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Modern Circle Pillow

Created By: Alissa Haight Carlton
Skill Level: Intermediate

Using two contrasting solid fabrics to make this pillow leads to the graphic pattern the piecing creates. Patterned fabric as could work here, but I’d recommend keep it very small scale and the negative space (fabric B) solid so that the design reads well.

Janome Supplies Required

Any Janome Sewing Machine
¼” Seam Foot O
Blue Tip Needles
 

Fabric and Notions Required

Fabric & batting requirements:
Pillow Front:
Fabric A: ½ yard
Fabric B: ¼ yard

Batting: 21” x 21” square

Backing scrap fabric: 21” x 21” square (this won’t show so use some scrap fabric that you don’t care about)
Pillow Back:
Two 19” x 13” rectangles. I used Fabric B.
You also need one 18” pillow form for each pillow you make.
 

Instructions

Cutting:
Label your pieces as you cut them out so that it’s easy to keep track of them.


Fabric A:
1. Cut out
A1 = 36” x 1.25”
A2 = 42” x 1.5”
A3, A4, A5 = 7” x 1.25”
A6, A7 = 14.5” x 1.5”
A8 = 31” x 1.5”

Fabric B:
2. Cut out
B1 = 36” x 1.5”
B2 = 42” x 1.25”
B3, B4 = 7” x 1.5”
B5, B6, B7 = 14.5” x 1.25”
B8 = 38” x 3.5”
B9 = 30” x 1.5”

3. Cut A8 into two 6.5” x 1.5” and eight 2.25” x 1.5” pieces. Label as indicated above.
4. Cut B8 into two 19” x 3.5” pieces, label as indicated above.
5. Cut P9 into four 7.5” x 1.5” pieces and label as indicated above.

Making the pillow top:
It is key to keep a uniform scant ¼” seam allowance for this pillow to turn out the correct size.


1. Piece together A1 and B1
2. Piece together B2 and A2
3. Piece together A3, B3, A4, B4, A5
4. Piece together B5, A6, B6, A7, B7


5. Cut A1/B1 portion into four 3.5” wide and four 5.5” wide pieces. Label as indicated above.
6. Cut B2/A2 portion into two 8.5” wide and two 12.5” wide pieces. Label as indicated above.
7. Cut A3/B3/A4/B4/B5 into two 3.5” wide pieces. Labe as indicated above.

8. Assemble portions 1 through 7 as shown above.

9. Working top to bottom, sew B8.1, portions 1 through 7 and B8.2 together. Your pillow top is all done!

Assembling the pillow sleeve:
11. Layer the pillow top, batting and backing fabric, pin baste and quilt as desired.
12. Working with the backing pieces of fabric, fold and press a ½” of the 19” edge down, and then fold another ½” and press again. Sew in place to close off the edge. Repeat with the second backing piece.
13. Layer your three pillow pieces, right sides together, layering the two back pieces so that they overlap.
14. Using a ½ inch seam allowance, sew all the way around the perimeter of the pillow.
15. Trim the corners, and turn right side out. Fill with your pillow form and you’re all done!
 

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Reviews


Tako
Beautiful
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

cpindzola
Around the Table Dresden Placemats
Saturday, December 17, 2016

I like the concept, but the directions are "sloppy." Nowhere in the supply list does it mention the felt or the batting (how much?). Also, I would never use a high loft batting in a placemat, or a table runner, as I think that it would be too unstable for a glass. The next time I make these, I will cut out the batting (I use flannel) and spray baste it to the wrong side of the Dresden plate before I put the Dresden plate on the felt to cut out. I have not yet washed the finished placemat, and am hoping that the single layer of felt does not curl up, or become distorted after washing/drying.
Txmaid
Fun Great Gift!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

MargieARK
Teatime Quilted Tablecloth
Friday, February 24, 2017

I made this today but your cutting directions need to be changed. You only need 4 of color 1 and color 3 4.5 squares for the triangles. Also the inner border, you only need 2 cuts as WOF is long enough to cut each in half to fit the sides.
MickelSews
Great Machine
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I've had this machine for only a week now. I bought it used from a lady who makes her own clothes, but she no longer needed the machine. During the purchase, she noted that she is almost sad that it's better to give it away because of how well the machine performed. (I also bought it along side a computerized machine of another brand.} She demoed the machine for us, showing it worked and gave us everything (including the box it came in!) She took amazing care of this machine. I have used it a few times now, and the directions for threading were easy to follow (albeit my hands are quite large so the lower looper was a pain, but that is no fault to the machine or brand.) And I recommend this machine to anyone who wants to learn to serge and wants a machine that can grow with them. I will happily use this machine time and time again.
rvstan
S9 Review
Sunday, February 25, 2018

I love, love, love my S9! It's sews and embroiders beautifully and it's simplicity of use amazes me. I would recommend this machine for both a beginner and an experienced seamstress. If I would ask anything of Janome it would be to upgrade the programming to run a larger hoop size. I understand that it can't get much wider but there is most definitely room for it to go longer. That is the only limitation of this machine.
pjmnana
PJMNana
Monday, February 26, 2018

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