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Folded glory: Create a unique pillow using a folding technique that showcases coordinating fabric layers and intersting texture.

{ by Ashley Briggs }


* 1/2 yard each of S coordinating cotton fabrics

* 1 yard of white woven fabric

* Matching all-purpose thread

* Removable fabric marker

* Size 90/14 denim needle

* 16"-square pillow form

* Rotary cutting system


From each coordinating fabric, cut thirty 4"x5" rectangles.

From the white fabric, cut two 7" squares, one 16" square (pillow-front base), two 3"xl9" stnps, two 3"xl3" strips and one 17" square. Cut each small square on one diagonal, forming four mangles total.

On the 16" fabric square, draw a vertical and horizontal line down the fabric center using a removable fabric marker. Draw a diagonal line from each comer (1).


Fold each rectangle long edge 1/4" toward the wrong side; press. Align one rectangle folded edge with the pillow-rront base horizontal centerlme. Evenly space fourteen additional rectangles approximately 1/4" below the first rectangle foldline until the fourteenth rectangle lower edge matches the fabric-square lower edge. Arrange the fabrics by alternating each one or grouping them to achieve an ombre effect according to the pillow at left, if desired.

Rotate the fabric square so the lower edge is the upper edge. Abut another fabric rectangle fold with the first rectangle told, and then layer fourteen rectangles per the previous instructions; pin (2). Using a removable fabric marker, transfer the vertical centerline to the stacked rectangles, and then stitch along the line.

Fold the stitched rectangles out of the way and align fifteen additional rectangles along the horizontal center-line (3). Pin. transfer the honzontal centerline mark, and then stitch. Repeat to add fifteen additional rectangles to the opposite side along the horizontal centerline.

Repeat the process to add fifteen rectangles to each diagonal centerline half.

Follow the instructions in "In the Fold" at left to fold each rectangle stack into overlapping diagonal triangles, adding additional fabric rectangles in the une manner.


Place one triangle ova the pillow front with right sides together, positioning the triangle point along one stitching line and the triangle lower-edge corners 1/4" beyond two adjacent stacked foldline intersections. Stitch the triangle lower edge using a 1/4" seam allowance (4). Trim the lower seam allowance to 1/4".

Repeat to stitch the remaining corners to the pillow front. Turn the triangles so the nght sides face out. forming a square; press. Trim the finished square to 13" (5). Stitch in the ditch along the vertical, diagonal and horizontal stitching lines.

With right sides together, align one small-strip long edge with the pillow upper edge; stitch using a 1/2" seam allowance. Press the seam allowance toward the strip. Repeat to stitch a small strip to the pillow lower edge. Repeat to stitch one long strip to the pillow right and left edge (6).

Place the pillow front over the remaining fabric square with right sides together and edges and corners aligned. Stitch the perimeter using a 1/2" seam allowance, leaving a centered 7" opening along the lower edge for turning. Clip the comers.

Turn the pillow right side out, poking out the corners, and then insert the pillow form through the opening. Fold the opening edges 1/2" toward the wrong side, and then slipsritch or whipstitch the opening closed.


After stitching the rectangles stacks to the pillow front, begin a folding process to create unique 3-D texture.

Begin the folding process with two adjacent rectangle stacks. Fold the stacks in half lengthwise with nght sides together along the center stitching line (A).

Fold the upper rectangle on a 45[degrees] angle to align the upper folded edge with the rectangle-stack center stitching line (B).

Flip over the folded rectangle, aligning the foldline with the adjacent rectangle stack foldlme (C).

Fold the folded rectangle back over itself to align the folded edge with the rectangle-stack center stitching line (D).

Repeat to fold the upper rectangle on the adjacent rectangle stack (E). Press to set the folds.

Fold the second rectangle of the first rectangle stack on a 45[degrees] angle to align the upper folded edge with the rectangle-stack center stitching line (F). Flip over the folded rectangle, and then press (G). Repeat to fold the second rectangle of the adjacent rectangle stack

Continue folding each rectangle of the adjacent stacks, alternating from left to right. After folding every four rectangles on each side, secure the folds with a small tacking stitch centered I " below the folded rectangle intersection (H).

Continue folding rectangles until each one is layered. Pin the final rectangle intersection to secure.

Repeat to fold each pair of adjacent rectangle stacks, creating a starburst pattern made of eight quadrants.


Use the same technique to make a trivet that's thick enough to protect surfaces from hot pans without the addition of insulated batting.


* 1/2 yard each of 4 coordinating cotton fabrics

* 1l"-square of neutral solid fabric (base)

* Removable fabric marker

* Size 90/14 denim needle

* Rotary cutting system

On the base fabric, draw a vertical line down the fabric center, and then draw a horizontal centerline. Draw a diagonal centerline from each corner. Denote one coordinating fabric as the outermost fabric, as this will also be the backing fabric

From each coordinating fabric, cut sixteen 4"x5" rectangles. From the backing fabric, cut one 87?" square.

Fold each rectangle long edge 1/4" toward the wrong side; press. Stack, fold and stitch each fabric rectangle to the base fabric per the pillow instructions, using only eight rectangles per section and alternating fabric prints as desired.

From the trivet center, measure 33/4" toward the outer edge on each quadrant; mark. Connect the marks, and then cut along the lines to create a 7 1/2"-wide octagon.

Place the backing fabric right side down on a flat work surface. Center the trivet top right side down over the backing fabric. Trim the backing comers 1/2" larger than the trivet. Fold the backing fabric 1/4" toward the wrong side, and then wrap the fold around the trivet edge to bind it; pin the binding perimeter.

Edgestitch the trivet perimeter along the binding fold to secure it. Stitch along the vertical and horizontal trivet stitching lines to secure the trivet front to the backing fabric.
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Author:Briggs, Ashley
Publication:Sew News
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2014
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