Hexagonal Floor Pillows – Bountiful Blog Tour

Okay so legit when I started this project I had no idea what I was making. I just knew that I had to say yes to Sharon when she asked me to be a part of her Bountiful Blog Tour because I adore her as a person and her fabric art has a way of taking me on a journey like no other.  

So, I had recently got some 3″ 6-point diamonds from Paper Pieces and I’m clearly going through this EPP obsession phase, so I basically grabbed two complimentary combinations from Sharon Holland‘s new Bountiful Fabrics and ran with it. 

I knew I wanted something tumbling-blocks-looking so I had four of each color and put them together to make a hexagon and then was all like ooooooh that’s cute but it needs to be bigger. So then I grabbed one more fabric and, after cutting 3 diamonds in half to make triangles, bordered it and ooooooooh that got me all tingly. Seeeeee…

And then like I stared at them for a minute and had this inner dialogue about my options. I could’ve filled them in with something else and squared it off but like this was already perfect so that was a no.  I could’ve appliquéd them on a tote or something but I wasn’t feeling that for this. I could’ve just put a back on them and bound them like a regular pillow, which would be cute, but I wanted more substance. And then Helena came into my room and sat on my floor and it hit me: this girl needs some floor pillows with handles that she can carry around with her. Ding ding ding!

FYI I’m not going to provide a full-on tutorial for these, but I’ll give you a mini-version in case you wanted to make your own. Yaaaaay!

MINI TUTORIAL

Supplies Needed

Cutting

Before I removed the papers of the larger 9″ hexagon, I used it to cut out the bottom hexagon by using a ruler and rotary cutter to create a 1/2″ seam allowance on all sides.

Then after I removed all of the papers, I ironed everything flat and crisp except for the outside fold because I used that line to create a 1/2″ seam allowance on top after I fused it down to the foam stabilizer. Even when I fused it, I didn’t iron over this outer fold line until after I did my cuts. Now you could also totally use the large hexagon that you cut for the bottom as a template for the top, but I wanted to make sure everything was centered so that’s why I did that above.

For the sides, you’ll need six 10″ x 5″ pieces of the denim. And then a 10″ x 2″ piece for the handle.

Sewing

  1. Fold the 10″ x 2″ piece in half RST to make a 5″ x 2″ folded piece. Use a 1/2″ seam allowance and sew all raw edges, leaving a 1″ gap on one of the sides to turn right side out and press. Top stitch and attach on the center of one of the 10″ x 5″ pieces using a zig zag stitch length of 0.3 mm and width of 2.5 mm.
  2. Sew the 5″ sides of the six side panels together using 1/2″ seam allowance. For one of the sides, only sew the top inch and bottom inch, leaving a 3″ gap that you will use to stuff the pillow when right side out.
  3. Sew the bottom onto the side panels making sure that the side seams land at the corner of the hexagon. If you need a y-seam tutorial, here’s one I did. Boom.
  4. Quilt your tops. I quilted 2mm on either side of all of the seam lines. 
  5. Sew the top onto the side panels the same way you did the bottom. 
  6. Turn right side out and stuff it to your level of desired buoyancy.
  7. Using an invisible ladder stitch, close the side opening. 
  8. Sit on your pillow and enjoy.

Okay so that was less mini than I intended, but I basically said mini because I didn’t take a bajillion pictures so enjoy! Yaaaaay!

And like as soon as I told Helena these pillows were hers, she wouldn’t put them down, so she became a prop for some of the photos. Seriously my kid is the best!

And now this is only one of many projects in the Bountiful Blog Tour, so make sure to check out the other amazing makers and their projects:

So thanks for coming along the journey with us!!! I hope you enjoyed it!

  

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6 thoughts on “Hexagonal Floor Pillows – Bountiful Blog Tour

  1. So, just so I’m clear on this, the top and bottom essentially end up being 9.5 in. hexies? I’m thinking of applying this to a non-EPP project, so I want to make sure I understand. And do you leave any fabric hanging off the edge of the foam on top for seam allowance, or does the seam connecting the top and sides include the foam?

      1. Got it! Yay! If it works out, I’ll tag you on Instagram! If not, well, I’ll try again until it does! LOL 😉

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