How to Make a Quilt Block Throw Pillow

Changing seasons usually leads to change in decor and a quick way to change decor is to change pillow covers.

I needed some Christmas pillow covers and these were fun to make!

Pillows on the couch

For each pillow I used a 12 1/2 inch unfinished quilt block plus about a 1/2 yard of additional fabrics from my scrap pile. This cover will fit a 16 inch square pillow form. 

Fabric selection for pillow covers

Start with the quilt block. For this pillow I used the Honeymoon Quilt Block. This is such a fun block and looked like a good Christmas pattern.

Christmas Pillow Throw

You can find instructions for how to make this quilt block here. There is also a selection of quilt block tutorials here.

After the quilt block is put together, add borders to all sides. 

There are two pieces that are 3 inches by 12 1/2 inches and two pieces that are 3 inches by 17 1/2 inches. Sew the short edges on to the sides of the quilt block, then the long pieces onto the top and bottom of the quilt block. 

Then sandwich batting and backing, then quilt. I quilted them side by side on the long arm. 

Pillow covers getting quilted 

I included some seasonal quilting like trees and holly leaves. 

Holly and Berries quilting

Then make the envelope closure for the back. 

Cut 2 pieces of fabric. One piece 14 inches by 17 1/2 inches, and one piece 5 inches by 17 1/2 inches. Finish one of the 14 inch edges on each piece. 

Layer the pieces. The back pieces should overlap a few inches. Pin and baste together. 

 Back of the throw pillow

Bind the edge, then insert the pillow form. 

 Throw pillow in green and red

This is a quick project so you can whip up a pillow for each season, or even every month!

Have fun quilting!

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