Precuts of fabric is a fantastic way to get a range of different prints without having to get big pieces of fabric. I love 2 1/2″ strips- called Jelly Rolls or Rollie Pollies. They are versatile and useful and oh so fun! This Bloom strip pillow uses 2 1/2″ strips and a little bit of fabric to make a gorgeous statement piece that will be sure to shine in your decor!


Bloom Strip Pillow Tutorial:


Fabric preparation:

  • Select 13 strips from the precut bundle- 12 for the pillow front and one for the applique letters.
  • Cut each of the strips in half along the length- to create 21″ X 2 1/2″ strips.
  • Arrange the strips for the pillow front as desired and sew together along the length using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  • Cut a 6 1/2″ X 24 1/2″ strip from the pieced fabric for the top of the pillow front.
  • Cut a 3″ X 24 1/2″ strip from the pieced fabric for the bottom of the pillow front.
  • Cut a 4″ X 24 1/2″ strip from the white fabric for the applique background.

Prepare Applique:

  • Print the pattern onto the paper side of the EZ print Lite sheet.
  • Cut out around each letter, leaving a slight margin around each one.
  • Fuse the Heat n Bond to the wrong side of the fabric for the letters- the last selected 2 1/2″ strip.
  • Cut out each letter along the printed line.
  • Remove the paper backing from each letter.
  • Find the center of the white background strip (the 4″ X 24 1/2″ strip), position the letters just to the right of the center mark, make sure they are centered along the height of the strip.
  • Fuse the letters into place.
  • Sew around each letter using a narrow zig-zag stitch.

Assemble Bloom Strip Pillow Front:

  • Arrange the 6 1/2″ strip, the applique strip and the 3″ strip as shown.
  • Sew the rows together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press the seam allowance toward the strip rows.

  • Cut a piece of Sew-in fleece to 13″ X 25″.
  • Cut a piece of muslin or solid fabric to 13″ X 25″
  • Use the Spray n Bond basting spray to baste the muslin to the back of the fleece.
  • Use the basting spray to baste the pillow front to the front of the fleece.

Finishing the Bloom Strip Pillow:

  • Quilt the pillow front as desired.
  • Use your favorite method to create a pillow back for your pillow. I used this hidden zipper pillow back for mine and used some of the extra pieced fabric for the cover for the zipper.
  • Now, find the perfect place for your new pillow.

Maybe on your bed.

Or in a cozy nook in your house.

No matter where you put it, it is sure to be a focal point!

Happy Sewing friends! xoxo, Amy


3 Comments on Bloom Strip Applique Pillow with HeatnBond

  1. Diane
    June 10, 2020 at 9:47 am (4 years ago)

    Just beautiful for my garden friends!!!!

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