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!
I couldn’t resist the buffalo plaid flannel prints found at my local JOANN 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!
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!
Let’s get to work!
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)
*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.
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”.
Piece (for each pillow front):
Lay out 9 squares, arranging as desired. Stitch each horizontal row together along sides. Press seam allowances open.
Stitch three rows together along top/bottom edges. Press seam allowances open.
Place zipper along the bottom of pillow back and mark top and bottom zipper stops with pins.
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.
Use Wonder Tape or pins to align zipper (right side down) along press seam allowance, centering zipper teeth with basted stitch line.
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.
Use a seam ripper to carefully remove basting stitches.
Open zipper partially. Right sides together, pin pillow front and back together along three unstitched sides, matching raw edges. Stitch along pinned edges.
Trim corners and finish seam allowances with serger or zigzag stitch.
Turn pillow cover right side out and press flat. Insert pillow form, and voila!
Great work! Now grab a yummy warm drink and your favorite book and enjoy relaxing with your new pillows!