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Sewing Circle Project – Missoni Patterned Pillow – Free Modern Sewing Pattern

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Did you get the Missoni for Target fever and then find yourself at the store with empty shelves?  Well have no fear, today you will find out how you can make your own Missoni Patterned Pillow. This pattern came from the web-site

 What you need:
* appx 3/4 yard of STRIPED fabric – cotton works best (the amount of fabric needed will vary with the size of pillow your making)
* pillow insert (or stuffing)
* rotary cutter, mat, and ruler

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We’ll make a simple pillow cover, fill it with a pillow insert, and sew it closed. You can buy these at most fabric shops (or at IKEA for $2). This one is about 13×13 inches.

Okay….let’s get started.

The hardest part about this pillow is simply cutting the strips. It’s not that it’s hard, you just need to be exact.

First, you need to cut a 45 degree, bias line into your fabric.

So, take your fabric (I’m using orange stripes here because I forgot to take this photo with my yellow fabric)

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Fold one side down onto the other side, creating a right-angle. This gives you the 45 degree angles needed to cut on the bias. This method is used for making bias tape as well.

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Use scissors or your rotary cutter and cut all the way down the diagonal side of your triangle, so your fabric has a diagonal bias edge.

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If you have fabric that’s already cut (making it hard to do a right triangle), you can always cut a 45 degree line by using the markings on your mat.
Lay your fabric down, line up the horizontal stripes of the fabric with the horizontal lines on the mat

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and place your ruler so that both ends are on the 45 degree line:

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And Cut:

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Okay, now that you’ve got a clean 45 degree angle turn the fabric vertical and start cutting strips. Make them as wide or as narrow as you like. I cut my strips 1 1/2-inch wide (though 2 inches would have been better) and made them a few inches longer than my pillow, so about 1 1/2 x 15 inches. 2 or 3 inches wide works too, it really just depends on how wide your stripe pattern is and what look you want. If your stripes are very wide, you’ll want wider strips or the chevrons “V”s will be narrow.

You’ll be cutting 2 different versions of these strips (with the stripes angling in two directions). I know what you’re thinking, “why doesn’t she just cut them all the same direction and then flip half of the strips around vertically?” I thought the same thing too! But it doesn’t work. The stripes will still be facing the same direction. Now if you have double-faced, or reversible fabric, you can cut them all the same direction and then flip half of them over onto the “back” side. That will work.

Okay, back to cutting strips. Do some quick math, accounting for seam allowances, and figure out how many strips you need. For my 13×13 pillow, I used about 12 strips on each side of the pillow. So, 24 strips total (12 of each angle direction). I recommend cutting more strips than you think you need because some of them may end up shorter than you thought or might have a mess-up and it’s a total pain to come back and cut more later.

So cut about 15 vertical strips:

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Okay, now that you have enough strips for one angle of the chevron, let’s cut strips for the other angle. Turn the fabric so that the stripes are now lined up vertically (before they were lined up horizontally), and cut another 45 degree angle. If you’re into math….you’ll notice that this makes a right angle with the other bias side you were cutting from. Okay, so line it up:

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And cut. Just like that:

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Then turn your fabric vertically and cut 15 strips:

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Before cutting too many, lay the new strip next to the previous strips you cut and make sure they’re going in opposite directions. It would be a real pain to cut everything out and realize they’re going in the same direction. You need them to be opposites!
Verdict, correct!

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Keep the strips in separate piles so they’re easier to grab when you sew:

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And pat yourself on the back. The hardest part is behind you! Let’s start sewing.
Grab two strips, with stripes going in opposite directions.

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You’ll know that they’re opposites because the stripes actually match up together when the right sides are placed together. So, line the colored stripes up as precisely as you can. This will make your chevrons look exact.

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Choose your seam allowance. I recommend 1/4 inch (however, I cut my strips thinner than I’d hoped so I ended up using a 1/8 inch allowance):

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Sew all the way down. And when you open it up, look! You have a Missoni Look a Like!

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Now, keep doing this over and over, alternating the angles of the stripes until you have a square large enough to cover your pillow.

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When you’re done, iron out the seams so that everything lays flat. You can iron your seams to the side, or opened, whichever you prefer. I found that ironing to the side (since my seams were so small) helped the quilted fabric lay nicer.


and….ta-da! It worked!


Your squares will be a little jagged since the stripes are not exact. So let’s clean it up. Lay your pillow over the fabric, center it for measuring , and cut your pillow front and back


Your rotary cutter and mat work best.


Two pillow squares, ready to sew:


Before sewing the pillow together, however, do a baste stitch down the bottom sides of the pillow. Do this for the front and back of the pillow. This is the side that will be left open; where the pillow will be inserted. And since you’ve trimmed the edges down with your rotary cutter, this side has a tendency to come apart at the end seams when you stuff the pillow in. The baste stitch (a simple stitch on the top of the fabric, about 1/4 inch in from the edge) will help keep the quilted seams in place.


It looks like this:


Then with right-sides together, pin the front and back of the pillow together. Make sure the basted sides are together and leave an opening so you can insert the pillow.


Then sew around the pinned areas:


When you’re done, turn the pillow right side out, pushing the corners out and iron down the seams.


When you get to the opening, fold the edges in and iron those down too.



Then, stuff your pillow inside!



Pin the opening closed:


And sew it shut, very close to the edge. The seam will be visible but you can place that side of the pillow down when using it.


and there you go!

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