Fabric scraps take center stage on this pair of geometric pillows. A quick stitch-and-flip method brings together narrow fabric strips to create a delightful pillow duet.

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Materials for Two Pillows

Designers: Jean and Valori Wells

1⁄4 yard muslin (piecing foundations)
1⁄4 yard solid light green (pieced panels, border)
1⁄4 yard solid light turquoise (pieced panels, corner triangles)
3⁄4 yard green floral (pieced panels, borders, pillow backs)
1⁄8 yard each of solid dark green, solid dark turquoise, and solid yellow (pieced panels)
Polyester fiberfill

Finished pillows: 12" square and 22x12"

Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width.
Measurements include 1⁄4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

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Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From muslin, cut:
1-5x16" rectangle
1-6" square

From solid light green, cut:
2-2-1⁄2x18-1⁄2" border strips
2-2-1⁄2x4-1⁄2" border strips

From solid light turquoise, cut:
2-5" squares, cutting each in half diagonally for 4 triangles total

From green floral, cut:
1-12-1⁄2x22-1⁄2" pillow back
1-12-1⁄2"-square pillow back
2-2-1⁄2x22-1⁄2" border strips
2-2-1⁄2x12-1⁄2" border strips
4-2-1⁄2x8-1⁄2" border strips

From solid dark green, solid dark turquoise, solid yellow, and the scraps of solid light green, solid light turquoise, and green floral, cut:
12-6"-long strips in widths ranging from 3⁄4" to 1-1⁄2"
25-5"-long strips in widths ranging from 3⁄4" to 1-1⁄2"

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Assemble Pieced Panels

1. With right side up, align an assorted solid or floral 6"-long strip with an edge of muslin 6" square. With right side down, place a second assorted strip atop first strip. Sew together through all layers (Diagram 1). Finger-press top strip open (Diagram 2). Continue adding assorted solid and floral strips until muslin square is covered; press. Trim covered muslin square to 5-3⁄4" square including seam allowances to make square pieced panel.

2. Referring to Step 1, cover muslin 5x16" rectangle with assorted solid and floral 5"-long strips. Trim to 4-1⁄2x14-1⁄2" including seam allowances to make rectangular pieced panel.

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Assemble Pillows

1. Sew solid light turquoise triangles to opposite edges of square pieced panel (Diagram 3). Add solid light turquoise triangles to remaining edges; press all seams toward triangles. Trim to 8-1⁄2" square including seam allowances to make square pillow center.

2. Add green floral 2-1⁄2x8-1⁄2" border strips to opposite edges of square pillow center. Add green floral 2-1⁄2x12-1⁄2" border strips to remaining edges to complete square pillow top (Diagram 4). Press all seams toward border. Pillow top should be 12-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.

3. Join solid light green 2-1⁄2x4-1⁄2" border strips to short edges of rectangular pieced panel. Add solid light green 2-1⁄2x18-1⁄2" border strips to remaining edges; press all seams toward border. Sew green floral 2-1⁄2x8-1⁄2" border strips to short edges of pillow center. Add green floral 2-1⁄2x22-1⁄2" border strips to remaining edges to complete rectangular pillow top. Press all seams toward green floral border. Pillow top should be 22-1⁄2x12-1⁄2" including seam allowances.

4. Sew each pillow top to its corresponding-size green floral pillow back, leaving an opening for turning. Turn right side out; press. Stuff with fiberfill and hand-stitch openings closed.

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