Sizzix Tutorial | Hip to be Square Pillow Cover by Karrie Winters

Hello everyone!! It's Karrie here again for a Pillow Cover Sizzix Tutorial! I hope everyone is having a great summer so far! Today I am here to bring you a Sizzix tutorial for my Hip to be Square pillow cover. With school starting soon and kids going off to college, I thought it would be fun to do a tutorial for a quick project that they could take with them.  Of course, you can also make a dozen to decorate your sofa!

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For this project I chose to use fabrics from a line called Rustique by Emily Herrick. You can choose fabrics from all one line or use up some scraps in your craft room.  Just be sure to have varying values in your selection.

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Begin by using the Sizzix Bigz Die Half-Square Triangle 4 1/2"  and your Big Shot machine and make your sandwich.  Lay down a cutting pad, the cutting side up, your fabric and another cutting pad.  Then run this through the machine.  Remember, you can cut up to 8 layers of fabric at one time!

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The die will cut out two pieces (a pair) that will be joined to make the Half Square Triangle (HST).  You will need to cut out 26 pairs, or 52 triangles.

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Pair up the triangles to your liking into the 26 pairs. The die cuts a notch at both ends to make sewing a 1/4" easy and there will be no trimming.  Place two triangles together, rights sides facing, and sew along the diagonal edge at 1/4".  Press the seam open.

Repeat for all pairs.

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Pair up all your HST's so that you have 13 piles of two HST in each one.

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Next we need to put two HST's together. Lay one HST right sides together on another HST.  Be sure that the seams align as well as the square itself.Freckled Whimsy Pillow Tutorial Sizzix-9

On the top HST draw a line from corner to corner, opposite of the seam.

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Double check that your HST's are aligned properly once more and using the line as a guide, sew 1/4" on either side of the drawn line.

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Cut ON the drawn line and press seams open.

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The pieces (you will have two now) should measure 4" squared.  If its a bit off, just square it up.  Repeat for all HST pairs.

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Lay out your pieces in a 5 x 5 grid.  Sew them into rows and then sew the rows together, pressing each seam open to lessen the bulk.

With a careful layout, you can sneak in some pinwheels in the design... do you see mine? There are 6!

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Time to quilt your pillow top! Layer a piece of fabric (I usually use Muslin because it will be on the inside of the pillow and not seen), the batting, and then the pillow top.  Quilt as desired.  I quilted a 1/4" on either side of each sewn line! I love the result with this quilting technique.

Trim all sides and square it up once you are done quilting.

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Now we need to make the envelope backing.   Measure your quilted pillow top.  It should be 18" square.  Cut two pieces of backing fabric that are 18" x 14".  On one end of each piece, fold over 1/2" and press well.  Fold over that fold on itself 1/2" again. Press well.  Sew along the inside fold about 1/8" away from the edge. Your back piece should now measure 18" x 13". Do this on each pillow back piece.

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Lay one pillow back piece, right sides together, so the folded edge faces to the inside of the pillow matching raw edges. Repeat for the other pillow back.  Make sure right sides are together and all raw edges match.  Pin around edges and sew 1/4" around the entire edge.

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Be sure to sew forward and backwards multiple times over the parts that you folded over to make the hem for stability. This will be the pillow covers highest stress points so we want to reinforce them.

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Turn your pillow right sides out and insert an 18" pillow form and enjoy your new pillow!

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial!! Make sure to share your creations!


Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies

Other Supplies Used:

  • Scraps of fabric at least 5" square
  • Batting
  • 18" pillow form
  • Thread

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2 thoughts on “Sizzix Tutorial | Hip to be Square Pillow Cover by Karrie Winters”

  • Mary Alice

    I love it! So bright and cheerful! I'm working on Baby's Breath right now on Gifty Galore group. I loved your last project (Summer Fun Quilt) too, and have fabric lined up for that one as well. Love your blog too!

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