Allatoona Quilters   Guild

2016 Christmas Gift Exchange

This year's Christmas gift exchange item will be pillows!  It's something different, easy, and has lots of room for creativity.  If you can sew a quilt block, you can make a pillow!  Maybe you even have some quilt blocks hanging around that you can turn into a pillow, how easy is that?
For those of you who are new, we do this exchange at our General Meeting in December.  The method of exchange has not been decided yet, but if you bring one, you get one.
As always, participation is voluntary.  But when you see all the beautiful pillows, don't be sad you didn't make one!
There are only a few guidelines:

Size:  Between 12" and 18" (approximately).
Shape:  Any (square, round, rectangle, star, etc.)
Stuffing:  Pillow form or fiberfill (to make them look their best!)
Type of closure: Envelope back, a zipper, or just sewn closed. (I will be happy to demo how to do an envelope back.)
Theme and design:  Any  (art doesn't have to match the couch!)  They can be quilted, appliqued, embellished, pieced, etc.

Here are some tips for making pillows from Heather at

 Clip corners before turning to reduce bulk.
Use a blunt object to help turn out the corners of your pillow.
Reinforce the corners of your pillow by sewing a double row of stitches around each corner.
Make your pillow up to 1″ smaller than your pillow form. This will give your pillow a plump appearance and help maintain its shape.
To ensure a smooth pillow surface consider adding a layer of batting to your main pillow fabric.  This tip also comes in handy when creating odd-shaped pillows that will be hand stuffed.
Decide your pillow closure before you start your pillow project. Zipper closure, envelope or all stitched up with a basic ladder stitch.
Reduce your stitch length slightly to prevent stitches from showing at seams.
Consider adding coordinating trims, fringe, pining or a flange to the edge of your pillow cover for an added layer of detail.
Turn your zipper closure into a featured detail.
Want to achieve a slightly curved corner?  When sewing the corners of your pillow; mark a point 1/2″ from each corner.  Then draw a line from each side, point to point to slight reduce your square shape. This is your new pattern shape.
Think outside of the box with your pillow cover ideas.  Pillows can be an easy conversation starter to a new guest in your home.

There are lots of books and patterns for pillows, a gazillion resources online for pillow patterns, or you can design your own.

Here are some of my favorite FREE  places, and where to look on them: - On the left under "categories", click on "home dec sewing", then on "sewn pillows". - at top of page, click on "tutorials" then "home décor" - at top of page, click on "free sewing tutorial archives" then on "home love". - click on "project index", then look through categories for "shaped Pillows" and "special use pillows";  you can also just type in "pillow" in the Search box at the top of the page. - on the right hand side of the page in the green boxes, click on "home décor" - click on "project index"
Any questions??
Call or email me:  Sue McBride,