I have so many little pieces of fabric. It is hard to call them scraps really because they are all worthy of saving to be used. Most of them came from prior projects but sometimes I have been known to buy little pieces just because. I buy them just because I MIGHT need them sometime. Today that sometime came. I loved using the little pieces in all of the colors of the rainbow to make this awesome rainbow pillow for my bench in my front yard. I don’t think it will last there for very long though because both of my girls want it in their rooms! This post is sponsored by Nancy’s Notions, my favorite online store for sewing supplies and patterns. The opinions and ideas are of course my own.
You will need the following supplies to make a fabric scrap rainbow pillow.
- Fabric Scraps in All the Colors
- Scissors (My fave are the Bordeaux Shears)
- Sewing Machine
- White Thread and Bobbins
- Straight Pins
- Cutting Mat
- Rotary Blade Cutter
- Pillow Form or Stuffing
The size of your pillow form will determine how much fabric you will need to piece together. The pillow form that I used measures 12 inches by 42 inches so I made each of my quilted together color pieces 14 inches tall to leave room for the seams. The color pieces can be different widths once sewn together but the total of them sewn together needs to be two inches longer than the width of the pillow form to allow for the seam. The great thing about this project is that you can play with it as you go because it is piecing together scraps and supposed to look a little messy and fun.
For each color, cut scraps into rectangular pieces and quilt them together into one large block. I added little pieces of the colored fabric on top to look like little patches and give it some pizzazz.
For the orange block, I didn’t have much of a fabric stash. I added a flower die-cut using my die that I designed for Sizzix. I kind of love the way it came out in and looked in the final pillow.
Once all of the color blocks are ready, use your rotary cutter (on a giant cutting mat) to make the sides perfectly straight. This step will help your pillow look pretty.
Next, sew them together in the order of the colors of the rainbow. The back will look a little like this.
For the back side of your pillow, you can either do another large block like the front or use one big piece of fabric. I used a pink. Pin the front to the back with the sides that will show in the end facing each other.
Leave an end open to insert the form. You can either finish the front and back sides on this end if you plan to leave it open or hand stitch it closed once the pillow is inserted. Ta Da!
This would be darling to pair up with the hand stitched unicorn pillow I shared in June. Here is a link to that post in case you want to make both pillows!
Cheers to Sewing Fabulous Pillows and to Nancy’s Notions for Sponsoring this Post!