Citron Flower Pillow Tutorial

on February 23 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 80 Comments

Our board member Heather from {House} of A La Mode is back! Remember her great Urban {Hug} Pillow Tutorial?! Today she shows us how to welcome spring with her Citron Flower Pillow…

A pop of color for any drab winter home! We want spring!

Needed Supplies:

  • 19 – 1 ¼ Hexagons paper pieces
  • 1/4 yard – Main print flower petal
  • 1/8 yard – Solid flower petal
  • 19 ”X 19” – Front pillow print
  • 19” X 19” – Batting
  • 19” X 19” – Muslin
  • ¾ yard – Backing
  • Hand sewing thread & needle
  • Embroidery thread & needle
  • Pins
  • Seam ripper
  • Sewing machine

(18 X 18 inch pillow. Please note pattern is sewn using a ¼ seams.)

The Petal Prep – Hexagons:
Easy peasy to put together! Grab one of your 1 ¼” hexagons & the petal fabric.

Tip: There are many free templates on the web to simply print your hexagons!

Pin together and trim fabric to a minimum of ¼” border.

First, knot the thread. Then baste the petal by folding the fabric toward the center of the hexagon, finger pressing as you go, and at each corner stitch the hexagon in its place until finished. Tie off your thread.

Continue this until all 19 hexagons have been basted.

The Flower Building:

Starting with the center petal hexagon, grab your first petal layer hexagon.

Place them right side to right side.

Using a ladder stitch to sew your petal hexagons together start and stop each petal with a secure knot and a backstitch.

I prefer the ladder stitch when piecing my hexagons, because the thread rarely shows on the front of the project.

Continue building the flower until completed.

Time to remove the basting!

Give the flower one good press on both sides. This will help hold the shape after you remove the paper.

Grab the seam ripper and cut those basting stitches. Remove the thread & paper and set the flower aside.

The Pillow Front:

Sandwich the front, batting and muslin (in that order) and place the hexagon flower on top.

Securely pin the flower in place.

Using your sewing machine, stitch the four layers of the pillow front together with a straight stitch. Sew around each stack of hexagons (3 total).

The Finishing Touches:

Take the embroidery thread & needle and add a touch of sweetness to the flower. I used grey thread.

Next use Julie’s Basic Pillow Instructions to build your back, baste your pillow and add the binding.

Tip: When prepping a pillow for binding, you’ll place the top and backing wrong side to wrong side.

Tip: Basting your pillow together before binding helps maintain the shape and a crisp look.

Tip: Choose a binding that supports the eye of your flower.

Presto! A beautiful flower with a pop of color for your living space until you can cut fresh ones for yourself!

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80 Responses to Citron Flower Pillow Tutorial

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  2. Kelly P says:

    I love the color in this pillow — It just pops!

  3. WandaFish says:

    Another beautiful pillow – I think I’m getting a hexie crush!

  4. Beth T says:

    Hmmm…what is a ladder stitch? I’m working on some hexagon flowers, and find that my stiches sometimes show. I suspected there was a secret to preventing this. Details, please! 🙂

  5. Joy says:

    Heather always does great tutorials…thanks for posting this one.

  6. Susan says:

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  7. SewLindaAnn says:

    Love the fabrics and colors~!

  8. Crystal says:

    Lovely piecing with the hexagons!

  9. Heidi Anderson says:

    I have been wanting to try hexagons but they seem so complex. I think this pillow may inspire me to try!

  10. Chitalu says:

    THAT is soooo cool! I love the color combinations. I can think of a few fabrics I’d like to try making it with…..when I muster up the courage that is.

  11. Susan says:

    very interesting details you have remarked, appreciate it for putting up. -Susan

  12. Marcia W. says:

    Pretty Pretty – now, need to find out how to do the ladder stitch too

  13. Faith K says:

    I love the yellow and gray theme,and a pop of turquoise is so fun! Thanks for the great tute!

  14. Suzanne says:

    Cute pillow! I really like the hand stitching that you’ve been incorporating into your work recently.

  15. Another GREAT pillow – Heather your work is fantastic!

  16. sharonj says:

    Thank you! That is one pretty pillow and the tutorial is great! Well written and easy to understand.

  17. Bertine says:

    This looks like a fun way to attempt hexagons. I am thinking it is time for a trip to the quilt shop.

  18. Ramona says:

    So pretty and a good way to practice doing hexagons.

  19. priti says:

    thank you for the great tutorial!

  20. Joanne says:

    Neat – love the hexagons!

  21. Deb says:

    I think the pillow is so bright and colorful. i’ve never made hexies although I see them all over blogland. Maybe this would be a good time to experiment!

  22. stacey says:

    wow–what work! beautiful!

  23. VickiT says:

    Great pillow Heather! Thank you so much. I bought some hexie templates a few months ago and haven’t done anything with them. This pillow is awesome so I’ll have to figure out exactly how to make the hexies and make a pillow.

  24. sasha farina says:

    That is so adorable!! might try this, afterall… i have never done hexagons before! 🙂

  25. Christine says:

    Great tutorial. Love the colors.

  26. Katrina H says:

    I love hexie projects!

  27. Louise says:

    So lovely, love how the colours pop!

  28. Lynda says:

    Yellow and blue is such a great color combo!

  29. Maeve says:

    Oh so colorful and fresh! Love this pillow!!!!!!

  30. Ann says:

    This is a great tutorial for the hexagons. I have yet to try these but this is a great nudge to just do it!

  31. Margie Bennett says:

    I’m thinking hexagons are tough but you make them seem easier!! Gorgeous pillows.

  32. sandy says:

    That pillow is lovely. I am a big fan of hexies!!!

  33. CJ says:

    Love the pillow and with the help of the tutorial I just might try some hexies – someday.

  34. Andi says:

    Making hexagons has been on my “to do” list for ages. Maybe I’ll start with this pillow?

  35. Anya says:

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  36. quiltzyx says:

    I’m beginning to get sucked into the whole hexie flower thing!
    My guild’s next quilt show theme is “Grandmother’s Flower Garden – I just may build a pillow or two to show off!

  37. Such a gorgeous pillow in every way! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  38. Lucie says:

    I’ve been thinking of trying hexies for a while, so thanks for the great tutorial, I think this is the perfect project to star with!!! Love the pillow and you fabric choices!!

  39. Jacque says:

    A shot of color is just what we need….boy, do I want spring to come quickly! I love doing hexies in my thirties colors; now I think I should try these bolder ones and see what I can do! Thanks for a great tutorial!

  40. Mary says:

    I’m going to use the leftovers from my Sunkissed for Blockapalooza for this. My guest room is about to get a whole lot cuter!

  41. So bright and cute…Love these tutorials!

  42. Sarah says:

    Wow, really lovely. I love yellow!

  43. Cat says:

    Hexagons seem so hard to work with!

  44. MamaBee says:

    Ooooh! I love this!

  45. JaiCi says:

    I love all things “hexi” 🙂

  46. linda says:

    Cool pillow design!

  47. Rebecca says:

    What a fun design using a classic shape!

  48. Stephanie S says:

    Looks a little complicated for my beginner skills, but it’s beautiful!

  49. Karen says:

    Thanks again for another great tutorial.

  50. Tiffany says:

    Great colors!

  51. Jessica says:

    Thanks for such clear hexagon instructions. Your pillow is so bright and fun!

  52. SofiAlgarvia says:

    I never paperpieced before… I must try this one! It looks simple and beautiful – great tutorial – thanks!

  53. Eleanor says:

    How Pretty!

  54. Cat says:

    i love the hexagon patchwork ! i’ll try ! Thanks !

  55. Sara says:

    Super springy!

  56. Maya says:

    The flower of this pillow is gorgeous. Great tutorial!

  57. Jessica says:

    I love the color choice, it almost looks like a honeycomb

  58. Kate F. says:

    I’m looking to add more basics into my stash; anyone know what the yellow geometric is?

  59. Robyn says:

    I love this and I love pillow month!

  60. Sunnybec says:

    Haven’t attempted hexagons yet, but this is making me want to have a go, it’s lovely.

  61. Jacqueline says:

    That is a great technique. Thanks for the lesson.

  62. Melissa says:

    What a great tutorial! The hand stitching is such a wonderful detail.

  63. Nicole says:

    Hexagons seem to be everywhere I look right now. I’ve never tried them, but they look like fun. Something new to add to my ever growing to-do list. 🙂

  64. Oh wow I love this tutorial, its defiantely going in my projects folder… I will definately be trying it out. 🙂 xx

  65. nik says:

    Great color contrast, such a cheery yellow! Thank you for your detailed tutorials…I’m so glad you photo each step, even the seemingly easy or obvious ones.

  66. Vanessa says:

    I love it! I always enjoy sewing hexagons.

  67. Love the tut and the hexies set off with the hand stitching. Thanks for sharing!

  68. Julia G. says:

    I love love love this tutorial. I really want to do more with this kind of piecing. Thanks for the post.

  69. Love the tut and the hand stitching!! Wonderful. I am absolutely going to have to try hexies!

  70. Desirée says:

    i am amazed how many different pillows you can make! thanks for the tutoral!

  71. Rebecca says:

    I definitely want to try this!

  72. Brenda says:

    Great instuctions! Thanks!

  73. Barb says:

    Gorgeous pillow and thanks for the clear, concise tutorial.

  74. Tara Weigner says:

    Wow, my jaw hurts after having to pick it up off the FLOOR!! I LOVE these colors together anyway… so to see it in a pillow… I’m in love. I want THIS pillow. 🙂

  75. Amy says:

    I have yet to make a hexagon but want to. I fear that by the time I get to it, the craze will be over!

  76. Gail C says:

    What a beautiful use of hexies. Will be adding this pillow to my ever increasing list of cushions to amke.


  77. Cassandra says:

    I love the hexagon piecing. They boggle my mind. Even looking at the tutorial I don’t understand them. So cool! Thanks!

  78. Wendy D. P. says:

    I love the bright colors on this pillow! So cute!

  79. Susan C. says:

    Oh my – I’ve been wanting to try a hexagon project, and this looks like the perfect one!

  80. Kati M says:

    Awesome pillow! I don’t think I have the patience for putting that together though! 🙂

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