Any child would be all smiles with this delightful name pillow. This just for you name pillow goes together quickly by starting with a preprinted alphabet fabric panel.

By Nina Hendrick
August 26, 2015
Pillow with a name on it
  • Fabric panel with printed letters (pillow top)
  • 5/8 yard pink polka dot (pillow top, pillow back)
  • 1/4 yard each of dark pink print and pink print (binding)
  • 14x31-inch rectangle each of muslin and batting
  • Polyester fiberfill

Cut the fabrics

Pillow with a name on it

From fabric panel, cut: --Letters for desired name, cutting 3/4 inch beyond edges of letters

From pink polka dot fabric, cut: --One 11-1/2x28-1/2-inch rectangle --Two 3-1/2x28-1/2-inch border strips --Two 3-1/2x5-1/2-inch border strips

From dark pink print, cut: --Three 1-1/2x42-inch strips

From pink print, cut: --Three 1-1/2x42-inch strips

Assemble pillow top.

Diagram 4
  1. Lay out letters evenly spaced in a horizontal row to make a 5-1/2x22-1/2-inch center panel. When you are pleased with the spacing, sew together letters. Press seams in one direction. Square up or trim if necessary. Depending on the length of the name, adjust the size of the pillow and/or the center panel. For a shorter name, add extra fabric at the beginning and end of the name and fill the open space of the center panel with quilting or embellish with buttons or embroidery. For a longer name, make the borders smaller or simply make a longer pillow.
  2. Sew short border strips to the short ends of the center panel. Add long border strips to the remaining edges to make the pillow top. Press all seams toward the border. The pillow top should be 11-1/2x28-1/2 inches including seam allowances.

Assemble pieced binding.

Diagram 5
  1. Alternating colors, sew together three dark pink print 1-1/2x42-inch strips and three pink print 1-1/2x42-inch strips to make one strip set (see Diagram 4). Cut the strip set into fourteen 2-1/2-inch-wide segments.
  2. Cut and piece enough 2-1/2-inch-wide segments to make: --Two 29-1/2-inch-long binding strips --Two 11-1/2-inch-long binding strips

Finish pillow.

  1. Layer pillow top with batting and muslin rectangles; baste.
  2. Quilt as desired. Machine-quilter Cheryl Winslow quilted around each letter and in the ditch around the white background. She also accented the border with a meandering stitch.
  3. Trim batting and backing even with pillow top edges.
  4. Layer quilted pillow top and pink polka dot 11-1/2x28-1/2-inch rectangle with wrong sides together. Sew together using a scant 1/4-inch seam, leaving an opening for stuffing.
  5. Lightly stuff pillow with polyester fiberfill. Stitch opening closed.
  6. Bind short edges of pillow with short binding strips. Bind remaining edges with long binding strips, turning ends under 1/2 inch (see Diagram 5), before stitching closed.


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