Today, I’m going to show you how to make a quick pinwheel pillow using scraps leftover from the Scandinavian Tomte quilt.
Half-Square triangles (HST) scraps from Scandinavian Tomte quilt
12-inch pillow form
15×15 scrap of muslin
15×15 scrap of batting
2 flannel scraps for backing, approximately 13″ x 10″ each
Optional decorative button
Basic sewing supplies
Step-by-Step Directions for a 12-inch Pillow
1. Sew a background HST to a red HST, right sides together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. These pieces are left over from the Scandinavian Tomte tree blocks. Make 4.
2. Press seams open.
3.Trim each unit to 5.5 inches.
4. Sew the 4 units together to make 1 pinwheel block.
5. Cut 2 strips from black fabric at 1.75-inches by 10.5 inches. Sew these border strips to each side of the pinwheel block using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
6. Cut 2 strips from the black fabric at 1.75-inches by 12.75 inches. Sew these border stripes to the top and bottom of the pinwheel block using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
Put it All Together
7. Layer the pinwheel block, batting, and muslin together to make a quilt sandwich and quilt the top as desired.
8. Trim the quilt sandwich.
9. Add a decorative button to the middle of the pinwheel block (optional).
10. Cut the flannel backing scraps into 2 pieces: 1 at 12.75-inches by 9 inches and 1 at 12.75-inches by 8 inches.
11. Hem one of the flannel backing pieces: fold 1/4-inch, press, then fold another 1/4-inch and top-stitch.
12. Layer the quilt sandwich and the backing pieces with right sides together and clip or pin in place. The 2 flannel backing pieces will slightly overlap.
13. Stitch around all the outside edges using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
14. Clip corners.
15. Turn the pillow inside out and add the pillow form.
16. Enjoy your new pinwheel pillow! If you want to make a larger pillow, make additional pinwheel blocks and stitch them together before quilting.
On the next blog post, we’ll start a new project!
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