Patchwork is unique style, using scraps and bits of fabric to create a new item. With this simple project, you can create a patchwork throw pillow (or two) and add some flair to your country home.
You will need:
A 9 inch square piece of cardboard, to serve as a template for the patches
Two to four pieces of fabric for the patches
A larger piece of fabric for the back of the pillow
Needle and Thread
Heat the iron and thread the sewing machine.
Cut out four squares of fabric for patches using the cardboard template. Piece two squares together on one side of the fabric, with the right sides of the fabric facing each other on the inside. Sew 1/2 inch from the edge of the fabric. Do the same on the other two squares. Iron the seams flat.
Pin the two strips of sewn squares together, making sure that the center seams match up. Sew together 1/2 inch from the edge of the fabric. Iron that seam flat. You now have the patchwork front of the pillow.
From the fabric for the back of the pillow, cut out a 18-inch square. Pin to the patchwork on 3 sides, ensuring that the right sides of the fabric are facing each other on the inside. Sew 1/2 inch from the edge of the fabric on all three sides.
Pin one half of the open side, and sew that as above. Be sure to leave half of this side open for stuffing the pillow. Once that final bit is sewn, you will have a piece that resembles a pillow-case. Turn the fabric inside out and stuff through the open side to desired fluffiness.
When pillow is stuffed, fold over the fabric toward the back of the pillow, and stitch shut. You now have your patchwork pillow.