Cascading Chevrons Pillow
- Camelot Fabrics Penelope Collection Fat Quarter Bundle (2140709FQB)
- Pillow form, 20"x20"
- Right angle tool
- Ruler, 24"
- sewing machine with matching thread, iron and pressing surface, scissors and fabric shears, measuring tape, straight pins
- 1. Cut five 1-1/5"x22" strips from 2140708 #2 for edging. Cut one 16"x20" rectangle from 2140707 #2 and one 16"x20" rectangle from 2140709 #3 for back. Cut two 2-1/2"x22" strips from each of (12) fat quarters for front pieces. Trim one short end of each front piece at 45° angle as shown. Make sure that two strips of each pair are cut with slants running in opposite directions. Divide front pieces into two piles: one for left pieces and one for right.
- 2. Place left pieces #1 and #2 as shown with right sides together. Slanted edges should cross 1/4" away from righthand sides. Sew two pieces together with 1/4" seam along long righthand edge.
- 3. Sew left piece #3 to second long edge of left piece #2, in the same manner as first two left front pieces. Continue sewing each successive piece to its precedent until all 12 left front pieces are sewn together. Press all left front seam allowances toward top of pillow (Left #1).
- 4. Place right pieces #12 and #11 as shown with right sides together. Slanted edges should cross 1/4" away from righthand sides. Sew two pieces together with 1/4" seam along long righthand edge.
- 5. Sew right piece #10 to second long edge of right piece #11 in same manner as first two right front pieces. Continue sewing each successive piece to its precedent, in reverse order from left side. Press all right front seam allowances toward bottom of pillow (Right #12).
- 6. Place two halves of front with right sides together and center edges aligned. (Note: To align diagonal seams perfectly, pinch each one in turn between your thumb and forefinger, then rub two sides of front together gently until you feel seams "lock" into place; secure with pin.) Sew two front halves together with 1/2" seam; press seam open. Draw 20"x20" square on wrong side of completed herringbone, centered on vertical seam between sides. (Note: Use right angle tool top to ensure top and bottom edges of square are perpendicular to central seam.) Cut out square. Use large mug or small bowl to trace curves into each corner of square; trim corners along curves.
- 7. Sew edging strips together at short ends to make one long strip. Press seams open. Fold edging in half along its length, with wrong sides together, and press. Fold and press 1/2" hem on one short end. Beginning stitches 3" from folded end, baste edging to outer edge of pillow front's right side with ¼" seam. (Note: The edging's folded edge should be toward center of pillow front; its raw edges against raw edge of front. Do not allow pillow to bunch at corners.) Sew until beginning of edging seam, allowing for 2" of overlap; snip off excess edging strip. Tuck tail of edging into fold of hemmed end and finish basting edging to pillow front.
- 8. Press and sew 1/4" rolled hem on top 20" edge of one back piece and bottom 20" edge of other back piece, for lower and upper back pieces respectively. Trace and cut rounded corners on raw corners of both back pieces to match front piece.
- 9. Lay lower back on top of front, with right sides together, with bottom and sides aligned and hemmed edge toward top of work. Place upper back on top of front and lower back, right side facing in, with top and sides aligned. (Note: This piece will overlap upper part of lower back.) Pin all layers in place around pillow's outer edge. Sew back pieces to front and edging with 1/2" seam allowance along sides and 1/4" seam allowance at corners to prevent edging from bunching.
- 10. Turn pillow right side out through gap between back pieces. Position over pillow form. Sew opening closed.