Violet Craft, a textile designer for Michael Miller Fabrics and pattern designer for Indygo Junction, is here today to share a tutorial for Snowflake Petal Pillows. Violet uses the AccuQuilt GO! Baby fabric cutter for her design; the tutorial can also be adapted to shapes you cut by hand. If you sign up for AccuQuilt’s newsletter, you receive access to 22 free patterns. Violet’s tutorial features her pretty Peacock Lane fabric collection (on sale now in the shop!) and some great stitching. It’s a perfect project for winter. Enjoy!
Recently I had the pleasure of trying out the new AccuQuilt GO! Baby fabric cutter. I have wanted to make myself snowflake pillows for the winter for years now and as soon as I saw the Feathers die it all clicked into place. They are the perfect wintery addition to brighten up your home through ALL of the winter months, not just the holidays!
As for the GO! Baby, I have actually owned one of their large studio machines (Mark IV) for several years. I have always loved the idea of it more than I loved the actual use. I have used it consistently throughout the years, but quite honestly had many problems with the older generation machine not actually cutting all the way through the fabrics and also only cutting one at a time. I should also say that machine was originally intended for paper and has always cut paper wonderfully.
When Accu-Quilt announced the new GO! and GO! Baby machines I was dying to try them out. I’ve had the GO! Baby in my studio for about two weeks and I have been doing a bunch of cutting and testing. I am so very happy to say it cuts like butter. I can easily run six layers of fabric through and have them come out clean. Occasionally I get a one-thread hang up which I can easily clip out… A very small inconvenience for cutting out six layers of shapes in an instant. The petals die has three petals in a row, using six layers of fabric I can cut out 18 petals in one pass through the machine. AMAZING!
In this tutorial I used new, consistent fabric. The GO! is the perfect tool for using up all of those scraps though. I can’t wait to start running my odd-shaped little scraps through the half square triangles die and get started on a scrappy quilt!
Materials List to make two 20″ Pillow Covers with Envelope Enclosures
- FQ Peacock Lane Falling Flowers in Aqua for snowflake petals
- FQ Peacock Lane Falling Flowers in Turquoise for snowflake petals
- 2/3 yard Kona Charcoal for cover fronts
- 2/3 yard of lining fabric
- 2/3 yard batting
- 1 yard Peacock Lane Ticking Stripe in Blue for envelope enclosures
- 3/4 yard Peacock Lane Falling Flowers in Gray for ruffles
- water or air soluble marking pen or chalk pen
- two-sided fusible interfacing
- embroidery thread
- 2 20″ pillow forms
1. Cut two 22″ square pieces of Kona Charcoal, lining fabric and batting.
2. Mark guides: These will help you to line up your snowflake petals evenly. First mark a 20″ square centered on the fabric. Mark a straight line vertically centered and a straight line horizontally centered in the square. Then using the marking guides, on one square mark the four lines that run 30 degrees from the center line. On the second square, mark the two lines that make 45 degree angles from corner to corner.
3. Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of snowflake petal fabrics. Use the GO! Baby Fabric Cutter to cut 40 turquoise petals and 34 aqua petals. The GO! Baby easily took 4 layers of fabric with papered fusible interfacing attached. Remove the paper from the petals.
4. Using the guide marks, layout your snowflake petals on the squares. Use your imagination! They don’t have to look like the ones I made. While deciding which way I wanted them laid out I found many different combination that were fun. You might like your layout more round or more square. Maybe you want to add more petals or remove some to make them less full. Get creative! And if you need more petals, just pop some more fabric through the GO! Baby Fabric Cutter. Easy peasy.
5. Fuse petals to Kona squares.
6. Using a loose zigzag stitch, sew around all raw edges of the petals.
7. Using white embroidery floss, hand-stitch a running stitch along the marking lines creating the arms of your snowflake.
8. Create your “quilt sandwich.” Place lining square face down. Place batting on top of wrong side of lining fabric and then top with the snowflake pillow cover, right side up. Baste.
9. Quilt the sandwich. I used a small meandering free-motion quilting just in the gray spaces leaving the petals without quilting so they will puff up after the covers are washed.
10. Square up your pillow covers to 20″ squares. Take care to center your snowflake before you cut.
11. Create the ruffles: Cut six 4 1/2″ wide strips of the full width of fabric. Sew three of the strips together end to end in a row and then sew the beginning to the end making a full circle. Fold the circle of fabric in half lengthwise and press creating a 2 1/4″ wide folded strip similar to binding. Gather the raw edge of the fabric into a ruffle. Repeat with the remaining three pieces. Pin the ruffle to the right side of the pillow top matching the raw edges and spreading the ruffle evenly around the pillow top. Take care to pin the corners in so they won’t get caught in your stitches. Using 1/4″ seam allowance, stitch around the edge securing the ruffle to the pillow top.
12. Create the envelope enclosures: Cut the one yard of backing fabric into four 18″ x 20″ pieces. Hem one long 20″ edge of each of the four pieces. With your pillow top face-up and the backing fabric piece face down (right sides together) align the remaining long raw edge to the top edge of the pillow top and pin around all three raw edges. This should leave the hemmed edge in the middle of the pillow top as shown. Using a second backing fabric piece, align the raw edge again with the bottom of the pillow top and again pin around the three raw edges.
Using 3/8″ seam allowance, stitch around the edge again securing the envelope enclosure back to the pillow top.
Voila! Turn the pillow top right side out and fill with a 20″ pillow form for cute, cozy pillows to enjoy all winter long!