 1⁄4" on each side of drawn line (Diagram 1). Cut pair apart on drawn line. Press open to make two triangle-squares. Each triangle-square should be 3-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make eight triangle-squares total.

3)    Referring to Diagram 2, sew together two triangle-squares and two solid light gray 3-1⁄2" squares in pairs. Join pairs to make a corner unit. The unit should be 6-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make four corner units total.

4)    Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of remaining solid light gray 3-1⁄2" squares.

5)    Align a marked solid light gray square with one end of a solid green 3-1⁄2 × 6-1⁄2" rectangle (Diagram 3; note direction of marked line). Sew on marked line; trim excess fabric, leaving 1⁄4" seam allowance. Press open attached triangle. Add a second marked solid light gray square to opposite end of rectangle to make a green Flying Geese unit. The unit still should be 6-1⁄2 × 3-1⁄2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make four green Flying Geese units total.

6)    Referring to Diagram 4, sew together two solid light gray small triangles and a solid green 2-5⁄8" square.

7)    Referring to Diagram 5, sew two solid green large triangles to the Step 6 unit to make a pieced Flying Geese unit. The unit should be 3-1⁄2 × 6-1⁄2" including seam allowances.

8)    Repeat steps 6 and 7 to make four pieced Flying Geese units total.

9)  Referring to Diagram 6, sew together a green Flying Geese unit and a pieced Flying Geese unit to make a side unit (Diagram 6). The unit should be 6-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make four side units total.

10)    Align a marked solid light gray square with a corner of solid green 6-1⁄2" square (Diagram 7; note direction of drawn line). Sew on drawn line; trim excess fabric, leaving 1⁄4" seam allowance. Press open attached triangle. Working counterclockwise, continue with remaining marked solid light gray squares to make a Square-in-a-Square unit. The unit should be 6-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.

11)    Referring to Diagram 8, lay out corner units, side units, and Square-in-a-Square unit in three rows. Sew together pieces in rows. Join rows to make a block. The block should be 18-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.

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