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DIY Flannel Patchwork Pillow

Nov 3, 2016 By Abby Smith
DIY Flannel Patchwork Pillow

There’s something so cozy and warm about flannel that makes me want to cuddle up by the fire with a good book. I’ve been over the moon about all of the amazing flannel choices at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores the last couple of years. In fact, I’ve used different plaid flannel prints for my boys’ Christmas vests the last two years in a row (you can see the proof here and here)! Abby here from Sew Much Ado, and today I’m sharing a tutorial to make your own cozy Flannel Patchwork Pillows!

flannel patchwork pillow

I couldn’t resist the buffalo plaid flannel prints found at my local Jo-Ann stores. It’s perfect for so many projects, from home décor to clothing, and it was just what I had in mind for these pillows. I paired it with some houndstooth flannel, and it was a match made in Heaven!

flannel patchwork pillow

One thing I love about these pillows is that they are patchwork on the front and solid buffalo plaid on the back, giving several different looks depending on how they’re arranged. Four pillows for the work of two? Yes, please!

flannel patchwork pillow

flannel patchwork pillow

Let’s get to work!

flannel patchwork pillow

Flannel Patchwork Pillow Supplies (enough for 2 pillows):
Flannel – 1 1/4yd each of three coordinating prints
20” pillow form – 2
16” non-separating all-purpose zipper – 2
• Basic sewing supplies – thread, pins, scissors, measuring tape
Wonder Tape (optional for installing zipper)

flannel patchwork pillow

*All seam allowances are ½” unless otherwise noted. Finished pillow covers will be 19.5”x19.5”, making a full pillow once the 20” pillow form is inserted.

Cut:
For each pillow front, cut 9 squares, each 7.5”x 7.5”. I cut 3 squares from each fabric per pillow front (6 totals from each print).
For each pillow back, cut 1 square, 20.5”x 20.5”.

flannel patchwork pillow

Piece (for each pillow front):
Lay out 9 squares, arranging as desired. Stitch each horizontal row together along sides. Press seam allowances open.

flannel patchwork pillow

flannel patchwork pillow

Stitch three rows together along top/bottom edges. Press seam allowances open.

flannel patchwork pillow

Place zipper along the bottom of pillow back and mark top and bottom zipper stops with pins.

flannel patchwork pillow

Right sides together, pin and stitch pillow front and pillow back together along the bottom edge, using normal stitch length outside of pins and basting length between pins. Press seam allowance open.

flannel patchwork pillow

Use Wonder Tape or pins to align zipper (right side down) along press seam allowance, centering zipper teeth with basted stitch line.

flannel patchwork pillow

From the right side of fabric, stitch ¼” from each side of basted stitch line, stitching across at zipper top/bottom stops where pinned, forming a rectangle.

flannel patchwork pillow

Use a seam ripper to carefully remove basting stitches.

flannel patchwork pillow

Open zipper partially. Right sides together, pin pillow front and back together along three unstitched sides, matching raw edges. Stitch along pinned edges.

flannel patchwork pillow

Trim corners and finish seam allowances with serger or zigzag stitch.

flannel patchwork pillow

Turn pillow cover right side out and press flat. Insert pillow form, and voila!

flannel patchwork pillow

flannel patchwork pillow

Great work! Now grab a yummy warm drink and your favorite book and enjoy relaxing with your new pillows!

flannel patchwork pillow

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