This is a biiiiig pillow made of liiiitle squares. My friend's daughter redecorated her room, so I made this pillow to dress it up a bit. I used a tutorial from Twin Fibers; I'd point to it but my link seems to be broken.
In short, the process goes:
- Cut up a bunch of squares. Mine are 2.5".
- Using a washable marker, mark a grid on your background fabric to help you line up the squares. Leave space for the "sashing." Mine is .5".
- Layer your now-gridded background fabric with batting and backing.
- Anchor each square to the grid, making sure to pin through all layers — this is your basting, so it needs to be secure.
- Quilt long, straight lines up, down, and across, about .25" in from the edge of your squares. (This leaves a nice raggedy edge that will fray when you wash.)
I then zigzagged the edges and washed and dried it to take care of the fraying and shrinkage before it got turned into a pillow cover. Then I...turned it into a pillow cover with a simple envelope back.
The final step before giving it away was a careful haircut of the threads that frayed during washing. And stern instructions to the recipient: For the love of God, don't pick at it.