Quilted Pillow with Punch Needle Sunflower

By  Chris Malone 

size: 12" square

  • Quilted Pillow with Punch Needle Sunflower


  • Weaver’s cloth or muslin (for punch needle design), 8”x8”
  • Muslin, 3/8 yd.
  • Cotton prints: 1/4 yd. green, 5-1/2”x5-1/2” gold, 1/8 yd. or 7-1/2”x7-1/2” red
  • Batting, 12-1/2”x12-1/2”
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss: Rust (221); Med. Brown (434); Gold (781); Dk. Brown (898); Dk. Red (919); Green (936); Black-Brown (3371); Yellow-Gold (3852)
  • DMC Hand-Quilting Thread: Gold, Red
  • Fiberfill stuffing, small amount


  • Hand-quilting needle
  • Clover Punch Needle Embroidery Tool
  • Embroidery hoop with interlocking lip, 6”
  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Steam iron and pressing board
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

  • measuring tape or ruler, transfer paper, pencil

Pattern - Quilted Pillow with Punch Needle Sunflower

  • Punch Needle Sunflower
  • 1. Print out pattern onto transfer paper. Use pencil to transfer pattern onto center of 8"x8" weaver's cloth or muslin. Position cloth in embroidery hoop, pattern side up, and tighten until drum-tight.
  • 2. Follow manufacturer's instructions on punch needle for threading and punching. Use two strands of 3"-4" floss lengths with punch needle gauge at #3 (for 1/4" loops). If using two colors, separate floss strands and use one strand of each. Stitch design in this order, first outlining area and then filling in with rows of stitches with floss color indicated: flower center: 434 Med. Brown and 898 Dk. Brown; ring around center: 898 Dk. Brown and 3371 Black-Brown; petals: 781 Gold and 3852 Yellow-Gold; leaves and stems: 936 Green; background: 221 Rust and 919 Dk. Red.
  • 3. Check front of design for any place where fabric shows through and fill in with appropriate colors if necessary. Remove design from hoop. Cut away excess fabric, leaving 1/2" border; fold and glue to back.
  • Quilted Pillow
  • 1. Note: Sew all seams with right sides of fabric facing, using 1/4" seam allowance.
  • 2. Cut fabric as follows: red: two 1-1/2"x5-1/2" rectangles and two 1-1/2"x7-1/2" rectangles; green: two 3"x7-1/2" rectangles, two 3"x12-1/2" rectangles, and two 7"x12-1/2" rectangles; muslin: three 12-1/2" squares.
  • 3. For front, sew short red strips to sides and long red strips to top and bottom of gold square, pressing seams outward as you go. Repeat for short and long green strips.
  • 4. Stack one muslin square, batting square, and pieced pillow front, right side up; pin or baste layers together. Baste 3/16" from edges. Using matching thread to quilt "stitch in the ditch" (very close to seam line) along border seams (by hand or machine).
  • 5. For back, fold and press doubled 1/4" hem along one 12-1/2" side of each green rectangle. Pin raw edges to pillow front, with right sides together. (Note: Hemmed edge will overlap at center of pillow back for opening.) Sew all around; clip corners and turn right side out.
  • 6. For pillow form, sew remaining muslin squares together, leaving 4" opening for turning. Clip corners and turn right side out. Stuff firmly. Fold in seam allowance and sew closed.
  • 7. Insert pillow form into opening in back of case. Glue punch needle sunflower to center of gold square on pillow front.
  • Tips
  • 1. When needle punching, work from right to left if right-handed (reversing if left-handed) with needle in upright position and beveled side of needle facing direction of next stitch.
  • 2. Weaver's cloth is a 50/50 cotton/polyester blend and is a preferred fabric for needle punch embroidery, but any woven fabric that is tight enough to hold loops in place and firm enough to resist stretching will work.
  • 3. Other thread options for needle punch embroidery, besides cotton embroidery floss, include: wool thread, silk or rayon floss, a single strand of 8 pearl cotton, crochet or tatting cotton - anything that slips smoothly through the needle and gives a look you like.