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Scrappy Batik Pillow

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Are you like me and save all of the scraps from a quilt project? If so, you’ll want to make a scrappy pillow like this!

Scrappy Batik Pillow

20-inch square

Scrappy batik 9 patch pillow

This month all of the ambassadors for Island Batik are sharing pillow projects and I couldn’t resist doing a second one.

Island Batik Ambassador Playful Pillows

I don’t know about you but pillows are one of my favorite things to make.

The pillow design is made from two simple blocks, the nine patch and the square on point block.

Using a cream batik as the background fabric made all of the bright batik scraps really pop!

I have included directions for both rotary cutting and the AccuQuilt GO! cutter.

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I used my AccuQuilt GO! 6 inch  Mix & Match Qube set to cut out the pieces for my Scrappy Batik pillow. There is a die that cuts out four HST triangles at a time for the Square on Point die. The Square on Point die is also part of the AccuQuilt GO! 6 inch Mix & Match Qube set.

AccuQuilt dies used:

The little 9 patch squares were made using 1½” squares in bright batiks that I cut from all of my scraps. I also cut 1 ½” squares of leftover neutrals that I had.

Yardage

  • ½ yard cream for blocks and border
  • 1/8 yard blue
  • 1/8 yard of 5 different colors or go scrappy
  • 1/2 yard fabric for pillow back
  • pillow form

Blocks

  • 13 – 3½-inch square on point blocks
  • 12 – 3½-inch 9 patch blocks

Rotary Cutting

9 patch blocks – make 12 – 3½-inch blocks

  • Bright colors – cut 69 -1½-inch squares
  • Cream – 48 – 1½-inch squares

Piece all of the 9 patch blocks the same using 4 cream and 5 bright colors. You can be scrappy or pick 5 different bright fabrics.

9 patch block

Square on Point blocks – make 13 – 3½-inch blocks

  • Blue – cut 13 – 3½-inch squares
  • Cream – cut 52 – 2-inch squares

The easiest way to make the square on point blocks is to draw a diagonal line down each cream 2-inch square and then place one on the blue block. Stitch just a hair off of the diagonal line toward the outside of the block. This will allow a little room when you fold the cream square back for a stitch and flip block. Repeat this step for all four corners. Trim the back two layers.

Make 13 blocks that are 3½-inches

Sew your blocks together as shown below.

Scrappy batik blocks on design wall

You could also use this for a table topper.

Scrappy Blocks

20-inch square pillow

The pillow wasn’t quite the size that I wanted so I added a border.

  • Cut 2 – 3-inch by 15½-inch strips – add to the sides
  • Cut 2 – 3-inch by 20½-inch strips – add to the top and bottom
Scrappy Batik 9 patch quilted

The scrappy batik pillow ended up being a 20″ square.

Scrappy batik 9 patch pillow closeup

I used Aurfil 40wt thread for my quilting and did a simple meandering and then some long loops on the border. I think I have mentioned that I have started using the Aurifil 40wt thread and really, really like it!

Scrappy Batik 9 patch quilted

It was fun to take the pillow outside on the deck for photos.

Scrappy Batik 9 patch pillow on deck

I mentioned that this was a scrappy batik pillow, I didn’t have enough of the neutral for the back of the pillow and had used all of the blue 5-inch strip for the Square on Point blocks. I dug through my Island Batik stash and found a blue that I had used for the back of a quilt that I made last year.

The leftover batik wasn’t large enough for the back so I just pieced it together. No one will notice!

Batik Scrappy pillow back

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

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A couple of weeks ago I shared another scrappy pillow that I made with my Island Batik fabrics and the cute little labels that come with some of their fabrics.

I love working with my Accuquilt GO! cutter and dies. Have you seen the new GO! Elephant die from AccuQuilt? Take a look at the cute elephant wall hanging I made with it. This would be perfect in a baby’s room.

Would you like to see how I store my batik quilt fabric scraps? When I showed my scrap storage, I actually started working on the blocks for this pillow.

Here is a list of the Island Batik Ambassadors for 2018

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13 Comments

  1. Such a cute pillow! Of course you used the 1″ squares!!! I thought it was funny that there’s spaces between the squares…but I love tiny!!

  2. I absolutely LOVE this pillow. It’s so bright and cheery. I may have to try making one similar and have plenty of bright, happy scraps to work with. Thanks for sharing!

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