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Bright Rectangle Pillows

Bold prints from the Kaffe Fassett Collective by Rowan turn this patchwork pillow into spectacular eye candy! Make several in assorted layouts to accessorize your interior and exterior décor.

Bright Rectangle Pillow


Fabrics from Rowan 2014 Classics Kaffe Collective

  • 1 fat quarter (46m x 54m) PWBM047.OCHRE
  • ½ yd (.5m) PWGP020.PINKX
  • 1 fat quarter (46m x 54m) PWBM046.HOTXX
  • 3⁄8 yd (.35m) PWBM044.PINKX
  • 1 fat quarter (46m x 54m) GP70.GOLD
  • Dual Duty XP® General Purpose Thread to coordinate with fabrics
  • Coats® All Purpose Polyester Zipper, 22” (56cm), 0100 White-1 (optional)
  • 14” x 28” (35.5m x 71.1m) Pillow Form
  • 7⁄8 yd (.8m) fusible fleece

Additional Requirements

  • Sewing Machine
  • Zipper foot attachment (if choosing zipper-closure option)
  • Rotary cutter/mat/plastic ruler
  • Iron, pressing board

Seam allowances are ½” (1.3cm) unless noted.

  1. Cut two 5” x 9” (13cm x 23cm) rectangles from PWBM047.OCHRE.
  2. Cut two 9” (23cm) squares from GP70.GOLD.
  3. Cut two 12” x 9” (30.5cm x 23cm) rectangles from PWBM044.PINKX.
  4. Cut two 6” x 15” (15.2cm x 38cm) rectangles from PWBM046.HOTXX.
  5. Cut two 24” x 7” (61cm x 18cm) rectangles from PWGP020.PINKX.
  6. Cut two rectangles 15” x 29” (38cm x 74cm) from fusible fleece.
  7. Following Pillow Front and Pillow Back layouts, position rectangles and squares. Tip: Pillow back layout is a mirror image of front layout.
  8. Sew pieces together and press seams open.
  9. Follow manufacturer’s instructions and fuse fleece rectangles to wrong side of pillow front and back.
  10. Pin pillow front to back, right sides together.
  11. Sew 3½” (9.0cm) from left and right edges to center of pillow cover along lower edge of pillow. Press seam open.
  12. Instructions for optional zipper insertion are below under ‘Variations’. If not inserting zipper, skip to Step 13.
  13. Pin pillow front to back along upper and side edges. Stitch around these three edges.
  14. Clip corners on diagonal. Press seams open.
  15. Turn pillow cover right side out. Turn raw edges of opening to wrong side and press. Press pillow covering.
  16. Stuff pillow form inside pillow cover. Whip stitch (or zip) opening closed.


  1. Instructions for optional zipper insertion.
  2. Open zipper halfway and place right side of zipper on right side of pillow front seam allowance, lining up edge of zipper with edge of fabric.
  3. Center zipper in opening on lower edge of pillow, and pin securely in place.
  4. Use a zipper foot to sew zipper to pillow cover, stitching close to zipper teeth.
  5. When zipper pull is reached, stop with needle down. Lift presser foot and close zipper.
  6. Lower presser foot and continue sewing to zipper stop.
  7. Open zipper halfway and pin opposite side of zipper tape to pillow back seam allowance.
  8. Sew from zipper stop to zipper pull. Stop with needle down.
  9. Lift presser foot and open zipper. Lower presser foot and continue sewing to end of zipper.
  10. Open zipper and resume pillow construction at Step 13 above.

Bright Rectangle Pillow

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