Thursday, June 13, 2013

Paper Pieced Pillow Tutorial

Good Morning, I am back with the final pillow in the bedding makeover. A Beautiful Paper Pieced  8 Point Star.

You can find a free template on Craftsy Or you can find the whole pattern in Simple Quilts Spring 2013 Issue.

The template has a A & B section, you will need to make 4 copies of each section. The cut along the exterior lines to get your 2 template pieces.  
Then pick your fabrics. I wanted to use as many of the fabrics I had already used on my bedding to bring this pillow into the theme. So I gathered them up and started cutting. You want your fabric pieces large enough to cover the assigned area. Don't get skimpy want to make sure you have enough to cover all the area as well as the seam allowance area etc.  
Now this is the fun part. Lay your A template face down and place your first fabric piece face up covering the #1 area. Then take your #2 piece and lay it face down on the #1 piece and line up with the stitch line. 

You will want to use a good light so you can see through the paper and fabric so you can get everything perfect.

Then off to your machine and stitch on the #2 line, this will catch both fabrics. 
Then fold your paper along the stitch line and trim your fabrics to 1/4". 

You want to use a very small stitch length, this will make it easy to remove the paper when finished. 

Iron the fabric seams down and #3 fabric is next. 

 As you did in the first two, line your #3 fabric up along the #3 line and then sew to the paper. And trim your 1/4" allowance. 
Iron down your seams and continue to the next piece. You should see your star panel coming to life as you add each piece. 

Continue to add,  trim and iron until you get all pieces sewn to your paper template.

When all pieces are attached trim your panel along the outer lines (seam allowance lines).
I like to keep a small ironing surface by my sewing machine so that I am not up and down so many times, there is many steps in each panel. 

I have this cool little notebook style pad, a ironing pad on one side and a cutting mat on the GREAT....SMILES!!! 

This is my little iron that I use for these projects as well as my applique projects. I did a lot of research before I purchased a small iron, and I think I got it right!! It gets as hot as you need..has 4 heat settings, and is small enough to get into the tightest little places. 
You can find these at Wal Marts or Joann's. I am sure there are other stores that carry them, these are the two where I have seen them. 
After you finish your A template do the same for the B template. You want your fabrics to match up. 

As you progress with your panels your star will come together.

Here is all the panels finished and ready to be sewn together. 

Now you take the A & B sections and sew them together. 
Here is the front all sewn together and now I am adding the side panels to finish off the size I need for the pillow form I have.

I am using a 16 x 16 pillow form. 

I will then add the top and bottom panels as well.

I allowed 2" extra allowance on my panels. I will end up trimming these down after I am finished quilting.
This allows for squaring up and any other you might need. 
And my front of my pillow is ready. 

Now you remove the paper from the back of your panels.
I start with one area and work my way around there will be some areas that are near impossible to get out due to the seams. But the pattern I followed said to do this step now. Other paper pieced patterns I have done I remove the paper as soon as I finish the panels before I sew them together. 
 I like to use a really small crochet hook to get the paper started tearing and to tear along the seams. It works great.

And finally all the paper is gone and the panel is ready for quilting.

View of back side of panel with paper gone
 Now I make my quilt sandwich, and off to the machine to quilt my front panel together. 

Quilt Sandwich
As with any quilt sandwich, you want to allow extra on your batting and backing fabric for any quilting slippage.  I gave myself an extra 1" all around with the batting and back panel. 

You can quilt anyway you prefer. I quilting in the ditch around the star and all the areas in the star and then around the added panels. 

I also quilted extra to add dimension to the star. 
This is the back view of the front panel. Here you can see the quilting a little better. I use Embroidery thread to quilt. I love the way it makes the stitching stand out.  On this I tried a new one. 

Floriani Embroidery is a lot like Isacord and I am loving the look. I feel like I will be using more of this wonderful thread.
You can find this sold at your local Quilting Stores, or on line.

You will want to fill your bobbin with the same thread. 

Now it is time for the back panels of the pillow. 

I cut 2 panels for this step, and allowed extra on each to make a envelope style so I could just slip the pillow form into the cover and no hand sewing....BIG SMILES!!

I knew I wanted to do something to coordinate with the front quilting so I decided on angled straight line quilting. 

I made my quilt sandwiches as I did with the front panel  and started in one corner of each panel with a 45 deg angle mark. I carried this design all the way down the panel to the end corner. 

I spaced the lines about 2" apart. 

After I got my back panels done, then it was on to the binding. I decided to make my own (instead of store bought) out of some of the fabric to coordinate with the bedding. 

I cut my strips 2" wide and the width of my fabric. I attached them together like I mentioned in my earlier

I used a couple methods to make my binding, I am experimenting to see what I like the most. SMILES...   The first is a ironing mat, I must say I really like this, the padded mat helps your iron along and your fabric is crisp. However it does not turn in the outside edges. It is strictly for binding that you would use as it comes off the mat.

 The other method was the binding tools you can purchase in different sizes. This is a little hard to get started, but in the end it was the best tool for the binding I needed. 
I then attached to each back panel along one side and stitched into place. 
First step of attaching binding. 
The way I do my binding...I open it all up and stitch down the first side to the back of the panel, and then wrap and iron the binding into place to the front of the panel, clip and stitch along the very outer edge to secure to the panel .
2nd step attaching to front side. 

Many people like to attach to the front first and then to the back, but I just like the other way is your preference.
I love to use the little Wonder Clips, they are a great tool for binding!!!
My problem, I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH!!! So I use clips that, well they are large hair clips...WINK, WINK.. 
Finished binding. 

This is how to recycle your toilet paper rolls...LAUGHS!!!

I use them to store my binding until I am ready to use.  

Now I am attaching my back and front panels together with binding. Follow the same steps as with the binding on the back panels, except you will be completing your pillow cover in this step. 

You will finish with attaching to the front and you have the finished pillow. Now just insert your pillow form and YOU ARE DONE!!

Front view with hair clips attached ....SMILES

Finished view Back Side

 And here is my Final Pillow for my New Bedding!!!

I think I am LOVING IT!!! I really like the way it turned out. 

And the stitching on the back matched up perfect BIG BIG SMILES!!! I LOVE WHEN A PLAN COMES TOGETHER.

Here is my finished pillow and the finished pillow in Simple Quilts...

And Finally the Finished Product on my bed...IT BELONGS!!!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I know there are some points I did not touch on. You can find more information about Paper Piecing on Pinterest and Craftsy or if you have questions, please feel free to drop me a line...

Also information about envelope style pillows can be found on Pinterest as well as most of the quilting sites on the internet.

Please if you do make one of these, let me know and I would love to add your project to this post...

Thanks so much for Stopping by...

AKA "A Touch of Hink"

Until next time....HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!

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