Modern Geometric Pillows

on May 31 | in Products, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 5 Comments

Nicole Daksiewicz from Modern Handcraft joins us with a fun and easy project to brighten up your home for summer! Nicole’s design highlights the beauty of this modern, graphic fabric from Josi Severson, and you’ll learn how easy it is to appliqué with a striking effect. Visit Modern Handcraft for a great selection of free tutorials, quilts and more, then visit the Modern Handcraft shop for one of a kind crochet and quilts. Be sure to take a look at Nicole’s latest mini quilt which includes a free tutorial. We love it!


These Modern Geometric Pillows feature some beautiful hand printed fabrics from Josi Severson, a fiber artist that sells over at Contemporary Cloth.

When I first saw these fabrics online I was first drawn to the bright colors, then the patterns really stood out. I wanted to create a project that showcased the pattern while combining some fun color pairings. This gives the look of a quilted project in just a fraction of the time. Feel free to cover the entire pillow front with your shapes or create an interesting pattern. The template gives you two shapes to work with, a triangle and a hexagon.

Materials Needed:
(For one pillow measuring 17″ x 17″, envelope back.)

Step 1:
Begin by printing your pattern, or drawing one and creating a template. Trace your pattern onto your fusible interfacing, non fusible side. Leave space around each shape, you will be stitching on the line.

Place your interfacing shape fusible side down on top of your fabric facing up, pin in place.

At your machine, stitch along your drawn line.

Cut around the outside of your stitched line. You can now remove your pin.

Step 2:
Separating the interfacing and the fabric, snip a place in the interfacing about 1″ in size.

Carefully turn your shape right side out. The interfacing will tear a bit more, this is fine because it will not show when we are finished. Using a knitting needle or chopstick poke out your corners very gently.

Your finished shapes will now look like this; resist ironing since the back is now fusible. It will smooth out once we iron it to your pillow front. I used five triangles for my finished pillow.

Step 3:
At your ironing board lay out your shapes in the desired pattern. I wanted a flying geese design so I lined them up to the left of my pillow. Get creative… Scatter them around or create a fun pattern on your pillow front!

Once you have your final layout, use your iron with medium heat and steam to iron your shapes down carefully.

Step 4:
Once your fabric has cooled, stitch around the perimeter of each shape using a coordinating thread color.

Step 5:
For your pillow back you will take your other two fat quarter pieces and cut them to measure 12″ x 18″.

These will overlap in the back creating an envelope backing. Instead of folding over and sewing the raw edge I took my remaining shape fabric and cut two pieces measuring 2.5″ x 18″. Iron these both in half longways.

Pin the fabric strip along the 18″ edge of each envelope back piece, raw edges out.

Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, stitch along the edge of both back pieces.

Fold over your edging fabric and pin in place. Make sure the edge goes past the sewn line. Do this for both backing pieces.

Flip right side up again and stitch along the edge like shown.

Step 6:
Now that your two backing pieces are finished. Lay your pillow top face up, then lay your two backing pieces face down on top like shown.

Pin around the edges and sew using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Be sure to sew over the places where your envelope backing will feel the most stress when inserting your pillow (the two blue lines above). After you snip the edges do a quick zig-zag stitch around the raw edges to seal all of those loose threads in. Turn right side out and poke out your corners. You are finished! I hope you enjoy making these!


This post is sponsored by Contemporary Cloth. Contemporary Cloth specializes in original fabrics with bold modern designs by today’s hottest new fiber artists. If you want your creations to be your own and have an individual, uncommon “look,” Contemporary Cloth is a great resource for unique fabrics including Japanese prints, hand printed fabrics, Oakshott Shot Cotton and more.

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5 Responses to Modern Geometric Pillows

  1. Katie says:

    Wow, I’ve never seen that technique before. Brilliant! And I absolutely love these pillows.

  2. 3girls1apple says:

    The pillows look amazing. Great colors! Thanks for sharing from 3girls1apple.com

  3. What a great idea! Love the colors and designs!

  4. Irene S says:

    Cool pillows thanks for a great tutorial

  5. Sondra says:

    Nicole, you did an amazing job! I love these fresh, modern pillow! WOW!!!!!!!!

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