Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pinterest Challenge: Patchwork Pillow

It's that time again!!  Pinterest Challenge time with Young House LoveBower Power, Our Fifth House and The Ugly Duckling House!

I've had such a fun time in the past sharing my canvas states, paint chip art, and chalkboard menu.  This time around I decided to work on a project using the sewing machine Chris gifted me for my birthday.  Combining my recent attempts at pillowcases and quilting,  I landed on a patchwork pillowcase.

I clicked through About.com's sewing pattern section until I found one I liked. Using left over material from the other pillow cases I've sewn, I got to work.

This pattern uses half square triangle units, which I learned in my quilting class were quick to make.  After cutting 5x5 squares, I pinned 2 different material squares together (right side of fabric facing each other) and drew a line down the middle.

Using that line as a guide point, I sewed a straight stitch down each side (1/4 inch out) and then cut the square in half (right down the line).  

Once the units were separated and pressed, I used a 4x4 square ruler to cut off the access leaving me with 12 half square triangle units to go with my 4 corner white blocks.

Sew all of those pieces together and you're left with the front piece of the pillow case. 

I used the same steps to turn it into an envelope pillowcase that you can find here.  The center is a little off, but other than that I'm really lovin' this pillow!

I think it will look great with the rest of our bright pillows once we get our new dark gray sectional!

Have you taken on any fun projects lately?


  1. Wow, I love it! I'm so impressed with how fast your sewing skills have increased!! :)

    1. Thank you!! It's interesting to look back at some of my first projects, which I want to re-do now!

  2. Ole NICE!!! Very, very pretty. I love blues and greens...my favourite colours.

  3. This is beautiful. I'm learning to quilt. I like the idea of turning the squares into pillows!

  4. This looks great! I'm in awe of your sewing skills!