When you have made a few flannel quilts, and have a lot of small scraps to use up, what do you make? How about pillows for a friend’s cabin? Just like the Very Cozy Quilt and the Reversible Flannel Quilt, the pillows are made from unwashed cotton flannels, with cotton batting. The washing comes later, which makes them pucker up and feel like nicely worn flannel shirts.
Each ‘brick’ started out at two-by-four inches. They were cut from scraps, so I could not pay much attention to the grain, but ideally I would have cut them all in the same direction. Since I wanted to make two pillows, each about 22 inches square, I made four mini-quilts that wound up around 25 inches square each. I was thinking this would be a quick, simple project, but actually it was like making a lap quilt 50 inches square, with nearly 600 pieces between the four panels.
I was committed to using only scraps, so the batting was pieced from remnants, and the backing was leftovers flannel from a baby quilt project. I figured it would not matter, as it was inside the pillow. I marked it for my usual harlequin hatching, pin basted, and quilted each section. (Why harlequins or diamonds? They are more forgiving than straight-on squares, and between my lack of accuracy and the shrinking fabric, forgiving works best for me.) Then I ran stitching around the entire piece, to protect it in the washer and dryer.After three rounds of hot-water washing and high-heat drying, each piece had shrunk to a hair over 22 inches square, so my finished pillows wound up 21 inches square. I popped in zippers, stitched the sides, turned them out and they were ready for pillow forms. Like usual, I made my own pillow forms, starting with bargain bed pillows from a big box store.
The finished pillows are yummy soft and fluffy! I think they will look great by my friend’s stone fireplace.
I shared this project on The Stash Project at Clover and Violet.
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