Created by: Nikki Johnson of fabric.com
Get in the Halloween spirit with this not so spooky Halloween pillow! This is a great project for quilting beginners, and the block you’re using is very versatile and can easily be adapted to other patterns.
- ¾ Yard Black Fabric
- ¾ Yard Orange Fabric
- 20” square of batting
- 18" pillow form
- Marking pen or tailor’s chalk
- Quilting Thread
*seam allowance is 1/4” unless otherwise specified Cut your pieces out as follows:
Cut Your Fabric:
- (1) 6.5”x6.5”
- (2) 3.5”x3.5”
- (2) 15”x19”
- (1) 6.5”x3.5”
- (2) 9.5”x7”
- (2) 5”x19.5”
We will begin with the flying geese block. The orange fabric will be our background (goose) and the black fabric will be our cat ears (sky). The point usually faces north, but we’ll be flipping it for our cat’s ears, so keep that in mind if your fabric is directional.
Mark a diagonal line on your 3.5” squares, make sure it’s straight!
Place one square on the right end of your orange 6.5”x3.5” rectangle, the line will be going from left to right (top to bottom). Sew right on that line you made from one side to the other, being careful not to stray.
Cut off the extra triangle of black and orange fabrics, to the right of your seam, to reduce bulk. Press towards the black fabric.
Now we’ll repeat the process on the left side of the rectangle. Place your second 3.5” square on the left side, diagonal line going left to right (bottom to top). Stitch on this line as you did with the other, and trim as before.
Now press, now you have your goose! The space between the tip of the triangle and the edge of the fabric should be about ¼”.
Sew your finished flying goose to your 6.5”x6.5” black square, right sides together. Make sure you are sewing the point side of the goose and not the base side. Press towards the square, voila, a simple cat!
Now, we’ll sew your cat block to the “frame”, here is the general layout.
Next, we’ll be sewing the two 7”x 9.5” orange rectangles to the left and right of your cat block. Match the 9.5” sides together and sew right sides together, repeat with the other side. Press these seams towards the orange fabric.
Sew the 5”x 19.5” strips to the top and bottom in the same fashion. Press. Now you’ll have an (almost) finished pillow front. All that’s left is the quilting.
To quilt, take your batting square and pin to the wrong side of your pillow front. Pin with straight pins or safety pins. Normally when quilting, you would have a backing as well, and the front and back would “sandwich” the batting, but this isn’t necessary when making a pillow.
Quilt this as desired. You can do a grid over the whole thing, free motion quilt, or another design. I did some simple lines that avoided the middle and intersected in the corners in a grid pattern.
Once your quilting is finished, trim your pillow front to be 19” square.
Now we’ll prepare the back two pieces.
We need to hem one 19” side of each 15”x19” piece. Do this by folding over the 19” edge by .5”, pressing, and then folding over another .5” so that the raw edge is encased. Topstitch this with a 3/8” seam allowance to finish.
Now, we’ll assemble the finished pillow. Lay the pillow front right side up, and lay one back piece right side down, matching the bottom edges, making sure the finished edge is towards the middle. Lay the second backing piece going the other direction, raw edges to the remaining raw edge of the pillow.
The right sides of the hemmed edges will be facing the right side of the pillow front.
Pin carefully so that you will catch all layers as you sew.
Sew around all edges with a 3/8” seam allowance, clip corners, and turn. Stuff with your pillow form and you are all done!
Happy Halloween, everyone!