Pretty Fall Pillows

Make a sophisticated style statement on a budget with these classy accent pillows.


What You Need

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  • 1/4 yard red dot (block)
  • 1/4 yard gold print (block)
  • 1/4 yard green print (block)
  • 1 yard multicolor floral (block, pillow back)
  • 1/4 yard green stripe (binding)
  • 21-inch square muslin
  • 21-inch square batting
  • 18-inch square pillow form

Finished Pillow: 18 inches square

Quantities are for 44/45-inch-wide fabrics. All measurements include a 1/4-inch seam allowance unless otherwise stated. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut Your Fabric

To make the best use of your fabrics, cut the pieces in the following order.

From red dot, cut:
2  6-3/4-x-8-3/4-inch rectangles

From gold print, cut:
2  4-3/4-x-6-1/2-inch rectangles
2  2-1/2-x-6-3/4-inch rectangles

From green print, cut:
2  6-3/4-x-8-3/4-inch rectangles

From multicolor floral, cut:
2  19-x-23-inch rectangles
1  6-1/2-x-10-1/2-inch rectangle from green stripe, cut:
2  3-x-42-inch binding strips

Assemble the Patchwork Pillow

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1. Referring to Patchwork Pillow Assembly Diagram, lay out rectangles in three rows. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams in one direction, alternating direction with each row. Join rows to make pillow top. Press seams in one direction.

2. Layer pillow top with batting and muslin square; baste. Quilt as desired. Trim batting and backing even with pillow top edges.

3. With wrong side inside, fold each multicolor 19-x-23-inch rectangle in half to form two double-thick 19-x-11-1/2-inch rectangles. (The double thickness makes the pillow back more stable.) Overlap folded edges of double-thick rectangles by about 4 inches to make a 19-inch square. Baste 1/2 inch from edges to make pillow back.

4. Layer pillow top and back wrong sides together; join with 1/2-inch seam. Bind with green stripe binding strips using 1/2-inch seams. Insert pillow form through opening.

What You Need

  • 1/4 yard green stripe (block)
  • 1/8 yard dark red print (block)
  • 2/3 yard red dot (block, pillow back)
  • 19-inch square muslin
  • 19-inch square batting
  • 16-inch square pillow form

Finish pillowed: 16 inches square

Cut Your Fabric

To make the best use of your fabrics, cut the pieces in the following order.


From green stripe, cut:
2  4-1/2-x-16-1/2-inch rectangles

From dark red print, cut:
2  1-1/2-x-16-1/2-inch rectangles

From red dot, cut:
2  16-1/2-x-20-1/2-inch rectangles
1  6-1/2-x-16-1/2-inch rectangle

Assemble the Stripe Pillow

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1. Referring to Stripe Pillow Assembly Diagram, lay out rectangles. Sew together pieces to make pillow top. Press seams in one direction.

2. Layer pillow top with batting and muslin square; baste. Quilt as desired. Trim batting and backing even with pillow top edges.

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3. Using red dot 16-1/2-x-20-1/2-inch rectangles: With wrong side inside, fold each multicolor rectangle in half to form two double-thick rectangles. (The double thickness makes the pillow back more stable.) Overlap folded edges of double-thick rectangles by about 4 inches to make a 17-inch square. Baste 1/2 inch from edges to make pillow back.

4. Layer pillow top and back wrong sides together; join with 1/2-inch seam. Bind with green stripe binding strips using 1/2-inch seams. Insert pillow form through opening

What You Need

  • 1/4 yard gold dot (block)
  • 2/3 yard multicolor floral (block, pillow back)
  • 1/4 yard green print (border, appliques)
  • 1/4 yard dark red print (appliques)
  • 19-inch square muslin
  • 19-inch square batting
  • 16-inch square pillow form lightweight fusible web

Finish pillowed: 16 inches square

Cut Your Fabric

To make the best use of your fabrics, cut the pieces in the following order. Patterns are on Pattern sheet 1. To use fusible web for appliqueing, complete the following steps. Lay fusible web, paper side up, over patterns. Use a pencil to trace each pattern the number of times indicated in cutting instructions, leaving at least 1/2 inch between tracings. Cut out each fusible web shape roughly 1/4 inch outside traced lines. Following manufacturer's instructions, press fusible web shapes onto backs of designated fabrics; let cool. Cut out fabric shapes on drawn lines and peel off paper backings.


From gold dot, cut:
3  4-1/2-x-8-1/2-inch rectangles

From multicolor floral, cut:
2  16-1/2-x-20-1/2-inch rectangles
3  4-1/2-inch squares

From green print, cut:
2  2-1/2-x-16-1/2-inch border strips
2  2-1/2-x-12-1/2-inch border strips
3 of Pattern B

From dark red print, cut:
3 of Pattern A

Download pattern

Assemble the Applique Pillow

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1. Referring to Applique Pillow Assembly Diagram, lay out gold dot rectangles and multicolor floral squares in three rows. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams toward multicolor floral squares. Join rows to make block. Press seams in one direction.

2. Aligning long edges join green print short border strips to opposite edges of block. Add green print long border strips to remaining edges to make pillow top. Press all seams toward border.

3. Referring to Applique Pillow Assembly Diagram, position three dark red print A flowers and three green print B flower centers onto the pillow top. Fuse pieces in place and machine blanket-stitch with black thread.

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3. Using red dot 16-1/2-x-20-1/2-inch rectangles: With wrong side inside, fold each multicolor rectangle in half to form two double-thick rectangles. (The double thickness makes the pillow back more stable.) Overlap folded edges of double-thick rectangles by about 4 inches to make a 17-inch square. Baste 1/2 inch from edges to make pillow back.

4. Layer pillow top and back wrong sides together; join with 1/2-inch seam. Bind with green stripe binding strips using 1/2-inch seams. Insert pillow form through opening

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