Monday, August 1, 2011

Chunky ZigZag Pillow Tutorial

My Bliss pillow/cushion campaign continues this week with another pretty one to add to my sofa!

Here it is, in all its chunky zig-zaggy lovelieness:

I made this in super fast time using my Accuquilt GO! Baby to cut the pieces. When it arrived earlier in the week, I couldn't wait to try it out, having seen it and coveted it so much on blogs lately. And it didn't disappoint!

I got 3 dies - the Diamond, the Drunkards Path and the Hexagons - all shapes that can be a little bit tricky to cut accurately in the more traditional way and certainly very time consuming. I just loved how quickly I could turn out the pieces on the GO! Baby and had all the diamonds cut for this pillow in probably about 10 minutes, including trimming my scrap pieces for the die. I found it very efficient and the only issue I encountered was threads occasionally getting caught in the corners of the die, which a sharp pair of nail scissors beside me solved with a minimum of fuss! As someone who struggles with cutting the more "complex" shapes accurately, I am totally thrilled with the GO! Baby and can certainly see myself using it quite a bit. It's pretty compact too which is important for me as I have no dedicated sewing space and it needs to fit into my very limited shelving with the rest of my sewing things.

Want to make this pillow? Here's the super easy tutorial!


I used the 4 x 4" diamonds die for my GO! Baby which cuts 2 diamonds in each layer of fabric. You can do up to 6 layers at a time through it which makes for super fast cutting - 12 diamonds at a time in this case once I had my Bliss scraps prepped. I soon had lots and lots of lovely diamonds, precisely cut. See how perfect they look!


Next, I played around with the layout until I was happy with it - the fun part! I used a cream solid to contrast my zig zaggy Bliss rows. It's helpful to take a quick snap with your camera or phone so that you can refer back to it if you get pieces mixed up as you sew. Or if you have pre-school helpers standing by to "assist"!


Then, make a little stack of the diamond pieces for each vertical column in the order you have laid them out.


Take your 1st stack of diamond pieces and using a small square cutting ruler or measuring tape, and a water soluble pen or pencil, make a tiny mark 1/4" in from your top and bottom edges on the side edge.


Do this on all pieces. This will help you line up your seams correctly. You can, of course, eyeball it if you're confident in what you're doing but if you're a little challenged by spatial stuff like I am, its worth taking the minute required to mark each piece before you sew the column.


Sew your first 2 pieces right side together, matching up your dots and your edges. You will end up with little "dog ears" sticking out on either side.


Sew the remaining pieces in the right order and press your seams on the column to one side (all in the same direction).


Then sew the pieces for each remaining column together and press your seams so that they are going in alternating directions on each column to make sewing your column seams together easier.

Next, sew your columns together in pairs, and join the 3 paired columns to make your pillow top. I trimmed off the top and bottom to make quilting it a little easier.


I then grabbed a batting scrap and quilted the pillow top following the zig zags in the pattern. I quilted 1 line inside the seams for each of the colour zig zags, and then quilted lots of zig zag lines 3/8" apart in the cream solid, to make the colours pop even more.


Trim your pillow top and then sew on the back in whatever style you want - you could do an envelope back if you want to keep it simple. I put a zip in the bottom seam of this one. Put in your pillow form (mine was from a tired old ugly pillow in my playroom which I upcycled), place on your sofa and admire!! This pillow will join my other Bliss pillows and quilt on my living room sofa.


So, of course, you know what's coming up next by now......Keep your eyes peeled for the giveaway post coming soon!

21 comments:

Katie B. said...

Love this, Sarah! Really cute!

Flying Blind... said...

Another smasher - big sofa, or do you all sit on the floor!?

Judith said...

Lovely cushion and great tute! Go Baby will have to make it onto my Christmas list! Jxo

Ashley said...

so cute!!

Inspiredbyfelix said...

It's gorgeous, Sarah, love your choice in quilting too....I soooo need a Go Baby!

Cindy said...

Lovely! They look great together.

LynCC said...

Love it!

Aideen said...

Beautiful! Love it. where did you order the accuquilt gobaby from may i ask?!

SewHappyGeek said...

Ok, I'm probably not going to order one, but I do really love your pillow and have raging pillow envy now. I'm going to run off and pout now ;) and edit my Xmas list.

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Looks so pretty Sarah. Love the quilting zigzags. :)

Irina said...

oh! you lucky!!! what do you have to do for this people to send you one just because?LOL what's the secret???
As I said before, I love Bliss, and I love this zig zag pillow. thanks for the tutorial, I'll be making one, I'm sure

Lynne said...

I love the quilting on that pillow - most of my quilting as been minimal but I am growing in love for that close parallel style!

Yes! Yolanda said...

Those look GREAT! The tutorial looks soo simple but the pillows are soo detailed. I'm not brave enough to tackle this just yet...but someday!! haha. I'm your newest follower from "Make with Love" Blog Hop.It's neat to follow someone all the way on the other side of the country! Hope you can stop by sometime!

Manda said...

This pillow looks great!

The Sunflower Patch said...

OOH! Can I come and admire your couch in person?!
You have such an eye for putting fabrics together!
I also am coveting a Go Baby! (shame on me) It is on my Birthday & Christmas list :)

M said...

Me oh my....how I have missed this blog. What a gorgeous blog you have and thank you for the tutorial on the pillow!!!

Wendy said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial, this would be a nice design to put on one of my dining chair cushions...

Jessica said...

super cute!! I've been eyeing that diamond die, love how you quilted the pillow top! Great tute :-)

Lexi said...

I'm sorry, how did you get so much beautiful Bliss? Sadly I can't find it any more. Nice stetching it out!

Joy said...

I'm on a mission to make more pillows and you have inspired me! These are Sew Pretty!

Tee said...

Nice, nice job I love it!