So this post is totally devoted to my new favorite pillow backside. And by favorite, I mean like I like it a lot and am gonna make all pillow backs like this until I don’t want to anymore or find a new favorite. And it totally happened out of necessity because I didn’t have any zippers and I wanted it quilty and didn’t feel like getting out of my pajamas. And then I decided that I wanted an envelop back of sorts but it needed more support so I added snaps and ooooooooh I got the feels.
Like honestly it can be a front for all intents and purposes, but now I’m gonna share with you how I got from there to here.
So these are the supplies I used:
- 1/2 yard of the Liten Ditsy Field print in Pat Bravo’s Heartland collection
- 18″x22″ piece of batting (or fleece blanket that I’m totally chopping up at the moment)
- Spray adhesive (because I’m allergic to pinning)
- Aurifil 2205
So the first thing I did was sliced the 1/2 yard in half so I had two Fat Quarters. Then I sliced the fleece in half so I had two 18″x11″ pieces. One FQ at a time, I sprayed it down and placed the fleece at the midline of the fabric and then folded the fabric over.
Then I quilted up a storm with my walking foot as Helena sang LET IT GO to me. I made diamonds basically following the same lines in the Tumbling Blocks Weave Grid, but I only did one diagonal instead of two.
On the edge that was folded over there were a bunch of loose threads, which weirdly made me giddy because that meant I got to hide the knots. Here’s a step by step picture if you like that kinda thing:
- Find the threads
- Tie the threads in double knot
- Thread needle and stick at end of stitch line
- Guide the needle through the quilt sandwich about and inch
- Exit the sandwich
- Tie another double knot
- Snip threads
If you’re like “do what?” to the picture, I also have a mini tutorial video here.
With the clean edges facing each other, I placed one quilted flap over the other flap by 2 inches. Once this is done, the outside of the square should be all raw edges. I clipped and then basted the overlapped 2 inches on the raw edges. Then I used my mighty Frixion to mark a center dot one inch away from the clean edge and then four inches to either side.
Then I got my hammer out and played with these bad boys.
Oooh la la. Then right sides together, I centered the 16″x16″ pillow front over the back, cut the excess off the back and then used a 1/2″ seam right inside of the original square on the front panel.
I also tack my corners using a zigzag stitch with a stitch length of .3 and width of 2 and then snip the corner off.
Then boom goes the dynamite…. my favorite backside.