Ivete Tecedor is the co-owner of Gotham Quilts, an online shop and New York City quilt studio on W 37th Street. With modern fabrics and patterns, a full line-up of quilting classes and an easy-to-navigate site, Gotham Quilts is a great resource for sewists! Ivete designed the Little Yuma Pillow featuring Alison Glass Handcrafted fabrics. The pillow works well with the free Yuma Quilt pattern on their site!

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Today we bring you a throw pillow tutorial for a pieced pillow cover that fits an 18″ pillow form. We designed this throw pillow to coordinate with our free Yuma Quilt pattern, which features gorgeous Alison Glass Handcrafted fabrics on a grey setting. We pulled some of the same design elements for the pillow, but made it more minimal (and faster to sew!).

This pillow cover has a pieced front and a simple envelope back, so you don’t need to sew a zipper or even any buttons.


  • 3/4 Yard Background Fabric
  • 5″ x 5″ Squares of 3 Different Blue Fabrics
  • 5″ x 5″ Squares of 3 Different Pink/Yellow Fabrics
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • 18″ Pillow Form

From the background fabric, cut two 20″ x 16″ rectangles and set aside (these will be the back envelope pieces).

From the background fabric, cut a 6″ x 20″ rectangle and a 4″ x 20 rectangle and set aside (these will be the side panels for the pillow front).

From background fabric, cut two 5″ x 5″ squares. Also from background fabric, cut one 9″ square, then sub-cut into four triangles as shown.

Start Assembling:
Note: 1/4″ seams are used throughout, unless otherwise specified.

With one dark blue square and one background square, make a half-square triangle (HST) unit:

    Step 1: Draw a diagonal line from one corner to another on the background fabric’s wrong side.
    Step 2: Place background fabric and dark blue fabric right sides together, and sew a scant 1/4″ seam on both sides of the diagonal line.
    Step 3: Cut on the drawn line.
    Step 4: Press seams open on both units.
    Step 5: Trim each square to 4.5″.

Repeat Steps 1-5 with a pink square and a background square. Set aside one of those HST (you will only use one for this pillow. You should now have three HSTs– two blue and one pink.

Create Triangle Units:
Cut the remaining four colored fabric squares in half diagonally, to create triangles.

Lay out the triangles next to the HST block like so:

Sew one of each color triangle to each side of an HST block, following this diagram:

Press seams towards the colored triangles.

After this step, your triangle units should look like this below:

Make three of these units, two with the blue fabrics and one with the pink/yellow fabrics.

You’ll now add background triangles to each side of these triangle units. Sew the long side of each background triangle to each short side of the pieced triangle unit, starting on one side like this…

After sewing both background triangles to the pieced triangle unit, you’ll end up with a rectangle.

You’ll now have three rectangles, two with blue fabrics and one with pink/yellow fabrics.

Join Pillow Top:
Sew the three rectangles together along their long edges, putting the pink/yellow triangle between the two blue triangles.

From remaining background fabric, cut a 2″ strip and sew to the bottom of the attached triangle pieces. If necessary, trim to make the sides straight.

Sew the 4″ background rectangle to the left of the triangle strip, and the 6″ background rectangle to the right of the strip. Trim your finished pillow top to 20″ square.

Prepare Envelope Back Pieces:
Take the two 20″ x 26″ background fabric rectangles and fold 3″ over on one long edge to create a hem. Sew the hem down to create a finished edge on one side of the rectangle.

Lay Pieces for Final Assembly:
Take your pillow top and lay it right side up on the table. Then take one back piece and lay it wrong side up on top of the pillow top, aligning the raw 20″ side of the envelope piece to the bottom of the pillow top. You should be seeing the raw edge of the turned-under envelope edge facing you, like so:

Now take the second envelope back piece and lay it wrong side up on the other side of the pillow top, so that its 20″ raw edge aligns with the top edge of the pillow top and its finished edge is near and overlaps the finished edge of the first envelope back piece. You’ll end up with about 6″ of overlapping, three-layers-deep fabric in the center of the pillow back.

Pin all around all four sides, being sure to pin through all three layers in the center.

Sew all around the pillow with a 5/8″ seam allowance.

Reach through envelope closure to turn pillowcase right side out. Put pillow form inside. You’re done!