Tri Color Pillows How To
I’m going to borrow heavily from the instructions I already wrote for the Bianco/Rosso Bag, which was the inspiration for this particular design. But I did make changes.
You’ll need 3 fabrics, you can get a 1/4 yard of each, use fat quarters, or if you have scraps the right size use those.
You’ll also need pillow stuffing and thread to match the pillows. I used a chocolate brown thread.
1. Pick 3 fabrics for the first pillow and cut them into 12″ by 16″ rectangles. Put the backing fabric aside and cut the two panels of front fabric in half so they are 12″ by 8″.
2. Take a piece of each front fabric and match them right sides together. Pin them and sew down the right hand side about 1/4″ in from the edge. Open up the pieces and iron the seam down towards the red fabric. You can either repeat this with the other pieces of front fabrics for a second pillow, or you can put these aside for a future project if you use different fabrics for each like I did.
3. You now have your pillow front. Match this to the backing fabric right sides together (I learned in my class that solid fabrics don’t really have a right side, so just make sure the front of your pillow faces in against the backing color). Square up these pieces and pin them together.
4. Sew 1/4″ seam almost all the way around the pillow. Leave about a 4″ opening in the bottom corner of the darkest fabric for stuffing.
5. Turn the pillow case inside out and push out all the corners. Iron it.
6. Stuff the pillow. When it’s nice and full, fold in the open edges and sew them closed. You can do this by hand, which I did for the first pillow I made. Or, you can try and wrestle the pillow through you sewing machine. I did that with my second pillow, which I didn’t stuff quite as full as the first. Then you’re done with the first.
7. Repeat all the steps for a second pillow.