Cushions are so easy to make and perfect to change with the seasons! Use our free Sawtooth Star Quilted Pillow pattern to create a quilted pillow for any season. This tutorial will show you how to use part of a fabric panel to add more detail to your project!
As a fabric designer, I love creating fabric collections that feature panels. I think it's such a fun and unique way to use fabric and allows you to have fun with scale and color. Fabric panels are perfect for quotes, lettering, and brighter colors, which might not work in traditional quilt prints.
The My Spooky Schoolhouse Fabric Collection with Riley Blake includes a fabric panel designed to be sewn into candy bags. Besides treat bags, you can make many different things with the fabric panel.
About the fabric
Today I'm going to walk you through the steps to create a quilted pillow using the panel rectangles (intended for a candy tote) as the center of the pillow.
The rest of the pillow is made with quilted cotton prints from the line. The black and white fabrics are both Sparkler by Riley Blake Designs.
If you purchased your fabric panel to make a candy tote and found yourself with extra fabric, this is a great way to use it! The panel fabric is a lightweight canvas. It's great to sew and has a bit of texture, which looks really nice on pillows.
I created a quilted pillow for Halloween, but you don't need to limit it to just Halloween. Change the fabrics and you can make a cushion for any season.
I like to sew zippers onto the backs of my quilted pillows; this way they are easy to exchange depending on the season. I also make almost all of my pillows 20″ x 20″; this way I only need to purchase one set of pillow forms for all the pillow covers.
Plus, storing just the quilted cushion cover saves a lot of space!
What is a sawtooth star quilt block?
This pillow is made from a giant Sawtooth Star quilt block.
A Sawtooth Star block is a classic and traditional quilt block pattern. This block takes its name from the central star shape, surrounded by “sawtooth” or “jagged” triangles which give it a distinctive appearance.
It is a popular choice in quilting because of its versatility and ability to create unique designs when multiple Sawtooth Star blocks are combined. You can also vary the shapes and fabrics in the center of the block for even more visual interest. This block is ideal to use if you are displaying novelty fabrics or want to cut the large center square of the block.
How to Fly Four Geese at Once
This sawtooth star quilt block is created using squares and four flying geese quilt blocks.
A Flying Geese block is a popular and versatile quilt block pattern used in patchwork and quilting. It gets its name from its resemblance to a flock of flying geese in formation when several blocks are arranged together.
The block consists of a large triangle (“the geese”) and two smaller triangles (“the sky”) on each side. Geese are usually twice as tall as they are wide, and sky triangles are usually half the size of geese.
Giant Quilted Sawtooth Pillows
A free tutorial for a giant sawtooth star pillow made from a Halloween fabric panel
- 1 piece Fabric Panel Spooky School Fabric OR a 10 ½” x 10 ½” piece of fancy fabric
- 1 Big Fourr for the Goose parts of the block I used Sparkler fabrics
- 1 Fat quarter Fat Quarter for the Sky parts of the block
- ½ Court Fabric for the back of the pillow may need extra if your fabric is directional
- 1 piece Leafing at least 21″ x 21″
- 1 Piece fabric for the back of the quilted part of the pillow; at least 21″ x 21″
- 1 20 inch pillow form
The pillow measures 20″ x 20″ when completed. All seams are ¼”, unless otherwise noted.
The instructions for this model refer to parts SKY and OIES. Please refer to this diagram if you are unsure which one. Typically, GEESE pieces are the same fabric as the background fabric of the quilt or quilt block.
From Sky Fabric: 4 pieces 6″ x 6″ In goose fabric: 1 piece 11 ¼” x 11 ¼” From center fabric: 1 10 ½” x 10 ½” In goose fabric: 4 pieces 5 ½” x 5 ½”For cut back pillow cover: 2 pieces each 20 ½” x 14″For cutting the back of the zippered cushion: 2 pieces each of 10 ½” x 20 ½”
Step One: Create the Flying Geese Blocks
Step Two: Assemble the Quilt Block
Step Three: Create the Pillow