Pillows Gone Wild

Hey there! It's been a little while. If you don't remember me, I'm Natalia from Piece N Quilt. I love to blog, sew, design and machine quilt. If you have a second, stop by my blog and say hi. :)

Today I'm sharing a tutorial for a few pillows. This tutorial actually started out as a tutorial for just one pillow but somehow things got a little carried away (hence the name, Pillows Gone Wild) and now I'm sharing 5 pillow tutorials in one!

1 Hometown Layer Cake
1/2 yard coordinating fabric for backing for each pillow
1 yard coordinating grey
1 yard coordinating ivory

I will be sharing instructions/tutorial for each of the 5 pillows.
First up.
Square in a square 18" pillow.

Start by cutting your center square to 7 1/2"x 7 1/2"

Next cut four ivory strips,
2 strips 2"x10"
2 strips 2"x13"

Now take one layer cake square cut it down to 8 1/2"x8 1/2" then cut it into quarters.

Lastly, cut two layer cake squares into halves.

Sewing it all together...
Begin by sewing the layer cake square that was cut into quarters onto the center square. For the best result, sew opposite sides then press, then sew the other opposite sides.

Next, sew the ivory strips onto the outside.
First the shorter strips.
Second the longer strips.

Now sew the two layer cakes that were cut in half onto the outside of the block.

Again for the best result, sew opposite sides first.
Square up the pillow to 18 1/2" square.
Now prepare the backing and finish the pillow.

Click here for our free Zipper tutorial.
Click here for our free Pillow Form tutorial.

Next pillow.

Start by choosing 8 contrasting layer cake squares.

For each of the x's cut one strip that is 10"x 3 1/4"

Also cut two 2 1/2"x2 1/2" squares from each of the X prints and then cut into halves (ending up with 4 triangles from each print).

Sew the points onto the ends of the long strips.
You will have one long strip for each X.

For the sides of the X's you will cut:
Two short X print strips that are 3 1/4"x4"

Sew one of your points to the end of each of those strips.
From the background print cut the four background prints into 6 1/2"x6 1/2" squares and then cut those into quarters.

Now, sew those background pieces onto  the sides of the shorter X pieces.
You will need two of these for each X.

Sew those side strips onto the long center X strip.
You will have four X blocks like the one below.

Sew those 4 X's together.

Now prepare the backing and finish the pillow.

Next up.

Begin by cutting
9 - 4 1/2" squares.
Cut those in half diagonally.

Next from 9 different prints cut a 2 1/2"x10" strip.
Sew a triangle onto one side of each of the nine strips.

Press the strip in half.

Cut as shown in the image below.

This will give you nice points on the 2 1/2"strip.

Now sew a triangle onto the other side of the block.

Repeat until you have 9 angled blocks.

Sew the blocks together side by side in three rows.

Now prepare the backing and finish the pillow.

Next up.
Squares and Knots

From your layer cake pick out 16 prints and grab 1/4 yard ivory.
From those prints cut 16 - 2 1/2" squares, 12 - 2 1/2" squares from the ivory, 5 strips and two strips.

Sew the squares together into four strip sets as shown in the image below.

Using the larger strips, sew those rows together into pillows.

I machine quilted the pillow top before putting it completely together.
Next, adding the knots.

Knots are a fun little element that can add a lot of detail to a simple pillow.
After pillow top is quilted Sew a 2"x6" strip onto each corner as shown in the image below.
You will do the exact same thing to the prepared pillow back.

When you sew the back of the pillow to the front of the pillow instead of sewing straight across the corners, you will sew out and around each of the four knots.
When the pillow is turned right side out it will look like the image below.

After you have inserted the pillow form simply tie those tails in knots.

Last but not least.
Inside out.

This pillow will require yardage.
You will need 1/8 yard three different prints.
Cut the three outer prints into 2 1/2"xWOF strips and then cut the center print into a 2 3/4"xWOF strip.
Sew the strips together side by side.


Cut into four sections using a 45* angle.
Sew those four pieces together first into two large triangles and then into one large square.
I machine quilted the pillow before adding the backing.

Add the backing...
Keep the pillow inside out. Measure in about 2" from each point and sew across each corner, as shown in the image below.

Turn the pillow right side out and you will end up with more of a boxy pillow.

It's fun to see how many pillows you can make from one layer cake.
I actually made a couple from each of these patterns and it was all from just one layer cake!

I did machine quilt each of the pillow tops before putting the pillows together.

Natalia Bonner
{Piece N Quilt}


Brita said...

Just in time, Natalia! I made a new quilt for my bed, and was pondering how to make new pillows to fluff around on it. Thanks for your easy and straightforward instructions :-)

Mary Grace McNamara said...

They are all so fun, Natalia! My favorite is the one with the little squares all over the top. And I love the knots in the corners...nice detail!


Katie B. said...

These look awesome, Natalia! Thanks for the pillow ideas!

Sweet P said...

We are finishing our basement and turning it into a sports media room. These pillows will be a great addition to the decor. I can't wait to get started on them, Thanks for a few great ideas.

Lori said...

This is perfect! I'm in the middle of a swap and my partner mention they would like a pillow cover as their swap item. These are perfect! Thanks so much, I can't wait to get started!

Nedra said...

Great tutorial! I especially like the angle pillow. thanks!

Barbara said...

These are lovely Natalia! Love the squares and knots especially. Thank you for offering a variety of styles and your helpful hints and easy-to-follow instructions!

Vickie E said...

love Hometown and the pillows...great ideas.

The Tulip Patch said...

Love all the options...all super cute. I would have never figured out how to put the angled one together and I usually can. I will definitely be trying some of the things here next time I make pillows.

April said...

Natalia strikes again! Great and ingenious instructions!

Shawn said...

I remember you...lol, wonderful creative work as usual Natalia, love the quilting too. I can't wait to make one of the pillow forms!!

Amy - Amy's Creative Side said...

these are so fun! Yay for pillow madness :)

MARIADE said...

Great tutorial!!!...You have done it again.

Quiltjane said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. I love the machine quilting.

Darcy B said...

I LOVE them!! They are sooo cute!

quiltmania said...


Jodi-JoJoMia's Place said...

These are so great! Can't wait to get my hands on some Hometown!

Kate R said...

These are great! Definitely bookmarking this - what a fun collection :)

Material Girls said...

Natalia, you are amazing!! Love them!

Diane E W said...

I have been wanting to make pillows for my family room, didn't know where to start. These will also go great with the quilt I want to make for my bed.

Kim and Jim said...

Another fantastic project idea! I just love your style, Natalia!

Nana Jane said...

As always Natalia your patterns and creativity are what keeps me coming back to Modas Bake Shop. You are such an inspiration to me. Thanks for another stella recipe!

CosmoQuilts said...

Thank you for all of the great pillow ideas.

Donna Cormier said...

Lovely pillows.....

mascanlon said...

Great job Natalia, I've been making a bunch for my new granddaughters nursery...I can see a fe w more I want to make now!

Lynn In TX said...

I love the pillow patterns. Just what I was looking for. Something small and quick.

tipsystarquilts said...

I made the Square in a square with a 9-year-old and a 12-year old the other day. They did great and the pillows were so beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial! Check them out at facebook.com/tipsystarquilts

Aggiequilter said...

Love your ideas! quick & fun