Lil Twister Pillow Band Tutorial

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If you enjoy making pillows but don’t have room for a whole bunch of them, you might be interested in creating a pillow band that can fit on any pillow you have. I made a simple cream pillow and then added a Lil Twister band to it.

Lil Twister Band on pillow

A pillow band made with the Lil’ Twister template. Be sure and check out the pillow I made without a band.

Lil’ Twister Pillow Band Tutorial


I bought a cute charm pack called Spirograph by Benartex for my 5 inch squares, you could always cut 5 inch squares from your stash for this.

I love getting a email every day from Missouri Star Quilt Co. letting you know the Deal of the Day. I wish I could buy all of them! Lots of bright colors. I forgot to take a picture of the pack – you can see my River Whirls baby quilt tutorial that I cut with the big prints (I’ll post that soon).


  • Cut 14 – 5″ prints
  • Cut 14 – 5″ muslin squares

Sew the quilt blocks together using a ¼-inch seam allowance. Make two rows of 14 blocks for the band.

piecing fabric

I took all the tone on tones and used them for a Lil’ Twister runner.This was very close to being another UFO.

Add a border

Lil Twister Band on pillow

I put a 3.5 inch border on the runner. The table runner measured 15″ x 68″, which sound big but I knew it would shrink after I cut out the blocks.

Using the Lil Twister template

Laying out the quilt band

Now I had a runner that was 9½” x 46″ ……too long for me. I also noticed I had 2 blocks of the same color next to each other.

Laying out the quilt band

This is when it almost went into the UFO pile of blocks that never get finished pile.

Do you dream of quilting??

Quilting the pillow

I dream about quilting all the time! Builder Bob dreams of building houses. Last night I woke up and thought that I could make a couple pillow bands with it. So I ripped out the seam between the 2 matching blocks. I added a 7 inch piece of muslin to each end, added Warm & Natural batting and quilted it.


Lil Twister

I did a large squiggle loop in each lil twister print and then stipple quilted the background.

Finishing the pillow band

Lil Twister Band finished

Then I took another piece of muslin the same size, placed my quilted top right side down on it and stitched around the sides. I left a opening about 4 inches so I could turn it right side out. Then I top stitched around it catching the opening seam in my stitching.

Velcro closeure

Adding velcro to lil twister band

A couple pieces of Velcro were used to close it around my pillow. This makes it very easy to change out the band.

Lil Twister band on a green pillow

I think it looks better on a solid colored pillow. This is a pillow from our porch furniture which is a little small. The other pillow at the beginning is one that I made out of muslin. Now to use the other half of my runner – hmmmm – a different pillow coming up.

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  1. RevDonnaH says:

    I am fascinated by these clever twister cuts. If I can only afford to start with one size of the specialty square ruler, which would you recommend?

  2. Your lil twister pillow/pillow band is BEAUTIFUL!! Wow! I'm so going to have to try this … don't be surprised if I post a look-alike on my blog … I love your pillows 🙂 🙂

  3. I have been seeing the Lil Twister templates alot lately and now the quilt shop locally just got those too. I really wanted to buy those soon but now you have helped make up my mind even more.

    I LOVE this pillow band and really love the band on the green pillow. So pretty with the gorgeous colors you've used. Thank you.

  4. What a wonderful idea. I just love that twister pattern and have been seeing so many lovely things made with it. I am definitely going to have to get it. I love your pillow band.

  5. Looks great! I do think about quilting in my dreams and also while I am soaking in the tub. I find that the quiet time relaxing in the tub can solve many issues – not just quilting ones!

  6. Very smart! I love the colors! Very cute!

  7. Nicole @ Patchwork Duck Designs says:

    Great idea for a quick house decor update! Love the cat photo!

  8. I love this idea for the pillow band. I've made several lil' twister table runners and this will be a nice change. I also recently found a pattern to make wreath and snowman wall hangings. I love the pussy cat on the right who appears to be looking down on Cricket, almost to say "nahnanahabooboo look what we can do and you can't"

  9. Footprints of Peace says:

    I would love to do that pattern in a larger quilt. It was very pretty.

  10. You are so clever , sweet pillow ! I do dream of quilting , usually to solve some problem I am having.