Make a Pinwheel Pillow

Hello quilters!

Today, I’m going to show you how to make a quick pinwheel pillow using scraps leftover from the Scandinavian Tomte quilt.

Use your leftover quilt scraps to make a cute pillow!
Use your leftover quilt scraps to make a cute pillow!

Supplies Needed

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.

You should have 4 half square triangle blocks.
You should have 4 half square triangle blocks.

2. Press seams open.

3.Trim each unit to 5.5 inches.

4. Sew the 4 units together to make 1 pinwheel block.

Sew the 4 HST blocks together to make a pinwheel block.
Sew the 4 HST blocks together to make a 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).

Add a contrasting border.
Add a contrasting border.

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.

Flannel scraps make a perfect pillow back!
Flannel scraps make a perfect pillow back!

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.

And ta-da! You have a sweet matching pillow for your Tomte quilt!
And ta-da! You have a sweet matching pillow for your Tomte quilt!

On the next blog post, we’ll start a new project!

Enjoy,
Jen
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