I’m excited to have the talented Sedef Imer guest posting this beautiful Scandi Pillow tutorial today!
Hi, it’s Sedef Imer here, from Down Grapevine Lane. I’m a fabric designer for Riley Blake and am also the author of two books: Quilt Petite and Zakka Home, both published by Tuva. Last year Amy asked me to write a guest post for her blog, and I enjoyed it so much I’m back again with a fun new tutorial!
It’s no secret that I love throw pillows – they are scattered all over my house and my 6 year old daughter is especially fond of them. She has a huge collection in her bedroom! For this tutorial I came up with a super simple Scandinavian inspired geometric design. I used my Summer Blush fabric collection (available here and here) for my pillow but this design would look really good in solid cottons too!
Without further ado, let’s go into the materials you will need and the 10 easy steps to make this simple and fast pillow.
11″ x 11 1/2″ pieces in four different fabrics
19 1/2″ x 15″ backing fabric
15″ x 15″ square lining fabric (use a neutral shade such as white cotton)
70″ of 2 1/4″ bias binding (optional)
14″ pillow insert
1. Plan the placement of your fabrics on the pillow – you will notice that fabric 1 and fabric 2 are paired up in opposing quadrants of the pillow, and likewise with fabrics 3 and 4.
2. Cut each of the four fabric pieces into two rectangles measuring 7 3/4″ x 11″ and 3 3/4″ x 11″ respectively.
3. Take the large rectangle of fabric 1 and place right sides together with the small rectangle of fabric 2. Sew together along one long edge with a 1/4″ seam. Press seam open. Repeat with the small rectangle of fabric 1 and large rectangle of fabric 2.
4. Repeat step 3 with fabrics 3 and 4.
5. Cut each piece from the previous two steps diagonally, 1/4″ to the right of the diagonal axis which is shown with the dashed line (use an erasable fabric pen or hera marker to mark the diagonal if required). Discard the off cuts or save as scraps for another project.
6. Sew the four pieces from the previous step together in two pairs as shown, pressing seams open. Finally sew the two halves together to finish your pillow front, press the central seam open. Check measurements and trim the pillow front down to 15″ square if required.
7. Cut the backing fabric into two pieces measuring 8 1/2″ x 15″ and 11″ x 15″. Fold one long edge of a backing piece in by 1/2″ and press. Fold in by another 1/2″ and press. Top stitch along the folded edge to secure it. Repeat for the other backing piece.
8. To make the pillow place the lining fabric on the table. Place the pillow front on top, right side facing up. Next place the smaller backing piece on top, right side facing down and raw edges aligned along the top edge (the folded edge towards the pillow centre). Finally place the larger backing piece on top, right side facing down and raw edges aligned at the bottom. Pin all four layers together and sew all the way around with a 1/4″ seam.
9. Trim the excess fabric on the corners with pinking shears and turn inside out through the opening. Press.
10. (Optional finishing step) Bind the pillow using your preferred method. Amy has a binding tutorial here.
And that concludes my tutorial – thank you for joining me today! Please come visit me over on my blog Down Grapevine Lane and you can also follow me on Facebook and Instagram where I share lots more ideas and inspiration. My ‘Summer Blush’ fabric collection that I used in this pillow is available at stores worldwide – you can ask for it at your local quilt shop. Happy sewing!
So cute and simple!
Thank you, Sedef! I love Sedef’s beautiful style.
In case you missed it, be sure to check out her darling pincushion tutorial – it’s such a slick method and perfect for using your favorite scraps!