patchwork pillows

It was time for a little change in our den! (don’t you love that just changing out the pillows can sometimes give enough of a change?!)

We’ve had the same pillows on this couch for quite a while now, and while I really liked them, I thought it was time to switch them out. I had made the hexagon pillow covers during my hexagon-making phase, and they work nicely with the blue on our walls, so I decided to pull out those fabrics again for some corresponding patchwork covers.

I quilted the tops, and backed them with some Hope Valley, making an envelope closure (no zippers in the house, and no desire to go to JoAnn’s!)

I love how the pillows look together, and it’s definitely nice to have a little change! And who knows, perhaps if I look at these pillows enough, I’ll be motivated to finally finish up that manly quilt!

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53 Responses to patchwork pillows

  1. 1
    Pam says:

    Cute! Also love love love that quilt on the couch. Which one is it?

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    Alice S says:

    nice color combo. I love your white couch too!

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    Jenny L says:

    They look great! I love the robin’s egg blue with grays. It never occurred to me to try binding pillows instead of using piping or cording (which always turn out disastrous for me). Was adding the binding your very last step after the pillow was sewn together envelope-style? Did you apply it just as you would on a quilt? I’m itching to try this now!

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      ashley says:

      I quilted the front and then made the backing (backing was in two pieces for the envelope closure). Then pinned the front and back together (wrong sides together) and attached the binding just as you would for a quilt.

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    randi says:

    i love those colors! the pillows look great!

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    kelly says:

    How much better does it make me feel that you’ve got an unfinished project?!?!?? πŸ˜‰
    Lovely pillows. Get the quilt done. πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see it and I think the pillows would love having a friend to hang out with! πŸ™‚

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    Flying Blind says:

    Absolutely love all the cushions, my favourite colours, and that quilt really does need finishing before that baby comes (otherwise you will never get round to anything for the next 3 years!!).

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    Liz says:

    Lovely! Oh, and a white couch… how pretty, and what a disaster it would be in my house! Darn dirty kids. πŸ™‚

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    Katrina says:

    I love the color that your living room is painted. Do you happen to know what the brand and color is? The pillows and quilts coordinate perfectly!

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    Linda says:

    Great pillows(and that quilt)! I was also thinking, “hmm, a white couch….baby coming…..potential for disaster….lol!” Can you tell I have kids?? 😎

  11. 15

    Gorgeous, Ashley! Bright and cheerful yet sophisticated. Love them.

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    Alisa says:

    Beautiful work. I love the colors you’ve used. I too am cracking up at the thought of a white couch with a little one running around! πŸ™‚ The pillows are gorgeous.

  13. 17
    margaret says:

    those are FABULOUS, I LOVE, Love, love them. GReat color combination.

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    Brenda says:

    I love those colors on the white couch … bright but wintery. Looking at these pillows and your potholders in the post above … I’m thinking I may need to start working to Christmas-i-fy my couch pillows. I smell a project coming on!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Brenda says:

      Also thinking about little one and the white couch … you may want to start thinking about working on some slipcovers! I can only imagine the cute things you’ll come up with in that department … an how much fun will looking at all that fabric be?!

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    luciep says:

    Your pillows are beautiful and sure look great in your living room! I also love the colors you picked.

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    Charity says:

    The pillows are great! Definitely inspiring me to dust off my machine and whip off some of my own… :o)

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    Brooke says:

    I love those patchwork pillows…such a simple design, but oh so cute!

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    Raven says:

    So pretty!! I’m just laughing at your WHITE couch……enjoy that now, hehehe!
    You have inspired me 100% to quit talking about pillows and go make some! We’ve needed them for-ever! πŸ™‚

  19. 24

    They look awesome Ashley. We have couch collection except mine is the one with two large back pillows instead of three. We definatly share the same taste in fabric and decor!!

  20. 25
    Yvette says:

    I have cushion covers on my To-Sew list and now I want to make them quilty like yours too! πŸ˜€ LOVE THEM!

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    Shannon says:

    Love those pillows! You did a great job. I have been thinking about making new pillows for our living too. There is nothing wrong with the ones we have now I just have been thing of some kind of patch work will be awesome. I have never made a pillow envelope style but am going to try this time, was it hard?

  22. 27
    Debbie says:

    I just love all of your pillows!!!

  23. 28

    Love the pillows! And I love that white sofa!! It would not do in my home because we live on a farm but I can dream. πŸ™‚

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    Jodi says:

    As always – nicely done and great presentation. So you used an envelope backing for the pillows. So does that mean you use pillow forms, and which ones cause yours look so inviting and comfy! Do tell.

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    Jodi says:

    One more thing… do you do all you own machine top quilting? That is an area I have not dared to tackle but would love to try, maybe start with some straight lines?

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    Suzanne says:

    These are so gorgeous. I second that a tutorial is needed for the those of us (ME) that have no idea how to make an envelope pillow case – or any pillow case for that matter. I love the colours and they go so beautifully with the room. I think you have inspired me to make some for my lounge too.

  27. 34

    Very cute pillows and they look great on your couch. Your WHITE couch! Have you started to wonder how the white is going to go over with a baby in the family? Maybe a little recovering is in order!

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    Emily S says:

    Lovely pillows – I’m loving the hexagons!

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    Lisa says:

    Love – I worked the polls yesterday and was able to work on my hexagons between signing voters in – they’re like potato chips – can’t stop at one!

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    Kathryn says:

    gorgeous!! I love these “manly” colours LOL… You almost inspire me to get the patience to try hexies because they look SO gorgeous. Empasis on the almost though πŸ™‚ I will one day…

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    Renee says:

    Love the cushions, and love how you quilt them, great colours, Ren x

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    saripu says:

    Aww! I love all your ideas!!

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    Fran says:

    The pillows are very graphic and sharp. Great colours. I, too, wondered about your wall colour. Thanks for the information. It would be nice to have a spot on your site just for general questions. There is a lot we would like to ask you such as, “How much do you sew every day?”.

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    Meg says:

    I adore those colors! great pillows!

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    Eryn says:

    I am looking to revamp my entire downstairs starting with my couch. Those colors are just what I’m leaning towards. Can you share some of the fabrics/prints that you used in your pillows? I recognize some…

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    Terri says:

    Love these pillows! They coordinate so well in this room, with the white couch and blue walls. I love the look of binding on pillows.

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    Angla says:

    Your pillows are so pretty Ashley! And what are you going to do with that white couch once that little baby boy gets here?? πŸ™‚ xx

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    erin says:

    these look great! i really love how simple sometimes is just spectacular.

  39. 46
    Holly says:

    Hello! I have been following your blog for quite awhile now and never left a comment. However, your blog continues to be a favorite of mine. I do like the pics and inspiration you give. I am starting a blog and wanted to let you know I listed your blog as a favorite. Thanks.

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    Lolkate says:

    Those colours are the colours of our bedroom and I wish I’d made these instead of buying ready made ones at $45 – $60 a pop etc. Beautiful!

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    Marie says:

    Wow, these look amazing! Thanks so much for sharing the photos. I’m trying to think of ideas for Christmas gifts and these might do the trick! I’m wondering if you can tell me how to make the piping form a nice corner like that? I just got my sewing machine last year and there is so much to learn!

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    Jody says:

    Hi Ashley,

    Can you tell me what color the blue piping is? It’s beautiful. Thanks.

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    Minnie says:

    Love these cushion covers, the blue binding really finishes the quilted ones off and the hexagons ones are just my style!

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    Mary Ann Stassen says:

    Can you give me the dimensions of your pillow and the size of the squares that you sewed together for these cute pillows? I could figure it out, but math is my least favourite part about sewing…so if you could lend a hand, I would love it!

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