Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fat Quarter Fun! Flange Throw Pillow Case!

2 Fat quarters is all it takes to create this fun little throw pillow! :) 


  • 2 Fat Quarters
  • Fabric marking tools: chalk, pencil, marker
  • 15" x 15" pillow form
  • Embellishments: Buttons, rick rack, lace, ribbon, etc. (optional) 

1.  Choose which fat quarter you want as the top and which as the back.  Cut the back one in half widthwise so that you have two 11" x 18" pieces. 

2.  Along the 18" edge create a 1/2"  double rolled hem (1/4" once and 1/4" again).  Edge stitch the hem closed.   

 3.  Fold the right side over 1/4" then fold over again 1/2".  Press and edge stitch the hem closed. 

4.  Take the piece from step 3 and line it up on a rotary mat or other measuring instrument. 

5.  Take the piece from step 2 and lay it on top of the piece from step 3 overlapping the pieces by 2", lining up the edges of both pieces.   Pin in place on both sides. 

6.  Baste stitch or serge the two pieces together at the overlapping section.   

7.  Put the piece just created on top of the other fat quarter.  Line them up and cut off the excess fabric from the fat quarter.  Set aside. (**for a more professional look, skip this step and go to the bottom of this tutorial) 

8.  Place the back piece and the fat quarter on top of one another right sides together and pin them together down the center and then along the edges. 

9.  Serge or stitch the entire outside edges using a 1/4" seam allowance. 

10.  Turn the pillow case right side out through the back opening. 

11.  Pin the top of the pillow to the back of the pillow along the center again.  Measure 2" down from each corner and make a mark.  Then measure in 2" from each side and draw a line connecting each corner mark. 

12.  Stitch on top of the line just drawn, creating a flange. 

13.  Take the piece set aside from step 7, and edge stitch along both sides.  I like to use a zig-zag stitch with the tension tightened up so that you get a fringed scalloped edge.  Then sew along the middle to create a ruffle

14.  Add buttons or your choice of embellishments.  Sew onto the front of your pillow. 

15.  Stuff pillow with a 15" x 15" pillow form either bought or created by yourself.  If you want the back to stay closed you can add a button to the hem from step 2 and a button hole to the hem from step 3. 

Tada!  Hope you had fun! :) 

**To keep pillow looking full without the back popping open you will need to have the top of the pillow case be larger than the bottom.  Instead of cutting off the entire excess in step 7, cut off only 1.5" - 2".  Continue following the directions until step 12, when you get to step 12, iron one edge in so that the excess fabric is in the middle.  Sew that edge.  Repeat with the other three edges so that you have straight flange edges, but a "poofy" center.  


rosie/the fabric shopper said...

It's wonderful! I love you fabric choices. These are my favorite kind of pillows to make. So easy to whip on and off for washing. Love the bow adornment, too. I feel a linky love moment coming on :-)

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to make this. Thanks for all your tutorials!!!

mamapat50 said...

I just enjoyed making a Christmas toss pillow cover for my guest room using your directions. It looks so good. Just what I had in mind and now I've cut out a calico cover for next spring! I may be making covers for every holiday at this rate. Thanks so much. Pat

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