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Hi, and welcome to by blog. I thought I would start this blog after getting several requests on my Instagram account for more information about how I made something, or what supplies I’m using. Plus, I can add more photos here and not inundate my Instagram feed.

First up are my new pillows for our couch. I really must say that I love them. They fit my design style and of course it is really rewarding to use something everyday that you made.

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These pillows came about for several reasons:

  1. We got a new couch and needed pillows. It didn’t come with any.
  2.  I made (this is a loose term as it is still in progress) an Eads quilt by Carolyn Friedlander and had a ton of scraps leftover.
  3.  I love this linen and all the colors it comes in.
  4.  I had a ton of scraps leftover. (Seriously, though, a lot.)

My Eads quilt is one of my favorite makes and I’m still in the process of quilting it:

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I only used Essex linen for the quilt and love all the colors it comes in. I highly recommend the pattern and fabric.

To make these pillows you will need:

  • strips of fabric (I used the 3″ strips leftover from the quilt)
  • thread for sewing the strips and topstitching thread
  • batting
  • muslin or other cotton
  • backing
  • 20″ pillow forms

I started by laying out the strips in the order I wanted them on the pillow and then sewed them together on the diagonal to make each strip at least the width of the pillow.

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To sew the strips on the diagonal, place them right sides together and sew a seam at a 45 degree angle as shown. Trim the seam and press open.

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I then sewed the strips together and pressed after each seam. You will need enough strips to create a piece of fabric at least 20.5″ in height. At this point I had a piece of fabric that was larger than needed and I trimmed it down to 20.5″ x 20.5″. This piece was layered with batting and muslin.

To quilt the front panel I used topstitching thread and sewed a single line of stitching down each color strip.

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To make the back of the pillow cut two pieces from your backing material that are 20.5″ x 16.25″. For each piece, along the longer edge, turn under 1/4″ to the wrong side, press, and turn under again 1″. If you are using directional fabric like I did, you will need to make sure you are turning under the edge that will be in the middle back of the pillow.

Layer these two pieces to create a 20.5″ x 20.5″ backing with the hemmed edges in the middle and baste the edges at the overlap (top and bottom edge). With right sides together layer the pillow top with the backing and sew around the edges. Finish edges and turn right side out. Insert pillow form. Place pillow on couch and relax. Or in my case, place pillow on couch and hope husband will share with me.

These were amazingly gratifying to make, and both can be completed in an evening! If you make these and post on IG, please tag me, I would love to see them!

xx – Mindy

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