Thursday, July 28, 2011

Go! Baby Appliqué Pillow Tutorial Part II

Welcome to Part II of the Go! Baby Appliqué Pillow Tutorial.
Today's instructions will be relevant for both Go! Baby owners and those who don't own one yet. (Keep watching for the giveaway.)

(I had some trouble taking photos in our rainy Seattle weather. You can click on each photo to see a larger version.)
At the end of yesterday's tute, we had all the little appliqué shapes ready to go onto the background.

Out of white fabric, cut a 15" x 15" square. (I like to oversize things and trim them back afterwards.)
Using a disappearing marker, draw a 12" x 12" square onto the right side of the bigger square. Do this by drawing a line 1.5" in from the edge on all four sides of the fabric square. This is going to be your placement guide for the appliqué shapes.
Mark the center of the square and apply the yellow circle shape using the fusible web manufacturer's instructions.

Now we're going to add the other shapes. I just eyeballed this.
IMPORTANT: We're just laying them down, not actually ironing them on yet!
Follow this sequence:
3. (Remember the 12" x 12" square? Do not let any of the green shapes extend beyond this.)
When you're happy with the layout, iron all the shapes on at once.
Trim the square to 13" x 13" exactly.
A note before we continue: We'll be pinning. I normally hate pinning anything but this project needs it so don't try to take a shortcut.

I've seen the following trim in many quilts recently and thought I'd try it.
Out of blue fabric, cut 4 strips 1" x 13", fold them in half wrong sides together, and iron.
Pin a strip to the right side of the center section, lining up the raw edges carefully.
Sew a seam just a little over 1/8" from the edge. We're doing this because we don't want this seam to show on the front of the pillow.
Attach the bottom blue strip next and then the two side strips.
Out of red fabric, cut 2 rectangles 2.75" x 13".
Out of red fabric, cut 2 rectangles 2.75" x 17.5".
Sew the 13" rectangles to the top and bottom of the pillow center. (It doesn't matter which sides you choose to be "top" and "bottom".)
Remember to pin!
Press away from the pillow center.
Sew the 17.5" rectangles to the two remaining sides of the pillow center and press.

Now we're going to make a teenie little quilt. The great thing about it being so little is that you can use a kitchen counter or table to make the "sandwich".

Out of white fabric, cut an 18" x 18" square.
Out of batting, cut an 18" x 18" square.

My method:
Using painter's tape, tape the 18" x 18" square onto the counter/table right side down making sure that it's laying flat. (Do not use the green painter's tape I used here.  It doesn't stick.  Use blue.)
Place the batting on top and smooth it out.
Place the pillow top over it and smooth out. Pin. Try to pin only on the background, not through the applique shapes.
"Quilt as desired."
I quilted the applique shapes first and then free motion quilted the background doing a little "echo" line around each shape.
Trim the top to 16.5" x 16.5".
I used the edge of the blue trim as a guide to get the whole thing straight since there is likely to be a little distortion on the red border when you quilt the top.
Now we'll complete our pillow cover.
Out of yellow fabric, make a quilt binding at least 60" long.
(Cut 2.5" wide strips, fold them wrong sides together, and press.)

Out of white fabric, cut two rectangles 16.5" x 11".
Fold over 1/2" toward the wrong side of the fabric along one long side of each rectangle. Press.
Fold it over 1/2" for the second time. Press.
Sew the seam about 3/8" from the edge on both rectangles.
Place one rectangle right side up on the back of the pillow top, lining up the raw edges.
Place the other rectangle right side up on top, once again lining up the raw edges. It will overlap the first one.
Pin along the outer edge. Be 100% sure that your edges are lined up!

I forgot to take a photo here...
**Place the pins at a 90 degree angle to the raw edge with their dull ends extending past the raw edge a little. If you don't quite get it, read on and you'll see why I did this.

Turn the pillow top over (right side up).
We're going to attach a binding just as we would with a regular quilt.
Line up the raw edge of the binding with the raw edge of the pillow top.
Here's where my **previous instruction regarding the pinning of the pillow back comes into play.
Notice how the pins I placed on the pillow back are sticking over the edge. This allows you to pull them out as you pin the binding on, keeping the layers from shifting.
Attach the binding and complete as you would any regular quilt.
And there you go!
Applique Pillow

(If you like the fabric combinations I used in this pillow, I have added a fat quarter bundle to the store using this fabric combination: Fat Quarter Bundle - Abby)
I am also planning to list the pillow cover on Etsy I just listed the pillow cover on Etsy at my cost because, goodness knows, I can't keep everything I make!
(and I made two of these because I forgot to take photos the first time round.)


  1. i love flange borders. i put one on a quilt once. it was so stressful, but so worth it!

  2. Beautiful work Anina! Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. Thanks for the great tutorial! I think I now must add making a pillow to the list.

  4. It is so cute - what a great tutorial!! I love all the color!

  5. A very charming pillow - just love how the flower works out with use of similar shapes...

  6. hello,

    thats a great projekt

    i like the colors very match

    hugs Conny

  7. I just finished mine. It turned out great. The color scheme of red, blue and yellow are those in my house with a touch of green. Thank you for this terrific tutorial!