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Be Bold With This Black & White Triangle Pillow DIY!

Be Bold With This Black & White Triangle Pillow DIY!

Hello! Jessee here, from an Art School Dropout’s life, with a super easy tutorial for the front of this bold triangle pillow.

This might be one of the easiest pillow tops I've made for the Sizzix blog to date. It looks very busy and a little complicated, but I only used the Sizzix Bigz L Die - Triangles, 2 1/2" H x 4 1/2" W die to make it.

Be Bold With This Black & White Triangle Pillow DIY!

Supplies Needed:

To get the exact same look as my pillow I suggest only Black & White fabric. The lighter versions of mine have more white than black, and the darker versions have more black than white. I also added in one light fabric with grey and one with gold for fun! By keeping it mostly pure Black and White, you get a much more modern and bold look.If you add grey or any other color, you have to be a lot more careful of the fabric placement because you don't want your eye drawn to whatever corner you stick those.

Be Bold With This Black & White Triangle Pillow DIY!

After picking out my fabric, but before cutting in to it, I measure the die. I want to know how big the actual cutting area is, so i can cut my fabric to prevent too much waste. The cutting area of this die is 5"x6". So I cut out a piece of card stock that was 5.5"x6.5" as my template. I went a half inch larger on each side because I wanted to account for fabric shifting while cutting.

Be Bold With This Black & White Triangle Pillow DIY!

I then ironed all of my fat quarters and used my card stock template to roughly cut out the amount of fabric I needed. I only cut one 5.5"x6.5" rectangle from each fabric. So 12 of the light, and 12 of the dark.

Be Bold With This Black & White Triangle Pillow DIY!

One of the benefits of cutting them a half inch larger is I can also use the edge of the die to line up any fabrics that I want to cut precisely. This is good for designs that have stripes, polka dots or anything else in a row.

I ended up with perfectly straight cuts, even when I layered my fabrics 6-7 deep.

Just like with any other quilting project, you want to run your fabric through using the Sizzix sandwich: Cutting plate, then die with blades facing upon top, then your fabric whichever way it needs to be facing and then another cutting plate on top of that. I had a few thinner fabrics, but I notice that 6 is the magic number for how many layers of quilting weight you can do at once and still get a clean cut. Some brands are thinner and I can get up to 8 no issue, but it really is a trial and error situation after 6.

Be Bold With This Black & White Triangle Pillow DIY!

After I ran all of the fabric through, I separated them in to two piles. One for light fabric, and one for dark. You end up with four of each fabric design by the way.

Be Bold With This Black & White Triangle Pillow DIY!

I like to lay out my fabrics before I stitch them together. No matter how scrappy or random my finished pieces may look, it was always intentional (with the exception of one hexagon project I have been working on for years. It's a large jumbled mess)

Be Bold With This Black & White Triangle Pillow DIY!

For this one I laid out the pieces alternating which had the lights on top and bottom and which had them left and right. I also made sure to keep similar pieces far apart from each other, so it was all spread out more. Once i was happy with the outcome, I took a photo with my phone as a legend of sorts.

Be Bold With This Black & White Triangle Pillow DIY!

OK, now we are finally ready for the assembly instructions!

Above you will see an example of the layout before stitching it all together.

Be Bold With This Black & White Triangle Pillow DIY!

Using a 1/4" seam allowance throughout (I recommend a 1/4" piecing foot for all sizzix projects), start piecing together the left piece and the bottom, and then the top piece and the right piece. Press your seams to the dark side, or open, that is 100% your choice.

Be Bold With This Black & White Triangle Pillow DIY!

You'll end up with something similar to the above photo if everything went smoothly.

Next you will match the center seams up and sew these two pieces together.

Be Bold With This Black & White Triangle Pillow DIY!

That's it for the blocks! It's super easy, and since the corners are dog eared from the start, there isn't any trimming involved. There is a little bit of ironing though. You want your blocks nice and crisp for the next step.

Be Bold With This Black & White Triangle Pillow DIY!

From here you just sew all the blocks together in the same order as in the example photo. Mine is shown above.

Be Bold With This Black & White Triangle Pillow DIY!

Quilting and pillow assembly will be determined by your personal preference.

I used my walking foot to follow the diagonal lines my patchwork created to give the whole thing a grid like look. However you could go all swirly, or curvy or just lots and lots of straight lines. It's all up to you.

For the assembly I quilted a 20.5" square piece of fabric really simple with straight lines and then I added an invisible zipper on the bottom as my closure choice. Invisible zipper installation would need it's own tutorial to explain, I suggest YouTube!

Be Bold With This Black & White Triangle Pillow DIY!

Be Bold With This Black & White Triangle Pillow DIY!

Be Bold With This Black & White Triangle Pillow DIY!

I am just so in love with how this pillow came out! It's absolutely perfect for my couch.

I'm also super impressed with the ease of the design. I kind of want to explore all the possibilities a little more. Have any of you tried it? I'd love to see examples.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my post today. I'll be back soon with another photo heavy tutorial, I promise.

~ Jessee M

@jessee_artschooldropout / www.artschooldropout.net

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Other Materials Used:

  • 12 Fat quarters in a light color
  • 12 Fat quarters in a dark color
  • Coordinating thread
  • Cotton Batting
  • 21" square piece of fabric for the back

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