Pretty Fall Pillows

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

What You Need

fall pillows

  • 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

patchwork assembly diagram

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.

Continued on page 2:  Stripe Pillow