personalised gifts for her ScrapBusters- Trixie's Easy Patchwork Pillow customized rustic pillow covers

 personalised gifts for her     |      2019-09-23

One easy way to use up odd-sized scraps of pretty fabric is to patchwork them together into an interesting pillow. This pretty pillow is an example of one made using a grid. The design is the same on both the front and back, however, we turned one grid panel 90o to create an interesting effect when the pillow is viewed from the side. We originally dove into our scrap stash and pulled out a Kate Spain layer cake bundle from her old Central Park collection for Moda Fabrics, because we loved the huge variety of bright colors and bold graphicspersonalised gifts for her, but the concept will work with any pile of scraps you think look good together. Just goes to show there is almost no cute little scrap without a future in one of your creations.?

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Our grid plan is shown below so you can easily see what size scraps are needeed for a standard 16" x 16" pillow form. As mentioned above, we started with leftover 10" x 10" layer cake squares.?

The patchwork pattern calls for 11 different quilting cotton prints for each side of the pillow; they can be from just one collection or you can mix and match from a variety of collections – whatever looks good to you. Don't be afraid to try some unlikely mixes.

When you select scraps, there really are no hard-and-fast rules. But if you are unsure, try finding scraps that have similar colors; or pick a few colors as a theme, such as turquoise, red and white; or stick to scraps from within a single fabric collection (as we did). Even mixing in a little texture can be interesting... just don't overdo. For more tips and tricks, take a look at our article:?Top 10 Designer Tips for Blending Colors and Prints.?

If you're wondering who the Trixie is in the project's title, she's the pretty calico cat in the photo above. With their gorgeous multi-hued fur, calicos know all about achieving the optimim mix of color and tone. They are patchwork pals of the kitty world.?

Our pillow design uses a covered button in the center to give the pillow a suble tufted look. If you are new to working with covered buttons, we link below to our full step-by-step tutorial. We love making our own covered buttons because you can fussy cut tiny motifs to center on the fabric covering to give you such interesting little pops of color.?

Do you have an idea for a little item you'd like us to consider making into a ScrapBusters project? If so, send an email to We love to hear from you and we're always interested in what our followers are hoping to make.?


Project Concept &; Construction: Alicia Thommas

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Bryan Trevathan has been a Room & Board customer since 1997, shopping at our Edina, MN store to furnish his first home in Minneapolis. When a new job opportunity lured him to Atlanta in 2008, he brought his favorite Room & Board pieces with him on the cross-country move.