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Pretty Patterned Pinwheel Pillow

Pretty Patterned Pinwheel Pillow
Pretty Patterned Pinwheel Pillow

Throw pillows are a sofa's best friend, so make sure they're the best of the best! This Pretty Patterned Pinwheel Pillow will make your sofa a tad bit more comfy and cozy. Mixing some patterned fabrics with some organic solids creates the perfect pop of color to your home. This DIY pillow would look great on a solid colored couch due to the busy and bold patterns printed on it. If you're looking for an easy way to add color to your space, this pillow will do just that! If you know how to cut a square, then you'll have no problem designing this DIY throw pillow.

Estimated Cost$21-$30

Time to CompleteIn an evening


Primary TechniqueSewing


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Coordinating fabric scaps (4-8 prints)
  • ¼ yd solid fabric (Warm white used in example)
  • ½ yd fabric for pillow back
  • 22” Zipper
  • 24”x24” batting
  • 22” pillow form
  • Coordinating thread


Follow these sewing steps to create your fancy new throw pillow!

  1. Cut 4 squares of your featured fabrics to 6.5”x6.5”, plus one 2.5” square for the center. Then cut the solid strips (I’ve used Warm White) to the following sizes:

    • 4 strips @ 2.5x8.5”
    • 8 strips @ 2.5x10.5”

  2. Arrange long strips of fabric in desired composition for the pieced edging (fig. 2). The strips can be varying width from 1”- 2”, and the final size after sewing should be at least 8” x 20”. If I have extra scraps I like to add additional height so that I have flexibility with the composition once stitched. Sew together the long way with a ¼” seam allowance. 

  3. Once your strips are sewn together, press seams open and cut crosswise into 2.5” strips. You will need 4 strips that measure 2.5x6.5 and 4 strips that measure 2.5x8.5”. With right sides facing and using a ¼” seam, stitch one 6.5” strip to the top of your first large fabric square.

    Then, sew one 2.5x8.5” strip to the outside of the square to create an 8.5” square consisting of your large fabric square and two pieced strips. Repeat with the second top fabric square, stitching the short strip to the top and the long strip to the outside edge. Then, do the same with the bottom two squares except stitch the short pieced strip to the bottom side of your squares and then the long strip to the outside edge. Press all seams open.

  4. Next, sew the 2.5x8.5” solid strips to the top edge of your squares. Then sew the 2.5x10.5” strips to the outside edges of all 4 squares, and the bottom edges of the bottom squares. Sew the top left square to the bottom left square, and the top right square to the bottom right square. Finally, piece the small center fabric square vertically between 2 2.5x10.5” strips, and with right sides facing, piece that strip to the left squares and then the right squares, matching edges and seams. Press finished top.

  5. Next, cut a square of batting and a square of backing about 2” larger than the finished top (24” square). Position the top on top of the batting and backing (with batting sandwiched between fabric layers) and pin well. 

    Quilt all three layers together. I used a simple vertical straight stitch. Once quilted, trim top to original size (22” square). 

  6. Cut 2 22x11.5” rectangles for the back. Press ½ “ under on center seams and insert zipper. With right sides facing, sew the finished pillow top to the back with a ¼” seam allowance. Clip the corners and turn. Insert pillow form.

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Love Love Love the fabric. Can't wait to make my own.

Love the pattern and will most likely try it soon

The pinwheel quilt pattern is one of my favorites! I made pinwheel baby quilt many years ago when my son was a newborn. I especially love this pillow, because it allows quilters to learn how to make the pattern on a much smaller scale than it would be with a quilt. This pillow would make a great gift for just about anyone!

To make patchwork quilts or patchwork tote bags

Teenage granddaughter would love these colours.

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This pinwheel pillow is a great project idea to make for a baby shower gift using fabrics or colors that will be used in nursery or even use scraps of an older child's clothes to make a memory pillow. This is also a way to use up some scraps which is always good. Such a very simple pretty pillow to make and you can make one for anyone young or old. Great idea.

I love using fabric scraps in mug rugs. I do like the four-squares and the fabric combo in the pillow.

I like to use fabric scraps to create art. I use them to add color and texture in various ways applied to canvas when painting. I sometimes use fabric in weaving and knitting rugs as a form of yarn.

Such a cute idea!

Thank you for this great tutorial! I like using fabric scraps to make flowers, bows, and other embellishments.


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