I Sew For Fun – Project Spotlight: Quillow

ISFF Quillo

I Sew For Fun – Project Spotlight: Quillow

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ISFF Quillo

These snuggly quillows (quilt + pillow) are sewn with warm and toasty high loft fleece. You and your little sewing partner can make one for themselves, and one for their stuffed animal or doll. A quillow warms your “toesies,” and your heart!

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Finished Size: Approximately 58″ x 60″ adult/child-sized, and 27″ x 28″ stuffed animal/doll-sized

Supplies Needed: Makes one adult/child-sized and one stuffed animal/doll-sized or stuffed animal quillow.

• 2½ yd. high loft fleece-Fabric A (quilt)

• ½ yd. high loft fleece-Fabric B (pillow)

• Coordinating, all-purpose thread

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Please read all instructions before beginning. Use the width of the presser foot as the depth of the seam allowance. Both sizes of the quillows are made using the same techniques.

1.     Trim away fleece selvages using a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler.

2.     Cut the quillow sections:

  • Cut one 58″ x 60″ rectangle (child-sized quilt) and one 27″ x 28″ rectangle (doll-sized quilt) from Fabric A.
  • Cut one 18″ square (child-sized pillow) and one 9″ square (doll-sized pillow) from Fabric B.

3.     Prepare the pillow:

  • Turn under a ½” hem on one of the non-stretchy edges of the pillow; hold in place with Wonder Clips.

Stitch the hem in place using a straight or a narrow width zigzag stitch, guiding the fabric along the edge of the presser foot.

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Note From Team Nancy



     If you’ve experience skipped stitches, switch to a Size 90 Stretch Needle. The rounded point helps prevent skipped stitches on knits.


4.     Position the pillow on the quilt:

  • Fold the pillow in half to locate its center. Mark at the cut edge opposite the stitched hem.
  • Fold the shorter edge of the quilt in half to locate its center. Mark.
  • Position the pillow on the quilt, right sides together, matching the centers. Pin the pillow to the quilt.
  • Stitch around three sides of the pillow with a straight or a narrow width zigzag stitch.
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5.     Complete the quillow:

There is no need to finish the edges of the quilt, as the high loft fleece won’t ravel. It is great for young kids to see how quickly a project can be sewn.

  • Position the quilt, pillow side down. Fold the quilt into thirds lengthwise, wrapping quilt edges toward the wrong side.
  • Fold the quilt approximately into fourths, folding from the end opposite the pillow.
  • Turn the pillow right side out, tucking the folded quilt inside.

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Voila! Your quilt becomes a pillow with just a few folds.

I Sew For Fun Quillo

ISFF Quillo


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Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC.

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  • Ennis A Weeks
    December 1, 2018

    I saw this blanket years ago and always wanted to make one. News the time!!!

  • diane c
    December 1, 2018

    I have a new granddaughter — as soon as she can talk we will be sewing together

  • Susie Furgason
    December 1, 2018

    Oh. My. Heck! I am going to make these for my grands! Love it.

  • Ann West
    December 1, 2018

    What a fun project to make for and with my grandkids!

  • Sharon
    December 1, 2018

    Cute project

  • Eileen
    December 1, 2018

    Cute. Will have to try this with my granddaughter.

  • Lois
    December 1, 2018

    This just may be the project that gets me back into the sewing mood.

  • Suzanne Ridge
    December 1, 2018

    I would love to have this to work with my young granddaughter.

  • Mark Mulder
    December 1, 2018

    This is a very well written book and I cannot wait to use some of the patterns teaching my Grand daughter to sew.

  • Beverly
    December 1, 2018

    Our church supports an orphanage in Kenya. The last mission trip we took 3 older donated machines and kits for backpacks and taught the children to sew. This would be a great addition to assist them in their learning process. “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” – old Chinese proverb

  • Kay Dammast
    December 1, 2018

    I have always wanted to make these for my grands AND I’m going to use the idea from a previous comment and make them for the African orphanage our church supports! Thank you!

  • MaryLou Wahl
    December 1, 2018

    Made some quillows years ago and they are so great-have great grands now and sure they would love them! Love all the great ideas -thanks so much!!

  • Mary Green
    December 1, 2018

    I made quill owls with cotton fabric and batting. This way is so much easier. Great idea. Thanks.

  • Evelyn J. Gonzalez
    December 1, 2018

    This will be a WONDERFUL winter project for my 4-H SEWING CLUB! Thanks,

  • Margaret Scott
    December 1, 2018

    Love the i sew for fun projects. I am finishing up 15 backpacks. And yesterday I finished two aprons. Would love to have the book with all the projects.

  • Thunder
    December 1, 2018

    I will have to show this to my granddaughter, and see if she wants to make some when she comes to visit for Christmas.

  • Shirley Clark
    December 1, 2018

    There’s so many neat ideas in this book! I’ve love to have it for sewing with my granddaughter!

  • Carolyn
    December 1, 2018

    Will be teaching sewing to an 11-yr-old young lady. This would be an excellent project.

  • Barb K
    December 1, 2018

    Bet my Grand Daughter (age 10) would love this!

  • Regina Harris
    December 1, 2018

    Quillows are such gifts, particularly with today’s soft fleece fabrics.

  • Cindy K
    December 1, 2018

    My granddaughter started sewing with me a little over a year ago. She is 5 years old. We are currently working on a string quilt for her bed. Our 1st project was a small quilt for her new sister

  • Janet johnson
    December 1, 2018

    What a fun and easy project. Perfect timing — colder weather and fleece is on sale at fabric store.

  • MoeWest
    December 1, 2018

    I made an adult size quillow once. I love the idea to make the child size plus one for dolly.

  • Bonnye
    December 1, 2018

    A great project for my granddaughter who is just learning to sew.

  • Joan Deaver
    December 1, 2018

    This would be a wonderful book to have. My youngest granddaughter likes to do projects.

  • Teri
    December 1, 2018

    I want to make a couple quillows for Christmas gifts this year. Thanks for easy instructions.

  • Rosie
    December 1, 2018

    It would be a blessing to win this book. My four granddaughters and I would have many hours of fun stitching together.

  • Gayle O’Grady
    December 1, 2018

    I loved watching Nancy sew with her granddaughters. I taped the final show and watch it often. She inspires me to sew and do other crafts with my grandchildren.

  • Lillian Whitson
    December 1, 2018

    This is a great project to do with the kids and grandchildren.

  • Rita Oglesby
    December 1, 2018

    I have 6 daughters and one granddaughter. I have always loved sewing and I want to share this skill with them. I believe that the book would be most helpful. Thanks.

  • Lolita Cox
    December 1, 2018

    This quillow seems a lot easier to make than the ones I made 25 years ago. Thanks for sharing.

  • L Watson
    December 1, 2018

    “I Sew for Fun” looks like a sweet book. The quillow looks like a wonderful gift idea. I think it would be a great thing to be brought along on a car trip also.

  • Clovis
    December 1, 2018

    A nice project to make.

  • Sharie
    December 1, 2018

    Oh my gosh ! This method is so much faster than the old years ago way to make
    a quillow ! Love the book and would really
    like to have it……

  • Gwen McDow
    December 1, 2018

    Great project. I am concerning doing the quillows during the 2018 Christmas holidays with the after school children at a daycare center that I work part-time. I believe the children will love making there own quillow.

  • Rebecca Loach
    December 1, 2018

    I would love to have this book. I have five young granddaughters and look forward to sewing with them.

  • Karen Tucker
    December 1, 2018

    I remember doing a craft show at Wilbur’s in NJ where this crafter was selling quillows. She must have had more than a hundred and sold out rather quickly. This is a great project! Everyone loves them.

  • Rena E Burns
    December 1, 2018

    Nancy Zieman you are missed very much. I loved your sewing show.

  • Gail Beam
    December 2, 2018

    I love the quillows!! They would be great projects to sew with my granddaughters! Thank you for giving us a chance to win this great book.

  • Elizabeth Parrish
    December 2, 2018

    I discovered your show while living in Virginia back in 1987. Have followed you ever since. My husband once surprised me with 3 of your books. I truly enjoyed them. Unfortunately while living in Louisiana I was caught in the 2016 flood and list my books. I love to sew for fun helps me stay sane and make a little change. Your projects, ideas and suggestions have been a big help.
    Thank You!

  • Dena M
    December 2, 2018

    This quillow project is great! I’m going to help my 7 year old daughter who is learning to sew make one for herself and one for her dolls.

  • S
    December 2, 2018

    I think the” I Sew for Fun” book looks so cute.

  • Nancy Caudill
    December 2, 2018

    As a sewing and quilting instructor at a visual arts center, in always looking for fresh and interesting ideas to use to teach in my kid’s beginner classes , ages 8 – 12. This is perfect. Not complicated and can be taught with learning how to use the sewing machine.

  • Linda Martin
    December 2, 2018

    Easy project that I can do with my grandchildren.

  • Peggy V
    December 2, 2018

    I have the perfect fabric in my stash for a quillow. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book!!!

  • Dixie
    December 2, 2018

    I made this blanket a few years ago for my granddaughter but now want to make one for my great granddaughter for Christmas.

  • E. Watson
    December 2, 2018

    I love the quillow! It’s such a fun idea 🙂

  • Sue G in Seaside OR
    December 2, 2018

    Oh Thank You soooo much for the best directions ever on creating a Quillow!!! I’ve got the fabric on-hand and now I can actually complete the project that’s been waiting on (finally) understandable directions! Bless you all for keeping Nancy’s Sewing explanations active and circulating! (Miss her lots, just like you!)

  • Margaret Graczyk
    December 2, 2018

    My two granddaughter’s and I just started sewing together (one on each side of me while sewing) and we’ve been doing easy repairs AND a few doll skirts. To win a copy of the “I Sew For Fun” book would be so much fun to read and choose projects together!

  • Jeri Rohl
    December 3, 2018

    I love the quillows! What a wonderful gift for a special little girl and her doll. I’ll definitely be making these and would love to see what else is in the book!

  • Susan
    December 3, 2018

    Have a 7 year old granddaughter who is at that industrious age and projects that are offered in Nancy’s publication would be a great introduction to sewing.

  • Diane L. Putzer
    December 4, 2018

    what a fun project!

  • Raina
    December 4, 2018

    Plan to help my 7 yr old granddaughter make this over Christmas break. Thanks!!

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