Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial! November 09 2014, 9 Comments

Arcadia Avenue Pillow

Right before Quilt Market, the great girls over at Dear Stella asked us to make a few pillows to show off the blocks of our Arcadia Avenue pattern. We decided to make some 3D hexagon pillows. We made a total of 11 extra blocks that we turned into pillows! (We only had 8 here to photograph) And, boy did we fall in love with them! It was the perfect way to show different ways of coloring the blocks and a whole different project to make with the Arcadia Avenue pattern. They were a hit at Quilt Market, so we had to hurry home to write a tutorial on how we made them! So, here we go!

Arcadia Avenue Pillow

To make these pillows you need the Arcadia Avenue book. For this tutorial, we used the “Half Triangle Templates” for the pillow front, instead of a paper-pieced block.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 Block from Arcadia Avenue
  • 2 yards of fusible interfacing at 20” wide
  • 1 zipper 22” or longer
  • 4 yards of 1/4” cording
  • 2/3 yard for backing and sides
  • Fabric to create 132” of bias strips 2” wide
  • 2” wide foam at least 18” x 21” (we found ours at Joanns)
  • High loft poly batting
  • Freezer paper
  • Optional: Large coverable button & Fishing line or floss

Making the Back:

Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the back and side fabric. Cut 1 piece 10 ½” x 22”, 1 piece 9 ½” x 22” and 6 pieces 3 ½” x 11” (save for pillow sides). Sew the 10 ½” x 22” piece to the zipper, right sides together, moving the zipper head out of the way as needed.

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

Press the seam away from zipper. Beware that the nylon zipper will melt - covering your zipper with a pressing cloth or piece of fabric will protect it.

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

Sew the 9 ½” x 22” piece along the other side of the zipper, moving the zipper head as need. Press the seam away from the zipper.

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

Top stitch close to the edge on each side of the zipper. 

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

Make a freezer paper hexagon template the same size as your Arcadia Avenue block. Lay the template on the pillow back with the hexagon points below the zipper. Iron the template onto the back, shiny side down avoiding the zipper.

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

Trim the pillow back to the same size as the hexagon template.

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

Making the Piping:

Refer to our "Sewology Saturday - Making Piping" tutorial to make the piping.

Piping Tutorial

Adding the Piping:

Using the freezer paper template, cut out a fusible interfacing hexagon. Fuse to the wrong side of the pillow front (your block).

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

Starting the in the middle of a hexagon side with the end of the piping off the edge, sew the piping to the Arcadia Avenue block.

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

Be sure to keep the raw edges even.

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

When you reach a corner, stop with your needle down and snip the piping to the stitches. (Don’t cut the stitches!!)

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

Pivot and continue sewing. (We slightly curved the corners of the hexagons, this made everything go a little smoother!)

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

When you have sewn around the entire pillow, overlap the piping ends (see photo) and sew straight over the piping to secure it.

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

Trim off the excess piping.

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

Add piping to the back of the pillow in the same manner.

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

Making the sides:

Sew the pillow side pieces together along the short ends, stopping ¼” from each end. Back stitch at each end.

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

Sew all 6 pieces together to create a loop.

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

Iron the seams open.

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

Pin (or clip) the pillow sides to the block right sides together, lining up the seams of the sides with the hexagon corners.

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

Sew together with the block on top, sewing along the stitching line formed from adding the piping. Pin the back of the pillow to the sides, lining up the hexagon corners with the side seams. Sew with the pillow back on top, moving the front of the pillow out of the way.

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

You now have your pillow!

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

Stuffing the Pillow:

Flip the pillow right sides out through the zippered back. Push out the corners and the piping until they look good. Make another hexagon freezer paper template ¼” smaller all the way around than the previous one. Using this new template, cut out 12 layers of batting. Layer 6 batting pieces into the pillow along the front. If you are not adding a button, skip to the foam instructions. Using the fishing line or floss, add your button to the front of the pillow stitching through the layers of batting.

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

Secure the button with a few knots.

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

Using the new freezer paper template, carve your 2” thick foam into a hexagon using a bread knife or an electric knife.

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

Push the foam through the top half of the pillow.

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

Roll the foam and shove it into the bottom half.

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

You may need to adjust and move the foam around to get it centered. The batting sticks to it though, so be patient!

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

Once the foam is in a good place, layer the last 6 pieces of batting into the back of the pillow.

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

Close the zipper and Voila! You may find easier ways of stuffing the pillows, this is just what worked best for us! We would love to see the pillows you make, so please send us photos when you get them made up!

Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

Beware... these pillows are additive! You may end up with a whole pile like we did! 

Arcadia Avenue Pillow

Arcadia Avenue Pillow

Well that's all folks! It was a long post, but hopefully a helpful one! We can't wait to see your Arcadia Avenue quilts and pillows. Don't forget, we will be hosting a Quilt Along in January if you want to join us!