Urban {Hug} Pillow Tutorial

on February 8 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 96 Comments

Heather from {House} of A La Mode and our editorial board created this fun pillow tutorial for Valentine’s Day or any day! Enjoy…

This cutie will show your appreciation all year long!

Needed Supplies:

  • 7 different saturated color prints
  • 3 X 44” – Sashing
  • ¾ yard – Backing
  • 21” X 21” – Muslin
  • 21” X 21” – Batting
  • Embroidery Thread & Needle
  • Sewing Machine
  • Rotary cutter & Mat
  • Pins

(20 X 20 inch pillow. Please note pattern is sewn using a ¼ seams.)

Pillow Prep:

I chose non-traditional Valentine colors for those of “us” that don’t do pinks!

1. Cut 4 X 4” squares of the following colors: (Batch A)

  • 2 Blue, 2 Yellow, 2 Aqua, 2 Orange, 1 White/with print, 1 Grey, 1 Red, 11 Sashing (Sashing A)

2. Cut 3 ½ X 3 ½” squares and put them aside in the following colors: (Batch B)

  • 1 Orange, 1 Aqua, 2 Red, 2 Grey, 2 White/with print, 8 Sashing (Sashing B)

3. Cut (2) – 1 ½” X 44” strips of sashing and put aside.

4. Use a ruler to draw a diagonal guide line on the wrong side of each colored 3 X 3” square of Batch A.

5. Then combine Batch A with Sashing A, right sides together, and pin.

Set Batch A aside.

6. Using the drawn line guide as your center marker, move your needle position to support a ¼ inch seam. Sew your squares together in the chain piecing method.

7. Simply restart the chain method sewing technique on the opposite side of the center drawn guide line…

…And continue sewing your half square triangles together.

8. Snip your connecting threads…

…And cut each square on the drawn guide line.

9. Press each seam open. This should produce a ¼ inch seam on each now half square triangle.

10.Trim each Batch A to 3 ½ inch squares.

11. Next arrange your {X}.

12. Sew your half square triangles together in horizontal strips first and press seams open.

13. Then sew the strips together and press seams open.

14. Grab your (2) – 1 ½” X 44” strips. Starting with the top of your {X} pillow, place right sides together and sew. Then cut the sashing off. Simply turn your {X} pillow top to the bottom and repeat (toss your couple of inches of sashing in your scrap bin). Press seams open.

If you have a little overage on your sashing just snip it off!

15. Repeat step #14. You’ll then have a 20 X 20” inch pillow top.

16. Sandwich your pillow top, batting, & muslin and pin (in that order).

17. Time to quilt your pillow top! I personally love simple quilting, so I chose to hand stitch mine with ½ inch space between each row.

18. Once you’ve finished quilting the top of the pillow. Choose your backing fabric. (I prefer to use home dec weight fabric for my backing to add stability to the form.)

19. Utilizing Julie’s Basic Pillow Instructions for an envelope style, attach your backing.

20. Then presto… one Urban {Hug} pillow for a special Valentine!

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96 Responses to Urban {Hug} Pillow Tutorial

  1. Sara L. says:

    So cute, but have to agree with others. Xs are kisses, Os are hugs.

  2. Aniza says:

    what a lovely pillow and the tute is great. TFS

  3. Judy Urban says:

    Love this pillow will have to make it plus my last name is Urban to match the pillow!!

  4. Judy says:

    Love this pillow will have to make one. Very pretty

  5. Tiffany says:


  6. add some O pillows and voila, another reason for my children to take all the cushions off the sofa! LOL

  7. Sylvia says:

    Cute patchwork, love the colors.

  8. Ann says:

    This is a great pillow tutorial, I will definitely be trying this one!

  9. Margaret says:

    Great pillow and tutorial. So much you can do with this idea!

  10. Southern Gal says:

    Love the colors on that dark background.

  11. Sarah McGrath says:

    Great design!

  12. Marcia W. says:

    absolutely modern gorgeous – wonderful colors and hand stitching

  13. Kim says:

    This this great! I can’t wait to make one. Thanks!

  14. Karen says:

    Thats a lovely pillow, great colours.

  15. Karo says:

    what a clever way to piece triangles! thanks! 🙂

    and i’m with you on the pink. 😉

  16. Paula says:

    Came from Heather’s blog, her pillow is amazing! xo

  17. Tiffany says:

    I love bright colors.

  18. Tonya says:

    Definately gonna try this. Thanks!

  19. Kay says:

    Great tutorial. Love the bold colours!

  20. susan h says:

    the colors look really great together!

  21. I really like the hand quilting done on this pillow!

  22. stacey says:

    now it just needs a kiss!

  23. Shanea says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! Totally would not have put those colors together but it works.

  24. Very clever way to do the triangles!

  25. Jenny S. says:

    Great pillow! I love the colors.

  26. Janice S says:

    Great tutorial. Love the pillow.

  27. Joy says:

    I love the hand stitching…it adds such a nice touch!

  28. Charlotte says:

    Love the color contrast.

  29. Sara says:

    Love how the black makes all those colors pop!

  30. Kathleen P says:

    I love it: no pinks for me either!

  31. Kelly Sas says:

    Great tutorial of a great pillow!

  32. Tina says:


  33. Judith says:

    Very cheery!

  34. Sharon T. says:

    Great tutorial! Thanks!

  35. Great- I love the quilting!

  36. Bethany says:

    Oooh, I love it! I’d probably make a “kiss” pillow to go with it too!

  37. Meg says:

    Great tutorial, Heather!

  38. Cat says:

    cute pillow.

  39. Sherry J says:

    cute pillow. thanks for the pattern.

  40. Addy says:

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  41. Rachel says:

    Bookmarked this one for sure! Super cute… I’d love to do this with a circle one as a companion. Though I agree with others that an ‘X’ is a kiss!

  42. Samina says:

    That’s so cute! It might just have to go to the top of my pillow pattern pile!

  43. Stephanie S says:

    I love this one! What a great idea!

  44. Rebecca says:

    lovely pillow and great tutorial. I look forward to making my own.

  45. Kelly P says:

    What a beauty! Maybe if I try this, I’ll gain some skills to be used in making a quilt? 🙂

  46. Jessica says:

    I always wondered about how people got such crisp cornors.

  47. What a fabulous pillow Heather! You are the board queen already!

  48. Laura says:

    what is the newsprint fabric? I love it in this project!

  49. Rebecca says:

    Fun design!

  50. Irene says:

    AMAZING! Heather you outdid yourself. Love this!

  51. Jennifer says:

    Great tutorial! Thanks.

  52. Kristin H says:

    This is a great tutorial. Now I just need to figure out how to make an ‘O’ in the same fashion and have tic-tac-to pillows!

  53. Debra says:

    Thanks for the tutorial, this is a perfect valentine pillow, but not over the top!

  54. Lynda says:

    Beautiful! I might just have to try this 🙂

  55. Ms. Fine says:

    I’m not in love I thought–but it’s the colors. I love black and can’t abide cheery colors next to it. But I really like the pattern itself. You folks are getting fancy!

  56. Cherie says:

    I am loving all these pillows. So creative.

  57. Brenda says:

    Love all these tutorials you are sharing with us this month. Such a lot of pillows to choose from. Thank you.

  58. Jacqueline says:

    I love the bright colors.

  59. what an adorable pillow heather!!

  60. Sonya M says:

    You’ve de-mystified triangles for me! Thanks for the tute!

  61. Laura Reich says:

    Cute. I love the newspaper print.

  62. sharonj says:

    Very nice tutotial. Great pillow for using up bits of fabrics, thank you.

  63. Christine says:

    Thanks for the tutorial.

  64. Debbie says:

    great tutorial and i’m hoping my seams turn out as well-matched as this one!!

  65. Laura says:

    love all the pictures in the tutorial, makes it much easier.

  66. Colette says:

    so fun ~ I absolutely adore this pillow!

  67. Cassandra says:

    OMG! How do you quilters do it? That’s a lot of cutting and piecing together. Amazing!

  68. Sara Upshaw says:

    Isn’t “x” a kiss?

  69. Rebmara says:

    I like this pillow!

  70. SewLindaAnn says:

    This is a really neat pillow design, it’s nice to see it in non-traditional valentine colors.

  71. Susan C. says:

    Another great tutorial to bookmark!

  72. Erin d. says:

    I love the tip on how to make the process more efficient! Thank you for a great tutorial!

  73. Anya says:

    Thanks for the tute! And the chance for the giveaway!

  74. Tong says:

    how fun!

  75. Wendy D. P. says:

    I love this!!!

  76. Jess says:

    It looks great! But I always thought O’s were hugs and X’s were kisses for some reason … My bad! 🙂


  77. Tara says:

    Great tutorial – getting bookmarked for sure!

  78. Amy says:

    It’s striking!

  79. WandaFish says:

    I like this a lot – thank you 🙂

  80. Becky T says:

    great tutorial. Thank you

  81. Suzie says:

    Gorgeous! Such a sweet idea 🙂

  82. Susan in SC says:

    Great tutorial! Thanks. Love this pillow!

  83. Vanessa says:

    Great tutorial, thanks! I have to try this one.

  84. April says:

    Cool! But shouldn’t it be called Urban {Kiss}? 🙂 Or have I been taught wrong? :))

  85. Louise says:

    Lovely and so neat and modern, love it!

  86. Jill B says:

    Very pretty. I’ve been wanting to try sewing some triangles…

  87. CJ says:

    Thanks so much for the tutorial! Nice looking pillow, I love the bright colors against the dark background.

  88. Sarah McGrath says:

    Great tutorial!

  89. Rebecca says:

    Nice patchwork!

  90. linda says:

    Love how we can use up scraps with all those squares…to build up a design.

  91. Joanne says:

    I really like the hand stitching done on this pillow top. It’s such a nice extra touch.

  92. Jennifer says:

    Wow! Absolutely beautiful!

  93. Loving the colour selection!

  94. Melissa says:

    Okay, that is just TOO CUTE! Man. Welp, just gonna have to add one more to my must-do list…

  95. Desirée says:

    thanks for the tutoral and i really understand everything!

  96. alisha says:

    Looks lovely.

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