Mix It Pillow Tutorial

Created By:

Melanie Call

Skill Level: Intermediate

Hi Friends!  I’m Janome Maker, Melanie Call, from A Bit of Scrap Stuff Blog or Instagram @ABitofScrapStuff. Today I'm sharing a tutorial on making the Mix It Pillow. I absolutely love making pillows with my left-over fabric scraps as it is a free bonus project! These lovely fabric scraps are from my Harmony Quilt.

I will be creating the Mix It Pillow on my Janome M7 - which is SEW fabulous! I've been sewing on this machine for over 3 years and I love how easy it is to use plus it stitches beautifully.

Tutorial - Mix It Pillow 18" x 18"

The Mix It Pillow is perfect for your 1.5" fabric scraps, so find your favorite fabric scraps in your stash to create your pillow!

Janome Supplies Required




Block Assembly

1. Sew (1) 1.5" x 3.5" rectangle background fabric above and below (1) 1.5"x 3.5" rectangle print fabric to create a 3.5" x 3.5" square. Press towards print fabric. Make (36) 3.5" x 3.5" squares.


2.  Sew together (6) 3.5" x 3.5" squares to create Row 1. Rotate every other block as shown below. Make (3) Row 1. Press blocks towards left. 




3. Sew together (6) 3.5" x 3.5" squares to create Row 2. Rotate every other block as shown below. Make (3) Row 2. Press blocks towards right.



3. Sew together Mix It Block by alternating Row 1 and Row 2.




4. Make quilt sandwich. Mix It Pillow top (right side up) + batting (middle) + interior backing fabric (right side down).  Quilt as desired. I chose to stipple free motion quilt my Mix It Pillow.




5. OPTIONAL: Quilt Pillow Backing fabric. This is a great option for a reversible pillow.  

Pillow Backing Fabric: Bee Basics Multi Busy Patchwork designed by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs.


6. Pillow Assembly- Insert Zipper: 

Janome Tutorial: Reversible Zipper Pillow (here) 



I hope you love making the Mix It Pillow with your treasured fabric scraps! It's the perfect decor pillow for your home or to give as a gift! 

Share your Mix It Pillow with hashtags #MixItPillow  #JanomeMakes



Be sure to follow me on Instagram @ABitofScrapStuff and on my A Bit of Scrap Stuff Blog for more fabric fun!

Have a great day and happy sewing / quilting! 

Melanie Call




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