Beach Throw Pillow

By  April Moffatt 

size: 12"x22"

  • Beach Throw Pillow
  • Back View


  • Linen fabric: 13”x23” (pillow front); 13”x13”, two (pillow back)
  • Muslin, 13”x23”
  • Cotton batting, 13”x23”
  • Turquoise/pink floral fabric, 6”x8”, five
  • Fairfield Poly-Fil Soft Touch Pillow Insert, 12”x22”
  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Oven-Bake Clay: White, Frost White Glitter, Ecru
  • White sewing thread
  • Cardstock


  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Disappearing ink quilter’s pen
  • Polyform Sculpey Mold Maker
  • Seashell, 2” (for mold)
  • Button, 3” (for mold)
  • Clay-dedicated rolling pin, parchment-lined baking sheet, and oven
  • Fusible interfacing, 6”x8”, five
  • Circle template, 5"

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, craft knife, baby powder, paintbrush, needle, ruler or measuring tape, straight pins, toothpick, iron and pressing surface

Pattern - Beach Throw Pillow

  • 1. For buttons, condition 2" ball of Mold Maker. Press curved part of seashell into Mold Maker ball; carefully remove shell, creating imprint. Gently press top of mold onto parchment-lined baking sheet to slightly flatten. Press large flat-backed button over shell mold, overlapping edges by 1/8"; remove button. Bake mold on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven following manufacturer's instructions. Let cool.
  • 2. Mix equal parts White, Frost White Glitter, and Ecru clays on work surface. Dust mold with baby powder and press mixed clay into mold. Remove clay from mold. Trim around shell imprint using craft knife. Use toothpick to poke two buttonholes on center of shell. Repeat process, creating two more shell buttons. Bake shell buttons on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven. Let cool and set aside.
  • 3. Print and cut out patterns. Follow manufacturer's instructions to fuse interfacing to wrong side of floral fabric rectangles. Trace and cut out letters spelling "BEACH" from fused-fabric rectangles.
  • 4. For ease in quilting pillow front, cut 5"-diameter circle from cardstock. Trace circle randomly on pillow front using quilter's pen. Make sure to spread circles out to edges of pillow front, overlapping as desired.
  • 5. Layer muslin, quilt batting, and pillow front on work surface matching up edges. Smooth out wrinkles if needed. Pin edges. Beginning in center, slowly machine-sew around each marked circle. Work slowly for best results; trim thread ends after completing each circle.
  • 6. Use ruler and scissors to trim edges of pillow front, if needed.
  • 7. Center fused-fabric letters across pillow front; pin in place. Machine-zigzag-sew around edges of each letter, trimming thread ends after attaching each.
  • 8. Press one edge of each pillow back piece under 1/2" and then 1/2" again. Machine-sew along edges. On one finished edge, mark buttonhole placement by measuring clay buttons and referring to placement shown on inset photo. Clip buttonhole marks and sew along each side of buttonhole, creating opening. Carefully remove loose threads around buttonholes.
  • 9. Position pillow back with buttonholes with right side down on right side of pillow front. Align raw edges and pin in place. Lay remaining pillow back piece with right side down on pillow front. Align raw edges and pin in place. Machine-sew around raw edges of pillow using 1/2" seam allowance. Clip corners and turn right side out.
  • 10. Hand-sew shell buttons onto pillow back using needle and white thread. Knot and clip thread ends. Insert pillow form into pillow.
  • Tip
  • 1. When machine-quilting circles, use a walking foot if available for better results.