Patch & Piece Pillow Makeover

Patch & Piece Pillow Makeover

Created by: Shannon McBride

Patch & Piece Pillow Makeover!

I love combining patterns, textures and shapes to create something unique. I used these several fabrics to play off their patterns to piece in designs, or “applique” if you will. For the grand finale, I used leftovers plus fabrics from my stash to create an awesome patchwork pillow.

Patch Piece Pillows

Supplies:

For assembling the pillows, I used the same method for the floral word pillows, the feather pillows and the Aztec pillows. I sewed the two squares together with a ½ seam allowance, along 3 sides, leaving the bottom side open. I clipped the corners and flipped it inside out, stuffed down the pillow form to allow extra fabric to topstitch the bottom seam closed. Once the seam was closed, I fluffed the pillow and voila!

Floral Word Pillows:

I love this Art Gallery Canvas fabric with typewriter-look lowercase letters. Note- this fabric does not supply a full alphabet, but a ½ yard gets you enough options to form some desirable words. I cut a ½’’ border around the letters I wanted to form the word “love.” and the phrase “oh, hi.” I love the results of the lettering on the Rifle Paper Co. floral linen blend; the white almost looks electric. These finished pillows measure about 20” x 20”. For each pillow, I cut 2 squares of the fabric measuring 21” x 21” to give a ½” seam allowance.

Patch Piece Pillows

I positioned where I wanted the letters to be, pinned them, and used a concentrated zig zag topstitch to applique on:

Patch Piece Pillows

Following the enclosing method mentioned in the summary, this image shows how I’ve stuffed the pillow form down and pinned, to allow extra fabric to work with as I topstitch the seam closed:

Patch Piece Pillows

Once the cover was sealed, I fluffed the pillow:

Patch Piece Pillows

Patch Piece Pillows

Feather Pillows:

This Premier Prints fabric has coral feathers printed allover, so I wanted to cut them out and form new patterns and designs by piecing them on other fabrics. These finished pillows measure about 16” x 16”, so I cut two 17” squares of the Waverly fabric that balance the black and white pattern, so that it would be centered on the pillow. I cut out 18 feathers with a ¼’’ white border, and positioned them strategically in the jacquard design of this Waverly fabric.

This pillow plays directly off the pattern in the Waverly fabric; the feathers and the design line up just right, so visually, it’s like creating a whole new fabric! I used a concentrated zig zag topstitch along the white border with metallic gold thread.

Patch Piece Pillows

Patch Piece Pillows

The feathers also resembled that of flower petals, so I cut out about 20 and positioned them till I had a flower blossom shape I liked based off the exact center of the square. I pinned the outer layer of the feather first, pinned and stitched them with metallic gold thread. I straight stitched within the borders of the feathers, as well as stitched randomly on the feather, creating an abstract grain look. For the center, I just folded over a feather and top stitched. Tip: make sure your machine is well oiled! This particular pillow was a bit tedious, but well worth it.

Patch Piece Pillows

Patch Piece Pillows

Patch Piece Pillows

Patch Piece Pillows

Aztec Pillow:

This pillow is so easy and so on-trend! For each pillow, I cut 17” x 17” squares of this metallic linen blend fabric, so that the finished size would be 16” x 16”. I cut 10 triangles out of faux suede black fabric, and positioned them on the gold linen square.

I experimented with a few different kinds of triangles and different shapes, landing on 2 designs. I pinned the design down and topstitched ¼”around all the borders. I even added a stitch design just to give a little something extra. Like the other applique pillows, this faux suede will have some shedding, so just pull and trim the threads as they unravel a little.

Patch Piece Pillows

Patch Piece Pillows

Patch Piece Pillows

Patch Piece Pillows

Patchwork Pillow:

To me, this is the wow-factor pillow. This pillow was inspired by a pillow Anthropologie carried years ago, and I just loved it. To create my own version of it, I played with the leftover fabric I had from the piece pillows as well as some fabric I had in my stash.

Depending on the size of the pillow you wanted to make, determines how usable the leftover pieces are. I wanted a rectangular pillow and used fiber fill to make it a custom size of 15” x 20”.

The fabric I used for this pillow:

I drew this basic design out and started layering the fabrics on each other, designing what I wanted the order and shapes to be. The best part about this pillow design is that it doesn’t have to be perfect! Anything goes. I started by free hand drawing a zig zag in pencil on the back of the XoXo fabric:

Patch Piece Pillows

I followed the same line and cut the butterfly fabric to match:

Patch Piece Pillows

I cut a few more feathers out, but this time cutting all the way to the print to avoid any white borders. I also wanted the points to be included in the seam allowances. I layered and played with the fabrics till I got the look I wanted, and started pinning and sewing!

Patch Piece Pillows

I cut the black and white fabric to follow the wave pattern, and pinned my layers together. Top stitching with a ¼’’ allowance:

Patch Piece Pillows

Patch Piece Pillows

For each layer, I trimmed the back as I went to reduce bulk:

Patch Piece Pillows

Patch Piece Pillows

I used a variety of topstitches with aqua thread, as shown. I picked a zig zag stitch for the jacquard fabric to secure it a bit more. Like all the other pillows, there will be some fraying and a “shedding” period, but overtime, I want the frayed look to add texture to the pillows:

Patch Piece Pillows

Patch Piece Pillows

Once I had patched the front of the pillow together, I used a leftover piece of the black and white fabric for the back, but I used the opposite side. I also cut the selvedge off of the black and white fabric to use as fringe on 2 sides of the pillow:

Patch Piece Pillows

For enclosing this pillow, I wanted to hand stitch it closed. So I left a very small opening along the black and white fabric portion, so that my stitches would be better concealed within the jacquard fabric:

Patch Piece Pillows

I used a ½ seam allowance, clipped the corners and flipped it inside out. I carefully stuffed the pillows with fiber fill and hand stitched the opening closed using a slip stitch.

Patch Piece Pillows

Patch Piece Pillows

Once closed, mold and fluff your pillows to get the fiber fill settled.

Patch Piece Pillows

And done! Seven coordinating pillows that combine unique elements from each fabric. Enjoy!

Patch Piece Pillows

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