Make an Easy Envelope Back Lattice Pillow

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Make an Easy Envelope Back Lattice Pillow

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Lattice Pillow

Hopefully this easy pattern will spark your creative juices. The Lattice Pillow features four machine appliquéd strips of fabric interlaced on a solid square. The pillow back is created in an envelope style and uses a Hook and Loop Tape closure.


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Cutting Instructions:

  • Cut one 17” square for the face of the pillow.
  • Cut two 17″ x 11-1/2″ rectangles for the back of the pillow (see blog for size).
  • Cut two 2-1/2” crosswise strips for lattice accents.

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Create the Lattice

  • Fuse the Create-A-Strap to the wrong side of the 2-1/2” crosswise strips.
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  • Cut four 17” lengths.
  • Fold and press along the interfacing perforations.
  • Position a length of double-sided basting tape on the wrong side of each lattice strip. Remove the protective backing.
  • Place one vertical lengths of lattice on the pillow front 5-1/2” from the left corner of the 17″ square. Place a second length ¼” from the first.
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  • Place the first horizontal length 5-1/5” from the top edge. Weave over, then under the vertical lattice. (It will be necessary to slightly release the tape in the vertical lengths where the lattice will weave under.)
  • Place a second horizontal length ¼” from the first length. Again weave the vertical strips, this time under, then over.
  • Use a quilter’s ruler to guarantee the strips are placed at right angles.


Note From Team Nancy


 We chose to offset the woven section of the lattice. Consider centering the strips for a symmetrical look. Be advised, though, if you add strips diagonally across the pillow, cut them longer.

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  • Use clear thread such and Madeira’s Monofil in the needle of your machine. Wind the bobbin with thread that matches the pillow fabric. Stitch the lattice pieces to the pillow front.

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  • Create the back using the two rectangles cut 17″ x 11-1/2″ and a 7″ length of sew-on hook & loop tape.
  • Separate the hook & loop tape pieces.
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  • Serge or zigzag one long edge of each pillow back rectangle.

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  • Center the top edge of the hook & loop tape strips to each rectangle 1-1/2″ from the serged or zigzagged edge. Measure using the 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge.

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  • Topstitch the hook & loop tape to the fabric.

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  •  Fold under a 3″ hem along one hook & loop tape edge.

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  • Topstitch the hem.

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  • Overlap the rectangles, matching the hook & loop tape strips. The pillow back is now the same size as the pillow front.
  • Baste the overlap on right and left sides.
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  • Stack the front and back pillow pieces, right sides together.
  • Shape the corners of the front and back pieces to prevent pokey corners.
  • Measure down and across 4″ and mark with a non-permanent pen.
  • Measure in 1/2″ along both sides of the corners and mark.

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  • Connect the lines using a ruler. (Optional)
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  • Place ruler at 4″ measurement along cut edge and taper to 1/2″ mark; trim.

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  • Repeat on all four corners.
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Note From Team Nancy2


Consider making a template of the size of the shaped corners from poster board to quickly mark the pillow corners.


  • Stitch front and back pillow pieces, using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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  • “Wrap” the corners: Fold the fabric along the stitch line at the bottom corner; pin.
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Here’s a bit more detail on wrapped corners: Meet the pillow front and back, right sides together. Stitch one edge of the pillow from end to end. Press both seam allowances toward the under layer. Fold (or “wrap”) the seam allowance along the first stitching line, right sides together. Meet the remaining seam edges. Straight stitch from the fold to seam end. Repeat on all four pillow edges. Press. Turn right side out. Use pointer tool to help get uniform accurate points. Watch Nancy show her wrapped corner technique on a collar on this episode of Sewing With Nancy.

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  •  Release hook & loop tape, turn right side out. Insert the pillow form. Ta-dah!

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Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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  • Terry
    March 1, 2016

    Can you clarify the pillow-making directions, please? Towards the end, the instructions say to “wrap the corners” fold and pin. But then it doesn’t explain what to do with the folded corners? Do you sew where you have folded them? All it says is to release the tape and turn them inside out. Thank you for your help with this. I would like to try making a pillow this week. Terry

  • Rhonda D in KY
    March 1, 2016

    Yes, I’m planning to enter. This going to be fun!!!

  • Diana
    March 1, 2016

    I’ ll give it a shot this time

  • Lynn
    March 1, 2016

    Can you post a picture of last year’s winning pillow? I don’t remember seeing it. Thanks!

  • Amandalee
    March 1, 2016

    I’m so excited about this challenge!!

  • Pegeth
    March 1, 2016

    I just finished a t-shirt pillow that makes us giggle every time we look at it.

  • Lorij
    March 3, 2016

    I am planning to enter.

  • Marta
    March 5, 2016

    Hi Nancy. 🙂
    I would like to participate in this year’s challenge.

  • Miz Marsha in TN
    March 5, 2016

    Sent my entry in as soon as I saw this contest opened up. I have always loved making pillows.

  • Miranda E
    March 7, 2016

    Is it just the top votes that wins? Or will there be a random prize too? I’m entering, but I doubt I’ll be ‘viewers choice’!

  • Connie Kapferer
    March 10, 2016

    My favorite pillow is no. 16. The design is beautiful !!!

  • My favorite is Grandmother's One Patch
    March 10, 2016

    This would be a great project for my granddaughter who is just learning to sew!!

  • Beulah Caswell
    March 10, 2016

    My favorite is Grandmother’s One Patch.
    It would be a great project for my granddaughter who is learning to sew.

  • Marta
    March 17, 2016

    Hi. I have sent my “Deep blue” pillow on march 14th but it isn’t published jet – I wonder if my e-mail got lost?

  • Lorij
    March 19, 2016

    I sent my entry in today. This is a pattern I designed and since the bag of fiberfill was not enough I’ve put a 2 yard piece of polyester batting inside. It’s soft yet firm.
    These are scraps left from 2 blocks I’m making to help with a cancer quilt for Australia. Aren’t strips wonderful? My daughter said one of the colors didn’t match and that clicked in my head GOOD, Strip of Surprise! SOS

  • Lorij
    March 20, 2016

    I still don’t see my entry. I’ve tried to enter it several times. I will try one again.

  • naomi u
    March 21, 2016

    My pillow is Emanations of Love #62.

    All of the materials are leftover technique testing samples:
    multi layer Chenille on the Front and
    Trapunto heart and couching on the Back;
    so, the whole pillow is a collage of re-purposed items

    Theses were all appliqued onto an existing pillow which had become shabby looking from wear; up-cycled, yea!

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  • Jacqueline Dorer-Russell
    March 26, 2016
    I vote for pillow no# 23….Great idea !

  • Becky Hournbuckle
    April 2, 2016

    My husband has tried to vote on his phone, his ipad, another computer, through his facebook, and always only my votes are shown. He was unable to vote. Why???

    This needs to be fixed. My pillow is #107.

    Becky’s Garden Tea Party Crazy patch pillow.

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