Today I’m sharing with you a free quilting tutorial for these Patchwork Quilted Christmas Pillows made from Christmas Fabric. If you like this project you may also love this Log Cabin Quilted Pillow Tutorial.
I’m excited to share with you a tutorial for these cute Patchwork Christmas pillows. I made them as gifts several years ago and was smart enough to keep two for myself!
About the Christmas Pillows:
These Christmas pillows are made to fit an 18” pillow form as are my Ghastlie Halloween Pillows. I make all of my Holiday pillows 18″ x 18″.
The reason I did this is that I like the idea that I could buy one 18” pillow form then switch off the cover depending on the holiday or season. I can see this same pattern in bright colors for summer or in warm tones for fall.
One year, I made a bunch of these as Christmas gifts for close friends and family members. Most of the fabrics came from a quilt pack that I bought from Amy Smart. I never got around to making the quilt so instead used the squares for these pillows.
About the Christmas Fabrics:
I love to collect Holiday fabrics. When I see ones that I love, I pick them up and save them for my stash. I don’t worry too much about what specific purpose I’ll use the fabric for, but I always seem to find a use. Last fall I made a Halloween quilt with some of my collection of Halloween fabrics.
Most of these are vintage or out of print. But they would be adorable made with my upcoming fabric line, Santa Claus Lane from Riley Blake Designs. The line hits stores in May.
How to Add the Zip Backs:
These pillows have piping around the edge to finish them off and a simple zipper closure in the back. If you’d like to learn how to make the zipper closure, you can see instructions on this post.
Patchwork Quilted Christmas Pillow Tutorial:
If you prefer, you can purchase a Print Ready Copy of this Tutorial (and it comes with two other Christmas Pillow patters TOO!
Here’s a breakdown of the construction of the pillow if you’d like to make one yourself. Remember when you make an HST (a half square triangle) that you lose an 1” in the process (i.e. a 5” square will yield a 4” finished HST after trimming).
Just a note, I don’t have repeats of my HST blocks on these pillows because I made several and mixed them up with each other. The HST method will yield 2 identical HST’s, so just know if you don’t want 2 of the same HST on your pillow, you’ll need to make more HST’s.
Christmas Pillow Supplies:
Four 5” white squares
Four 5” printed fabric squares
Four 4 ½” white squares
Four 4 ½” printed fabric squares
Two white strips 16 ½” x 1 ½” (border)
Two white strips 18 ½” x 1 ½” (border)
Step One: Create the Half Square Triangles:
Use your 5” white squares and 5” printed fabric squares to make 8 HST pieces. Use this tutorial if you need to know how to do this.
Step Two: Assemble the Pillow Pieces
Assemble block by rows according to the diagram below:
Sew the pieces into rows. Then sew the rows to each other. You want to make sure that you are using an accurate ¼″ seam allowance. If you’re new to quilting you might want to check out my Quilt Piecing Tips article.
Step Three: Add Borders
Stitch one of the 1 ½″ x 16 ½″ strips to each side of the pillow front.
Stitch one 1 ½″ x 18 ½″ strip to the top and bottom of the pillow front.
If you look closely I messed up the seam allowance on my border strips. So be careful when you sew yours!
Square up your block. Then sew the borders to the block, first to the top and bottom, then to the two sides. Trim to 18 ½” x 18 ½”.
Quilt as desired (you can use this tutorial for help if you need it).