HOW TO MAKE A QUILTED THROW PILLOW: POST 3: SEWING THE FRONT

In this post we will piece together and sew the front panel of our throw pillow. Let’s get started!

You will need:

  • Your fabric from post 2
  • A ruler and your favourite fabric marking method – either tailor’s chalk or a fabric marker
  • Thread in a matching colour (we like to use a light grey, as it blends well with most shades)
  • Pins or clips
  • An iron for pressing seams
  • Scissors or a rotary cutter

Place your fabric squares right sides together in pairs as required by your design with all the corners lined up neatly. In the last post, we were planning to use the left-most design on the middle row, but have decided to switch to the left-most design on the top row instead. So in our case, this means that each pink fabric is paired with a blue fabric, with the lighter fabrics together and the darker fabrics together, since that’s how we want the triangles to be matched together.

On the wrong side of one of the fabrics, draw a line diagonally from corner to corner. DON’T cut along this line, you’re going to use it as a guideline for sewing in a moment. Pin your squares together a little way out from your line on both sides.

Sew along BOTH sides of the guideline, 0.75cm (¼ in) away from it. The “toes” of sewing machine presser feet are often this width, so you may be able to judge it by keeping the outside of the presser foot on top of the guideline and the needle in the centre position. On wider feet such as the walking foot we are using, there is often a marking showing a 0.75cm (¼ in) seam allowance, so you can line that up with your guideline instead.

Now cut along your central line and press the seams towards whichever fabric is darker in colour. You just made two half square triangles! Repeat for the other pair of fabric squares, so that you have a total of four half square triangle blocks.

Place two of your blocks right sides together, as shown by your design. If there are seams which need to match up, sometimes it can help to pin these points directly to ensure they don’t shift while you sew. Otherwise, just pin or clip the squares together along the edge.

Sew this seam with a 0.75cm (¼ in) seam allowance, and repeat for the other pair of squares. Press the seams to one side. If you’re making a pinwheel like us, try to make sure that the seams all go in the same direction, as this makes it easier to match up the central point in the next step.

Now place your two sections together, again pinning any critical points (such as the centre of the pinwheel) and pinning or clipping the rest.

Sew together with a 0.75cm (¼ in) seam allowance and press the seam to one side. If you can, try to coax the seams around in a spiral at the centre so there isn’t too much bulk in any one spot, which would make quilting the cushion front trickier.

The top of your throw pillow front is finished!

Next month, we’ll be sandwiching and quilting the pillow front.

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