Romantic Patchwork Pillow


Finished size: 12" x 16"
Examples:  Original Romantic Patchwork Pillow and Pixie Noel Christmas Version

Step 1. 
Collect all the goodies: 
  • (24) 2 1/2" squares from a mini charm pack or your scraps
  • decorative trim (crocheted trim, lace, ribbon)
  • 1/3 yard coordinating fabric
    (cut into three pieces: 8 1/2" x 12 1/2", 10 1/2" x 12 1/2" and 10 1/2" x 12 1/2")
  • buttons or other embellishments
  • 12" x 16" pillow form
  • 1/4 yard binding (optional)

Step 2.
Using (24) 2 1/2" squares, sew together a 4 x 6 patchwork panel for the left side of the pillow.  Finished size will be 8 1/2" wide x 12 1/2" tall.  (Use a 1/4" seam allowance throughout.)

Step 3.
From your coordinating fabric, cut a piece that is 8 1/2" wide by 12 1/2" tall.  If your fabric is directional, take that into account when cutting.
Also cut a piece of decorative trim 12 1/2" long.

Step 4.
Layer your trim onto the left hand edge of the coordinating fabric.  (Both pieces are face up.)  Then gently layer the patchwork panel right side down onto these pieces, making sure left edges are lined up.

Step 5.
Pin along this left edge and sew all three pieces together.

Step 6.
Open and press gently.

Step 7.
Stitch down your trim piece so that it is secure.  

Step 8.
Optional:  At this point I ironed on a piece of Pellon 987f Fusible Fleece to the back of the front panel of the pillow.  I like the additional stability and structure. 

You could also use batting. You may wish to quilt your pillow top.  I did not quilt this pillow top, but I did quilt the Pixie Noel Christmas version.

Step 9.
Add buttons or other embellishments.  I used pale pink embroidery floss to attach the silvery buttons.

Step 10.
To make the back of the pillow, cut (2) pieces that are 10 1/2" wide by 12 1/2" tall. (Remember, if your fabric is directional, take this into account when cutting.)
Sew a 1/2" seam on the right edge of one piece and a 1/2" seam on the left edge of the other piece.  These two pieces will overlap in the middle and need finished edges.

Note:  These instructions call for a simple "turn inside out" method for making the pillow cover. You may also choose to do the binding method (similar to binding a quilt) that is quite popular. I have a photo of that type of finish posted here

Step 11.
Overlap the two back pieces so that when overlapped, the entire piece measures 16 1/2" wide.  Then lay the front of the pillow face down onto these two pieces. You can adjust the back to pieces to the left or to the right slightly to make sure all outside edges line up nicely.

Step 12.
Pin and sew around all four sides.

Step 11.
Your back will look like this.  Turn your pillowcase inside out through the overlapped pocket you created in the back.

Step 12.
Push out the corners, insert your pillow form, and you are done!  Please share your version on Instagram using the hashtag #romanticpatchworkpillow.


  1. Love this! I'm thinking I'll make one for each season!

    1. Thank you Carolee!! That would be brilliant!!

  2. Oh wow! It really is romantic......I think I'll be making one of these tonight!
    Thanks so much......I'll post it on my blog tomorrow and add a link back to this post!

    1. Oh thank you!! I look forward to seeing what you come up with! Thanks for letting me know! :)

  3. What a lovely use for my charm squares!!! Thank you!!!

    1. Thank you Kristy! And thanks for stopping by the blog!

  4. I have been looking for the perfect pillow pattern for Christmas gifts. You have provided me with just that, plus the directions are so well done! Love following your blog. Thanks for sharing your talents!!

    1. Gosh that is just so nice to hear! I'm glad you've found a project for your gifts! Thanks so much for visiting the blog, truly!

  5. Thanks for the step by step instructions. Maybe I can get to this over the holiday break. Have a good one. chris

  6. I whipped this up today. Great instructions, very easy


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