Oh, Audrey! Pillow {tutorial}

Look who is showing up in quilt shops this month? It's Audrey Hepburn! Part of our Hollywood Icons collection, the Audrey prints include images of the actress from various films  and still photos, as well as a panel of a handful of her most popular movies, including Breakfast at Tiffany's, Charade, Sabrina and Roman Holiday.


With varying sizes of images, this panel is ready for all sorts of creative projects: bags, pockets, quilt blocks, and, of course, pillows! Today we're going to show you how to make a simple four-patch pillow,  jazzed up with a little sashing and quilting. 


First we chose four faces from the panel. There are two variations of the fabric, one with a pink background and another with the blue. In this project, the colored sections are cut off, but you could just as easily include those bits of color in yours! Trim them with a rotary cutter at 1/4" beyond the black border: 


To create the sashing between the prints, we used Architextures and a small bit of Kona Black for the center rectangle. The pillow cover needed to finish at 18" x 18" (for a 20" x 20" pillow form), but give yourself a little wiggle room  and make it a bit bigger, then trim it down before finishing the pillow. 

Here are the pieces you'll need of Architextures (or other complementary fabric):

  • two 2" x 18 1/2" strips
  • two 2 3/4" x 7 3/4" strips
  • two 1 3/4" x 6 3/4" strips
  • two 2 1/2" x 16 1/2" strips.

You will also need a 1 3/4" x 2" piece of solid black for the center. 

Construct this pillow front like you would do with a quilt block, creating rows that are then sewn together.

Start by stitching a 2 3/4" by 7 3/4" strip to the right and left sides of two  Audrey fabric pieces, RST together with 1/4" seam allowance. Press.  Repeat for the bottom row of pillow front.


Create center row by stitching the  1 3/4" x 6 3/4" strips to either side of the center black rectangle, RST with a 1/4" seam allowance. Press. 

Aligning the seams, stitch together the rows with a 1/4" seam allowance. Press. 


Stitch borders to right and left, then top and bottom to complete the construction of the pillow front. 


At this point, you can be done with the front and simply cut it down to  18" square and sew on the envelop backing. Or you can go all out and quilt it, too. 

I chose to quilt in the white space around Audrey's image to make it stand out more.  Using matchstick quilting, it takes some time, but the effect was exactly what I was hoping for. 


After quilting, trim to 18" square and finish as desired with an envelope or zippered back. Now, sit back, relax and enjoy your new home decor pillow. Or go make another!


Hollywood Icons fabric collection is available independent fabric retailers; shipping January 2014.