3.29.2012

Hello Spring! Strippy Pillow Tutorial


Hey All - There's been some issues accessing my tutorial via Moda so I've posted it on my blog, below. Also, if you're interested you can check out my original Strippy Pillow post that I made back in July using a different fabric line by clicking HERE. It's the same design but I made a diagonal cut in it - after I had made the cut I decided I liked it better without it. :-p Have fun!

Materials:
  • 11 jelly roll strips
  • Lining fabric, enough to cut one 16.5 inch square (I used one fat quarter)
  • Backing fabric, enough to cut two 12 x 16.5 inch rectangles (I used two fat quarters).
  • one 16"x16" pillow
Instructions:

Step 1 - Take eleven strips and press each one lengthwise with an iron. Then cut each strip in half. This will give you twenty-two strips that are about 20 inches long each and 1.25 inches wide. Of these twenty-two strips, choose twenty-one for your pillow. From your lining fabric, cut a 16.5 inch square.


Step 2 - As shown below, take one strip and line the pressed seam along the bottom of the 16.5 inch square lining. Pin to keep in place. Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew along the non-pressed side to attach the strip to the lining (the pressed seam should be facing the edge of the 16.5 inch square lining, as shown below).


After you've sewn the first strip on, mark 3/4 inches starting from the top of the non-pressed side of the strip. Continue marking 3/4 inches all the way up the lining. Click image below to enlarge.


Step 3 - Sew the remaining twenty strips (that you cut from step 1) onto the lining. Simply line the non-pressed side along the 3/4 inch mark you made in the previous step, pin to keep in place, and then sew using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.


Step 4 - After you've sewn all twenty-one strips onto the lining, flip it over and trim the ends using a ruler and rotary cutter so the strips are flush with the lining.


(Note: Save the scraps! Check out this post to see what I did with them)

It should look like the picture below.


Step 5 - Prepare the pillow backing: From your backing fabric, cut two 12 x 16.5 inch rectangles. For each rectangle, do the following.

Along the length, turn the edge 1/4 inch under, press, then turn under 1 inch, then press again. Stitch to keep in place as shown below.


Step 6 - With right sides facing together, take one backing rectangle and line it along the left side of your pillow cover. The finished seam you created from the previous step should be facing toward the right. Pin to keep in place, then sew along the perimeter (as shown by the dashed line below) except where the seam is. Start and end your stitch with a back-stitch.


Repeat, but on the right side instead.


Lastly, turn right side out through the opening and that's it! Let me know if you have any questions. :) Happy Quilting!

If you love jelly rolls and other pre-cuts, then stop by my pre-cut friendly shop!

37 comments:

  1. Oh so cute! I have some jelly roll strips that would be perfect for this project. Thanks so much for sharing the pattern here :)

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  2. this pattern is cute - wonder what happened to your post on MBS?

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  3. Just finished mine and it turned out so cute! All I had was a 14 X 14 pillow form, so had to tweak the measurements a bit, but it came out perfect. Your tutorial was excellent and easy to follow.. thanks again Jera! :)

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  4. This is a great pillow! I really want to try it! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Thanks! I LOVE this! And I have a new jelly roll just waiting to become a sweet project!

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  6. I just used this pattern- SUPER EASY!

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    1. Sorry, I deleted my original comment because I thought I had figured out my problem. I redid my math and checked my measurements and I again, can't figure out where I went wrong. Once I had everything sewn together, The top raw edge from the last (top) strip was showing. The only way I can figure to fix it is to make my seam allowance larger when sewing on the backing which would make the pillow less than 16 x 16. Any idea what I am doing wrong? When I marked all of my 3/4' lines across the base I had 1/4" left at the top which it doesn't look like you had but when doing the math this seems correct.

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    2. I've also got a 1/4 strip left at the top and I don't think your math is wrong. Just found another tutorial for the same cushion and it says to start 1 1/4 inch from the bottom which would eliminate that top 1/4 when you reach the top.

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    3. Just finished mine and that has happened to me as well:(

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  8. What a neat pillow and a great tutorial, thanks for sharing!
    Quilting by the River

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  9. I made this pillow this weekend. What an easy pattern, LOVED IT. I wish others could upload their pillows. It would be awesome to see it in other fabrics.

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  10. Just finished this pillow for a gift. Very easy and very beautiful. Just love it.

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  11. Thanks for publishing this tutorial- I ran out and bought a jelly roll just so I could make it! I also tweaked the design just a bit and came up with another version of this pillow. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!
    xoxo,
    Amy
    you can check out my new version here: http://amerooniedesigns.blogspot.com/2012/04/pleated-layers-pillow-tutorial.html

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    1. love the addition of pleats!! great idea :) -Jera at Quilting in the Rain

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  12. Such a great tutorial! love it! i'm in the process of making my 3rd cushion! Thanks again, happy sewing!

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  13. Verdaderamente hermoso. Gracias por el tutorial.
    Un abrazo.

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  14. I love this pillow. Great instructions and it is so cute and such a happy look!
    Not sure if I can post my link but here is mine.
    http://pinterest.com/pin/181269953721832591/

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  15. I saw one of your pillows made up at a quilt show in Columbia Falls, Montana. It was darling. I want to make some to match a bed runner I hope to make in the near future. Thank you for graciously sharing your design and talent. Jackie

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  16. Love this!! I saw it on pinterest. Looks like fun to make! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  17. Thank you for posting this - I could not access it on Moda - so, was thrilled to find it here!!!

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  18. Thanks for the tutorial - I've just adapted it slightly and made my own cushion as a part of my 52 weeks: 52 crafts project, where I make and auction one new item every week to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support (a cancer charity in the UK) - please have a look at my blog to see how it turned out and spread the word. many thanks, x

    http://lazycrafternoons.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. I'm going to adapt it for a set of place mats :-)

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  20. I just made this and am so proud of how it turned out! Thank you!

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  21. My sister-in-law did this in Christmas fabrics and it's soooo cute!

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  22. I am making these for Christmas Gifts....what brand of pillow form did you get. I have looked a couple and they just don't seem very firm! I want the pillow to be "poofy" Thanks. I just love how easy these are to make!

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  23. Gostei muito. É bonita e fácil de fazer e podemos aproveitar restos de tecido!

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  24. Perfeita, parecer fácil de fazer, não vejo a hora de fazer uma.
    Parabéns pelos belos trabalhos!

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  25. I love, love, LOVE this pillow! Thank you so much for sharing your tutorial!

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  26. Nancy, January 5, 2014January 5, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Nancy, January 5, 2014

    I just made this pillow and it turned out beautiful. I did not use jelly strips, in fact I did not know what they were, but figured it out. I just cut strips of fabric to the same dimensions. You said to cut the strips in half, didn't you mean to fold the strips in half to make the pleat 1 and quarter inches not cut it in half? Loved the way it turned out.

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  27. How do you keep the raw edges of the strips you've sewn down from fraying? Thank you.

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  28. Maybe I'm still jet lagged, but I didn't follow your step 1. You mention 11 strips and what size they should be after being cut but no mention of the size prior to ironing, etc???

    And what are "jelly rolls"? This is not a term I am familiar with?

    Please help as I really want to make this.

    Thanks so much in advance.

    Brenda

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  29. Starting at 1 1/4 inch from the bottom leaves allowance for the 1/4 seam when you sew the front and back together. This way you are not sewing down the bottom of your first strip.

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