Simple Striped-Center Pillows

Fabric scraps take center stage on this pair of geometric pillows.


What You Need

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  • 1/4 yard muslin (piecing foundations)
  • 1/4 yard solid light green (blocks, border)
  • 1/4 yard solid light turquoise (blocks, corner triangles)
  • 7/8 yard green floral (blocks, borders, pillow backs)
  • 1/8 yard each solid dark green, solid dark turquoise, and solid yellow (blocks)
  • Polyester fiberfill

Finished Pillows

  • 12 inches square and 12 x 22 inches
  • Quantities are for 44/45-inch-wide, 100% cotton fabrics.
  • Measurements include 1/4-inch seam allowances.
  • Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut Your Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.
From muslin, cut:
  1  6-inch square piecing foundation
  1  5-x-16-inch piecing foundation
From solid light green, cut:
  2  2-1/2-x-18-1/2-inch border strips
  2  2-1/2-x-4-1/2-inch border strips
From solid light turquoise, cut:
  2  5-inch squares, cutting each in half diagonally for 4 corner triangles total
From green floral, cut:
  1  12-1/2-x-22-1/2-inch pillow back
  2  2-1/2-x-22-1/2-inch border strips
  1  12-1/2-inch-square pillow back
  2  2-1/2-x-12-x-1/2-inch border strips
  4  2-1/2-x-8-1/2-inch border strips
From solid dark green, solid dark turquoise, solid yellow, and scraps of solid light green, solid light turquoise, and green floral, cut:
  12  6-inch-long strips in widths ranging from 3/4 inch to 1 1/2 inches
  25  5-inch-long strips in widths ranging from 3/4 inch to 1 1/2 inches

Begin Pieced Panels

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With right side up, align an assorted solid or floral 6-inch-long strip with an edge of the muslin 6-inch square. With right side down, place a second assorted strip atop the first strip. Sew together through all layers (Diagram 1).

Assemble Pieced Panels

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Finger-press top strip open (Diagram 2). In the same manner add more assorted solid and floral strips until the muslin square is covered; press. Trim the covered muslin square to 5 3/4 inches square including seam allowances, to make the square pieced panel. In the same manner, cover the muslin 5-x-16-inch rectangle with assorted solid and floral 5-inch-long strips. Trim to 4-1/2-x-14-1/2-inch including seam allowances to make the rectangular pieced panel.

Begin Assembly

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Sew solid light turquoise corner triangles to opposite edges of the square pieced panel (Diagram 3). Add solid light turquoise corner triangles to remaining edges; press all seams toward triangles. Trim to 8 1/2 inches square including seam allowances to make square pillow center.

Finish Pillows

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  1. Add green floral 2-1/2-x-8-1/2-inch border strips to opposite edges of the square pillow center. Add green floral 2-1/2-x-12-1/2-inch border strips to remaining edges to complete the square pillow top (Diagram 4). Press all seams toward border. The pillow top should be 12 1/2 inches square including seam allowances.
  2. Join solid light green 2-1/2-x-4-1/2-inch border strips to short edges of the rectangular pieced panel. Add solid light green 2-1/2-x-18-1/2-inch border strips to remaining edges; press all seams toward border. Sew green floral 2-1/2-x-8-1/2-inch border strips to short edges of pillow center. Add green floral 2-1/2-x-22-1/2-inch border strips to remaining edges to complete the rectangular pillow top. Press all seams toward green floral border. The pillow top should be 12 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches including seam allowances.
  3. Layer square pillow top with green floral 12-1/2-inch-square pillow back. Sew around all edges, leaving an opening for turning. Turn right side out through opening. Stuff with fiberfill, and whipstitch opening closed.
  4. Layer rectangular pillow top with green floral 12-1/2-x-22-1/2-inch pillow back. Sew around all edges, leaving an opening for turning. Turn right side out through opening. Stuff with fiberfill, and whipstitch opening closed.
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