Paradox Point Pyramid Pillow Tutorial
Paradox Point pyramid pillows, try saying that ten times fast! We typically incorporate one of our latest patterns into a fun pillow of some sort for our Quilt Market booth. This Quilt Market we made prism shaped pillows using triangle blocks from our newest book, Paradox Point.
Occasionally our visions don’t always materialize quite like we anticipate, and this was definitely one of those moments! But once they were made and we stared at them for a bit we decided they really were pretty adorable. They look a little bit like hershey kisses which I don’t think is a bad thing! Here is a little info on how to make your own silly pillows.
For each pillow you will need:
- Paradox Point Book
- Fabric to make two arrow Paradox Point blocks
- App ½ yard of fabric for the non-pieced sides and bottom
- Invisible Make-a-Zipper -or- one invisible zipper 18” or longer
- 1¼ yard light weight woven fusible interfacing
- Your favorite fiberfill stuffing
- Suggested: 12½" 60 degree triangle ruler
1. First, you need to make two Paradox Point blocks up to the point of sewing the four foundations together into a triangle.
2. Next, fuse the lightweight interfacing to the back side of your ½ yard fabric and cut two 12½" triangles using a triangle ruler with a flat top (this is our favorite) and two 15" x 8" rectangles.
3. Now it is time to add the zipper to the bottom! I absolutely loved Sew Katie Did’s tutorial on adding invisible zippers to pillows. Her instructions are great, and she is right – an invisible zipper foot is worth its weight in gold – especially if you make more than one pillow and trust me, you will! I used the Invisible Make-a-Zipper and kept the head off the pillow to one end so it didn’t get in the way. I added the zipper to one of the 16” side, sewing the zipper along the entire length of the 16” side. Add the other side of the pillow bottom. Be sure you have right sides together! Trim pillow bottom to a 14½" square. (Be sure to pull in your zipper head!) You will be able to sew right over the invisible zipper.
4. Sew one solid triangle to a Paradox triangle along the side stopping ¼" from the bottom of the triangle and backstitch. Make two sets. Now sew the four triangles together, again stopping ¼” from the bottom of the triangles and backstitching. You now have a bottomless pyramid, a very small tent or a very large hat!
5. Unzip the zipper approximately halfway and tack together the open end of the zipper. Pin the four bottoms of your pyramid to the four sides of the bottom of the pillow. (I had the zipper start and finish on the solid triangles rather than the pieced ones) Trim any excess fabric from your top point. Turn pillow out through the half opened zipper.
6. Add fiberfill to your desired fullness. Ours were stuffed just enough to get the rounded pyramid shape. Voilà you have an adorable Paradox Point Pyramid Pillow!
The Paradox Point pattern is available in book form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! Check in this weekend to hear about Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale!