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Rag Quilt Pillow

 

Free project instructions to create a Rag Quilt Pillow.

Free project instructions to create a Rag Quilt Pillow.


This nine-patch Christmas pillow has been created in the classic rag quilt style, know for it's country flair and exposed seams. Here, the flannel seams are showing, giving the ho-ho-holiday pillow interesting depth and texture.
 


Project Needs & Notes

-
18" pillow form
- 3/4 yard denim (for inner lining of front and back pieces)
- 1/4 yard solid-colored flannel (for embroidered front squares)
- 1/2 yard flannel (for back pieces)
- Five 7" x 7" pieces of print quilter's cotton (for front squares)
- Medium-weight (2.5 - 3 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Nylon filament thread
- Rag quilt snips
- Air-erase pen for marking

Designs used in this project include:
- K6193, Cozy Christmas Watering Can with Star
- K6196, Cozy Christmas Watering Can with Tree
- K6199, Cozy Christmas Watering Can with Ornament
- K6202, Cozy Christmas Watering Can with Heart

Designs 4" x 4" or smaller fit well in the blocks. Browse through the Christmas department to find something that matches your preference and decor.

Special Notes
Prewash and dry all fabric before beginning this project.

Finished Size: 18" x 18"

This project was featured in the following:
Pillow Party Trunk Show Christmas Edition

 

Free project instructions to create a Rag Quilt Pillow.

Begin by preparing the fabric for the four front embroidered squares.

Using an air-erase pen, draw
a 7" x 7" square on the solid-colored flannel.

Draw horizontal and vertical axis lines through the square. The center of the lines is the center of the square.

Free project instructions to create a Rag Quilt Pillow.

A template is a printout of a design, and it's an excellent tool for planning where to stitch.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software. If you do not have embroidery software, try Wilcom's TrueSizer, a free program.

Place the template so that the center is aligned with the center of the square. Ensure there is at least 1" of space between the edges of the design and the edges of the square.

Free project instructions to create a Rag Quilt Pillow.

Hoop the flannel with a piece of cutaway stabilizer, lining up the marks on the fabric with the marks on the hoop.

Attach the hoop to the machine, and load the embroider design.

 Move the hoop so that the needle is over the center point on the fabric.

Embroider the design.

Free project instructions to create a Rag Quilt Pillow.

After embroidering, trim the stabilizer away from the back. Cut out the square shape.

Repeat this for a total of four embroidered squares.

Free project instructions to create a Rag Quilt Pillow.

To add the inner lining to the squares, lay the embroidered fabric pieces on top of the denim, wrong sides together. Cut out the shape.

Pin together.

Free project instructions to create a Rag Quilt Pillow.

Use nylon monofilament thread to sew an X through the layers (embroidered side up) from corner to corner.

Use a walking foot on the machine to prevent the layers from slipping while you sew.

Free project instructions to create a Rag Quilt Pillow.

Prepare another five squares (also 7" x 7" ) using print cotton fabric on top and denim on the backside.

Sew them together using the monofilament thread, just as you did for the embroidered squares.

Now that all the squares are ready, it is time to assemble the front panel.

Lay out the squares how you would like them arranged.

Free project instructions to create a Rag Quilt Pillow.

Starting on the top row, align the squares, wrong sides together.

Pin in place along the outer side edges of the center square.

Sew a 1/2" seam along the pinned edges only.

Repeat this process for the two remaining rows.

Free project instructions to create a Rag Quilt Pillow.

Align the top row with the center row, wrong sides together, and align the seams.

Pin in place along the top edge of the center row, and sew a 1/2" seam along the pinned edge.

Align the bottom row with center row, wrong sides together, and  align the seams.

Pin in place along the top edge of the bottom row, and sew a 1/2" seam along the pinned edge.

The front panel is now complete.

Free project instructions to create a Rag Quilt Pillow.

To prepare the back pieces, cut two pieces of denim and two pieces of flannel to 13" x 19".

Align the denim and flannel pieces together, right sides together, and pin in place along one long side edge.

Sew a 1/2" seam along the pinned edge. Fold the fabric along the seam, wrong sides together, and press the seam.

Top stitch a 1/4" seam along the folded edge.

Free project instructions to create a Rag Quilt Pillow.

Lay the front panel flat, right side facing down, wrong side facing up.

Align the back pieces on top of the front panel, wrong sides together (flannel sides facing up). Be sure the folded edges of the back pieces face in and the long raw side edges of the back pieces align with the side edges of the front panel. The back pieces will overlap in the center.

Pin in place and sew a 1/2" seam around the entire outer edges of the fabric.

Free project instructions to create a Rag Quilt Pillow.

Clip the seam allowances, allowing the fabric to fray. Make
a small cut about every 1/2" along all of the seam allowances including the outer edges.

I prefer to use sharp, spring action scissors to cut the allowances. There are special rag quilt snips available on the market. Fiskars, for example, manufactures the special shears. They can be found at most fabric or craft stores.

Free project instructions to create a Rag Quilt Pillow.

To achieve that special rag quilt effect, machine wash the pillow sham. The agitation will fray the seams, giving a fuzzy and cozy look.

After washing the sham, take it outside and give it a good shake. This will lessen some of the lint and fabric waste that will end up in your dryer.

Next, machine dry the sham. If necessary, press the sham with an iron set on a high setting; use a pressing cloth over the embroidered blocks to prevent scorching.

Free project instructions to create a Rag Quilt Pillow.

The nine squares in this quilt block pillow give tons of opportunity to use fun fabrics and embroidery.

In this version, give blocks feature festive Christmas fabrics, while four blocks show off gorgeous embroidery designs.


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