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Project: Sew Strippy Quilted Pillow

By Sherri McConnell



At least 15 strips 1 ½” x 22” (the more, the better!  I used 26 strips for my pillow)

2 rectangles 15 ½” x 11 ½” for pillow back

2 strips 2 ¼” x WOF for binding (piece strips for length)

20” x 20” batting

20” x 20” muslin or other plain fabric for pillow front lining

Olfa 45mm Splash Rotary Cutter

Olfa 6-1/2″ Square Frosted Acrylic Ruler (QR-6S)

Olfa 16-1/2″ Square Frosted Acrylic Ruler (QR-16S)


  1. Arrange and sew strips together in sets of three. Make sure there is a nice contrast in each of your strip sets.  Strip sets should measure 3 ½” x 22”.  Make at least 5 strip sets (if you make more your pillow will have more variety).

  1. Cut each strip set into at least 5 squares 3 ½” x 3 ½”. My Olfa 6 ½” x 6 ½” ruler made the cutting of these strips super easy since it’s so easy to read the markings on the ruler. Cut 25 squares.  If you have extra pieces at the end of your strip sets, cut them into 1 ½” x 3 ½” rectangles to use to make scrappy nine-patches!

  1. Arrange the 25 squares to make the pillow front, alternating the direction of the strips every other block as shown in the project photo. Make sure you have an even distribution of the prints and colors throughout the pillow front.
  2. Sew strip-pieced squares together in rows. Then sew the rows together. I alternated the direction of pressing for rows so seams would nest.  I pressed seams open between the rows.
  3. Layer your pillow top, right sides up, batting square, and muslin square and pin together.
  4. Quilt as desired. I machine-quilted straight lines spaced about ½” apart using my walking foot.
  5. Trim the project to 15 ½” x 15 ½”. This was easy to do using my 16 ½” x 16 ½” Olfa ruler.
  6. Hem one 15 ½” side of each backing rectangle. To do this, press ¼” then fold over and press again. Stitch close to the folded edge.
  7. Place the pillow top right side down. Place the two backing rectangles wrong sides together, aligning raw edges and overlapping in order to create an opening.  Hemmed edges on both rectangles will be towards the middle.
  8. Secure the edges of the pillow front and backs and stitch ¼” around.
  9. Bind using your prepared binding.
  10. I used a 16” x 16” pillow insert for my pillow.





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