Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Summer Fans Pillow Cover

Hi, it's Amy and I am back with another fabric piecing project.  How about we sew some fans and think of cool breezes while it is hot and humid outside?  This 16" pillow cover uses three Sizzix dies: the Bigz L Die Fan Blade, the Bigz L Die Drunkards Path Arch Fan Background, and the Bigz Die Circles 1 1/2".   

I wanted to make a pretty, feminine pillow so I chose a selection of prints from Jennifer Paganelli's collections for the fan blades and centers.  They just scream pretty to me and I love the cool colors as well.  I chose to use three different prints for the blades of the fan.  They will repeat in a regular pattern to form a complete circle as seen here.  This arrangement requires die cutting 16 sections from each of the three fabric prints for a total of 48.

Then you must die cut 16 of the background pieces using the Drunkards Path Arch Fan Background Die.  This requires about a 1/4 yard of material.

Once your die cutting is done, each of your 16 squares get assembled in the same way so you can set up a production line.  Begin by sewing the first fan blade to the second with a 1/4" seam and press.

Then stitch the third fabric choice to the second and press.

Find the center of the fan blades by folding them in half and making a crease with your finger nail at the center along the outer edge. Do the same with the background piece along the inner edge. Then match up the center creases, right sides together and secure with a pin.

Once you have done this, you are ready to stitch the curve.  No more pins are necessary.  Just line up the outer edges and begin stitching till you reach the pin, remove and continue to the end, again making sure that your outer edges are aligned.

Press the seam allowances toward the background fabric.

Now you are ready to lay out your blocks.  You assemble the pillow front by sewing each row together and then stitching the rows together.

You will end up with this... one pillow cover with five holes!  We will create circle appliques to cover them.

Die cut five 1 1/2" circles out of Freezer Paper which can be found in the grocery store near the wax paper and plastic wrap.  You will notice that one side is shiny and waxy.  With the waxy side down, place the freezer paper circle on the wrong side of a square of your applique material.  Run a warm iron over the freezer paper circle and it will adhere to the fabric.  Then trim about a 1/4" seam allowance around the freezer paper circle and clip.  Then fold in the edges and iron them.  You can then remove the freezer paper and you have an applique all ready to go.

I chose to quilt my pillow cover with concentric circles and then applique the circles by hand.
My pillow is finished with an invisible zipper.


Fabric: 1/4 yard of background fabric; Fat Quarter of 3 prints for fan blades; scraps for circles; 1 Fat Quarter for the pillow backing (fabric shown: Jennifer Paganelli and Vintage Butterflies by Studio E Fabrics); quilt batting
Notions: 14" invisible zipper; thread; freezer paper
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  1. Amy, you always make my jaw drop! Love this pillow. You are amazing!

  2. This is amazing and your instructions are perfect!!! Wow!!!

  3. As always your instructions are wonderful! This is one sassy pillow! The text print is perfect with this fabric line.

  4. Wow, Amy, this is so gorgeous! Love the design, patterns and the colours. TFS!!

  5. Amy, your pillow is beautiful. Love the colors.

  6. Gorgeous colors/fabrics, and design! Your inspiration blows me away.

  7. Beautiuful pillow! I love using my Sizzix Big Shot for applique!

  8. Amy, this pillow is gorgeous!

  9. Great project! I love curved piecing.

  10. Amazing!!! Beautiful pillow. Thank you for sharing the instructions!!!

  11. Wowwwwwwwwwwww!
    Love this design ... gorgeous pillow!

  12. thanks for sharing..


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