Sizzix Quilting Tutorial | Clamshell Pillow Nicole Daksiewicz

Hello Sizzix friends, Nicole here from Modern Handcraft with a fast way to create a clamshell pillow using light fusible interfacing and an appliqué stitch!

Sizzix Quilting Tutorial | Clamshell Pillow Nicole Daksiewicz

Clamshells have always made me a bit nervous because well, they are intimidating and it seems like they would take forever. This method of applying your cut clamshells directly to your batting saves you a couple of steps and makes for a quick project, perfect for pillows!

Sizzix Quilting Tutorial | Clamshell Pillow Nicole Daksiewicz

Begin by fusing your fabric squares or strips to your Heat n Bond lite. Once cool, cut into 5" squares if using strips.

Sizzix Quilting Tutorial | Clamshell Pillow Nicole Daksiewicz

At your Fabi Machine make a Sizzix sandwich by layering cutting mat, Clamshell 4 12" Unfinished Sizzix Bigz die, fabric squares, cutting mat - roll through machine.

Sizzix Quilting Tutorial | Clamshell Pillow Nicole Daksiewicz

You now have your perfectly cut clamshells, be sure to hold onto your scraps that are left over. These extra scraps work great as a filler behind your first row of clamshells.

Sizzix Quilting Tutorial | Clamshell Pillow Nicole Daksiewicz

For your first row, remove the paper backing from your clamshells and lay in a row. You will find that there are little open spots between the clamshells - I like to use the little scrap pieces left over from cutting to fill in those areas. Place those behind your clamshells before ironing down to the quilt batting. Once you complete your first row, at your machine, stitch along the tops of the clamshells using a small zigzag stitch with a coordinating thread.

Sizzix Quilting Tutorial | Clamshell Pillow Nicole Daksiewicz

Sizzix Quilting Tutorial | Clamshell Pillow Nicole Daksiewicz

When starting your next row, center your clams, and make sure to overlap the bottom of the row before by 1/4". This way when you appliqué you will seal in the bottom of the clamshells before them.

Sizzix Quilting Tutorial | Clamshell Pillow Nicole Daksiewicz

On the rows where an entire clam will not fit, cut a clamshell in half and use for each side of your pillow.

Sizzix Quilting Tutorial | Clamshell Pillow Nicole Daksiewicz

Go row by row, lining up clams - overlapping the last row by 1/4" - iron in place - appliqué the tops of the clams. Repeat until you cover your entire pillow.

There will be a little bit of exposed quilt batting on all sides, trim and square up your pillow front to measure 17.5" x 17.5".

Sizzix Quilting Tutorial | Clamshell Pillow Nicole Daksiewicz

For your envelope backing, take two 13" x 17.5" rectangles to your iron. On one 17.5" side fold over .5" and iron, fold again .5" and iron. At your machine stitch along the inside of the fold creating a hemmed edge. Repeat for the other piece making sure to only fold - iron - stitch one long side.

Sizzix Quilting Tutorial | Clamshell Pillow Nicole Daksiewicz

Lay your backing pieces face down on your pillow front that should be facing right side up. Make sure the hemmed sides are towards the middle.

Sizzix Quilting Tutorial | Clamshell Pillow Nicole Daksiewicz

Pin around your edges and at your machine stitch around the perimeter using a 1/4" seam allowance.

Snip your edges and turn right side out. A quick press with your iron and you now have a fun clamshell pillow!

Sizzix Quilting Tutorial | Clamshell Pillow Nicole Daksiewicz

Sizzix Quilting Tutorial | Clamshell Pillow Nicole Daksiewicz

Sizzix Quilting Tutorial | Clamshell Pillow Nicole Daksiewicz

Sizzix Quilting Tutorial | Clamshell Pillow Nicole Daksiewicz

Fabrics used in this tutorial are from Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics and are a new addition to her Sunprint line.

Thank you so much for stopping by for my tutorial today and I cannot wait to see what you create!

-Nicole

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Other Supplies Used:

Pillow finishes up at 17" square, add additional clamshells to create the pillow size you would like.

  • 32 - 5" x 5" squares of fabric, if you are using several of the same fabric 5" x 15" strips work well
  • 2 - 13" x 17.5" rectangles of fabric for envelope back pillow / 1 - 17.5" x 17.5" square of fabric for zipper pillow
  • 1 - 19" x 19" piece of quilt batting for pillow front
  • Coordinating thread to match your clamshell fabric
  • Sewing machine and notions (rotary cutter, scissors, cutting mat, acrylic ruler, straight pins)
  • Therm O Web Heat n Bond lite

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