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Sizzix Tutorial|Mini Dresden Pillow by Nicole Daksiewicz

Hi Sizzix friends, Nicole from Modern Handcraft here today with a fun way to use mini Dresdens - The Mini Dresden Pillow!

Sizzix Tutorial|Mini Dresden Pillow by Nicole Daksiewicz

My friends over at Andover Fabrics sent me a fun rainbow bundle of Mini Pearl Bracelets by Lizzy House and I knew I wanted to create something fun keeping in the "mini theme". Mini Dresdens seemed like the perfect choice and that is where I came up with a simple pillow project for you today using two dies: Sizzix Bigz L Die - Fan Blade 30 & Sizzix Bigz Die - Hexagons 1/2" sides.

Sizzix Tutorial|Mini Dresden Pillow by Nicole Daksiewicz

You will begin by prepping your fabrics for your Dresden - since there are 12 blades in the Dresden fan I chose 12 different colors. I used cuts measuring 18" x 5" from my fat quarter stack to create 9 finished Dresdens. You may also notice something new in the picture above - Sizzix has colorful cutting pads now!! I had to have the mint color - not only does it match my fabi machine, the color is just so fun for spring and summer.

Sizzix Tutorial|Mini Dresden Pillow by Nicole Daksiewicz

At your fabi machine, create your Sizzix sandwich by taking one cutting pad - fan blade die - up to 8 layers of cotton fabric - cutting pad and roll it through your fabi machine.

Sizzix Tutorial|Mini Dresden Pillow by Nicole Daksiewicz

When you're done you will have fun little fan blades like those shown above!

Sizzix Tutorial|Mini Dresden Pillow by Nicole Daksiewicz

To make your pointed ends simply take your widest end, fold it in half right sides together, and sew along end. Turn the point right side out, fold flat and press with a hot iron. I also like to use a knitting needle point to help push my points out, but be careful not to break through your seams.

Sizzix Tutorial|Mini Dresden Pillow by Nicole Daksiewicz

Stitch your Dresden fans going in color order - when finished press seams going all in one direction.

Sizzix Tutorial|Mini Dresden Pillow by Nicole Daksiewicz

For my pillow top I used a plain white to make the colorful Dresdens really pop - feel free to change this up a bit. I also liked the look of a quilted background.  To do this simply take your 22" x 22" piece of fabric and baste it to a 22" x 22" piece of quilt batting. Quilt using a straight line pattern or free motion. The pillow in this tutorial has a 1/4" straight line pattern.

Place your Dresdens on your pillow top in the pattern that you desire - I chose to place mine 3 x 3 on my pillow front. Glue down with a fabric glue - Aleene's fabric fusion works well, as does basic washable Elmer's school glue paired with a dry hot iron for a fast fix. Pick up each side, glue and press and then finish with the other side, being careful not to move your Dresden out of place.

Sizzix Tutorial|Mini Dresden Pillow by Nicole Daksiewicz

Once the glue has dried, stitch around the edges of your dresden to secure in place.

Sizzix Tutorial|Mini Dresden Pillow by Nicole Daksiewicz

For the middle of my Dresdens I chose to use some yellow wool felt with my Sizzix Bigz Die - Hexagon's 1/2". They are the prefect size to cover the middle area of the Dresden. A touch of glue secures the hexagon until you can sew around the edges.

Sizzix Tutorial|Mini Dresden Pillow by Nicole Daksiewicz

A quick stitch around each hexagon and you are now finished with your pillow front.

Sizzix Tutorial|Mini Dresden Pillow by Nicole Daksiewicz

Finish your pillow off in your favorite way - envelope back or zipper closure and you are finished!

Sizzix Tutorial|Mini Dresden Pillow by Nicole Daksiewicz

Sizzix Tutorial|Mini Dresden Pillow by Nicole Daksiewicz

Sizzix Tutorial|Mini Dresden Pillow by Nicole Daksiewicz

Sizzix Tutorial|Mini Dresden Pillow by Nicole Daksiewicz

We just love colorful projects in our home!

Hope you've enjoyed today's project and if you make one please share with us on social media by tagging @sizzix and @modernhandcraft in your post!

Thanks for stopping by today friends!

-Nicole

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Materials used in the project:

  • White Kona cotton fabric for pillow - (2) 22" x 22" pieces
  • 18" white zipper - 2" of white fabric added on each end to fit pillow size
  • Andover fabrics -  Mini Peal Bracelet (12) 18" x 5" pieces
  • Cotton Quilt Batting (2) 22" x 22" pieces
  • Small piece of yellow wool felt
  • Sewing machine and notions (rotary cutter, cutting mat, acrylic ruler, straight pins, white thread)

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