Monday, October 21, 2013

pinwheels pillow {plus a tutorial}


Look, I made yet another pillow. I'm seriously turning into a crazy pillow lady :)


I used a heavier, home dec weight fabric for the backing (tutorial on how to install a zipper here).


I then bound this pillow cover the same way I would a quilt. Oh, I don't think I can ever get enough of scrappy projects and striped binding.

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Now, I thought it might be fun to write up a quick tutorial on how to make this pinwheel pillow cover in case someone would like to give it a try. Here it goes:

You will need nine 5" squares of light colored fabric and nine 5" squares of brighter, more saturated fabric. 

Take one light and one darker colored fabric square, place them right sides together, and sew all the way around using 1/4" seam allowance.


Press, then cut diagonally in both directions as shown in the picture.

Press the seams towards the darker fabric, arrange in the shape of a pinwheel, and stitch together.

 
Trim your pinwheel to a 5.5" square. Make 8 more 5.5" pinwheels using the same method.

Arrange your pinwheels in a pleasing manner. Cut six 1.5" x 5.5" rectangles from the sashing fabric to join three pinwheels in each row. Then join rows using two 1.5" x 17.5" strips of sashing.


Attach fusible fleece to the wrong side of your pillow top and quilt as desired.

Make your preferred quilt backing (I usually install zipper closure - tutorial here). Cut fabric for your binding to measure 2.25" x 80", use the same method of attaching the binding as you would on a quilt.

Give your pillow top a good press and stuff using an 18" pillow form.

Fun, wasn't it? And pretty quick, too.

Hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial. Please let me know if you have any questions. Svetlana

22 comments:

  1. Adorable pillow and I LOVE the striped binding!

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  2. Love the stripey binding. Pinwheels are fun.

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  3. That b/w binding just makes it!!!

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  4. So cute! I love it! Will for sure be using this and just in time for Christmas!

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  5. No, musela jsem se smat, kdyz jsem zahledla polstar :) Budu se muset zamyslet nad nasim poctem polstaru, jestli by nebyl potreba dalsi. A navic... kdyz jsi pripravila tak pekny navod... to bude asi chtit vyzkouset :) :)
    Svetlanko, mas ho moc krasny!!! A dekuji za sdileni navodu :)
    Pa, J.

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  6. I never realised you could make pinwheels like that!! What a great method! Thanks for sharing Svetlana! :) I don't think you can have too many beautiful pillows!

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  7. Nice one! :-) And by the way, I'm "a crazy pillow lady" too :-D

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  8. What a sweet pillow! Thanks for the tutorial - it's nice to have a smaller project to work on while the larger ones languish...

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  9. Adorable pillow and love the half square triangle method you used! I've seen them done that way before but haven't tried it yet.

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  10. What a beautiful pillow. The tut is so easy to follow and helpful. Thank you so much!

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  11. Great pillow! The back and binding fabric is awesome! I have to make one of these! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  12. Lovely cushion and a great tutorial! Thank you.

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  13. Mmm...neat way to make pinwheels. Quilting has such endless possibilities...

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  14. haha - another pillow! Really pretty, just like the rest. :)

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  15. Alright, this will be my next pillow! I need a few more on my couch:) I was wondering what is that black/white stripe you used for binding? I think I've seen you use it on a pillow before and it's just the perfect binding for the fresh colors you have such a gift for picking. After putting zippers in my last two pillows I will give your hidden zipper tutorial a try:)

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  16. Gorgeous! You're right about the striped binding... I have GOT to do this because yours looks so wonderful. Good to know I'm not alone in having lots of pillows. ;o)

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  17. Gorgeous cushion, and love that stripy binding!

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  18. So beautiful! I love the striped binding!!

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  19. The black text makes this so fresh! Pinwheel was my very first block, and i did it by hand with no patterns. Not sure if it was right, but my family still have their pillows all these 20 years later. What I'm trying to say is, you can never have too many fabulous pillows!

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