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Project: Patchwork Pillow

Simple patchwork 9-patches combine to form a scrappy pillow. Make it even more fun by using a scrappy binding!




  • Read through the directions completely before you begin your project.
  • Mix and match your favorite scraps, or use a charm pack from a favorite fabric line.
  • The estimated time to complete this project is 3 hours.
  • This project is great for beginner patchworkers.






24″ x 36″ OLFA Self-Healing Rotary Mat (RM-MG)

45mm OLFA Aqua Splash Rotary Cutter (RTY-2/C)

6″ x 12″ OLFA Frosted Acrylic Ruler (QR-6×12)



Fabric Requirements:

(36) 2.5″ squares

(2) 2-1/2” x 12-1/2” rectangles for side borders

(2) 2-1/2” x 16-1/2” rectangles for top and bottom borders

(2) 11-1/2” x 16-1/2” rectangles for pillow back (envelope style closure)

(2) 2-1/4″ x WOF (width of fabric) strips together and pressed or scrappy strips pieced to make at least a 75” length of binding.

20” x 20” batting

20” x 20” muslin

16” pillow form





  1. Arrange the 2-1/2” squares into four groups of 9 squares each.
  2. Lay out each group in 3 rows of 3 squares each. Adjust the squares until you are happy with the layout.Make four nine-patch blocks using the four groups of squares.


  3. Sew the four nine-patch blocks into one unit with two nine-patch sections on the top and the other two on the bottom.


  4. Press seams open to help everything stay lined up.
  5. Add the 2-1/2” x 12-1/2” borders to the right and left sides of the center unit. Press toward the border strips.
  6. Add the 2-1/2” x 16-1/2” strips to the top and bottom of the center unit. Press toward the border strips.


  7. Layer the completed pillow top, batting, and muslin and quilt as desired (center the pillow front on top of the batting and muslin). I used straight line quilting about 1/2” apart.
  8. Trim the batting and muslin even with the edges of the pillow top.


  9. To make the envelope style pillow back, fold the right side of one 16-1/2” side to the wrong side of the fabric.
  10. Press and stitch. Repeat for the second pillow back section.
  11. Place the pillow front right side down. With right sides up, place one pillow back section on top of the wrong side of the pillow front, aligning the raw edge of the 16 1/2” pillow back section with the left side of the pillow front. Align the raw edge of the other 16 1/2” pillow back section with the right side of the pillow front, again keeping the right side of the pillow back fabric on top.
  12. Pin and stitch around all four edges. The envelope pillow back will be open in the center where the edges were finished, allowing you to insert a pillow form.
  13. Bind the pillow using the prepared binding.


  14. Enjoy your patchwork pillow!


Project design by Sherri McConnell of Quilting Life Designs

May 2016

For personal, non-commercial use only.