Applique a Throw Pillow

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Learn the art of paper piecing to create beautiful geometric designs.
Learn the art of paper piecing to create beautiful geometric designs.

Learn the art of paper piecing to create beautiful geometric designs.

Photo: Sloan Howard
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It’s fun to experiment with old crafting techniques and then use them in modern ways. In this project, I’ve taken a page from paper piecing for quilting. This technique creates geometric shapes to serve as appliqué.
   
Paper piecing is a method for making perfect geometric shapes in quilting. The results are stunning, but you need several hundred hexagons to make a full quilt! These pillows are a modern (and much quicker) way to try your hand at paper piecing, and they are a great project for using little scraps that you can’t bear to throw away.

What You'll Need:

Cotton fabrics, three in various widths for the pillow front (at least 13 inches long) plus one for the pillow back
Cutting mat
Fabric and paper scissors
Fabric scraps for the hexagons
Iron and ironing board
Paper
Pillow form, 12-inch by 16-inch
Quilting ruler
Rotary cutter
Scrap paper
Sewing machine
Thread

Tip: I used a 12-inch by 16-inch boudoir pillow insert for this project, but feel free to adapt the instructions to make pillows in other sizes.

Cut and prep your fabric
Give your creativity free reign when choosing fabrics for the pillow. Here, floral elements and complementary colors tie the look together nicely.

1. Cut the pillow-front fabric. Using a rotary cutter, a mat, and a quilting ruler, cut the three pieces of fabric for the pillow front. The pieces should each be at least 13 inches long. When the pieces are joined with vertical seams, the front should be 18 inches wide.


Choose and cut all of your fabric first.


2. Cut the pillow-back fabric. Cut one piece 13 inches wide by 13 inches long and another piece 8 inches wide by 13 inches long.


3. Sew the hems. Hem one 13-inch-long edge on each of the pillow-back pieces. Turn under the edge 1⁄4 inch, press, and turn under again 1⁄2 inch and press. Edgestitch the hems.


Hem both pillow-back pieces.

4. Cut the hexagons. Photocopy or trace the hexagon patterns onto paper. Carefully cut out the paper hexagons.

5. Cut the hexagon fabric. Pin a hexagon to the wrong side of your fabric, and then cut around it, adding a 1⁄4-inch seam allowance.



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Herbiehen writes: Love the colours - perfect for autumn
Posted: 12:18 pm on September 22nd
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