i love whales pillow tutorial

It’s Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl.  This week I am hosting Whale Week with new whale tutorials everyday!!!

I can’t get enough of this line of fabric called True Blue by Blend.  It is the cutest!

i love whales pillow tutorial_2I really do love whales and I felt like expressing it in a throw pillow!  Here’s how you can make one:



Fat Quarters from True Blue fabric line

8″ x 18″ solid white fabric

1/2 yard backing fabric

2 1/2 yards trim

20″ or larger zipper

Heat n Bond® Lite or Heat n Bond® EZ print sheets

Heat n Bond® Fusible Fleece

18″ pillow form

Begin by rough cutting a piece of Heat n Bond® Lite and placing it on the wrong side of the whale.  Press to adhere.  Cut out around the whale.

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Print the “I” and the heart pattern (HERE) and trace them to the Heat n Bond® Lite or print them directly on Heat n Bond® EZ print sheets.  Press them to the wrong side of the fabric and cut out.  Press onto the white piece of fabric.  (You can choose to have the words got horizontal, that was my first idea, then I liked the looks of the vertical placement.)

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Stitch around each appliqué piece twice using navy blue thread.

Cut the whale strip 6.5″ x 18″ and the patterned strip 4.5″ x 18″.  Sew them together in this manner using 1/4″ seams.  Press toward the dark.

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Cut the HeatnBond® fusible fleece 18″ x 18″ and fuse it to the wrong side of the whale pillow front.  Top stitch 1/4″ along both sides of the seam.  You could add more quilting if you want.i love whales pillow tutorial_6

Sew the pink trim around the pillow top like this.  Use a narrow seam – this is to hold the trim in place while we sew the pillow together.  Once the trim is sewn on prepare the back.i love whales pillow tutorial_11

This is how the back looks with a zipper closure under the flap.  This is my favorite way to finish a pillow because it is super fast!!

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Cut the back pieces 18″ x 4″ and 18″ x 14″ x 18″

Cut the decorative flap 4.5″ x 18 ” and press in half lengthwise.

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Lay then pieces out like this:

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Flip the zipper over and align the edges of the larger piece and sew the zipper using a zipper food.  Line up the raw edges of the flap and the 4.5″ strip of the back and sew to the opposite side of the zipper.  Press.  Trim the zipper to fit.

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Leaving the zipper open part way, place the pillow front to the back right sides together.  Sew using a generous 1/4″ seam all the way around.  Turn the pillow right side out through the zipper opening.  Poke out the corners and insert the pillow form.
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