Sew a Pillow from an Orphan Quilt Block
Along our quilting journey, we try new techniques and test interesting ideas. Sometimes these valuable lessons and attempts yield “orphan blocks” or leftover quilt blocks that don’t belong to a larger quilt. Take one or more of these treasured quilt blocks and sew them into throw pillows. It’s an easy idea that doesn’t require any additional quilting!
All the quilt blocks in the 2016 Quilt Extravaganza, are created using contrasting strips of fabric strata. If you don’t have a leftover block of your own, sew this Be My Valentine block from Nancy’s February 2016 Block of the Month posting.
Be My Valentine Block Pillow
Make your Quilt Block into a Pillow
- One quilt block 12-1/2″ x 12-1/2″
- 3/8 yard fabric for pillow back
- 7″ length of hook and loop tape
- One 12″ pillow form insert
Envelope Pillow Back
- Create the pillow back using two fabric rectangles cut 12-1/2″ x 9-1/4″ along with a 7″ length of sew-on hook & loop tape.
- Separate the hook & loop tape pieces.
- Serge or zigzag one long edge of each of the pillow back rectangles.
- Center the top edge of the sew-on hook & loop tape strips to each rectangle 1-1/2″ from the serged or zigzagged edge using the 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge.
- Topstitch the hook & loop tape to the fabric.
- Fold under a 3″ hem along hook & loop tape edges.
- Topstitch the hems.
- Overlap the rectangles, matching the hook & loop tape strips. The pillow back is now the same size as the pillow front: 12-1/2″ x 12-1/2″.
- With 1/4″ seam allowance, baste the overlap along right and left edges.
- 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 non-permanent pen.
- Measure in 1/2″ along both sides of the corners and mark.
- Connect the lines using a ruler. (Optional)
- Place rulers at 4″ measurement along cut edge and taper to 1/2″ mark; trim.
- Repeat on all four corners.
Consider making a template of the size of the shaped corners from card stock to quickly mark the pillow corners.
- Stitch front and back pillow pieces, using 1/4″ seam allowance.
- “Wrap” the corners: Fold the fabric along the stitch line at the bottom corner; pin.
- Sew over the wrapped fold.
- Release hook & loop tape, turn right side out.
- Gently push all four corners out with a Point2Point turning tool.
- Insert a pillow form. Ta dah!
Do you have quilt blocks in other sizes?
Use this handy reference chart to create an envelope-style pillow back for any quilt block!
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