October 14, 2019

Quilty Gifts for Quilty Friends with Little Sewists Fabric

Do you ever have one of those moments when you are staring at your fabric thinking, "I couldn't possibly cut this up, I am going to save it forever so I can just keep looking at it and falling in love with it all over again." Yeah, I had one of those moments with this fabric. From the sweet florals to those cute sewing girls, I did not want to cut it up and lose any of those sweet illustrations. And I knew this was going to be one of those collections that I would be sad to use up. I mean, just look at it!

But, after spending way too many days just starting at it and admiring it, I came up with a solution that would allow me to use it but not lose any of its character. I decided to make a large-scale cathedral window pillow to showcase the fun prints, and I made a matching pincushion to go with it. Wouldn't this little set make the cutest gift for one of your quilty friends? If there's anything I love more than making, it's gifting the things I make. Do you feel the same way? If you do, you're in luck because I'm going to tell you how I made the pillow so you can make one too!!

Supplies Needed

  • Various prints for the scrappy background. This is a great way to use a fat quarter bundle, and when you're done you will still have plenty of fabric leftover!
  • Fabric you can fussy cut for the center of the "windows"
  • 1/2 yard white fabric
  • Fat quarter for pillow backing
  • 1 zipper, at least 18" long
  • 18" square of batting
  • 19" square of lining fabric

Sewing Instructions

  • From your white fabric, cut three 4.5" x WOF strips. Subcut into twenty 4.5" squares.
  • Fold the white squares in half to make triangles and press.
  • From your background prints, cut sixteen 4.5" squares.
  • From your fussy-cuttable prints, cut five 4.5" squares.
    • TIP: use a 4.5" clear ruler so you can make sure what you are wanting to show off will be in the center of your square.
    • TIP: cut these squares "on-point"
  • Arrange your background squares into four rows of four squares.
  • Place the white triangles on the background squares according to the layout below. Pin in place.
    • NOTE: In this image, none of the squares have been sewn together yet.
  • Sew the squares in each row together. Press seams open.
    • TIP: do not remove pins yet!
  • Sew the rows together and press those seams open as well. Now you can remove the pins.
  • Place the fussy cut squares in the center of each of the white squares and pin in place.
  • Prepare your square for quilting. Place your lining fabric right side down on a table. Place the batting square on top. Place the pillow top right side up on top of the batting.
  • Using your finger, gently fold down each side of the white squares. You will notice as you do this, it creates the fun curve that is unique to the cathedral window. Stitching close to the edge, sew along the curve.
  • Repeat this process for all of the sides of each of the squares. When you are done you should have something that looks like this:
  • Trim the pillow front to 16.5" square.
  • Cut the backing fabric into a 16.5" square.
  • Cut two 1" x 4" strips from one of your fabrics. Fold them in half, wrong sides together, and press.
  • Insert zipper along bottom edge of pillow. I like the tutorial from Alli of Woodberry Way. It's the quickest way I have found of inserting a zipper, and it's great for pillows that you don't want to bind.
  • Once your zipper is installed, open the zipper all the way. Place your pillow front and back together, right sides facing, and stitch around the other three sides of the pillow.
  • Turn the pillow right side out and press. Insert an 18" pillow form, and enjoy!
    • (or gift it to someone else to enjoy!)
And the little cathedral window pincushion you see? That's a smaller scale version of the pillow. I have a pattern available in my Etsy shop if you need it!

Thank you Michael Miller fabrics for the opportunity to work with another one of your wonderful fabric lines! See you soon!

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