Friday, August 29, 2014

Blenders Blog Hop Day 4: Fleurish Subway Tile Pillow

Welcome back to the last day of our Blenders Blog Hop. We hope you've enjoyed seeing our blender lines--Burlap, Blush, and Fleurish, specifically--showcased in fun and easy tutorials! These blenders work beautifully on their own, as you've seen this week, and they also coordinate nicely with your favorite prints. Today, Nikki from The Girl Who Quilts is sharing her subway tile design pillow using the Fleurish collection from Kanvas. After scrolling through her tutorial, head over to her blog to see how you can enter for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Fleurish for yourself.

Hi! I'm Nikki from The Girl Who Quilts! I have a fun tutorial using the Fleurish blenders to create a pillow based on subway tile. The blocks could also be sewn up to create a great quilt! So, let's get started!

Tile Pillow Tutorial for Benartex

Supplies:
1/8 yd of 5 different fabrics
1 fat quarter for pillow back
14" zipper
16" pillow form*

Optional:
2 - 18" square batting pieces
1/2 yard lining

*This tutorial actually makes a 14 1/2" x 14 1/2" finished pillow. I used an older 16" pillow form that had lost its shape. The pillow form no longer filled a 16" x 16" cover, but works great for this project! Another option is to buy a less expensive pillow form, they typically aren't as full as the higher priced ones.

Cutting instructions:
Cut a 3 1/2" x WOF strip of each 1/8 yd cut.
Cut the fat quarter for the pillow back  to 18" x 18".
Cut the 1/2 yard of lining into 2 - 18" x 18" squares.

From the strip cut 9 pieces measuring 3 1/2" x 2". (Strip is shown folded over to cut 2 pieces at a time.)
Tile Pillow Tutorial for Benartex

Cut 2 pieces measuring 2" x 2".
Tile Pillow Tutorial for Benartex

Piece the rectangles and squares as follows:
Row A (top row in photo): Piece 4 of the 3 1/2" x 2" pieces together. Sew a 2" x 2" piece to each end of the strip to create a 15 1/2" x 2" strip.
Piece 5 of row A.

Row B (bottom row in photo): Piece 5 of the 3 1/2" x 2" pieces to create a 15 1/2" x 2" strip.
Piece 5 of row B.
Tile Pillow Tutorial for Benartex

Sew the 10 strips together, alternating rows A and B to create a 15 1/2" x 15 1/2" pillow front.
Tile Pillow Tutorial for Benartex

If you'd like to quilt the pillow front and back:
Layer the pillow front with a 18" x 18" piece of batting and lining.
Repeat for the pillow back.

Quilt as desired and square the pieces to 15" x 15".
At this point I like to serge or zig zag the raw edges of the pillow front and back.
Tile Pillow Tutorial for Benartex 

Lay the zipper on the bottom edge of the pillow back, with one end of the zipper tape at the pillow corner.
Tile Pillow Tutorial for Benartex
Pin the zipper in place and sew using a 1/4" seam.
I like to start my stitching at the metal zipper stop, and sew towards the zipper pull. I sew down as close as my presser foot will allow me to get to the zipper pull.
Tile Pillow Tutorial for Benartex 

Lay the other end of the zipper tape along the bottom edge of the pillow front. Again align one end of the zipper tape at the pillow corner.
Tile Pillow Tutorial for Benartex 

Pin the zipper in place and sew using a 1/4" seam. You may wish to open the zipper before sewing.
Tile Pillow Tutorial for Benartex

This is how the pillow should now look:
Tile Pillow Tutorial for Benartex

Open the zipper at least half way.
Tile Pillow Tutorial for Benartex

Fold the pillow so right sides are together. Pin around the sides and top of the pillow.
Tile Pillow Tutorial for Benartex

At the bottom corners, pull the zipper ends out of the way.
Tile Pillow Tutorial for Benartex

Sew around the sides and top of the pillow. On the bottom edge, stitch from the corner towards the zipper. Don't worry about getting too close to the zipper, just get as close as your presser foot will allow.
The red arrows show the gap in stitching.
Tile Pillow Tutorial for Benartex

Turn the pillow right side out and gently push out the corners.
The zipper tape may be sticking out right now.
Tile Pillow Tutorial for Benartex

Just tuck the ends into the pillow before zipping it closed!
Tile Pillow Tutorial for Benartex

Tile Pillow Tutorial for Benartex

Stuff the pillow form into the case, and you're done!Tile Pillow Tutorial for Benartex

Thanks, Nikki! 
Leave a comment below or on Nikki's blog for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Fleurish! Simply sign up to follow the Benartex blog  (use the email or Bloglovin' buttons in the right hand side bar and leave a comment letting us know that you do). For a second chance to win, follow Benartex's Sew Interesting page on Facebook and leave a comment here letting us know you do. The giveaway is open through Tuesday, September 2 at 11:59 pm EST and the winner's name will be randomly selected and announced next week. 

Be sure to check out the other tutorials we've featured all week long!

Blenders Blog Hop:
Tuesday 8/26: Christina from Sometimes Crafter featuring Burlap
Wednesday 8/27Caila from Caila Made featuring Burlap
Thursday 8/28: Benartex Blog Design Team featuring Blush
Friday 8/29: Nikki from The Girl Who Quilts featuring Fleurish
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87 comments:

  1. Pretty fabrics and nice tutorial. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  2. I'm a little confused because Nikki's blog says to come back here to find out how to enter.

    But since these things usually want you to be a follower, I will say that I am a bloglovin follower.

    I think I'm not a no-reply, but just in case: jhunsberger (at) gmail (d0t) c0

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  3. I've never put the zipper on the edge of a pillow before - usually put an invisable in the back. Something to think on. I love the effect of the Fleurish texture.

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  4. This pillow is lovely! I follow via GFC and email.

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  5. This is cute. I don't usually sew zippers, thanks for the tutorial.

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  6. HI, NEAT TUTORIAL!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  7. Inserting zippers in a sewing project (clothing included) used to be the bane of sewing for me. Then, I met basting tape, and zippers are now a breeze. Love the colors in this pillow project.

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  8. Great cushion!
    I follow your blog via email

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  9. Pretty pillow!! I've been a follower of Benartex via email for quite a while now. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  10. It's very pretty! I follow the blog on bloglovin

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  11. I follow your blog through e-mail.

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  12. I follow Benartex's Sew Interesting page on Facebook.

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  13. Thanks for the tutorial. Love follow your blog

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  14. Gayle Pulley paintedquiltsAugust 29, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Pretty fabrics! I follow by email.

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  15. I follow Sew in Love by email. Love how that pillow has so much texture!

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  16. I follow sew interesting on facebook

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  17. Love the pillow! I follow via GFC.

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  18. Love this pillow, I follow on bloglovin'.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  19. I love the blues! Thanks for the chance- Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

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  20. Great colors! Thanks for the very clear tutorial. I follow your blog via email.

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  21. Great tutorial and pillow! I follow here via email laura84watt(at)gmail.com

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  22. I follow on FB as Stitching Happily - thanks!

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  23. I love the blue fabrics use in this pillow. I follow her vie email.

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  24. Great texture using these colors in this pattern!

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  25. Love the color of the pillow. Thanks for the tutorial. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  26. I follow Benartex's Sew Interesting page on Facebook.

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  27. been a Benatex follower..email & Bloglovin, for quite awhile! Looove this Pillow!!! Thanks for Tutorial too!! :)

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  28. Blue is my favorite color. The pillow is very pretty and the quilting adds the finishing touch.

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  29. Pretty pillow! I follow via email.

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  30. I also like Benartex's Facebook page.

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  31. Beautiful pillow.I follow by email and GFC.

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  32. I also like Bernatex's page on Facebook.

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  33. Beautiful pillow, I love those shades of blue. I follow Benartex.

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  34. I LOVE blue!!! This bundle is incredibly attractive!!!

    bill_cheryl_holman at yahoo dot com

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  35. I love this fabric, I know just the person, that I can make a pillow for, my grandson, who just moved into his apartment. But most of all, I love your tutorial, I made a pillow last year the pillow cover ended up being too big for the pillow form, I was so disappointed. Your tutorial made it look so darn easy. I am going to copy & print this, so if I win, I will be able to make a great looking pillow.
    Linda King
    lindaking4070@yahoo.com

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  36. Lovely pillow and well done tutorial. I follow by email.

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  37. I love these blenders! And blue is my favorite color. Thanks for sharing ! I follow Sew In Love with Fabric via Bloglovin.

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  38. I follow Benartex's Sew Interesting page on Facebook. Thanks again!

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  39. I follow with Bloglovin. Beautiful fabric! sarah@forrussia.org

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  40. I follow Benartex on Facebook (not their Sew Interesting page- just the regular one). I'd sign up for another method but it's not showing any of the links/forms. Hopefully following via Facebook is okay for an entry!

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  41. Beautiful pillow. And great tutorial. Thanks. I have already signed up for the blog..

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  42. I love the colors. You gave me a great idea for a wedding gift. As the bride's favorite colors are purple and blue, I'd love to win. Thanks.

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  43. I forgot to say that I follow the blogs from both Benatex and "The Girl Who Quilts". I follow using email.

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  44. Love the pillow, my favorite colors.

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  45. I follow both blogs but entering is very confusing get Rafflecopter and make it easier for our old brains.

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  46. The blues in this fabric are really pretty!

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  48. This fun pillow tutorial is just in time for Christmas. Fleurish is a great blender.

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  49. Beautiful fabric and pillow. I follow the blog on GFC.

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  50. Stunning pillow and great tutorial. Thanks


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  51. I follow Sew In Love with Fabric on my RSS feeds and I love it. One of my favorite blogs

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  52. I follow on Sew Interesting on FB... can't seem to get on today GRRRR

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  53. I follow you on Facebook and blog lovin and email

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  54. I love this pillow and quilt design. I think I could do this one! I follow Benartex blog on bloglovin'.

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  55. I love this pillow and the design, and especially the colors. cdahlgren at live dot com

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  56. I follow your blog by email and bloglovin too, I believe. cdahlgren at live dot com

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  57. I have already joined Sew Interesting on Facebook. cdahlgren at live dot com

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  58. I follow on bloglovin and gfc.

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  59. I follow Benartex blog via Bloglovin.

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  60. I follow Benartex's Sew Interesting page on Facebook (Piroska B...).

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  61. I follow Sew Interesting on Facebook. kthurn@bektel.com

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  62. I really like this pillow. I get email updates and also follow of Bloglovin. kthurn@bektel.com

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  63. I love this pillow! I follow with Bloglovin. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  64. There's something so serene about all of these blues. Thanks for sharing your swag!

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  65. I love to make pillows. They add a lot to a sofa or bed.

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