120-Minute Gift: Yuletide Twist Pillow

Christmas is almost upon us again but this year I am well prepared! I decided last year that I really needed to jazz up our living area this year with new Christmas pillows and Christmas quilts and for once I have actually been organized enough to do it!

I made this pillow to co-ordinate with my Yuletide Twist Quilt which features in Issue 11 of Fat Quarterly. You can visit {www.fatquarterly.com/issues/issue-11}for more information.

15 charm squares from Joy by Kate Spain
1 fat eighth of red solid
1 fat eighth of green solid
1 fat eighth of blue solid
1 fat quarter of white solid
1/4 yard for binding
24" square piece of batting
24" square piece of lining fabric
2 pieces 15" x 22" for the back of the pillow
2 pieces 15" x 22" to line the back of the pillow

Cutting Instructions

From the red solid cut:
8 strips 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"

From the green solid cut:
8 squares 2 1/2"

From the blue solid cut: 
16 squares 2 1/2"

From the white solid cut: 
12 strips 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
16 squares 2 1/2"
2 strips 1" x 20 1/2"

Make the Centre Panel

Trim the charm squares down to 4 1/2" square. Arrange in 5 rows of 3 and sew together.

Sew the white 1" x 20 1/2" strips to both sides of the panel


Make the Flying Geese

Draw a line down the diagonal on the wrong side of all the green, blue and white 2 1/2" squares.

Make 8 flying geese using 16 white 2 1/2" squares and 8 red 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" strips.

Make 4 flying geese using 8 green 2 1/2" squares and 4 white 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" strips.


Make 8 flying geese using 16 blue 2 1/2" squares and 8 white 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" strips.


Sew the flying geese into 2 strips as shown.


Finish the Pillow

Sew the flying geese strip to both sides of the pillow top. Layer the pillow top, batting and lining fabric anmd baste in place. Quilt as desired.

I quilted straight lines down the geese and a swirly pattern all over the centre panel. Trim away excess

Place the back pieces and back lining pieces together right sides facing. Sew along the long edge. Turn right side out, press and topstitch.

Lay the pillow top right side down and place the back pieces, right side up, on top so that they are overlapping. Pin in place and sew all the way around with 1/8" seam allowance. Trim away excess.

Cut the binding fabric into strips 2 1/2" wide and sew together to form a continuous strip. Use this strip to bind your pillow.

1 pillow 20" x 21"

Tacha Bruecher


Elsa said...

I'm not much for Christmas decorating but love this little pillow. I've got a bit of Christmas fabric that I think would look great. Thanks for the tutorial!

CathyK said...

Thank you for the tutotial on such a darling pillow.

crafty-stamper said...

Fantastic pillow and quilt
carol x

Jane S. said...

I love this pillow! Thank you for the tutorial. :)

Jenna said...

Wow, love this! I'm obsessed with the holidays and this is a great design.

Bonnie Nagode said...

Thanks! definitely making this for myself or as a Christmas gift!

mjo said...

Can you tell what size seam allowance is called for?

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