Project

Patchwork Pillow

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

Patchwork Pillow

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2006

materials

  • Yarn in two different colors

  • 4-inch loom

  • Soft fabric backing

  • Sewing machine

  • Scissors

  • Pillow

steps

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

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

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