Today one of our blog followers, Marilyn, is sharing a tutorial for a puff pillow--taking that old biscuit quilt idea and updating it with contemporary, fun fabrics (the Hannah collection!) and a new use--a big floor pillow. Enjoy her tutorial and scroll down to the bottom to find out how you can enter to win a fat quarter bundle of Hannah fabrics for yourself.
Take it away, Marilyn!
Hello! I'm excited to be featured on Inspired by Fabric today, sharing my puff pillow tutorial. Remember the biscuit quilt idea that was popular back in the 1980s? I used that concept but changed it up a little--first, I chose to recover a large floor pillow with the puffs/biscuits, and second, I chose the vibrant prints from Hannah to make the project feel more modern. I hope you like it!
Here's a look at the fabrics in the Hannah collection. Some great colors!
Materials you will need:
- 1/4 yard (or 1 fat quarter) each of 4 prints for pillow front
- 1/4 yard dotted stripe for binding
- 1-1/4 yards backing fabric (I used the large floral on black)
- 2/3 yard muslin
From each of the 4 prints:
Four 7-1/2" squares
From the dotted stripe:
Three 2-1/2" x 42" strips
From the backing fabric:
Two 18" x 24" pieces
From the muslin:
Sixteen 6" squares
Step 1: Pin a 7-1/2" print square to a 6" muslin square, matching the corners. You'll need to pin a couple pleats into each side to accommodate the extra fabric (this creates the space for the stuffing). Pin all four corners, but only pin three sides--leave one open for stuffing.
Step 2: Stitch on the three pinned sides, using a 1/8" seam allowance.
Step 3: Grab a handful of fiberfill--I used a small fist-full for each puff. Insert it in the puff.
Step 4: Pin the fourth side and stitch to close the puff.
Step 5: Make sixteen puffs. Don't they look cute?! I just want to squeeze them at this point!
Step 6: Arrange your puffs in four rows of four.
Step 7: Begin joining the puffs in pairs, right sides together. Pin before sewing. Make sure your seam is 1/4" or just slightly larger so that your original stitching lines don't show.
Step 8: Join the puffs into rows, and then join the rows. Here's a photo of a joined row and then the back of a joined row.
Your finished pillow top will look something like this:
Step 10: With a normal pillow and an envelope backing, you can lay your pillow top down first and then add the backing pieces on top, and you'll know exactly how much they should overlap because of the size of the pillow top. That would be tricky with this dimensional pillow top.
Instead, lay your backing pieces out right sides down (our pillow will have a bound edge, like a quilt!) on a cutting mat, using the markings on the mat to ensure your pillow backing measures 24".
Step 11: Lay the pillow top on top, right sides up, and pin in place. At this point, you can either baste around the outer edge to secure before adding the binding, or you can live dangerously (like I did!) and pin the binding in place as well and stitch around the pillow once to secure backing and binding in place. Either way, you'll need to join your three 2-1/4" x 42" dotted stripe strips to make a long binding strip. Add the binding strip to the pillow just like you would for a quilt, and machine or hand stitch the binding to the back side. Insert your pillow and you're done!
Another look at the finished pillow:
I chose to add a binding to the pillow because I loved the dotted stripe and thought it would make a great finished edge to "frame" the pillow. You could also do a traditional pillow finish and skip the binding.
You'll have to take my word for how squishy and comfy this pillow is! It's the perfect slipcover for a dingy old pillow I had in my house.
One more close-up:
Thanks Marilyn! Great tutorial!
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