Sunday, December 22, 2019

Merry Little Christmas Stitch-Along — Day 11

Welcome back for the 11th and final day of the Merry Little Christmas Stitch-Along!

Today we're finishing our darling little pillows with an overlapping back and binding.

In addition to your quilted pillow top, you'll need:
  • ½ yard red print for pillow back
  • ¼ yard binding fabric
  • 16" x 16" pillow form

Once again, I'll include instructions here and on a printable pattern sheet—here's the link:

Day 11 - Finishing

Day 11:  Finishing

From the red print, cut:
  • (2) backing panels 12½" x 16½"

From the binding fabric, cut:
  • (2) binding strips 2½" x 42" (Width of Fabric)

1.  Trim the batting and muslin even with the quilted pillow top.

2.  Fold one long edge (16½”) of a backing panel toward the wrong side ½” twice and press to form a hem.

3.  Stitch close to the inside folded edge to finish the hem.

4.  Repeat to hem the second backing panel.

5.  Lay quilted pillow top face down on a flat surface.  Layer a backing panel on the back of the quilted pillow top sandwich with right side down and wrong side up, and raw edges aligned.

6.  In the same manner, layer the remaining backing panel on the opposite edge of the pillow top sandwich with raw edges aligned.

7.  Pin to secure all layers.  Machine baste ⅛” from raw edges if desired.

8.  Join the 2 binding strips and bind as usual.

9.  Insert pillow form.

10.  And voilà!  You did it!

Here's my finished pillow.  I really love how bright and colorful it is and that candy-striped binding is so sweet!

And here's a picture of both of my pillows together.  They're so different, but I love them both!

If you love the look of quilted projects embellished with appliqué and embroidery, you might want to take a look at my book, "Stitching for the Seasons."  Inside you'll find 20 seasonal quilting projects, 14 of which combine patchwork, embroidery and appliqué.  The book is available at booksellers and quilt shops—wherever you like to buy quilting books!  For more information and a peek inside, check out the book page on my website.

Stitching for the Seasons

Thank you so much for following along with the Merry Little Christmas Stitch-Along.  I've thoroughly enjoyed being your host and I hope that you've had fun stitching your way through the season!  

But most of all, I hope you have yourself a Merry Little Christmas and a Happy New Year!

All my best,


Casey, my sweet quilting companion