Pillows are always a great way to try a new quilting technique! If you have bought fat quarter bundles of fabric or jelly rolls, then you probably have some of the ribbon labels that are used to keep the fabrics together. I keep all of mine and used some of them to create this label pillow using Island Batik labels.
Quilted Label Pillow Tutorial
18″ x 18″
Each month the Island Batik Ambassadors have a different project to work on. For May we are making pillows and if you have followed me for any amount of time…..you know I love making them! In fact I’ll be showing a different one next week.
I might have a few pillows and table runners made with my Island Batik fabrics in my home. In the photo below I have two of my Box Quilt Block Pillows that I have already shared a tutorial on.
Many times the Island Batik Ambassador boxes have little 5″ strip bundles in them and I have saved all of the labels.
Creating the pillow background
I also hang on to each little piece of my neutral fabrics and decided it would be fun to make a strip pillow and then add the labels.
I measured the labels and decided to make a pillow that was about 18 inches.
I decided to make a piece about 14 inches wide. Many of my neutral scraps were shorter than this so I sewed some of the short pieces together to make enough rows.
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I used Aurifil 40wt thread to straight stitch the labels onto my fabric and used a washable Elmer’s glue stick to hold them in place. I wanted to make sure I didn’t have to sew through too many layers so I placed each label ribbon over a seam.
Then I added some borders, I didn’t worry about using pieces that were the exact length or width. All I wanted was to create a piece that was at least 18 inches square.
All of the piecing and quilt was done on my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine using a darning foot that I purchased about 25 years ago. I bought it before there were free-motion feet available. Most quilters use a variety of different free-motion feet now.
Here is the pillow top all quilted and ready to be trimmed. I always wait until the quilting is all done as the piece will shrink a little bit.
I just did a simple envelope style back and also edge-stitched about a quarter inch in from the edge of the pillow.
- Cut 2 pieces of a neutral fabric – 13″ x 18″.
- On each piece fold one of the 18″ sides under ¼” and press.
- On one piece, fold under another 1″ and top stitch it.
- On the other piece, fold under ¼” again and top stitch.
- Place the 1″ top stitched piece face down on the right side of the pillow top.
- Next place the ¼” top stitched piece face down on top of it.
- Pin the pieces and stitch around the pillow with a ¼” seam allowance.
- Double stitch over the area where the back pieces overlap to make the seams stronger.
Have you ever used the fabric ribbons for a quilt project? If so I would love to know what you created.
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