Feathers Flights // Sewing Blog: Fat Quarter French Seam Pillow Tutorial + GIVEAWAY


Fat Quarter French Seam Pillow Tutorial + GIVEAWAY

I'm so excited to share a really cute and really easy pillow tutorial with you today! And it's just in time for the holidays so you can make your own holiday pillows. I'm having a moment with woven fabric at the moment. I want to only sew with woven fabric right now. I wanted to make some holiday pillows since my kids are really getting into the holiday spirit this year. They were really excited about this holiday fabric from My Fabric Designs! My sister (the amazing hand letterer) designed the holiday calligraphy fabric, and I designed the watercolor evergreen fabric. Well, let's learn how to make these pillows! (Scroll to the end for the giveaway!)
2 fat quarters
Sewing supplies
1. Gather your supplies. Wash and dry your fat quarters first.
2. Cut the front (the lettered fabric) 18"x18".
3. Cut the back 18" tall. Then cut the fabric in half widthwise. A fat quarter comes 21"x18" so the two backs should be 10.5"x18".
4. Hem one long side of each back. If your fabric is directional make sure you hem the opposite sides.
5. Lay the front right side up. Lay one back right side down on top of the front with the hemmed edge towards the middle. Lay the other back right side down on top of the front and other back with the hemmed edge towards the middle. The hems should overlap a couple of inches.
6. Pin the edges.
6. Sew all around the pillow with a 1/4" seam allowance. Trim the corners. (My seams are serged, but you don't have to serge at all.
7. Turn the pillow right side out and press edges carefully.
8. Sew 1/2" around all the edges. This encloses the raw edges and makes a nice "frame" for the pillow.
9. Insert a pillow form and enjoy your pretty new pillow!
These holiday pillows are so fun and so festive! If you need an easy gift idea, check out this custom throw blanket tutorial!
I'm also giving away one French seam envelope pillow today! The pillow says "JOY" on the front with a snowflake "o". The snowflake has been embroidered with gray embroidery floss. The back is a fabric with white snowflakes on a gray background. It has been washed and dried and pressed since being sewn. It also comes from a smoke-free, pet-free home.
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The giveaway will be open until Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 11:59 pm. 
The giveaway is open to US residents only.
Good luck!


  1. How come I have never subscribed before? What was I thinking?!? It is done. :)
    I love those pillows. So cute! I love the joy pillow, it would totally work in January.

  2. Subscribed for years now. :)

  3. Subscribed! What a cute little blog! I was searching "#utahblogger" on insta and found you!

  4. I subscribed love the pillows

  5. I subscribed. And I notice you're in Centerville. I grew up next door in Bountiful! I'm in Philadelphia now but glad to see hometown connections pop up in my quilting world! Beautiful pillow and fun giveaway.

  6. I subscribed to your newsletter! thanks for the extra chance!

  7. I subscribed ! Thank you .

  8. I am a new subscriber! love the pillows and thank you!

  9. Thanks for your tutorial. Love all the great photos as well. Your pillows are wonderful! I'm a subscriber.

    Thanks for a chance to win. Happy Holidays!


  10. The pillows are so cute. I subscribe to your newsletter.

  11. I subscribed too,pillow fight anyone. Really cute fabric
    Merry Christmas-Baa

  12. I subscribed. Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway!

  13. I am now subscribed. Yeah! Thank you for being a part of the SMS Giveaway, sharing your tutorials with us and giving us the chance to win the best giveaway ever - a homemade pillow. To me that makes this even more special. Thank you for that and wishing you Happy Holidays.

    Sandi Timmons

  14. I subscribed (under a different e-mail than this commenting address (girlyj2727 at yahoo) thanks for the chance to win!

  15. I subscribed! love the pillow

  16. I subscribed. Thanks for the chance to win. Teachloveread(at)hotmail(dot)com

  17. I subscribed! Thanks for the chance to win.

  18. oh, Joy!
    Im a long time fan and re-confirmed my mail subscription

  19. New e-mail subscriber!

  20. Heather "Feather" it's so wonderful to meet you via your blog and discover your creative self.
    I'm now subscribed to your newsletter and look forward to some projects for baby nursery or toddler wear (new grandmom here:). Beautful family you have. thankyou so much for being so generous.


    1. You won the giveaway! Congratulations!

  21. these pillows are fabulous!! I subscribed! Nice to meet you!

  22. So cute! Subscribed as hbturner9@gmail.com

  23. I subscribed a while ago!! Such cute fabric!


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