Monday, March 14, 2011

Simplicity Pillow: Bloom Cherry Blossoms

Pillows are great and you can never have enough of them.  Swap them out according to season, room decor or even to match your mood.  There are many reasons why you can never have enough of them around.  Personally, I don't think I have enough pillows - actually barely any.  I usually admire the ones in the stores or in peoples' homes but I realized that my own home is lacking pillows.

That's why I'm dedicating my next few smaller projects to PILLOWS :).  I have a few ideas in mind - in this post I will share my first:  Simplicity Pillow.  Here's my first one (I made quite a few of these since I love that fabric):


As the name implies, it is simple.  Well I should say Simple and FABULOUS.  Because besides from being a simple pillow to make, you have to first find yourself a FABULOUS piece of fabric you absolutely adore.  Can't be too hard these days since there are so many great ones out there.  Here's my quick tutorial on how to create the Simplicity Pillow.


  • beautiful cotton print fabric - cut 16.5" x 17": Bloom Cherry blossoms by Studio E
  • Solid coordinating fabric - cut 16.5" x 17": Amy Butler Solid Periwinkle
  • Batting - cut 16.5" x 17": Natural Cotton
  • Thread: One to match cotton print, one to match darker solid fabric
  1. Composing the pillow top quilt: Layer the  cotton print, batting and solid together in that order.  Make sure the cotton print is right side up.
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  3. Going in one direction, mark quilt lines about 4 inches apart - leaving the extra fabric (since the length is either 6.5" or 7") on the outer strip.  For small projects I just 1/4" quilting tape.
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  5. Quilt on either side of the marked lines - about 1/4" apart.  If you are using the tape, make sure you don't quilt on the tape, it's a pain to remove.
  6. Going the other direction, mark quilt top 4" apart - 90 degrees from the previously quilted lines and quilt the same in the same fashion.
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  8. Attaching a zipper:  For this pillow top I used an 'invisible' zipper.  Tutorial for attaching zippers are found HERE.  Attach the zipper along the shorter length of the pillow top and bottom.
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  10. After zipper is attachment to one side of the pillow, face right sides of the fabrics together and double sew 1/4" along the 3 other sides.
  11. Carefully turn out all four corners and then the whole pillow right side out.
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Enjoy :).  I'm going to make this pillow pattern with a few more fabrics that I think will go very nice with this simple design. 


I am sharing this pillow at these lovely linking parties. 



    Steph said...

    Beautiful fabric and such a lovely pillow. I love the extra cozy touch with the quilt lines. Thanks for sharing!

    Karenkay said...

    Its a beautiful pillow!

    Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

    Lovely fabric choice-very springy.

    Miranda said...

    Gorgeous Pillow!! I love the fabric! Thanks for the tutorial, I will definitely be adding this to my must do/make list :)

    Lauren @ YoungNester said...

    Love this pillow! I would love for you to stop by and link up to my Ten Buck Tuesday link party!

    Marriah said...

    Oh I just love it. I think I am about to go no a pillow making frenzy in my house.

    Laurel {Make and Takes} said...

    I really love this fabric and pillow! I'd love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight at

    Quiltstory said...

    very pretty fabric. Good tutorial!

    radn said...

    The fabric screams spring! Love it!

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    Amber Branconier said...

    so beautiful! i love the fabric! so springy

    Sommer said...

    Jaqs this fabric is perfect! I have been searching for something for my living room pillows, time for a change. And I love this! You are so talented! I'd love to have you share this at my VIP party today @

    At The Picket Fence said...

    Definitely fabulous! Thank you so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday this week!

    Chris said...

    The fabric you chose is so pretty...and the quilting sets it off nicely! Enjoy!

    Megan said...

    great print!


    Sybillinart said...

    Nice Springy Pillow!

    I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes said...

    Very cute! Love the colors! I'd love for you to link it up at Sundae Scoop

    Kristen @ said...

    I am loving this fabric!!

    Ivory Spring said...

    What a lovely pillow, Q!

    Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...


    Love that fabric. That's a well written tutorial also.

    Thanks for linking this project up at Creative Juice...

    alison said...

    new pillows are such a fun and easy way to change the whole look and feel of a the fabric you chose and the quilting definitely gives a professional look to it...lovely job...thanks for sharing at fridays unfolded!


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    My Urban Child said...

    What a lovely pillow and a nice fabric,they are so perfect, the color is cute,
    Thanks for sharing your ideas..

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