Patchwork Pillow Wrap with Mini String Quilt Blocks - Tutorial

See how to use your smallest fabric scraps to create a beautiful patchwork pillow wrap!  I’ve got a tutorial showing you how to sew a patchwork pillow wrap from mini charm squares or mini string quilt blocks. P

Y’all know how much I love fabric scraps, right?  Even the teeny tiny ones. Maybe especially the teeny tiny ones.  This patchwork pillow wrap uses those small scraps to create a pretty accent pillow. 

Patchwork Pillow Wrap Sewing Tutorial by Orange Bettie

The great thing about a pillow wrap is that it’s so easy to switch it out for seasons – or just your whim.  You can create a whole new look for a pillow simply by removing or switching the wrap. 

Patchwork Pillow Wrap taken off the pillow

I’ve already created pillow wraps for different holidays – a pumpkin for fall, a snowman for winter, and a heart for Valentine’s Day.  This patchwork pillow wrap isn’t holiday or season specific so it can work all year long.

The patchwork on this wrap uses some of my mini string quilt blocks sewn from my smallest scraps.  And while I do enjoy tiny patchwork, it can take a LOT of piecing to cover a space.  It was super satisfying sewing my scraps into those tiny blocks, but you could also skip all of that and use mini charm squares instead.

Patchwork Pillow Wrap with a crazy quilt background

Another benefit of the pillow wrap is getting all the joy of a patchwork pillow, but with far fewer blocks than if you were covering the whole thing.  This pillow wrap takes only 24 2.5” blocks.

Pillow with Patchwork Pillow Wrap sitting next to a folded crazy quilt

Pillow wrap fits a 12” x 16” accent pillow.  You can get the tutorial to make a pillow that size here.

Supplies

24 2.5” mini string quilt blocks (tutorial here) or mini charm squares

Top/Bottom Panels – 2 pieces 8.5” wide x 8.25” tall from quilting cotton

Lining – 1 piece 8.5” wide x 28” long from quilting cotton

Fusible Fleece – 1 piece 8” wide x 27.5” long

Hook and look tape – 1 piece, 8” long

Trim (optional) – 2 pieces, 28” long

Tutorial key for Patchwork Pillow Wrap

RST = Right Sides Together.  All seam allowances ¼” unless otherwise stated.

Sew the Patchwork Panel

First, place your 2.5” squares in a rectangle that’s 4 squares wide and 6 squares tall.  Play around with the placement of the different squares to get an arrangement of color & pattern that you like.  Keep in mind that the middle 4 rows will be the ones most visible on the finished pillow wrap.

Once you get your squares arranged, it’s a good idea to take a quick photo on your phone.  That way, even if your squares get all mixed up you’ve got a photo to refer to when sewing your blocks together.

Now take the first two pieces on the first row and place them RST.  Sew together with a ¼” seam allowance. 

Two fabric squares right sides together, sewn down the side

Between stacking the squares together and taking them to the machine, it’s easy to lose track of which side needs to be sewn together.  Ask me how I know.  So now as soon as I place the squares RST, I use a fabric clip or straight pin to mark the side to sew.

Press the seam and seam allowances open. 

Two mini string blocks sewn together
Seam allowances pressed out

Continue sewing squares together until you’ve sewn the whole row.

A row of blocks sewn together

Repeat with the next 5 rows.

6 rows of blocks

Now, sew those rows together, being careful to match the seams where the blocks were sewn together.  You’ll probably have a few that don’t match up perfectly.  That’s okay.  Some of mine didn’t match up perfectly and I think my patchwork still looks nice overall.

6 rows of blocks sewn together to make a patchwork panel

When you get done, you’ll have a pretty Patchwork Panel.

Sew the Wrap Front

Place the Top Panel across top of the Patchwork Panel, RST.  Sew across the top. 

Top panel sewn to the top of the patchwork panel

Press open.

Top panel pressed open

Place the Bottom Panel across the bottom of the Patchwork Panel, RST.  Sew across the bottom. 

Bottom panel sewn to the bottom of the patchwork panel

Press open.

Bottom panel pressed open

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse the fusible fleece to the back of the Wrap Front.

Fusible fleece fused to the back of the Wrap Front

Assemble the Pillow Wrap

*optional* Baste trim down both long edges of the Pillow Wrap Front, RST and raw edges aligned, using a 1/8” seam allowance.  The trim should be facing the inside of the wrap.

Trim basted down the sides of the wrap front

You can also wait until the pillow wrap is finished to add the trim, though you would need to attaching it using fabric glue in order to avoid an extra stitch line showing.

Place the Pillow Wrap Front and Lining RST.  Sew around all 4 sides leaving 3” open to turn.

Wrap Front and Lining placed right sides together and sewn around all 4 sides

Clip corners.  Turn right side out.  Press.

Press seam allowances to the inside at the turning hold.  Top stitch all the way around the Pillow Wrap.  This will close the hole.

Wrap Front with topstitching

Sew the “hook” side (the scratchy side) of the tape across the top of the Wrap Lining (the back of the wrap), centered horizontally and about ½” from the top edge.  Stitch around all 4 sides of the hook tape so it’s good and secure.

Hook and loop tape sewn to the top of the wrap lining

Now sew the “loop” side (the soft, fuzzy side) of the tape to the bottom of the Wrap Front.

You’ll need to place the Pillow Wrap around the Pillow so you can see how far up from the bottom it needs to be in order to connect with the hook tape.  I placed my loop tape about 1.5” from the bottom of the wrap, but it may be different for you depending on how fully your pillow is stuffed.

As before, stitch around all 4 sides of the tape to secure it.

Hook and loop tape sewn to the bottom of the Wrap Front

Your Patchwork Pillow Wrap is finished!

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