Quilted Pillow TUTORIAL

I love to make pillows! And quilted pillows are my favorite. This tutorial is for everyone, but at the request of Pam, Patsy & Laurie:) This tutorial is very simple to resize, but I made it with the popular Swoon block which finishes 24×24″. This tutorial is designed for those with a basic understanding of quilt binding. If you have any questions, let me know!

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1. Fabric: You will need your quilted pillow front. You will also need 1/2-7/8 yard for the backing and 1/3-1/2 yard for the binding. For my 24×24″ pillow, I needed 24″ x width of fabric for the backing and 144″ of binding.

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2. Backing: Cut two pieces for the backing. They should be the width of your pillow x (1/2 the height of your pillow + 4 to 6″). My pillow is 24 x 24″. So I cut 24 x 18″. 24″ is the width of my pillow. 18″ is half the height of my pillow (12″) plus 6″. The 4 to 6″ is for the overlap. I use 6″ on larger pillows, 5″ on medium sized pillows and 4″ on smaller pillows.

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3. Binding: Make your binding. You will need 4 x pillow width + 2 x pillow height. I needed 144″. I make my binding by cutting 2″ strips.

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4. Binding the Edges: Sew binding to the wrong side of the backing pieces with a 1/4″ seam. You will sew to the top edge of one piece and the bottom edge of the second piece. For my pillow, these edges were 24″.

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You’ll have this!

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Fold the binding back over to the front. Press. And top stitch. I’m normally 100% against machine sewn binding BUT this is the BACK of a pillow. It’s okay;) Be neat and it will look great. It’s just a straight seam, no corners.

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5. Sew it Together: Lay the back pieces on the pillow. I lay the bottom piece first. NOTE: This is NOT inside out. You’re laying the wrong sides together.

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Then lay the top. Pin. I like to use wonder clips instead of pins.

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Sew all the way around with a scant 1/4″ seam.

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6. Finishing & Binding: Attach the binding to the front all the way around with a liberal 1/4″ seam.

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It will look like this.

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Hand sew the binding down to the back as you would on a quilt.

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That’s it!! There are tons of different modifications and adjustments you can make depending on pillow size. I sometimes quilt the back panels as well. Happy pillow making!!
xo LC

3 thoughts on “Quilted Pillow TUTORIAL

  1. Oh and I will definitely be making this…..as soon as I finish my voile string quilt by you!! thanks so much for sharing- Pam

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