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Crafty Patchwork Pillow

Louise Silk, FiberArtist

Crafty Patchwork Pillow

Louise Silk, FiberArtist

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7 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Crafty Memory Pillow Introduction

    • 2. Memory Pillow: Gather Your Materials

    • 3. Memory Pillow: Cutting Your Pillow Back

    • 4. Memory Pillow: Cutting Your Patches

    • 5. Memory Pillow Hand Piecing

    • 6. Memory Pillow Piecing

    • 7. Memory Pillow Pillow Case Construction

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Learn to create a pillow case using your personal materials


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Louise Silk



Hello, I'm Louise Silk. I've been making quilts with meaning and memory for over forty years. I wrote the book The Quilting Path: A Guide to Spiritual Discovery through Fabric, Thread, and Kabbalah.

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1. Crafty Memory Pillow Introduction: welcome. I'm Louise Silk on Die Have you up here with me in my studio loft bedroom because I want you to see all of the collection of quotes, my personal collection. I make memory quilts for people. I use their materials of memory to make quotes for them. And these are my personal memory quilts. And today I'm going to teach you the first project for how to make memory quilts. And that's how to make a memory quote, pillow pillows, a good first project. It's easy on, um, very manageable. In the front of it will be materials of memory that are important to you. These air old T shirts of mine that are important to me and old pieces of quilt. And then for the back of the the pillow I use a front of a dress or a shirt is important to me. It's real simple, because then you can unbutton it and insert the pillow insert in there, but we'll show you that more We get downstairs. Here's another example. Another pillow. Again. It has shorts that are important to me from Pittsburgh Pittsburgh T shirt on the back Is this really nice velvet shirt that I used to love to wear 2. Memory Pillow: Gather Your Materials: here we are my studio. This is my work table, Andi, I'm gathering together all the materials that I'm going to make. I'm going to use to make the pillow. I'm making a pillow for my husband, Steve. So you know, from time to time when he's gonna get rid of something piece of clothing and I always tuck it away. This is a hat. An old hat of his that's very worn out. And he doesn't free doesn't work anymore. So I'm gonna show you how to deconstruct a hat. He has again T shirts. He wears them a lot. And when they're all used up this labral meeting for him an old pair of khakis that have a kind of a way that he wears amount, that you'll recognize this khaki and some T shirts that we have made together. And then the most important thing is, though, as a shirt front buttoned down that I'm going to use for the back of the pillow. And I've already cut the shirt apart. And finally you're gonna need a pillow form whatever size pillow, pillow, insert whatever size you want to make you get this. If you haven't, I can hear you. They have great pillow inserts that chief our Joan's online, and I'm going to make a 16 inch pillow. This is a 16 inch pillow form, so now it's your job to go and collect materials of memory that are important for you, and then we'll go on to the next step. 3. Memory Pillow: Cutting Your Pillow Back: gathered all your materials, and now it's time to start cutting. We're making a 16 inch pillow on when I make a pillow. I really like to put a two inch flanges all the way around the edge. It creates a nice finish, and it gives you an opportunity to use more of your fabrics. So for a 16 inch pillow, we'll have two inches to each side. It will be 20 inches and in seam allowance for patchwork. Quilting is 1/4 of an inch, so we have to cut a square that's 20 and 1/2 by 20 in a house. And I have a wonderful cutting system here. It's called a rotary cutter, and it uses a plastic ruler and a self feeling that if you have one of those, it's great. If not, you're gonna have to draw with a pencil and use a nice pair of fabric shears. But I don't have to do that. So remember, I cut this this shirt and I have already cut off this leaves and cut out the back, and now what I have to do is figure out how to make a 20 a half square so the first thing I'm gonna do is measure it and cut off the top and get top edge that straight. So you see, here's how the rotary cutter works. Just press on it and then this is left over. We can use this for patches, and then I'm gonna measure down 20.5 inches on the board. You could measure on the board and also with the ruler. So I get to what's called 8.5 here and then it's pretty easy. I just lined up the ruler again. This is extra, might work later on for a patch, and then when you do the same thing at the far end, we're going to get this extra. Don't press quite hard enough on your ruler will be a 20 a half on this side. It's just perfect. If you're short, wasn't wide enough or long enough then what you could do is cut. The square is Bigas. You can make it or a rectangles because you could make it and just make sure that you have the buttons kind of in the middle, and then you can take an extra shirt and just be something onto the back of it. It looks cool. Sometimes it looks even better. He's a little more work, but it just looks better. 4. Memory Pillow: Cutting Your Patches: I have the shirt and I'm going to use it is the template for the patchwork that's gonna be on front front of the pillow and because it's a 20 inch square, I figured out that I could make 4.5 inch squares, the five across and five down and B 25 4.5 inch for inch squares. Explain the half inch in a minute that would make a pillow that's 25 inches, 25 squares. I'm not gonna actually do that, but for you, for your first time. If you're overwhelmed and you want to be simple, you can cut out for inch squares. Plus, you need a seam allowance if you would. So for it. If you would just put cut foreign squares and sew them together, it would be smaller. It end up being smaller. So again in patchwork, use 1/4 inch seam allowance so you're gonna cut Your patch is 4.5 inches, and you'll have to cut 25 of them so that it will fit across the whole top of the pillow. I'm gonna take my first piece of fabric, and this is the pair of shorts that my husband really liked. And it has a funny finished that he put on the button here. And what I'm gonna do is try to figure out what I tried to do is figure out to include the interesting parts of the peace and also something that's gonna be easy for me to. So So, for example, I wouldn't want so right over that in any way because it would be harder. But again, we said we're going before four inch intervals, so I would look it for 4.5, and that's gonna be just perfect for free making the Palin. And then I'm gonna do it this way. I look at it and then I'm gonna measure it. If it's four inch intervals, it could be also anade inch. It could be also 12 inch. So again you could be flexible. And it looks like we have a really nice 12 inch piece here, which includes the pocket and includes the buttonhole. So I'm gonna go for this first piece for 12.5 inch, and I might end up having to cut it down later to make it fit because it ends up being like a big puzzle. But let's start with that and see, So this is all extra for right now. This is the back of the parking, and what I'm gonna do is just lay it on here. I don't really know yet where it's gonna go, but I'm just gonna lay it on here. Well, the next piece we're gonna cut is this T shirt on. When I cut T shirts, I always use the double. I use the back as well as the front. You need two layers because T shirts stretch out and they don't hold up a swell. So two layers will really make a big difference for you. If there's something that you want on the back and the front, then you can cut them separately and then double way or them for this one. There's nothing on the back, so it's no problem. And I know that this logo is going to be important. So I'm just gonna look and see, and it logo is exactly eight inches, even eight inches. It's a little narrow, but eight inches square, so I can cut in 8.5 inch square and it will be perfect. So first I'm going to cut off the bottom and then I'm going. Teoh, I'm gonna try to get it 8.5 inch across, and it's really great that I have the board to follow. But if not, you have to draw with a pencil a ruler before you cut it. And, um, I'll start with this right now. I'm cutting it to nine and the engine out to figure out. Remember, I'm kind of an eight inch square, but it has to be 8.5 because we are using the seam allowance and, um, just cut this down to eat waste. Whenever I finished with other, I always close it. And now I'm gonna put on this next piece of this. I don't know exactly again where it's gonna go. I'm still playing with it, but now I've got two pieces put on and I'm beginning again to make the puzzle. Mom, if I look at the next piece I have to do is this, uh, this this T shirt that we made with our grandchildren? And there's this cute little money or the butterflies have to pick something I'm gonna use for it again. I'm gonna cut that into a square and added on, I'm going to keep on going with all the pieces, the one everything. I just want to show you before you go ahead and start cutting yours is the hat. The hats kind of a problem, right? Because you can't really just so hat down. So you have to deconstruct the hats and then see what you can figure out for it and just have a lot that's here and just cut it out. You have to try to figure out how to get a black patch. I just wanted to show you, and it could be true that you have something else odd that someone gives you them. They said, Can you think up with this into your into my memory pillow? And you have to say, OK, don't think about it like it might be interesting to put this. I don't know yet about that. But anyway, right now, first oval on do is figure out how to get the hat into a flat piece. Just look at this and you see how it's starting to flatten out now. And then I'm gonna think I'm no No, it's certainly not gonna get more than a 4.5 inch squares. It might even be that once I kind of cut this down. I might have to Maybe so if I have another T shirt or actually I could use some this leave of this T shirt, I might be able to so some of the hat onto it to make the square. And I'm gonna play with that. And I finished doing all of my patches on. We'll get back together again. When you also have done all your patches, we'll be ready to start to sell. 5. Memory Pillow Hand Piecing: already. That hand piece. You see, I have made all my blocks. Some of them are 4.5 by 4.5, some 8.5 by 4.5 years in 8.5 by half, and altogether it's gonna add up to this 20 inch square, and what we're gonna do is we're going to piece it by machine. But just in case you don't have machine and you still want to do the project, I just want to stop for men and show you how to do ham. P. Sitting and piecing is really pretty easy. Regular important needle A seven or an eight, and you want to use quilting thread. It's a threat that you could buy in any fabric store in and has a silicone finish on. It makes it a little stronger and easier to use. And then what you do is you not the thread, and you take a little small running stitch 1/4 of an inch from the edge, because remember we a porter finished seam allowances. Can you see that? It's just a little running stitch and here's the secret. This is why I can just couldn't tell you to Just use the running stitch mingles is every time you have a running stitch and then every time you start again, you go behind it and do a little back stitch, and that makes it really strong and will last cause you know, however you give your pillow to they're gonna want Holden and lay their head on and you want to last a long time. So you do is go into 1/4 an inch from the edge, back stitching every time. And then you make a little not go through the loop three times That creates, but not you. Cut the thread and that's the way you would construct by hand all of your patches. Now we're going to stop and to function. 6. Memory Pillow Piecing: ready to peace. The quilt patchwork. And it's, you know, puzzling what you really want to always be able to do with so in straight lines. So I'm just going to start up here in the corner. And also, what I always do is put the mic sides up, make sure they look right and then put right sides together. And then most machines of press support is 1/4 inch. So you're gonna back stitch just down and run off that blocks the stitch, and then I would just take it and put it back, make sure I like it that it's right. And then I go right on to the next one again, right sides up, right sides together. That's and down. So, by the way, this is an industrial machine. Probably that's not what you have. But I really like it because it does a couple things that just make it everything really faster for me. But you use a regular machine in domestic CI. It'll be fine. So again, I know I'm gonna keep constructing. So now I'm gonna take these to sell them together and put into this this to this and put those all together and keep working all the way down until I have one solid patchwork top 7. Memory Pillow Pillow Case Construction: the top is finished, it's all patched. We have the back of a pillow, and now we're going to construct a pillow. It's a pillow case, really? So you're going to take it again, right sides up, right sides facing each other, and all I'm going to do is pin the corners. And I realized on the last step when I was pinning when I was sewing old Patchwork, you might notice that I didn't use pens. And you said, What? Poppins? And of course, you should use pins whenever you want to. You know, I've been working quickly with an industrial machine for a long time, so I don't often need pins. But this is one time when I dio. So all I'm doing is pinning each corner and then we're gonna take it over the machine to sew it. What we're gonna do is so all the four edges all the way around, and it doesn't matter if they're a little bunch in the middle or on the outside. The important thing is to make the edges matched. What we'll do is start 1/4 of an inch from the edge, put the needle in lower the presser foot. And now get make sure the edges air matched up backstage there every time you stopped to make sure the edges air mixed. Okay? You should leave the needle in, so that just keeps your place everything. Now I have that pin down the end there to make sure that the corners air matched. Get down to 1/4 village from the edge. You gonna lift? Oppressive. What? Leaving the needle in turning it can make sure the edges they matched up. One going and I'm gonna so off for Besides, I've sewn it. I want to just make sure that I caught all the edges. I'm gonna turn it over and I'm gonna unbutton the shirt, which is where this becomes really cool. And I'm gonna take the corners and pull them out. And if I have trouble getting the mountain like use a pin to kind of see how before I can get them, you do all four corners like that that I'm going to take it over here and I'm gonna iron the edges flat so that I'll be able to So the fringe, we're back to the machine. And now we're going to do this final top stitching to make the plans. Now on my machine, I know that I have a mark here and that measures the two inches or thereabouts for the plans. So you might have to take it a ruler and put a piece of tape. So you know where it is on your machine. And what I'm gonna try to do is figure out where that is and I'm gonna start both from the top and from the inside so that I'm gonna be sewing right to make that sewage plant and I will back stitch and they go all the way straight down trying to guide the fabric. So you keep that straight. Now, I think I'm gonna get to where I think it is. We believe the needle in turn, it's pretty good. But it could be that I went too far, not far enough. Then I would have to go back and fix it, get to the right place. But this is great. Now I just want to say one more thing, and that is when you're going to go over. Remember, your shirt back is here in the buttons, and you just want to feel underneath to make sure that you're not going to sew into a button and like, break the button. So just go slow when you get to the part where it's going over. But just feel, make sure begin. You'll just keep now. So in all the way around back sticks to finish the top stitching. Here we have the finished product are pillow front with all the patchwork the back with shirt front, just to say that I had a little label that I sold on their before. Maybe you want to sign your name in a permanent marker. If you don't have label or embroider it, sure they'll be fine. One of your do is open up the buttons and put the pillow in. I'm gonna bring it all the way up to the first corner. Then this is the tough part. Just getting that last corner in there. But those buttons that opening makes it really easy. Just fill out the corners, button your shirt. There you have a really great memory pillow