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How to Make a Pillow in a Quilt

pillow in a quilt

Fabric Pillow with Batting :

  • Cut one 18” square each of a fabric A and fabric B
  • Cut one 18” square of polyester batting

Fabric Quilt with Batting:

  • Cut 45” x 72” piece each of a fabric A and fabric B
  • Cut 45” x 72” piece of polyester batting

 

General Instructions

1. Prepare Pillow Pocket

Step a: With right sides together pin fabric A and fabric B pillow squares together having raw edges even. Pin batting to wrong side of fabric B, having raw edges even.

pillow in a quilt step a

Step b: Stitch together in 1/2" seam, leaving an 8" opening in the center of one edge to turn; back-stitch at opening to reinforce. Trim corners.

pillow in a quilt step b

Step c: Turn pocket right side out; press lightly. Turn under 1/2" on opening edges; slip-stitch opening closed.

pillow in a quilt step c

2. Prepare Quilt

Step d: With right sides together pin fabric A and fabric B quilt section together having raw edges even.

Step e: Pin batting to wrong side of fabric B, having raw edges even.

Step f: Stitch together in 1/2" seam, leaving a 12” opening in one long edge to turn; back-stitch at opening to reinforce then trim corners.

Step g: Turn quilt right side out; press lightly. Turn under 1/2" on opening edges; slip-stitch opening closed.

 

3. Attach Pocket to Quilt

Step h: Mark the center of one edge of pocket and one short end of quilt.

Step i: Place pocket on quilt matching center markings, having fabric B facing up for both quilt and pocket.

Step j: Machine-stitch 1/4" from edges of pocket, leaving inner most edge open; back-stitch at inner corners to reinforce

pillow in a quilt step j

4. Quilting

Step k: To make quilting lines, mark two straight lines on quilt starting from outer edges of pocket to opposite end of quilt. Use your favorite method to mark lines, such as pins, fabric marking pencils or chalk.

Step l: Keeping all thicknesses of quilt smooth, machine or hand stitch along marked lines. If you prefer to feature the design of your fabric you may stitch along desired lines or designs of fabric print or use embroidery floss to tie small knots through all thicknesses evenly spaced apart.

pillow in a quilt step l

Basic Instructions For Folding Quilt Into Pocket

Step a: On a flat surface, place quilt with pocket side down. Fold quilt into thirds, overlapping long edges (Fig. a).

Step b: Turn pocket over end of quilt (Fig. b).

Step c: Fold remaining end of quilt into thirds (Fig. c) and continue folding into the pocket, forming pillow (Fig. d).

pillow in a quilt