Large Patchwork Pillow
Construct an easy-to-sew patchwork throw pillow to add a splash of color to any room. Use decorator-weight fabric for a durable pillow.
Designers: Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith of Homestead Hearth
3/4 yard orange print (pillow top, piping)
1/3 yard aqua floral (pillow top)
1/4 yard aqua print (pillow top)
1 yard orange floral (pillow top, pillow back)
3 yards 3/8"-wide cording
Finished pillow: 23-3/4" square
Quantities are for 55/56"-wide, decorator-weight, 100% cotton fabrics. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated. Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances.
Cut pieces in the following order.
From orange print, cut:
Enough 2-1/2"-wide bias strips to total 106" for piping
From aqua floral, cut:
From aqua print, cut:
From orange floral, cut:
1-24-1/4" square for pillow back
Assemble Pillow Top
1. Referring to Diagram 1, lay out the four orange print 5-1/4" squares, eight aqua floral 5-1/4" squares, five aqua print 5-1/4" squares, and four orange floral 5-1/4x10" rectangles in five rows. Join pieces in each row. Press seams in one direction, alternating direction with each row.
2. Join rows to make pillow top. Press seams in one direction. The pillow top should be 24-1/4" square including seam allowances.
Prepare and Add Piping
1. Sew together orange print 2-1/2"-wide bias strips to make one long pieced strip. Use pieced strip and 3/8"-diameter cording to make piping (for details, see Custom Piping, below).
2. Beginning at midpoint of pillow edge and aligning raw edges, baste piping around edge of pillow top. When attaching the piping to the pillow top, begin stitching 1-1/2" from piping's folded end. When you reach the corner, clip seam allowance of piping to within a few threads of stitching line (Diagram 2). Gently ease piping into place along next edge, rounding corner slightly, and continue stitching. Turn each corner in same manner.
Cut end of cording so it will fit snugly into folded opening at beginning. The ends of the cording should abut inside covering.
Refold bias strip so it covers cording, lapping folded end over raw end. Finish stitching piping to pillow top.
1. Piping is made by sewing a bias-cut fabric strip around a length of cording. The width of the bias strip will vary depending on the diameter of the cording. We used a 2-1/2"-wide bias strip and 3/8"-diameter cording for this pillow.
2. With the wrong side inside, fold under 1-1/2" at one end of the bias strip. Fold strip in half lengthwise with the wrong side inside.
3. Insert the cording next to the folded edge, placing a cording end 1" beyond the fabric folded end.
4. Using a zipper foot, sew through both fabric layers right next to the cording to make piping (Piping Diagram). Trim seam allowances to 1/2".
1. Using basting line as a guide for stitching, sew together pillow top and remaining orange floral 24-1/4"-square, leaving an opening for turning.
2. Turn right side out, stuff with fiberfill, and stitch opening closed to complete pillow.