Monday, February 1, 2016

super sized broken dishes pillow {a tutorial}

Happy Monday, friends.

I'm quite a fan of simple patchwork projects using super sized blocks and today I'd like to share my take on a traditional broken dishes block.

Pretty fun, isn't it? I like how graphic and modern looking these pillows turned out. And, to top it off, they were incredibly easy and quick to make. Just my kind of a project these days :).

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Here's how to make your own super sized broken dishes pillow.

To make one 16" pillow you will need:
two 9" squares in solid fabric
one 9" square in darker print
one 9" square in lighter print
one 16.5" square backing fabric (you could use quilting cotton or cotton/linen blend fabric)
one 16.5" square fusible fleece
one 16" or longer invisible zipper 
one 16" pillow form

1. Place two solid squares right side down on a flat surface, use disappearing fabric pen to mark diagonal lines as shown in pic. below.

2. Lay dark print square and one solid fabric square right sides together, align all the edges and pin to prevent shifting.

3. Use 1/4" seam allowance and stitch along both sides of drawn line. Take the pins out, press to set the stitches. Cut your block along the drawn line, you will now have two hst (half square triangle) units. Press seams towards darker fabric.

4. Make a second set of hst units following the same direction, this time placing light print square and remaining solid square together. Once finished you will have four hst units as shown below. Trim your units to 8.5" square each.

5. Arrange your trimmed units to form a broken dish block. Piece together, press the seams.

6. Follow manufacturer's directions to adhere fusible fleece to wrong side of your finished block. Quilt your preferred way (I did straight lines about 1/2" apart). 

7. Install invisible zipper (there are tons of really good tutorials online if you're not sure how to do this). Press the finished pillow cover. Stuff a 16" pillow form inside and you're all finished.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. And, as always, if you make a project using any of my tutorials please add it to my Flickr group or use #sotakhandmade if posting on IG. I love seeing all the fun projects you make.



  1. Thank you! Can't wait to make my own.

  2. I love this pillow, it looks so cool and the color combination is wonderful!

  3. Love how simple and bold this is, plus easy to personalize! Thanks for the tutorial!


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