Annabelle presents: Sewing a patchwork pillow

Annabelle presents: Sewing a patchwork pillow

Annabelle Short will be our guest today and she will show you how to sew a cute patchwork pillow.

Annabelle has been a freelance writer for the past 5 years. She enjoys DIY-ing a lot and plans launching an online Arts&Crafts site. She loves tinkering with her kids, Leo (9) and Michelle (11).


How to Sew a Patchwork Pillow

Whether you’re looking for an inspiring idea for your next sewing project or a unique gift for Mother’s Day or a birthday, patchwork cushion is an amazingly creative and fun project to do. But above all, you have to take out your sewing equipment to make it. Find out how to make a pillow by following the steps below.


What do you need to make your patchwork pillow?

It’s time to take a tour in a haberdashery to find your equipment if you do not already have everything you need at home.

Take out your fabric remnants, this is the ideal project to give them a second life breath. You can choose any color you want. You will also need a pair of scissors or a rotary cutter, matching thread to your fabrics, a tape measure and pins. To make beautiful seams, prepare your iron and your sewing machine.

Patchwork pillow

Measure and cut your pieces of fabric

There is a lot of room for your shapes: round, square, triangles or whatever, those of you with the most experience will be able to create their own cushion design. On the other hand, for beginners who prefer to follow a step-by-step guide, this is an easy enough option.

Trace and cut 8 squares of 12cm by 12cm in different prints. In total, you need 32 in all, you will use half of the cut print for each face of your cushion. You can position them as you wish, but a more fun alternative is to cut them into triangles and then reform squares with different patterns and more varied colors. Do not forget to overcast your pieces to prevent them from fraying.

Patchwork pillow


Create nice contrasting patterns by assembling your triangles

It’s time to pull out your pins to fit the triangular pieces right side to side and form squares with different prints. Stitch the prints with the sewing machine, 1cm from the edge. You must assemble and sew the longest side to get a square again. Repeat this with all your triangles to have only squares in the end. It is at this stage of your project that you choose the colors you want to join together, let yourself be inspired by your inspiration!

Then, assemble your squares to get both sides of your pillow. You can use a solid-colored fabric to make the edges of your cushion if you wish, but a patterned fabric can do just fine.

Patchwork pillow


Go to the finishing step of your cushion

Ironing all seams is an essential step as your new patchwork cushion is a well-finished final render.

Patchwork pillow

You now have both sides of your cushion on hand. Place them side by side and stitch 1cm from the edge leaving an opening so you can stuff your pillow. Mark your opening with your pins for more visibility.


The finishing touch

You arrive at the end of your project. After inserting your padding foam, you must now sew the opening you left. It’s almost done!

Patchwork pillow

For your project to be truly professional and especially unique, you can add a custom label or ribbon. If you made this patchwork cushion for someone, why not order a special label on their behalf? That’s a great idea!! Or if you already have your own brand, this is an opportunity to put your fingerprint by using a beautiful custom ribbon on your creation.


The last step

At the end of a sewing project, always think about cutting the threads that go beyond for a perfect finish. And once your label is in place, you can pack your gift, or if you realized it for you, you could finally admire the final rendering of your work by integrating it with your interior decoration.

Patchwork pillow

In just a few steps, you can make a nice personalized gift worthy of a professional for your loved ones or for yourself. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to come out and reuse all your old fabric scraps, nothing is lost when you’re creative, is there?


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