18 Inch Log Cabin Pillow

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The 18-inch log cabin pillow is made with 2½-inch strips and is a fun way to add a touch of color to any room.

Log cabin blocks are always fun, and I used 2½-inch strips to make this 18-inch log cabin pillow. This is a fast and easy quilt project to make!

18 inch log cabin pillow
18-inch log cabin pillow

18 inch Log Cabin Pillow tutorial

The log cabin pillow was made with a variety of batik scraps that I had in my stash. If you have a jelly roll, that would be good to use also. You will also need 1/2 yard of fabric for the envelope pillow back and a pillow insert.

Equipment

I used (9) different blues and 6 different yellows. I started with a blue center square but you could also start with the yellow.

Normally, I cut as I go, if you want to cut all of the pieces right away, you could download, print and cut these tiles and pin them to your strips. Just click here or on the image and download.

Alphabet to cut out and use
Print and pin to your strips

Cut the following:

  • A cut (1) 4″ square – blue
  • B cut (1) 2½” x 4″ strip – blue
  • C cut (1) 2½” x 6″ strip – blue
  • D cut (1) 2½” x 6″ strip – yellow
  • E cut (1) 2½” x 8″ strip – yellow
  • F cut (1) 2½” x 8″ strip – blue
  • G cut (1) 2½” x 10″ strip – blue
  • H cut (1) 2½” x 10″ strip – yellow
  • I cut (1) 2½” x 12″ strip – yellow
  • J cut (1) 2½” x 12″ strip – blue
  • K cut (1) 2½” x 14″ strip – blue
  • L cut (1) 2½” x 14″ strip – yellow
  • M cut (1) 2½” x 16″ strip – yellow
  • N cut (1) 2½” x 16″ strip – blue
  • 0 cut (1) 2½” x 18″ strip – blue

Sew with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

Press toward the piece you just added.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! This Log Cabin pillow tutorial has been converted to an optional PDF that’s optimized for printing.

Images showing the piecing of the log cabin block

Here are some images to show you how I added the 2 1/2-inch strips. You always start in the center of the block.

Diagram of log cabin pillow steps
Steps for adding strips to the center of the log cabin block
Continue adding the pieces to the log cabin block
Continue adding the pieces to the log cabin block
Continue adding the final pieces to the log cabin block
Continue adding the final pieces to the log cabin block

You could keep adding strips and make a bigger pillow if desired.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! This Log Cabin pillow tutorial has been converted to an optional PDF that’s optimized for printing.

Quilt the pillow

Once I had the block all pieced, I add batting and a piece of muslin to the back before quilting the pillow top. I like to add a backing on my pillows but you could just add the batting and quilt.

Freemotion quilt the pillow
Freemotion quilt the pillow

I used my vintage 15-91 Singer and yellow thread for the yellow fabrics and blue thread on the blue fabrics.

Quilting on the pillow
Quilting on the pillow

Here is Rusty with the pillow, I still can’t get him to look happy with his ears perked up. He does enjoy being with me downstairs while I quilt.

Dog with the pillow
Rusty with the pillow

The block is 18 inches so I sewed the envelope-style backing onto it with a 1/4-inch seam allowance and used an 18 inch pillow insert.

Envelope pillow backing

I happened to have a piece of yellow batik that was big enough for the back of my pillow.

  • Cut (1) piece 18″ x 16″
  • Cut (1) piece 18″ x 10″

On each piece, fold over 1/4-inch on one 18″ side and press. On the 18″ x 10″, fold over 1/4-inch again and then stitch down. For the other piece, fold over 2 inches and then stitch down.

Lay the pillow right side up, and place the largest backing piece with the right side facing the pillow. Next laying the smaller piece right side facing the pillow on top. Sew around the pillow. I like to double-stitch the sides where the two back pieces meet on the sides of your pillow.

Envelope style pillow backing
Envelope-style pillow backing

I hope you have enjoyed the 18 Inch Log Cabin Pillow tutorial. If you make a log cabin pillow I would love to see it!

Closeup of pillow
Closeup of pillow

If you wanted to make 6 blocks, you would have a quilt that is 36 x 54. You should also take a look at my log cabin placemat tutorial or the log cabin mini runner tutorial or my Amber Logs quilt pattern.

Log Cabin pillow on deck
Log Cabin pillow on deck

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! This Log Cabin pillow tutorial has been converted to an optional PDF that’s optimized for printing.

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Before you go….

Making a log cabin pillow can be fun. Another neat quilt project would be to make Log cabin placemats, read this blog post and learn how to make them.

Quilted Log Cabin Placemats

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7 Comments

  1. So glad you post pictures of your helpers. It’s so much more fun. You have such beautiful projects.
    I have more help than I could possibly need here. Four dogs and a Main Coon cat who thinks he’s a dog.
    Karen in Michigan

  2. Happy Birthday…as one of my friends says “Any day above the grass is a good day.” Thank you for the Log Cabin pattern, it is my favorite. It is a good thing that Rusty enjoys being with you while you quilt. Hope you enjoy your day.

  3. Betty Domal says:

    Is there a printable tutorial for instructions on making this pillow.
    Thank

  4. Love the numbering system on the Log Cabin! You always think of something that makes me wonder “why didn’t I think of that YEARS ago”
    Maybe Rusty would like a papoose! One of those baby ones! Indie would, but she’s 40 lbs. So we have “tummy time” until it blows over. We got blasted here in the Chicago area, but no trees down. Thanks for the lovely pillow idea!

  5. Robyn Lidstone says:

    Lovely pillow, Connie. Great for using scraps and jelly roll pieces – or selecting from larger fabric pieces.
    Thanks for the tutorial – easy to follow and great pictures.
    During storms my two cats would hide under the bed.
    Rusty is doing so well as a model for your completed projects.

  6. shirley Pendergraft says:

    Bless Rusty, Our dogs are scared also, but we give them Childrens
    Benedril and that helps. Like the colors in your pillow.