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Nine Square Pillow

Pair these abstract floral and leaf prints from The Kaffe Collective with a retro polka dot print and the result is exciting and unique! Mix and match this nine-square pillow with others from this pattern line to increase your home and porch decor options.

Nine Square Pillow

Materials

  • Fabric from Rowan 2014 Classics Kaffe Collective
  • 5⁄8 yd (.6m) PWGP059.PURPL
  • 1⁄3 yd (.31m) GP70.LAVEN
  • 1 fat eighth (23cm x 56cm) PWBM044.EMERA
  • 1 fat eighth (23cm x 56cm) PWPJ070.MINTX
  • 1 fat eighth (23cm x 56cm) PWGP131.BLUEX
  • 1 fat eighth (23cm x 56cm) PWGP131.MALAC
  • 1 fat eighth (23cm x 56cm) PWGP092.JADEX
  • Dual Duty XP® General Purpose Thread to coordinate with fabrics
  • Coats® All Purpose Polyester Zipper, 18” (46cm), 0100 White-1, optional
  • 18” (46cm) Pillow Form
  • 5⁄8 yd (.6m) fusible fleece

Additional Requirements:

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


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

  1. Cut four 2½” x WOF (Width of Fabric) {6.4cm x WOF} strips from GP70.LAVEN.

Hint: ‘Subcut’ means to cut an existing cut of fabric into smaller pieces

  1. From two strips (Step 1), subcut four pieces, 2½” x 19” (6.4cm x 48.3cm).
     
  2. From remaining two strips (Step 1), subcut twelve pieces 2½” x 5” (6.4cm x 12.7cm).
     
  3. Cut one 19” (48.3cm) square from PWGP059.PURPL.
     
  4. Cut one 5” (12.7cm) square from PWGP059.PURPL.
     
  5. Cut two 5” (12.7cm) squares from each PWPJ070. MINTX, PWGP131.BLUEX, and PWBM044.EMERA.
     
  6. Cut one 5” (12.7cm) square from each PWGP131. MALAC and PWGP092.JADEX.
     
  7. Cut two 19” (48.3cm) squares from fusible fleece.
     
  8. Refer to Illustration. Lay out squares and sashing strips.

Step 9

  1. Sew short sashing strips to sides of squares, assembling three squares in each horizontal row. Press seam allowances towards squares.
     
  2. Sew long sashing strips between rows of squares to upper and lower edges of squares, assembling three horizontal rows into large square. Press seam allowances toward squares.
     
  3. Follow manufacturer’s instructions and fuse fleece rectangles to wrong side of patchwork pillow front and square of purple pillow backing fabric.
     
  4. Pin pillow front and back, right sides together.
     
  5. Sew 3½” (9.0cm) from left and right edges to center of pillow cover along lower edge of pillow. Press seams open.
     
  6. Instructions for optional zipper insertion are below under ‘Variations’. If not inserting zipper, skip to Step 16.
     
  7. Pin pillow front to back along upper and side edges. Stitch around these three edges.
     
  8. Clip corners on diagonal. Press seams open.
     
  9. Turn pillow cover right side out. Turn raw edges of opening to wrong side and press. Press pillow covering.
     
  10. Stuff pillow form inside pillow cover. Whip stitch (or zip) opening closed.

Variations
Instructions for optional zipper insertion:

  1. 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.
     
  2. Center zipper in opening on lower edge of pillow, and pin securely in place.
     
  3. Use a zipper foot to sew zipper to pillow cover, stitching close to zipper teeth.
     
  4. When zipper pull is reached, stop with needle down. Lift presser foot and close zipper.
     
  5. Lower presser foot and continue sewing to zipper stop.
     
  6. Open zipper halfway and pin opposite side of zipper tape to pillow back seam allowance.
     
  7. Sew from zipper stop to zipper pull. Stop with needle down.
     
  8. Lift presser foot and open zipper. Lower presser foot and continue sewing to end of zipper.
     
  9. Open zipper and resume pillow construction at Step 16 above.
     

 

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