Sunday, December 12, 2010

Pillow Talk Swap 4 Tutorial


I hope everyone has had a great weekend! It's been super snowy and blowy here this weekend. Yuk! Double Yuk! I need to live somewhere warm like Florida or California. 

One good thing about it being nasty outdoors is that I get a lot of sewing done, including my Pillow Talk Swap 4 pillow. Woo Hoo!

As promised, a tutorial to go along with it. :) 

Here is the pillow all complete and ready to ship out...

Start out by choosing some of your favourite fabrics. Here was my layout...

I am using 11 fabrics here. You can choose more or less. It's totally a personal preference.

I am using Darlene Zimmerman's Dresden Plate ruler. This is important. You could probably use any dresden ruler. The process will be the same. 

For this tutorial I am using the 6.5" mark on the ruler.

From each of your fabrics, cut a strip that is 6.5" wide.  I double up my fabric to make this process go faster!

Lay out your strip of fabric and lay your ruler so that the edge is along the 6.5" mark on the ruler.

Cut along each edge of the ruler.

Now flip your ruler 90 degrees and lay it down right along the edge you just cut.

Then cut along the edge of the ruler.

You now have two "plates". Or 4 plates if you doubled your fabric.

I cut 4 plates from each of my fabrics but you will only need 39 "plates" to make this pillow.

You will need to sew three rows of 13 plates.

Begin by laying out your plates in a pleasing order, alternating each plate.

I show 10 plates wide here, you need 13.
Start with the first row.

Take plate #1 and plate #2. Flip plate #2 right sides together with plate #1 making sure that a bit of fabric overhangs. (see photo)

Sew a 1/4" seam.


Add plate #3 in the same manner...

The overhang will be at the bottom this time.

Keep sewing the pieces together for each of the three rows. Press each row.

Sew rows together matching seams.

Next we have to trim off the edges. I trimmed mine to 18" square.

The cutting mat I have is 18" wide so it was perfect for this step. If you have a larger mat, just use the 18" marks.

Lay out your pillow and center it in the 18" space on your cutting mat so that when you trim, both sides will be equal. Once you have it set, trim sides.

Turn your pillow 90 degrees and do the same step to trim the other side.

You should have a nicely squared pillow top now.

You can stop here if you want, but I wanted a larger pillow so I added borders. I added strips that measured 1 3/4" (before sewing).

My pillow now measures 20" square.

At this point, you need to quilt it. I recommend this as it gives your pillow some stability and added depth. For the backing I usually use muslin. It's fairly cheap and you won't see the back anyway. For the batting, I use the same stuff I put in my quilts, Warm and White.

Layer it: muslin, batting, and pillow right side up.

Quilt as desired. I quilted mine in a cross hatch design with stitches about 3/4" apart.

Now comes the back. I like envelope style backs so that is what I will show you here. However, you can also find out how to do others like using a zipper.

Cut two pieces. One measuring 20" x 16". One measuring 20" by 13". (If your pillow is smaller or larger, use your measurements)

On the 20" side of each piece, fold over the edge 1/2" and press. Fold that same edge over again, and press. Then stitch about 1/8" from edge. (see photos)

Get your quilted pillow top and lay it right sides up. Notice I haven't trimmed off the sides yet. I do this step last.

Lay down your larger back piece first, right sides together. Make sure the edge that you folded over is facing the center of your pillow top.

Lay down your second piece, again the folded edge towards the center. Pin all around the pillow to hold this in place.

Sew around the edges. I use a 1/4" seam but in the corners and along the spots where the folded edges of the back lay, I back stitch. Then I sew forward and back stitch again to reinforce the spots that will have the most stress.

After you have it all stitched down, trim off the excess batting and backing and turn your pillow right sides out! Stuff it with a 20" pillow form and ...


You may be wondering why a 20" pillow form when my pillow actually measures 19.5"? I like to make my pillows 1/2" smaller than the form for a nice snug fit. I don't like floppy pillows. :)

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and, as always, if you make one, please put it in the Flickr Pool so I can ooohhh and ahhhhh over it. :)

Much Love!!!


  1. Cute pillow, Karrie. Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. Wow, thank you for the tutorial, KarrieLyne! I really liked your pillow when I saw it on the swap, so I'm super happy you shared the how to :)

  3. Very pretty and the fabrics are just wonderful.

  4. Great tutorial, Karrie, as usual! I always wondered if you could use the dresden plate template as a tumbler template - now I know! We may be snowed in tomorrow too - with a huge 2" of snow! We don't deal well with snow here in the south.... ;-)

  5. I love that pillow Karrie Lyne. Can you share what the fabric range is, just adore those colours.

  6. I love the fabric and color combos. Great tutorial - makes me want to make this!

  7. Thanks for posting this! I am working on my pillow for the swap and love seeing what others have been doing! Also, I want a dresden plate ruler!

  8. Hi Karrie--I love the fabrics and the design. Thanks for the tutorial. I have the ruler but haven't felt brave enough to try it!

  9. cute quilt..isn't this the like the one that was in Quilts and More this fall? I was just looking at the magazine and it struck me how similar they were. Makes a cute pillow.

  10. The pillow is gorgeous. I'm going to have to get me one of those Dresden plate rulers.

  11. I love it! Thanks for the tutorial. I just made my first quilted pillow cover, and I'm addicted!
    Yours is great, though, and I just might be making one. :o)

  12. I absolutely LOVE this pillow. I have never quilted anything in my life. I own a sewing machine and have made curtains, but this pillow filled with pine needles would make an amazing Christmas gift. My Mom quilts and has a long arm quilting machine, but I want to make it for her. LOL So....I really want to try it. f

  13. براي اين کار يا يا که طراحي سايت در تهران و بهينه سازي وب سايت مي توان بهينه سازي و مشاوره بهينه سازي و سئو را تا مشاوره بازاريابي آنلاين و سئو براي دو افزايش رنک گوگل و افزايش بازديد و همچنين شبکه تبليغاتي را دارا مي باشد و در افزايش پيج رنک گوگل دارد شرکت تبليغاتي و کانون تبليغاتي و معرفي سايت به گوگل و طراحي سايت تخصصي و طراحي وب سايت تخصصي است و در ادامه مي توان گفت واژه ياب همچنان واژه ياب فارسي و واژه هاي تخصصي و واژه تخصصي پزشکي و واژه تخصصي مهندسي هستند و همه چي درباره بازاريابي اینترنتی و همه چي درباره بازاريابي آنلاين و درباره بازاريابي اينترنتي و درباره بازاريابي آنلاين مي باشند که بهينه سازي و سئو و آموزش بهينه سازي و سئو و آموزش سئو و مقالات بهينه سازي و سئو و مقالات سئو و سئو چيست و آموزش کامل سئو و آموزش کامل بهينه سازي و سئو که هستند و بازاريابي ايميلي و ايميل مارکتينگ و آموزش بازاريابي ايميلي و آموزش ايميل مارکتينگ و مقالات بازاريابي ايميلي و مقالات ايميل مارکتينگ مي باشند و بازاريابي اينترنتي و آموزش بازاريابي اينترنتي و آموزش بازاريابي آنلاين و مقالات بازاريابي اينترنتي و مقالات بازاريابي آنلاين و بازاريابي آنلاين هستند اما


Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I really love hearing from you!! :)

Happy Quilting!

Real Time Web Analytics