Zig Zag Pillow DIY

How to sew a Zig Zag Pillow #sewing Tutorial - by Modern Handcraft, for the Sewing Rabbit

Eek! I am so excited to kick off the 2014 Sewing Rabbit Team’s tutorials today, especially with such an awesome sewing tutorial by the fabulous Nicole! Her zig zag pillow tutorial absolutely blew me away, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to premier it.  The perfect throw pillow for your home decor!  So without further ado,  I give you the zig zag pillow DIY…

Zig Zag Pillow DIY

How to sew a Zig Zag Pillow #sewing Tutorial - by Modern Handcraft, for the Sewing Rabbit

Hi Sewing Rabbit friends. This is Nicole from Modern Handcraft and I am so excited and honestly a little bit nervous to be the very first Sewing Rabbit contributor for 2014! I am really looking forward to sharing some fun projects with you this year focusing on my favorite sewing subject – quilting! Don’t worry, it will not be all quilts all the time, I do have a couple of other tricks up my sleeve.

For my first project,  I am going to teach you how to make a great beginning quilted project – The Zig-Zag Pillow.

Materials needed:

  • 1/2 yard of print fabric (Timeless Treasures – Hearts by Gail Cadden)
  • 1/4 yard of solid fabric (Robert Kaufman – Kona White)
  • 18″ piece of fusible fleece or quilt batting
  • Spray baste or basting pins if using a non-fusible batting
  • Sewing machine & notions (thread, colored thread for accent quilting, scissors, rotary cutter, straight pins, cutting board, acrylic ruler)

Step 1: 

How to sew a Zig Zag Pillow #sewing Tutorial - by Modern Handcraft, for the Sewing Rabbit

  • Cut strips of fabric 2.5″ wide from your print fabric and your solid. Then cut each strip into 4.5″ rectangles. Cut a total of 25 each to create a pillow that measures 16″ x 16″.  You will also need to cut two pieces of fabric from your pattern fabric measuring 13″ x 17″.

How to sew a Zig Zag Pillow #sewing Tutorial - by Modern Handcraft, for the Sewing Rabbit

Step 2:

How to sew a Zig Zag Pillow #sewing Tutorial - by Modern Handcraft, for the Sewing Rabbit

  • Take one print and one solid rectangle piece and lay them facing each other at your machine. Stitch along one side with a scant 1/4″ seam.

How to sew a Zig Zag Pillow #sewing Tutorial - by Modern Handcraft, for the Sewing Rabbit

  • *TIP* Continuously sew each strip set in a long chain, or chain piece. This will make sewing your smaller rectangles together much faster

How to sew a Zig Zag Pillow #sewing Tutorial - by Modern Handcraft, for the Sewing Rabbit

  • Snip the strips to separate.
  • Take to ironing board – I like to iron the back seam allowance towards the darker color so it will not show on the other side. Iron open all 25 squares.

Step 3:

How to sew a Zig Zag Pillow #sewing Tutorial - by Modern Handcraft, for the Sewing Rabbit

  • Now we will be trimming our finished squares down to 4″ square. On your cutting mat, take an acrylic ruler – I used a 4.5″ square for my example – and cut around each side.

How to sew a Zig Zag Pillow #sewing Tutorial - by Modern Handcraft, for the Sewing Rabbit

  • While lining up your square to cut find the 2″ mark on your ruler and place it down the middle seam. This will help line up your block and keep it straight.

Step 4:

How to sew a Zig Zag Pillow #sewing Tutorial - by Modern Handcraft, for the Sewing Rabbit

  • Once you have all of your squares trimmed and ready, start laying out your blocks in a zig-zag design.

How to sew a Zig Zag Pillow #sewing Tutorial - by Modern Handcraft, for the Sewing Rabbit

  • See above picture on how to layout the design. I like to work in rows finishing one at a time – keeping my pillow beside my machine in case I need to double check the layout. This layout can be a little tricky if one of the squares gets turned the wrong direction.

How to sew a Zig Zag Pillow #sewing Tutorial - by Modern Handcraft, for the Sewing Rabbit

  • Start sewing in rows, once your rows are complete stack in order. This will keep them in order at your ironing board and then back at your sewing table.

How to sew a Zig Zag Pillow #sewing Tutorial - by Modern Handcraft, for the Sewing Rabbit

  •  When ironing I like to iron open my seams at this point.

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  • Time to sew your rows together to complete your pillow front. Using straight pins – find your seams, line up and pin in place.

How to sew a Zig Zag Pillow #sewing Tutorial - by Modern Handcraft, for the Sewing Rabbit

  • This will keep your blocks sewn together perfectly. Once finished sewing your rows together iron the back seam allowances open and your pillow front will now be complete.

Step 5:

How to sew a Zig Zag Pillow #sewing Tutorial - by Modern Handcraft, for the Sewing Rabbit

  • Take your pillow front to your ironing board and following the directions of your fusible fleece iron them together. Fusible fleece usually stays in place really well so quilting is not necessary if you would like to omit that step. If you would rather use leftover quilt batting, spray basting or pinning in place with basting pins will be your next step.

How to sew a Zig Zag Pillow #sewing Tutorial - by Modern Handcraft, for the Sewing Rabbit

  • I chose to use a fun coordinating thread for my quilting. Since I used a fusible fleece a quilting foot was not necessary – your regular foot will work fine. This was a simple straight line stitch around the edges of my zig-zag pattern.

How to sew a Zig Zag Pillow #sewing Tutorial - by Modern Handcraft, for the Sewing Rabbit

  • Keep your needle down as you turn the corners to keep a nice sharp point – quilt as much or as little as you like :)

 Step 6:

How to sew a Zig Zag Pillow #sewing Tutorial - by Modern Handcraft, for the Sewing Rabbit

  • For your envelope back – take your 2 pieces of fabric measuring 13″ x 17″ and fold over one of the edges (along the 17″ length) .5″ and iron, folding over one more time .5″ and iron. Do this to both pieces of fabric.

How to sew a Zig Zag Pillow #sewing Tutorial - by Modern Handcraft, for the Sewing Rabbit

  • Back at your machine stitch the pressed fold just along the inside edge. Do this to both fabric pieces.

How to sew a Zig Zag Pillow #sewing Tutorial - by Modern Handcraft, for the Sewing Rabbit

How to sew a Zig Zag Pillow #sewing Tutorial - by Modern Handcraft, for the Sewing Rabbit

  • With your pillow top facing up – lay one back panel face down and then the second one face down on the other side, pin in place around the edges.

How to sew a Zig Zag Pillow #sewing Tutorial - by Modern Handcraft, for the Sewing Rabbit

  • *TIP* I like to place a pin at the 4 points where the envelope back would feel stress when inserting a pillow – see above image.  This will keep the envelope back from possibly ripping when you insert or remove a pillow form. When sewing around your pillow cover back stitch at these 4 points.

How to sew a Zig Zag Pillow #sewing Tutorial - by Modern Handcraft, for the Sewing Rabbit

  • When you are finished I like to do a nice wide zig-zag stitch around the edges to complete the edges.

Step 7:

How to sew a Zig Zag Pillow #sewing Tutorial - by Modern Handcraft, for the Sewing Rabbit

  • Turn your pillow case inside out and using a knitting needle or chopstick poke out the corners.
  • Add a 16″ full pillow form or a softer 18″ feather pillow form and enjoy!

How to sew a Zig Zag Pillow #sewing Tutorial - by Modern Handcraft, for the Sewing Rabbit

How to sew a Zig Zag Pillow #sewing Tutorial - by Modern Handcraft, for the Sewing Rabbit

I hope you enjoy making this project and find fun patterns and colors to combine to create something truly original!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…Happy Sewing!

How to sew a Zig Zag Pillow #sewing Tutorial - by Modern Handcraft, for the Sewing Rabbit

 

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Nicole Daksiewicz

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Founder of Modern Handcraft, Nicole has a passion for quilting. Working as a part time flight attendant, she has learned to perfect the art of 'crafts on the go'. She currently resides in Chicago with her husband and son.
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Comments

  1. Mie @ Sewing Like Mad says

    What a beautiful pillow….and I think you beat my record for most photos in their first Sewing Rabbit post, haha ;-) Well done!!

  2. Nancy says

    Thanks so much! This is one of the best tutorials I have seen in a long time. It is very easy to follow, good photographs, and good use of materials.

  3. Jamie says

    Awesome tutorial! Thank you so much! Very easy to understand and love your fabrics! I am teaching a kid’s sewing class and this will be great for the advanced class!

  4. Courtney says

    Fantastic tutorial! Every thing is so well explained and the pictures make it easy to follow the steps (as a beginner sewer, there can never be too many pictures!). I feel like this is something I can attempt after reading through such an excellent tutorial! Thank you :)

  5. Lindsay says

    My husband saw a pillow like this at the store a few months ago, and I was planning on making one, as soon as I got around to working out exactly how. Thanks for saving me the trouble with such an excellent tutorial!

  6. Sheryll Seidel says

    I want to make this for my granddaughter. One of my experienced sewing buddies Said I could cut the strips 21/4″ Instead of 2 1/2″ to eliminate some of the waste of cutting the block down. It does make sense, but that is as far as I have gotten so far. Will work on the blocks tomorrow. I love that I’m learning how to do the chevron in pillow size. Thank you!

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