Running out of wall space to show off your awesome minis? Or just want an alternate way to display?
This tutorial is for making your mini quilts into pillows! Mini- Quillows!
“What’s the big deal?” you ask. “Just sew on a back and stuff like you would any throw pillow. It’s not that difficult.” Except-with that method you are making a pillow that will always be a pillow. It’s very unlikely to hang flat against the wall, so it can’t be displayed as a mini. That’s perfectly fine if you definitely want a pillow.
But- what do you do if you (or your recipient) are undecided on mini vs pillow?
With this tutorial I’m going to show you how to make a mini quilt that is ALSO a pillow. One that is just as happy hanging on the wall as it is stuffed and sitting on the couch?! That’s right- you can have your mini and pillow it too!
Here’s how it works:
1. Make your mini quilt top. Quilt it but don’t bind yet
2. Measure your mini and make a backing at least slightly bigger than the quilt.
*Note on the pillow backing: I like to leave at least an inch on each side so I’m not struggling or twisting to line up the top and back. The type of backing is up to you but it MUST be something that can open to put in a pillow. Invisible zippers and envelope backings are both great options. Avoid things like large buttons that could cause unnecessary bulk. I like to skip quilting the back just to make sure it lays as flat as possible. Instead I just use a light iron on interfacing if needed.
3. Stack your mini and backing together wrong sides together and pin baste, making sure everything lays as flat as possible
4. Sew around all 4 sides with a basting stitch. This doesn’t need to be beautiful or at a set distance from the edge- it just needs to hold everything so you can bind without struggling. You will remove it later.
6. Bind as you would a regular quilt. Remove any basting stitches you can see.
TaDa! It’s a mini- oh wait it’s a pillow- oh wait…it’s BOTH!!!