Tutorial | Four Corners Pillow | by The Fabric Mutt
Acorn Trail by Teagan White is one of my favorite new fall collections. Showcasing adorable critters, beautifully saturated colors, and just a touch of vintage style, these prints feel right at home in my house. My friends at Birch Fabrics were kind enough to send me a bundle of this fabric, and I thoroughly enjoyed coming up with a new tutorial for it: the Four Corners Pillow.
Every pillow needs a buddy, and I couldn't resist using leftover fabric squares to make an extra pillow featuring a traditional Around the World quilt block. Both of these pillows are quilted in soft peach Aurifil thread. I absolutely love the way they look together!
The backing of the main pillow features one of my favorite prints in the collection: Peonies in Blue. This fabric has such a great retro vibe, and the colors are gorgeous.
The Four Corners Pillow is a perfect weekend project. These blocks come together very quickly, and it's a great opportunity to play with color. In the directions below, I've given you the exact prints I used from the collection to help you get the same color blending that I have in the original. Enjoy!
fat quarter each of...
- Acorn Trail Map
- Tonal Floral in Adobe
- Laundry Day
- Birds & Branches in Coral
- Nature Hike
- Bugs Tonal in Mint
- Peonies in Blue
- Tonal Floral in Shell
fat quarter of muslin
adhesive basting spray
(1) 6 1/2" square of Acorn Trail Map for center square
(2) 2 1/2" squares and (2) 2 1/2 x 4 1/2" rectangles of Tonal Floral in Adobe for corner blocks
(2) 2 1/2" squares of Laundry Day for corner blocks
(4) 2 1/2" squares of Birds & Branches in Coral for side blocks
(2) 2 1/2" squares and (2) 2 1/2 x 4 1/2" rectangles of Nature Hike for corner blocks
(2) 2 1/2" squares of Bugs Tonal in Mint for corner blocks
(4) 2 1/2" squares of Peonies in Blue for side blocks
(4) 2 1/2" squares, (4) 2 1/2 x 6 1/2" rectangles, (2) 2 1/2 x 14 1/2" strips, and (2) 2 1/2 x 19" strips of Tonal Floral in Shell for side blocks and borders
(1) 20" square of batting for pillow top quilt sandwich
(1) 20" square of muslin for pillow top quilt sandwich
(2)13 1/2 x 18 1/2" rectangles of Peonies in Blue for envelope pillow backing
1. Make the side blocks. Sew together in a row one 2 1/2" square of Birds & Branches, one 2 1/2" square of Tonal Floral in Shell, and one 2 1/2" square of Peonies in Blue, paying careful attention to the photos in this step to see where the squares will lie, especially if you're using a directional fabric. Sew a 2 1/2 x 6 1/2" rectangle to the outer edge of each side block, again referring to the photo above.
Place the blocks around the center square of Acorn Trail Map.
2. Make the corner blocks, referring to the photo above as you sew two 2 1/2" squares together and then sew a 2 1/2 x 4 1/2" rectangle to the left or right side. Again, you'll need to be careful with your placement if you're using a directional fabric.
Place these blocks in the corners between the side blocks.
3. Sew the blocks together in rows. Then sew the rows together to form the center of the pillow top.
4. Sew the 2 1/2 x 14 1/2 strips of Tonal Floral in Shell to the sides of the quilt top. Then sew the 2 1/2 x 19" strips of Tonal Floral in Shell to the top and bottom of the quilt top (if necessary, you can piece together fabric to make your strips as I had to do with my top and bottom rows), trimming any excess off the sides to make a perfect square.
5. Make a quilt stack in this order from bottom to top: 20" square of muslin, 20" square of quilt batting, and pillow top (right side up). Baste the stack together with adhesive basting spray and then quilt as desired. Trim any excess batting and quilt backing fabric from the sides of the quilt top when you finish quilting.
6. Take one of the two pieces of 13 x 18 1/2" backing fabric. Along one of the 18 1/2" sides, fold the fabric under twice about 1/3 - 1/2". Sew 1/4" from the fold. Repeat with the other backing piece.
7. Make a stack from bottom to top: pillow top (right side up), one piece of backing fabric (right side down) lined up along the top edge of the pillow with the hemmed side pointed toward the lower edge, the other piece of backing fabric (right side down) lined up along the lower edge of the pillow with the hemmed side pointed toward the top edge. Use pins or clips all along the outside edge of the pillow to hold these three pieces together and sew 1/4" from that outer edge all the way around. Clip the corners, turn the pillow right side out, press, and then sew 1/4" from the outer edge of the pillow all the way around to finish it.
If you make a pillow of your own, please share it with us on Instagram! Tag it #fourcornerspillow and be sure to tag us @fabricmutt and @fabricworm. Get a head start on your fall decorating and make one this week!