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Butterscotch & Rose Pretty Piped Pillow #1 - Round 'n' Round

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We got a sneak peek at Joanna Figueroa's lovely Butterscotch & Rose collection awhile back and had been noodlin' on how we wanted to use it. The colors are rich and creamy and the patterns elegant. But in true Joanna fashion, nothing ever feels stuffy or dated. Instead, she injects a modern energy into the charm of a nostalgic color palette. Like a cashmere sweater worn over your favorite jeans; it's comfortable and stylish in one fell swoop. We decided a trio of patchworked pillows answered our creative question. Today, download our free wedge pattern to make a pretty round pinwheel pillow.

Butterscotch & Rose is no longer a current collection, but there are many similar options within the myriad of new quilting weight cottons. 

Sewing Tools You Need

Fabric and Other Supplies

  • ½ yard EACH of FOUR coordinating 44-45" wide fabrics for the pillow wedges; we used Joanna Figueroa's Butterscotch & Rose by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics in Buttercream Floral Natural, Ruby Tossed Buds, Fresh Tarragon Tossed Buds and Buttercream Solid Natural
    NOTE: ½ yard should be enough to fussy cut each of your wedges. If you do not feel your fabric requires fussy cutting, you can get away with just ¼ yard.
  • ¼ yard of ONE additional coordinating fabric for the piping; we used Joanna Figueroa's Butterscotch & Rose by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics in Fresh Tarragon Acorn Mosaic
    NOTE: With ¼ yard you will need to cut several strips on the bias; if you can afford a bit more (and perhaps are thinking about making more than one pillow), get ½ yard and you'll be able to cut longer, and therefore fewer, strips.
  • Small scrap of lightweight batting for the covered buttons
  • 1½ yard of ½" cotton cording
  • 1½" covered button kit (you'll need two buttons, most kits come with 3 or more)
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Curved needle (optional, for sewing on buttons)
  • One 12" round pillow form or one small bag of Fairfield Poly-fil fiberfill
  • All purpose thread to match fabrics
  • Button or carpet thread (optional, for sewing on buttons)
  • See-through ruler
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
  • Fabric pen or pencil
  • Straight pins
  • Tape measure
  • See-through ruler
  • Seam gauge
  • Seam ripper
  • Hand sewing needle

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Getting Started

  1. Download and print our Pillow Wedge Pattern.
    IMPORTANT: This pattern is ONE 8.5" x 11" sheet. You must print the PDF file at 100%. DO NOT SCALE to fit the page.
  2. Cut out the pattern along the solid line.
  3. Using the pattern as your guide, plan a fussy cut for each wedge so it has a nicely centered design.
  4. Cut out FOUR wedge shapes from each of the four fabrics for a total of 16 wedges.
    NOTE: Be sure to watch the grain direction of your fabric. Your pieces will have some stretch to them, so handle each one with care to retain its shape.
  5. From the piping fabric, cut enough 2" wide strips on the bias to create a finished strip at least 48" long.
  6. Arrange your layout for the pillow so you have four sets of four wedges. The front and back of the pillow is identical. We laid out our wedges so the matching fabrics were opposite one another.
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At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board

  1. Separate your wedges into two sets of four for the front and two sets of four for the back. In other words, two HALVES of what will be each finished circle. For each circle, you will first sew the wedges together in pairs, then sew the two pairs together, then sew the two halves together.
  2. For the front of the pillow, select the first pair of wedges from your first set of four. Place them right sides together. Pin along one side.
  3. Using a ½" seam allowance, sew the wedge shapes together along one side.
    NOTE: Because you are sewing wedges, you will have a point, like a little 'ear' at one end of each seam.
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  4. Press the seam together and towards the darkest color.
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  5. Select the second pair of wedges from your first set of four. Place them right sides together. Pin along one side.
  6. Using a ½" seam allowance, sew the wedge shapes together along one side.
  7. Press the seam together and towards the darkest color. You now have two sewn pairs.
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  8. Pin these two sewn pairs together.
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  9. Using a ½" seam allowance, sew the wedge shapes together along one side to complete your half circle. 
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  10. Using your second set of four, create the other half circle. Pin the two halves together along the center line.
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  11. Sew together, using a ½" seam allowance to complete the full circle shape.
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  12. Repeat to create the circle for the back side of the pillow.

Pinwheeling

  1. You'll notice that all the 'ears' from your various seams come together in the middle of the circle, which makes pressing a challenge. So how did we get our circle to lay nice and flat? It's a technique called pinwheeling.
  2. Spread apart the center seam 'ears' so you can see the center seam. With a seam ripper, carefully rip out a few stitches in the center seam. Do this on both sides of the center seam.
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  3. Once you've ripped out those few stitches, you can press the seams towards the darker fabrics and press the pinwheel open. It will lay very flat.
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Piping

  1. If this is your first time making piping, see our piping tutorial for tips on how to make it and attach it.
  2. Stitch together your 2" bias strips as needed to create a 48" length.
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  3. Wrap the fabric around the cord. Pin close to the cording to hold it in place.
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  4. Using a zipper foot, sew close to the cording to create your fabric covered piping.
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    NOTE: If your sewing machine allows, move the needle all the way to the left. Or, use a narrow base zipper foot so you can get nice and tight against the cording.
  5. The flange (this is the fabric portion that is flat) on the cording should be a perfect ½" seam allowance.
  6. Machine or hand baste the piping onto one side of the pillow, aligning the raw edges and easing around the circle.
    NOTE: Since you cut your strips on the bias, the piping should curve nicely, but you can also cut small slits into the flange of the piping every 1" or so. This will help it to bend nicely around the circular shape of the pillow. Be sure not to cut into your stitching.
  7. To join, cut back the piping cord to match and overlap to join.
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  8. Again, if you're new to attaching piping, check out our tutorial for tips on joining and finishing.

Sew front and back together

  1. Layer front and back right sides together. To make things interesting, we didn't match up the front and back seams identically; instead, we rotated the back 90˚ to the front and the pinned front to back. Your piping will be sandwiched in between the layers.
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  2. Using a ½" seam allowance and your zipper foot, sew around the pillow, leaving an opening for turning and stuffing.
    NOTE: If you sew with the side of the pillow to which the piping was original basted on top, you can use your basting as a guide to help you stay nice and close to the piping. The zipper foot will also help you keep a tight line of stitching.
  3. Turn the pillow cover right side out.
  4. Insert the pillow form or stuff the pillow with fiber fill through the opening.
  5. Slip stitch the opening closed, hiding your stitches close to the piping.
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Covered buttons

  1. Cover buttons with coordinating fabric scraps; we used the leftover fabric from cutting out the wedges, fussy cutting to center a pretty design. Also, we always add a small scrap of lightweight batting under our fabric for a smooth, curved shape to our covered buttons.
    NOTE: If you are new to covering buttons, we have two tutorials, one using Covered Button Kits (what we did here) and one about Making Your Own.
  2. Thread a hand sewing needle with button or carpet thread. Hand sew one covered button to the pillow front and one to the back. Pull the buttons tight so they create a nice, tufted effect.

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Contributors

Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Debbie Guild

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Comments (12)

Akhona Bambata said:
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I have never been this excited about anything as I go through this website.I just bought my new sewing machine and registered for lessons I am so sure that I did not make a mistake... Thank you so much for these tutorials

HdWen said:
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I adore making these cute pillows --What fun to shop for small yardages that coordinates for 4 pie sections.  Thanks to this easy tutorial I've learned how to make my own bias binding and covered buttons!  Yes, the big fabric stores mostly don't have round pillow forms, but a search turned up a couple companies with good (better than) prices. I have used tuts from here for pillows, totes and look here first for any project ideas.  tyvm 

HDwen said:
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Found this recently, and LOVED making these -- but I did get a little seam separating when I did the pinwheel taking the center seam out - though the button covered it up. I like how it helps use some stash fabrics with the smaller pattern, though didn't find 12" round forms at either of the 2 "big" fabric stores -- Was able to get them online at a pillow manufacturer. Overall this was a FUN project, interesting lesson teaching me how to do my first corded piping and covered buttons. I've got two more of your pillow tutorials pushing me on today, Thanks SO much for the easy instructions.
Toby said:
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Sew4home is a wonderful website. I look forward to viewing the new ideas you have each week. You put many elegant ideas and tutorials out there for the home sewer. Your website has a certain sophistication about it, and thanks so much for the timely and beautiful ideas you give us.
RobinP said:
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I am in love with the Fig Tree fabric line and these colors!!smilies/smiley.gif
Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
@ bbat100- your pillow won't fall apart. The seams all come together there so there is lot of over stitching. Plus there's a button in the center as well which secures everything.
Dawna said:
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Very pretty pillow. The more I see of piping the more I want to get a bias tape maker. I personally think this would be really pretty with a satin piping as well. Gold or red I would probably use red as I LOVE red LOL. I love the idea of the pillow in Velvet too with velvet or sating piping. Though if you have pets (we have 4 cats) The velvet would catch the hair. I just love looking at what you all do an spring boarding off of what you do. I've been sewing since I could make my own Barbie clothes and now sew for my grandchildren but that doesn't mean I don't looking at all the ideas you have. I LOVE the internet and sites like this!!! Thanks you!!!
bbat100 said:
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If I take out a few stitches to "pinwheel" the seam, do I have to resew them? I don't want my pillow to fall apart!

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