Modern Pillows

These vibrant pillow designs will create a lively appeal in every room.


+ enlarge image Dazzle the senses with these incredible colors.

Create a comfortable seating area on a sofa or a chair with vibrant, modern pillow of classic geometric shapes. Tufted buttons, hand-tied closures, and bright complementary hues give the pillows individualistic flair.

Fabric Key

  • Fabric A: Lime Green poplin cloth (54 inches wide)
  • Fabric B: Turquoise casement cloth (60 inches wide)
  • Fabric C: Deep Orange linen
  • Fabric D: Bright Orange linen
  • Fabric E: Khaki twill
  • Fabric F: Gray casement cloth (60 inches wide)
  • Fabric G: Purple casement cloth (60 inches wide)
  • Fabric H: Mustard linen
  • Fabric I: Light mustard linen
  • Fabric J: Fuchsia linen
  • Fabric K: White casement cloth
  • Fabric L: Orange-red linen
  • Fabric M: Berry-red linen
  • Fabric N: Muslin

What You Need:

+ enlarge image Slip the pillow form into a small opening in the pillow cover.
  • 5/8 yard of Fabric A
  • 1/4 yard of Fabric B
  • Compass with extension, paper, and pencil
  • Air-soluble marking pen
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • 2-1/2-inch-diameter and 1/2-inch-diameter covered buttons
  • Upholstery thread
  • 5-inch-long hand-sewing needle

Instructions:

+ enlarge image Covered buttons on both sides of this pillow make it reversible.
  1. All measurements include 1/2-inch seam allowances unless otherwise noted. The pillow measures 18 inches in diameter.
  2. Cut the Fabric: Using a compass with an extension, draw a 19-inch-diameter circle onto paper; cut the circle out. Using the pattern, cut two circles from Fabric A for the front and back panels. Fold the circles into fourths and mark the quarters along the edges. On the right side of the fabric, mark the center on the front and back panels. Cut a 4 x 57-1/2-inch strip of Fabric B for the gusset.
  3. Fold the strip into fourths and mark the quarters along the top and bottom edges. With right sides together and raw edges aligned, pin the short ends of the gusset together. Using a 1/2-inch seam allowance, stitch the ends together. Press the seam open.
  4. Begin Sewing: With right sides facing and raw edges aligned, pin and sew the gusset to the front panel, matching the quarter marks. Press the seam open. Working from the right side, fold the fabrics together at the seamline. Topstitch 1/8-inch in from the seam through all the layers.
  5. With the right sides facing and raw edges aligned, sew the gusset to the back panel, matching the quarter marks and leaving a 5-inch opening along the seam as shown in the illustration, below left. Press the seam allowance open. Press the seam allowance under at the opening. Turn the cover right side out. Fold the fabrics together at the gusset/back seam. Topstitch 1/8-inch in from the seam through all layers. Do not stitch the seam line at the opening.
  6. Firmly stuff the cover with polyester fiberfill. Hand-sew the opening closed. At the opening, pin the fabrics together approximately 1-1/2-inch from the seam to create a flat space. Complete the topstitching along the seam.
  7. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to cover the buttons with Fabric A. Using a doubled length of upholstery thread and a 5-inch-long hand-sewing needle, attach the buttons to the top and bottom of the cushion to make a tuft.

What You Need:

+ enlarge image Big and bold, this pillow is a real decorating statement.
  • 2/3 yard of Fabric H
  • 1/3 yard of Fabric I
  • 1/2 yard of Fabric J
  • Point turner
  • 18-inch pillow form
  • 1-1/2-inch-diameter covered button
  • 5-inch-long hand-sewing needle

Instructions:

+ enlarge image A double knot makes it easy to remove the button to wash this pillow cover.
  1. All measurements include 1/2-inch seam allowances unless otherwise noted. The pillow measures 22 inches across.
  2. Cut the Fabric: From Fabric H, cut one 19 x 20-1/2-inch rectangle for the back overlapping panel. Cut one 19 x 5-1/2-inch rectangle for the back underlapping panel. Cut two 10-inch squares for the top left and bottom right front panels.
  3. From Fabric I, cut two 10-inch squares for top right and bottom left front panels. From Fabric J, cut four 3 x 19-inch strips for the front and back top and bottom flanges. Cut four 3 x 23-inch strips for the front and back side flanges.
  4. Begin Sewing: With right sides facing and raw edges aligned, join the top left and top right front panels, then the bottom left and bottom right front panels. Press the seams open. With right sides facing and raw edges aligned, match the seams and stitch the two strips together. Press the seam open.
  5. With right sides facing and raw edges aligned, sew the front top and bottom flanges to the front top and bottom. Press the seam allowances toward the front. Sew the front side flanges to the front sides. Press the seam allowances toward the front.
  6. Using the back overlapping panel, press one 19-inch edge over 1 inch to the wrong side. Press the edge over again on itself. Topstitch close to the inner fold edge. Using the back underlapping panel, press and stitch one 19-inch edge over in the same manner. Overlap the finished edge of the overlapping back panel onto the underlapping back panel so that the finished edge of the underlapping panel is under the overlapping panel. Machine-baste the top and bottom edges together.
  7. With right sides facing and raw edges aligned, sew the back side flanges to the back sides. Press the seam allowances toward the back. Sew the back top and bottom flanges to the back top and bottom. Press the seam allowances toward the back.
  8. With right sides facing and raw edges aligned, sew the front to the back. Trim the seam allowances to 1/4-inch. Leaving 1/8-inch of fabric, trim away the excess fabric at each corner. Press the seam allowances open as much as possible. Turn the cover right side out through the back overlap opening. Using a point turner, push out the corners. Press the cover flat.
  9. Match the inner flange edges of the front to the back, and pin the pieces together. With matching thread, topstitch just inside the inner flange edges, creating the pillow insert space and the flange area. Insert the pillow form into the space through the back overlap opening.
  10. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to cover a 1-1/2-inch-diameter button with Fabric J. Using a double length of upholstery thread and a 5-inch-long needle, attach the covered button to the center top of the pillow.
  11. Tie the thread into a double-knotted bow on the pillow back for easy removal of the button when laundering.

What You Need:

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  • Refer to page 1 of this story for the Fabric Key.
  • 3/4 yard of Fabric B
  • 1/4 yard of Fabric K
  • 1/8 yard of Fabric J
  • 6 x 24-inch round foam bolster form
  • Water-soluble marking pen

Instructions:

  1. From Fabric B, cut one 22-1/8 x 25-inch rectangle for the wraparound. Cut one 3-1/2 x 25-inch strip for the center top overlay.
  2. Using a compass, draw a 7-inch circle pattern onto paper; cut it out. Using the pattern, cut two circles from Fabric K for the ends. Fold the circles into fourths and mark the quarters along the edges.
  3. From Fabric J, cut two 2 x 50-inch strips for the ties. Cut the foam bolster form to 24 inches long, if necessary.
  4. Hem one long edge of the center top underlay with a 1-inch doubled hem. Hem both long edges of the wraparound with a 1-inch doubled hem. Before stitching one of the wraparound hems, slip the remaining long raw edge of the center top underlay in between the folds of one wraparound hem. Pin the underlay in place, and then fold it back over the wraparound "hem." Sew the hem, catching the underlay in the hem.
  5. Working with one tie strip, press the long edges under 1/2-inch to the wrong side. Press the strip in half again, enclosing the raw edges. Press under the tie ends. Pin the edges together. Repeat with the second tie strip.
  6. Measure and mark 8-1/2-inches from each unfinished edge of the wraparound. Mark the center of each tie and the center of the wraparound between the hemmed edges. Position the center marks of the ties with the center marks of the wraparound. Topstitch both long edges of the ties to the wraparound up to the outer hemmed edges (do not stitch ties to the underlay).
  7. Fold and pin the wraparound/underlay into a tube, positioning it so the space between the hemmed edges of the wraparound measures 3/4-inch. Measure and mark the quarters at the raw edges of the wraparound.
  8. Pin and stitch the ends to the wraparound, matching the quarter marks. Press the seam allowances toward the ends.
  9. Insert the foam bolster form into the cover through the top opening, laying the underlay flat to fully cover the foam. Tie each tie into a bow.
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