Pillow Sewing Challenge Round Up

How to Sew Pillows by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Pillow Sewing Challenge Round Up

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How to Sew Pillows by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

As the calendar turns to April, it’s time to start thinking spring/summer decorating. Pillows are a go-to project for any skill level, they’re quickly sewn in most any size, and they can be made in multiple styles!

Tutorials Included

Wrapped Pillow Corners

WrappedPillowCorners Nancy Zieman First

Pillows, collars, and cuffs are just a few of the areas where corners need to be sewn. Cast aside the traditional technique and incorporate Nancy Zieman’s “absolute easiest way” to handle sewing corners. Learn to make crisp pillow corners using this tutorial.

Boxed Pillow Corners

Boxed-Corner Buttonhole Pillow Tutorial/How-To by Nancy Zieman

Give your living space a breath of fresh air by sewing new pillows. These boxed-cornered pillows are almost effortless to make. Learn how to add a nice boxy edge to each of the four corners. Learn how to make the boxed-corner pillows here.

Envelope Pillows LatticePillow NancyZieman

You can, of course, make any pillow design you wish. We thought this easy pattern might 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 closure.

Embroidered Pillow Wraps

How To Make A Pillow Band Wrap by Nancy Zieman
You can easily change your home décor with a little fabric and a great embroidery design with this pillow wrap project. Embroider a seasonal motif on fabric or choose an elegant fabric design to complement your décor. Then, follow these simple directions to create a pillow wrap, or two! We’ve made this pillow wrap two-sided, which will save time, fabric, and add a splash to the family room all year ’round. Find the embroidered pillow wrap tutorial here.

Recycled Button-up Shirt Pillow

LumberjackPillow NancyZieman Lumberjack Pillow—from a flannel shirtWe call this recycled-garment project our Lumberjack Pillow, although you could make this from a loved ones’ shirt and sew a memory pillow as well. The technique used to fit the shirt around the pillow form allows for many shirts and pillow sizes to be created easily.

Throw Pillows Made From Quilt Blocks

Sew a Pillow from a Leftover Orphan Quilt Block Tutorial by Nancy ZiemanAlong 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! See how easy it is to convert your quilt blocks to pillows using this tutorial.

Pillows from Quilted Fabrics

Making pillows from double-sided prequilted fabrics is easier than you think! Nancy was smitten with the quilted eyeglass frames and polka dot duo from Riley Blake, knowing that a trio of pillows were destined for this playful fabric. Learn how to work with this fabric type in the Pillow Trio Tutorial.

NEW! Afternoon Picnic Floating Star Pillow Tutorial

Afternoon Picnic Floating Star FREE! 18-inch Quilt Block Pillow Tutorial

Make a pillow from an 18-inch quilt block and showcase your sewing talents. No time right now to stitch a bed quilt? No worries! This one-block pillow project is for you! We’ve selected eight fat quarters from Nancy Zieman’s NEW! Afternoon Picnic Fat Quarter Pack from Riley Blake Designs. See how quick this quilt block comes together with TEAM NZP’s FREE! Afternoon Picnic Floating Star Pillow Tutorial!


Pillow Size Reference Chart:

Turn Orphan Quilt Blocks into Throw Pillows | Be My Valentine Quilt Block | Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Watch Absolute Easiest Way to Sew (Part OnePart Two, and Part Three) on The Best of Sewing With Nancy.

The Best of Sewing With Nancy TV Show hosted by Nancy Zieman

Screen Shot 2019 03 27 at 3.45.10 PM    Nancys Giveaway 5 131 For a chance to win a copy of  The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew, available at Nancy’s Notions, please leave a comment below and let us know which room you plan to make new pillows for.

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        Giveaway Winner 5 131The randomly selected winner of Nancy Zieman’s New! Afternoon Picnic Fat Quarter Pack from the February 26 blog post is Leslie Marling.

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Her comment is: I am seriously considering joining in this challenge. I am in between projects and this should be a quick one to do before I start another quilt. Thanks for offering such great prizes!

2019 NZP Pillow Sewing Challenge Be sure to join in and follow the 2019 Nancy Zieman Productions Pillow Sewing Challenge at the NZP Blog. Deadline to enter is, Tuesday, March 19, 2019.


Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC.


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  • Gail Beam
    March 5, 2019

    Some new pillows for my granddaughters college apartment.

  • Lorna
    March 5, 2019

    I plan on making pillows for the living room.

  • Joyce Migliore
    March 5, 2019

    I want to make new pillows for my den.

  • Pam Peterson
    March 5, 2019

    Pillows for my living room definitely need to be replaced!

  • Carol
    March 5, 2019

    My family room needs some pizazz so I will start with this room for my new pillows

  • ERMA W
    March 5, 2019

    I am making a bench pillow for every season for my sofa. I only need to make a spring one and I will have completed the set.

  • Sandra C
    March 5, 2019

    We are removing carpet and having hardwood flooring done in living room so furniture will be new and colorful pillows would be perfect.

  • Ennis A Weeks
    March 5, 2019

    I’m planning for new pillows in the den. Perfect timing for this info!! Thanks.

  • Karen
    March 5, 2019

    I always wanted to know how to make an envelope style pillow so this tutorial is perfect! I would make pillows for the living room.

  • Karen L.
    March 5, 2019

    I desperately need new pillows for the living room and they need to be perky since this winter has been so wet and gray. I need some color!

  • Marylou
    March 5, 2019

    Actually have a few rooms I would like to make new pillows for but would start with our bedroom-would like to make some cheery Spring looking ones to brighten up our bedroom.

  • Clovis
    March 5, 2019

    Pillow for the living room.

  • Glenda marsh
    March 5, 2019

    Working on an 18” pillow with embroidery center!!

  • Dixie OBryan
    March 5, 2019

    I want to make new pillows for the living room.

  • Teri
    March 5, 2019

    I need to make pillows for the living room. Love the ideas.

  • DeAnna S
    March 5, 2019

    I love the wrapped pillow idea. I’m doing that one for sure

  • Lorraine Alves
    March 5, 2019

    I want to make pillows for the Master Bedroom including shams for large pillows.

  • Laura M
    March 5, 2019

    I’ll be making a couple of pillows for my sewing room as I am lucky to have a small sofa that I can sit and hand stitch upon.

  • Sally Jones
    March 5, 2019

    I am a Hospice volunteer and have made “lap” pillows for some of my patients. When they are sitting for long periods of time, their lower back becomes tired and by putting a small pillow there it gives relief. They also use the pillows on their laps to prop their books, etc up.

  • Barb K
    March 5, 2019

    I have a family room with lots of windows and plants–would add some colorful pillows to the ones my daughter gave me.

  • Sandra
    March 5, 2019

    I want to make Alphabet pillows for the young grands to learn the letters in their names with chalkboard fabric below to practice.

  • Yolanda
    March 5, 2019

    I plan to use on on the rocker I have in my kitchen because that is the room where I spend most of my time–besides the sewing room! I can see it there.

  • MoeWest
    March 5, 2019

    I plan to make new pillow covers for the family room. I like to change them out each season and spring is coming!

  • sonja
    March 5, 2019

    I would like to make some pillows for the guest bedroom and living room. it would be a good way to use up my trims that are not large enough for anything else. Cannot wait to get started.

  • Noreen
    March 5, 2019

    We could use fun new pillows for the guest room. Thanks for the chance to win that great book!

  • Bonnye
    March 5, 2019

    I would like to make some pillows for the living room and country kitchen.

  • Louise Wagner
    March 5, 2019

    My guest bedroom is a great place for a new pillow.

  • Lillian K
    March 5, 2019

    I am hoping to make some new pillows for new living room furniture.

  • Janet johnson
    March 5, 2019

    I am planning to make a bunch of big colorful pillows for the t.v. room.

  • Beverly
    March 5, 2019

    Some colorful new pillows would really brighten up my living room sofa and loveseat.

  • Marie
    March 5, 2019

    I have a new leather sofa and will make some cool throw pillows to set it off. Nancy’s book will help with the basics.

  • Pam
    March 6, 2019

    I’m making new pillows for the beds in out guest bedroom.

  • Debra Gilbert
    March 6, 2019

    Making two pillows for my husbands TV room. Wildlife fabric will be used. Also, I love the floating star pillow. I might make that one after the husband pillows. Thank you!!!!

  • Kathryn E
    March 6, 2019

    I will make new pillows for the living room.

  • Linda
    March 8, 2019

    My daughter’s upcoming new apartment and with the stash of my material she picked out, and her own “tweaks” she’s adding; plus two for my living room.

  • Carolyn T
    March 12, 2019

    I like to have a couple of small pillows in my car. A couple of new, decorative pillows will create a bit of joy each time I get in!

  • Kathleen Gerber
    March 14, 2019

    I had fun making an embroidered and appliqued pillow with 3D flowers that I entered

  • Mary A Wiley
    March 18, 2019

    I am making a pillow for my mom’s living room couch to go with a lap quilt we made together.

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