Sue’s Pillow

You’ve seen the back of my pillow–here’s the front.

Yes, there is a theme! My son has a duvet cover with a sailing theme. So I made this little pillow to coordinate. It makes changing up his room really easy. It’s just a duvet cover and a little pillow cover and his room goes from trucks, to boats, to dinosaurs.

Necessity is the mother of my border! I had a scrap of the chambray fabric not quite wide enough for the pillow. So, like any good quilter, I added a border. (I can’t believe I’m telling you all my “design” secrets.)

I didn’t have a pattern, so I sketched an outline on freezer paper. I wanted to do turned edge appliqué, so I should have reversed the sketch. But I didn’t, I just got creative. I ironed the freezer paper template to the right side of the fabric, roughly cut around adding a seam allowance, and folded and pressed the seam allowance to the wrong side level with the template. Starch kept everything in place until I glued it down with Roxanne’s Glue-Baste-It.

To create the puffy effect in the sails I used fusible fleece on the wrong side and folded the fabric edges around it creating a trapunto effect. Using starch and glue held everything in place ready to appliqué and quilt in one step.

The mast is made with a double fold strip of fabric, stitched down, and folded over the raw edges.

The hull is just a trapezoid with the edges folded in, starched, and glued down ready for appliqué and quilting.

Finally, I spray basted the quilt sandwich together with 505 Spray & Fix. Then, using my walking foot, I blanket stitched everything down. Quilting and appliqué done in one step! I added piping cord for a rope effect–it’s couched on with invisble thread.

I squared it up and added the envelope backing and binding using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

The back is one of the fabrics from the duvet cover. My little guy likes the envelope style back on the pillow. He likes to hide his treasures in there! So far no worms, just a car, a phone charger, and a rock!

Okay so I don’t know when to stop. But now he has a pillow, a travel pillow, and a decorative pillow. Done!



  1. Mari - October 24, 2013

    What a cool blog post Sue! Love the design and… hey, thanks for showing me how to do it! I love the rope on the pillow the best; it really makes the design!

  2. Ann - October 24, 2013

    Such a clever Mom! Your little boy is a lucky guy!

  3. jenna - October 24, 2013

    Love this pillow, it almost looks like it’s smiling!!!

  4. Katrina - October 24, 2013

    I’m with Mari… I love the rope! It really “ties” it together!

  5. Anita - October 24, 2013

    I love it. The rope really ties the whole look together… get it ties it together. LOL I crack myself up.

  6. Dianne Jenniges - October 24, 2013

    Very cute pillow. This is my first time on your blog. I need to check it out more often.

  7. Jenni - October 25, 2013

    LOVE everything about this!! I’m a huge nautical fan! Beautiful job!!

  8. Sue - October 29, 2013

    Thanks everyone. I enjoyed making the pillow And my little guy really appreciates things that are “just for him”

  9. Joy Gross - November 4, 2013

    So cure!