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Dinosaur pillow tutorial

I’m going to show you how to stitch a 3-1/2″ Road To Tennessee quilt block and construct an 18″ pillow cover. Let’s begin!

To make each Road To Tennessee block, you’ll need (1) 3-1/2″ Dinosaur square and (2) 2″ background squares for a total of (36) 3-1/2″ Dinosaur squares and (72) 2″ background squares to complete your pillow top. Draw a diagonal line on the back of each square with a pencil.

Dinosaur pillow tutorial

With right sides together, place a white square on each opposite corner of an 3-1/2″ square. Stitch on the line.

Dinosaur pillow tutorial

Trim a 1/4″ away from the stitched lines.

Dinosaur pillow tutorial

Press your seams open.  *This reduces bulk and makes it easier to match your seams on this particular block.

Dinosaur pillow tutorial

Lay your pillow out in a 6×6 setting and rotate the blocks as shown and sew.

Dinosaur pillow tutorial

Cut a 19-1/2″ piece of batting. This is where all those batting scraps come in handy!

Layer your pieced pillow on top of the batting, pin and quilt as desired. I quilted a 1/4″ on each side of my seams.

Dinosaur pillow tutorial
Trim to an 18-1/2″ square.

Dinosaur pillow tutorial
Cut (1) 18-1/2″ square of fabric. This will be your pillow lining. I use a lining on my custom orders because it hides all of the quilting/threads and batting for a more finished look.
Cut (2) 13″x18-1/2″ pieces for your pillow backing.
**Place your quilted pillow on top of the 18-1/2″ lining. ‘Square up’ and trim any excess to make them the exact same size. Sometimes after quilting your work, it ‘shrinks‘ a bit, so if your top doesn’t exactly measure 18-1/2″, that’s still ok. Just make sure that your pieces are the same size as your top. This will help when stitching through all of your layers when sewing your finished piece together.

For the pillow backing, turn under 1/2″ on the 18-1/2″ long side and press. Turn under again, press and top stitch the hem for each piece. Attach your label now if you have one. I stitched mine on the outer backing part of the hem. You now have 4 pieces for your pillow.

Dinosaur pillow tutorial

Layer them in the following order and pin, being careful to match all of your seams. Pin well.

Dinosaur pillow tutorial
Pillow liner right side down.
Pillow top right side up
Outer backing piece right side down
Inner backing piece right side down

Stitch around your pillow with 1/2″ seam. Clip your corners . Zig Zag around your raw edges to decrease fraying.

Turn your pillow cover right side out through the backing envelope. Push your corners out and insert your 18″ pillow form.

You’re all finished!

Dinosaur fabric 18" pillow tutorial

The possibilities are endless when it comes to these covers. Need a quick Christmas gift? Make them for any holiday. Make them with different 3-1/2″ quilt blocks or how about one quilt block. It just needs to be an 18-1/2″ unfinished square to make this pillow!

Here’s a patchwork Christmas pillow I made with some of my leftover Alpine Wonderland scraps.
Alpine wonderland pillow tutorial

Keep an eye on my Instagram feed. I’m sure there are more pillow examples coming this holiday season!

Christmas is fast approaching but there’s still time to whip up a special handmade gift for the baby in your life.

The Equilateral quilt kit that I kitted for the boys is a popular seller so why shouldn’t the girls get as just a cute quilt as the boys? The Wildflower Meadow line from Melly & Me and Riley Blake Fabrics is perfect for the triangles.

SewMod equilateral quilt kit

Comfort baby in all the goodness of theses adorable nature friends. The focus fabric in this line features hedgehogs, sweet little bluebirds and playful squirrels all tossed amoung the pretty wildflowers! Aren’t these little hedgehogs adorable!?!

Wildflower Meadow fabric

The quilt top colors of this KIT are bright pink, blues, and yellows. The backing is blue wildflowers on white with tiny pink birds tied all together with a hot pink binding.

SewMod equilateral quilt kit

Complete KIT comes with enough fabric to make the quilt top, binding, backing and free quilt instructions. Batting NOT included. Quilt measures approx. 35″x 42.5″. $42 plus shipping.

SewMod equilateral quilt kit

Pattern includes step-by-step instructions for assembly. Equilateral triangle quilts are fun and fast to make. After you make one using the pattern, you’ll want to make more! The quilt can either be cut using the template provided in the pattern or using the Creative Grids 60 degree triangle ruler found here. The Equilateral tutorial can be found here if you’d like more info on how to assemble it.

Now…a new one for baby boy…Dino-Roar!

SewMod Dinosaur quilt kit

Dino-Roar is made using Riley Blake’s Dinosaur fabric line in a traditional Road To Tennessee quilt layout. A Road to Tennessee block is basically a Snowball block with only two of the corners replaced with a coordinating fabric instead of all four. So easy and perfect for any fabrics and especially scraps.

Dino-Roar uses 8 different fun prints in oranges, greens, browns & blues. There are Dinos tossed in different sizes, a sweet little leaf print and other coordinating Dino ‘egg’ prints. Kona Snow is used for the white. The binding ties it all together with Kona Chocolate.

SewMod Dinosaur quilt kit

Dino-Roar measures 45″ x 45″ and is a complete kit as well including the backing, binding and free pattern. $55 plus shipping.

The backing is available in any of the Dinosaur prints and can be selected here at the time of checkout.

SewMod dinosaur quilt kit

Kit comes with bonus instructions for an 18″ pillow using your Dinosaur scraps! Check back tomorrow when I’ll be doing the step-by-step tutorial using a 3-1/2″ Road to Tennessee quilt block.

Dinosaur fabric 18" pillow tutorial

Easy, fast & fun and just in time for Christmas! Feel free to convo me if you have any questions.

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