Thursday, July 13, 2017

Summer of Sewing: Pet Pillow

During our Summer of Sewing series, we'll be featuring weekly tutorials using our new fabric collections (and giveaways, too!). Join us each week, sit back, relax, and then start sewing! 

Our tutorial this week is for all the pet lovers! We've used the sweet prints from Love is a Four Legged Word to create a 24"-square pillow. Use it for a pet bed or use it yourself--perfect for both humans and furry friends!

Our large pillow features a fussy-cut center square from the collection's patchwork print (choose your own favorite part to showcase!), surrounded by subway tile piecing. Such a fun, scrappy look! 

Let's get started!
You'll Need:
1/4 yard each 9 prints
1 yard patchwork print
27" square of batting
24" square pillow insert

From the blue check print:
(2) 2" x 9-1/2" pieces
(2) 2" x 12-1/2" pieces
(1) 2-1/2" x 42" strips; recut into (6) 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" pieces and (2) 2-1/2" squares

From the remaining 1/4 yard prints:
(1) 2-1/2" x 42" strips; recut into (6) 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" pieces and (2) 2-1/2" squares

From the patchwork print:
(2) 16" x 24-1/2" pieces
(1) fussy-cut 9-1/2" square (see below)

Make the pillow
Step 1: Pick your favorite motifs for the center square. Leave 1/4" margin beyond the motifs you want to showcase; parts of various motifs will be cut off and that's okay.

Step 2: Sew 2" x 9-1/2" blue check strips to opposite sides of the fussy-cut square. Sew 2" x 12-1/2" blue check strips to the top and bottom. 

Step 3: Lay out (12) 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" pieces and (12) 2-1/2" squares on the sides of the center square as shown, making sure you're happy with color placement. 

Step 4: Sew the pieces and squares into rows and join the rows to make pieced sides. 

Step 5: Lay out the top and bottom sections as shown, making sure you're happy with color placement. 

Step 6: Sew the pieces and squares in the top and bottom sections into rows, and join 3 rows on the top to make the to section. Do the same for the bottom section. 

Step 7: Sew the side sections to the center square and the top and bottom sections to the top and bottom. Your pillow top is finished. 

Step 8: Fold the long edge of (1) 16" x 24-1/2" piece over 1/4" (wrong sides together) and then over 1/4" again. Stitch to created a hemmed edge on the first pillow back piece. Make a second pillow back piece. 

Step 9: Lay the pillow top right side up. Position the first pillow back piece right side down, matching raw edges. The hemmed edge should be across the middle of the pillow. 

Step 10: Position the second pillow back piece right side down, matching raw edges. The two hemmed hedges should overlap in the middle to create an overlapping envelope pillow back. Pin in place and stitch around all four sides of the pillow using a 1/4" seam allowance. 
Step 11: Clip corners and turn pillow right side out. 

Step 12: Stuff with your pillow insert and enjoy! 

See the entire Love is a Four Legged Word collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop.

Would you like to win a bundle of Love is a Four Legged Word fabrics? Leave a comment below (or on IG) telling us what you'd fill these boxes with. Giveaway is open through Sunday, July 16th at 11:59 PM CDT. 

Follow along with our Summer of Sewing Series! 
Click here to see all the tutorials.

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Anita J.
Janine H.
Nancy S.
Betsy L. 
Debbie M.
Amy L.
Kathy H. 


  1. I would fill them with some fabrics with big designs that I can't get myself to cut into small pieces.

  2. This is so adaptable, I might use a big Martha Negley floral, or a Christmas scene, depending on the recipient.

  3. Some special prints my grandchildren adore.

  4. Oh these prints are Awesome!! thank you for chance to win some!! :D

    I would fill the boxes with some cool scraps from things I have made the Kiddo's! (would be like an I Spy Pillow eh? giggle...

  5. I'm guessing you're referring to the fabric boxes from last week, and I would use them for an attempt to organize my sewing area, a hopeless task I think. "Love is a four legged word" is the sweetest collection, and I hope to make something sweet with it.

  6. I might put an embroidery piece in the box.

  7. This fabric makes such an adorable pillow! I would make the fabric boxes into gifts for Christmas! Just so many ideas to use these fabric boxes for!

  8. Boxes are great for storing materials for a project.

  9. I would make the fabric boxes and put some precuts in there for my friends.

  10. The boxes would be great for some large scale floral prints.

  11. I'd use the boxes for my scraps! Love the pet pillow and the fabric!

  12. If you mean the boxes using the Aboriginal fabrics (which I adore), I'd put chocolates (Lindor Truffles) in one, thread in another, maybe small scraps in a third...never enough containers in a sewing room :-) Love the wisdom in the sayings of this fabric.

  13. I would put all of sewing items into the boxes.

  14. Around our house it would have to be Legos!

  15. I'd make some boxes and fill them with small gifts for the young children in the family.

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  16. I would put M&M's in the small one and keep it in my sewing room. In the medium one I would make the inside with a vinyl covered cotton and put a small potted plant in it.

  17. Love the pillow. As for the boxes...are we talking about a previous post? I would use them for to-go projects. Thanks for asking.

  18. These would make great thread containers, organized by colors in different boxes.

  19. Cute! thanks for the tutorial!