Last week I shared the tutorial for the Box Quilt Block and today I'm showing you the beautiful batik pillows I decided to make with my blocks. These will match our new sofa perfectly. I hope you enjoy the Box quilt block pillow tutorial.
Each pillow is made with 4 of the box blocks and I'll give you the cutting directions for one pillow. Don't forget to refer back to my block tutorial for instructions on sewing the blocks.
- Dark Brown - 2 - 2 ½" x 2 ½" squares, 4 - 2 ½" x 4 ½" rectangles, 2 - 2 ½" x 6 ½" rectangles
- Light Brown - 2 - 2 ½" x 2 ½" squares, 4 - 2 ½" x 4 ½" rectangles, 2 - 2 ½" x 6 ½" rectangles
- Cream - 12 - 2 ½" x 2 ½" squares, 2 - 2 ½" x 12 ½" (border), 2 - 2 ½" x 16 ½" (border), 2 - 9" x 17" (backing)
Be sure to look at the block diagram and photo below for the layout. When I completed 4 blocks I sewed them together and then added a 2 ½" border. I like to add batting and a backing to my pillow front. Quilt as desired. Trim your pillow to 16 ½" x 16 ½".There are all kinds of ways to finish a pillow, most of the time I do a envelope style but I was almost out of the cream batik so I decided to add zippers to my pillows. I just happened to have a couple cream zippers in my stash that were long enough to use.
I laid the fabric on top of the zipper and then stitched a narrow seam. Do this on both sides. My zipper was longer than the pillow and I trimmed it off when I sewed the pillow backing to the front.
The pillow back is larger than the front, I like to do this to make it easy to sew the front to the back. Pin the right sides together, notice my pins are not close to the edge - I'll show you why in the next photo.
Don't forget to open the zipper part way.
Stitch the front to the back using a ¼" seam allowance and then trim. My pillows finished at 16 inches and I could have bought pillow inserts but I like pillows that aren't real firm so I usually make my own pillow inserts. Do you like firm or squishy pillows?
I took a picture of the pillows out on the deck, natural light is so much better.
Pillow on the Sofa with way too much sun coming in the windows.
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