I’m so excited to bring you this pillow tutorial! I can’t get enough of these Good Folks fabrics. And the best part was that I got to try out my new Accuquilt GO! Baby! Want to win your own? ENTER TO WIN RIGHT NOW!
Accuquilt makes some amazing products. You really should check out their fabric cutters, they are getting some wonderful reviews on Amazon. This machine makes cutting a breeze…I cut out 120 diamonds in about 30 minutes!
Even if you don’t have an Accuquilt machine, you can certainly use a diamond template. I’ve attached one here that you may print and cut out.
Please check out my other Sewing Tutorials! If you have any questions about this tutorial while you’re working on it, feel free to post on my Flickr Group. I’d also love it if you’d post pictures of your finished projects there, too!
Pillow finished size: 16″ x 16″
- 24 scrap pieces (each 6″ x 4″) for the diamonds
(if you are extremely cautious with your cutting, you could also swing this with a charm pack – I tried it
out and it does work)
- 1/2 fabric for solid color on front of pillow
- fat quarter of fabric for back of pillow
- 1 pillow form (18″ x 18″); I like my pillow to be nice and plump, but you can certainly use a 16″ x 16″ form
- 14″ zipper
- rotary cutter and cutting mat
- diamond template (print here)
- optional: 18″ x 18″ piece of batting for the front and 18″ x 18″ piece of batting for the back (I used Warm and Natural)
STEP 1 ~ CUT OUT YOUR FABRIC
1a. Using your 6″ x 4″ scraps and your diamond template, cut out 23 Diamonds.
1b. Cut your solid color fabric into 1-1/2″ strips (from selvage to selvage). You will cut 9 Strips. Separate 4 of the strips and cut those strips every 6 inches, yielding 24 Small Strips that are each 1-1/2″ x 6″.
1c. Cut the fabric for the back of the pillow into 2 pieces, each 16-1/2″ long by 8-3/4″ high.
STEP 2 ~ PIECE THE DIAMONDS
2a. Take 1 Diamond and 1 of your Small Strips, and sew right sides together, along one edge (I used the bottom right edge of my diamond, as pictured below). Roughly center the strip so you have approximately the same overhang on each side (it doesn’t have to be exact). Sew along that edge, back stitching at each end. Repeat for all 24 diamonds.
2b. Press the seams toward the small strips.
2c. Take your ruler and line it up on the edge of the Diamond. Trim the excess fabric from the strip at both ends.
STEP 3 ~ PIECE THE ROWS
3a. Take 2 of your Diamonds. Place 1 Diamond right side facing you, with the solid strip oriented to the bottom right-hand corner. Now place the other Diamond wrong side facing you, as pictured.
3b. Now, this is very important: you are going to shift your 2nd diamond 1/4″ to the right, as you can see by my fabric marker. If you don’t, your diamonds won’t make a straight line. You might have a tricky time of this at first, but once you piece a couple of Diamonds, the rest will go very quickly!
3c. Now, sew and press the seam toward the solid strip. Steps 3a. through 3c. is how you will create all your rows (see Step 3e.).
3d. Trim the little”dog ears” so that the Diamonds are both even.
3e. Piecing Rows:
- Row of 3 (make 2)
- Row of 5 (make 2)
- Row of 6 (make 1)
- the last 2 Diamonds will stay separate
STEP 4 ~ ASSEMBLE THE ROWS
Note: When assembling the rows, you will always press the seam toward the solid strip.
4a. Take 1 Diamond and 1 Strip. Sew right sides together.
4b. Take the unit from the previous step and add a Row of 3.
Helpful Hint: I like to make a mark across the top of my Diamond through the strip, so I can line up my row better. Feel free to do this as you add all the following rows.
4c. Add another strip, then a Row of 5. Trim excess strip (leave about 2″ extra at the beginning and end). You can use the extra strip portion for subsequent rows.
4d. Add another strip, then the Row of 6.
4e. Add another strip, then a Row of 5.
4f. Add another strip, then a Row of 3.
4g. Add another strip, then the last 1 Diamond.
4h. Trim your Pillow Front to 16-1/2″ x 16-1/2″.
Optional: Attach your Pillow Front to a piece of batting (I like to use a glue stick for this, but you may use pins or spray baster) and quilt in your preferred method; I quilted mine in lines 1/4″ off all the seams.
If you are using batting for the back as well, cut your remaining 18″ x 18″ piece of batting in half and quilt it to your pillow back fabrics.
STEP 5 ~ ASSEMBLE BACK OF PILLOW
5a. Take the 2 pieces of fabric for the back of your pillow. Place them, right sides together, along the long edge (make sure if your fabric is directional, that the print is facing the correct way). Pin.
5b. With your fabric marker, make a mark 2″ from the top left corner and 2″ from the top right corner.
5c. With a 5/8″ seam, sew from the top left corner to the mark (I marked my horizontal stitching with a purple line so you could see it), and from the remaining mark to the top right corner. Backstitch at each end (this will leave you with a 2″ line starting from each end).
5d. With your machine set to a basting stitch, sew 1/2″ seam from the end of the left line to the beginning of the right line. Press seam open.
5e. With the wrong side of the fabric facing you, place the zipper face down on top of the seam, centered. Make sure the zipper teeth lay along the seam. Pin.
5f. Switch to your zipper foot. Sew along both long edges and side edges of the zipper, pivoting at each corner.
5g. Take your seam ripper and remove the basting stitching. Now you have a working zipper! Unzip the zipper so you will be able to turn your pillow right sides out later.
STEP 6 ~ FINISHING THE PILLOW
6a. Place the front of the pillow and back of the pillow, right sides together. Sew along the entire outer edge of the square.
6b. Clip the 4 corners. Be careful not to cut into your stitching.
6c. Turn through the opening in the zipper. Use a turning tool (or pen cap, etc.) to gently turn out the corners. Press.
And you’re finished! CONGRATULATIONS!!
I hope you’ve enjoyed making this project! I can’t wait to see what you make!