If you have a few different types of fabrics sitting around, one of your options is to make a patchwork pillow! These pillows are great because they are unique and cute but they are also very easy to make. Even if you are just learning how to sew, the steps to follow are rather straightforward and won’t present too much of a challenge. Don’t forget that you can personalize this project by adding your own personalized tag or custom-made label. You can design label online, print it, attach to the project and sell it on Etsy as a part of your brand.
1. Gather Your Materials
When you are creating a patchwork pillow, the first thing that you need to do is to gather all your materials. The great thing about a patchwork pillow is that you get to work with multiple patterns, so you don’t have to settle on one type of fabric when you choose. You also don’t have to worry about working with patterns in a sense of matching them up perfectly because the whole point of a patchwork pillow is that it doesn’t match.
A good idea for beginners, though, is to stick with patterns from the same type of fabric. This way, you won’t have to account for different types of materials – cotton is the easiest choice for beginners.
At this point, you will also want to gather other materials you will need such as scissors, thread, rotary cutter, a self-healing mat, as well as pins and needles. In later steps, you will need an iron as well as stuffing for the pillow.
2. Prepare Your Materials
For the next step, you will want to cut your fabric into squares of equal squares. You can use scissors for this step but an easier option would be to use your rotary cutter atop your self-healing mat. Make sure to measure extremely carefully – you want all your squares to be exactly the same size.
For our patchwork pillow, we will be using four different fabrics. So, for each fabric we will want four square.
3. Start Stitching
For some patchwork pillows, you only need from this point to sew your squares together. For this pillow, though, we are going to make each of our patches of two fabrics. So, one square will be a triangle of one fabric and a triangle of another fabric.
To achieve this, in this step you will take two different types of fabric squares and sew a seam down the center – from corner to corner. It is important that you sew the squares so that the “right side” of the fabric is facing toward each other. This leaves the fabric connected but also allows you to peel the edges of the fabric squares away from each other.
4. Break Out the Iron
Next, you will need to make sure that each of your sewn-together squares is showing half of each fabric. Remember how you kept the “right side” of the fabric turned in? That’s because in this step you will be folding the corner of the top layer of fabric back. The end result should be two halves of different fabrics showing face up.
To get this fold to stay before you sew the squares together into a pillow, you will want to press it into place. To do this, just use a regular clothing iron and iron the square into position.
5. Sew Your Patches
The next step is to sew your patches together. You can arrange them in the pattern that you want for your pillow and then then just sew them together at the edges. Once you have done that, you will want to sew strips of fabric at each side of the square of patches so that you have a border on the pillow. Then, repeat steps 1-4 so that you have a second side to your pillow.
When you are done, you can sew the two sides together. However, leave one side open for now.
6. Finishing Touches
Before you close the final side of your pillow, you will want to add in your pillow’s stuffing. Once you have done that, you can sew the final side of the pillow shut.