Hello! Jessee here, from an Art School Dropout's life, to share my first Sizzix tutorial - for a super easy tumbler patchwork pillow using some very colorful work space themed fabrics.
Windham Fabrics very generously sent me a fat quarter bundle of this soon-to-be-released fabric line called Desk Job along with some scraps of their new Artisan Cottons. I knew right away I wanted to make a pillow, because you can never have too many pillows, and I felt like it was the best way to use these playful designs!
After much thought, I decided on the Mini Tumbler die as my jumping off point. I felt like the shape allowed you to see most of the designs without cutting off too much.
I started by cutting a strip off each fat quarter measuring 5" x 18". I then folded the strips into thirds, so I had three quick layers measuring 5" x 6" each. This was the quickest way for me to cut into the fabrics, but a more precise way would be to cut 5" squares (or use a charm pack).
I then made a die cutting sandwich which goes like this: cutting pad, die (foam side up), fabric, and then another cutting pad. Then I just cranked them through and repeated the process until I had used every single fabric design for the set.
Even with designs that look like they were just thrown together, I always have a plan. So to make sure no two designs were too close to each other, I laid out all of the pieces on my cutting table and moved them around until I had a layout I was happy with. At this point I always take a picture of the layout in case anything gets shifted.
I originally was going to make an 18" pillow, but after messing around with it all a bit I ended up with a 16" pillow. If you would also like to make a 16" pillow then it would take 88 pieces to accomplish this. 11 tumblers across in 8 rows. For an 18" pillow its would be 117 pieces, 13 tumblers across in 9 rows (with some trimming of course).
Now it's time for assembling the pieces! I like to do this one row at a time, it helps with confusion and keeps everything in place. Using a 1/4" seam I chain piece two tumblers at a time, and then I piece all of those together into a row. As you can see in the above photo, I keep my phone nearby with the chosen layout as my lock screen photo so I don't lose my place.
Once all of the rows are pieced and I've ironed them flat, I match up the seams and I pin. I actually use a lot of pins to make sure there is no shifting. You could also glue baste them together. I just like an open seam with this style piecing. You can see the front and back of two rows pieced above.
After all eight rows are pieced together I iron the entire thing flat and check that all the seams line up. To prep for quilting I use Quilt Basting Spray to attach the top to a piece of batting. It's my favorite way to baste a quilt!
It took me awhile to decide on how I wanted to quilt the pillow top, but in the end I settled on straight horizontal lines, 1/4" from the seam. I then also went through and stitched a line directly in the middle of the rows of tumblers, just to give it a bit more texture.
Here is where you get to choose your way of finishing up this pillow! You could do an envelope closure, a zipper across the back, a hidden zipper on the bottom OR my chosen way or doing this - snaps.
If you'd like to hear about how I do it, keep reading...
For the back of the pillow I cut out a piece of fabric measuring 17" x 19". The fabric I used was an orange crosshatch design from Windham fabrics Oh Clementine line. I repeated the same steps above and spray basted the fabric to some batting and quickly quilted it up using wavy lines with no precision.
I then squared up and trimmed the back to 16.5" x 18.5". To prep it even more, I cut that piece into two pieces measuring 8.5" x 16.5" and 11" x 16.5". Then I folded the 16" side by 1/2" and ironed, and then repeated it again another 1/2". I top stitched it into place and repeated those same steps with the other piece. This process preps the pieces for snap placement while also containing any raw edges.
I like using plastic snaps when I make pillows for my own home because its very child friendly. When I make pillows for others, I use metal snaps because it just looks prettier.
The system I use is by KAM Snaps, which has its own set of tools and process. You can see the raw pieces, and finished look above.
Once the snaps have been set and snapped up, place both pieces wrong sides together and stitch around the sides using a 1/4" seam. I like to go around a second time using either my serger or a zig zag stitch to help secure the edges. Then you just turn it inside out and insert the proper pillow form...
Ta-Da! The pillow is finished! This would make a great gift for just about anyone you know, plus it's goes together rather quickly with the help of the die.
Thank you for stopping by and reading my first post here on the Sizzix Blog! I can't wait to share more in the coming months.
~ Jessee M
@jessee_artschooldropout / www.artschooldropout.net
Desk Job Fat Quarter Bundle by Fierce Mally for Windham Fabrics
1/2 yard of Oh Clementine Fabric in Ornage from Windham Fabrics
Natures Touch Cotton batting by Pellon
505 Adhesive Spray
KAM Snaps & Tool
16" Pillow Form