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Patchwork Pillow

A cheerful gingham throw pillow adds a cozy feel to any room.




  • Yarn in two different colors
  • 4-inch loom
  • Soft fabric backing
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Pillow


  1. Step 1

    We created this cloth-backed removable pillow cover from squares made with two yarns in varying combinations: 4 in solid cream, 9 in solid green, 6 checked with a green base, and 6 checked with a cream base.

  2. Step 2

    For an 18-inch-square pillow, you'll need an 18 1/2-inch square made from 5 rows of 5 stitched-together swatches from a 4-inch loom, plus two 18 1/2-by-13-inch rectangles of soft fabric in a coordinating color for the backing.

  3. Step 3

    Hem one long side of each fabric piece: Fold edge over by 1/2 inch two times; machine-sew fold in place. 

  4. Step 4

    Lay both fabric pieces, wrong sides up, on the square of woven swatches so unhemmed lengths of fabric align with woven material's edges; the fabric pieces should overlap at center (this will form an opening to slip pillow into). Machine-sew perimeter with seams 1/2 inch in from edge. 

  5. Step 5

    Snip tips of corners at an angle. Turn right side out, and insert pillow. Follow yarn manufacturer's washing instructions.

Martha Stewart Living, February 2006



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