Stripes & Stars…

Red, white and blue.

It isn’t any secret around here that I like making pillows.  Different sizes.  Different shapes.  Sometimes with a theme, sometimes not.  Mostly quilted – but not always.

With the 4th of July this weekend and a lovely summer ahead, I was in the mood to make a simple holiday-themed project… simple until I decided to quilt it, finish the pillow with a zipper and then write a quick pattern.

The pillow above is made with fabrics from Fig Tree & Co.‘s Coney Island collection – with one or two additions because I wanted all the stripes to be different.

This pillow measures 12″ x 24″ finished and it’s titled Stripes & One Star – Stripes & One Star Instructions.

(You’ll forgive the hand-drawn diagrams, right?)

Because one pillow is never enough… Stripes & Stars.  (Stripes & Five Stars sounded a bit odd.)

Bonnie & Camille‘s The Good Life, Basics and I spy with my little eye… a stripe of Vintage Picnic.  The background is one of my favorites, it’s from Miss Scarlet by Minick & Simpson.  (It’s number 14817 11 – Ivory.)

Stripes & Stars measures 20″ x 20″ – Stripes & Stars Instructions.

There are two more things to mention.  First, I like finishing my pillows with a zipper for several reasons.  I like that it keeps the pillow cover tight and smooth, but it’s still easily removed for washing.  A zipper makes for an easy finish at the bottom – except that it usually needs more than a 1/4″ seam allowance to get the zipper to fit nicely.  I just take a 1/2″ seam allowance and don’t worry about it as the slightly smaller pillow cover makes for a better fit on a pillow form.

Second, if the front of the pillow is pieced like a quilt, I like quilting it.  And if the front of the pillow is quilted, then I’ll usually take the time to quilt the backing as well.  Simply put, I like the way it looks and I think the pillow covers hold up better through use and washings when they’re quilted.  I use a relatively thin cotton batting and the thinnest bleached muslin I can find for the backing.  When the quilting is done, I trim up the pillow, edge-stitch the quilt sandwich and then assemble-finish the pillow as desired.

These pillows have let me continue playing with with Aurifil’s 80wt. cotton thread.  It’s so fine that I can put a lot of quilting on the surface without making it look like it’s covered with thread.

I use my “regular” Aurifil 50wt. thread in the bobbin and a 75/11 needle.  Most of the stitching I’ve done so far with the 80wt. is with neutrals in white, cream, a slightly “mucky tan” and silver gray but I’ve bought a few spools in brighter colors.  (I’ll let you know how that goes.)

That’s it for today.

I hope you have a lovely weekend wherever you are.  And if you’re in the colonies – I hope you have a happy, safe and wonderful l o n g 4th of July weekend.

Happy Friday!

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34 comments on “Stripes & Stars…

  1. Sharon Askew says:

    Thank you Carrie! Happy 4th to you!

  2. Mary Jo Jones says:

    Thank you Carrie! You are so amazing and generous! I really look forward to your posts! Have an awesome 4th of July❤️❤️

  3. Barb Brandt says:

    Darling pillows!! I do zippers backs, too, it’s neater and a professional touch

  4. Theresa Kennedy says:

    Carrie — these pillows are awesome— how clever and thank you for sharing with those who love fabric and thread. I want to stop what i am doing right now and make one!

  5. Debbie says:

    I love these pillows. Thanks for the thread tips. I will have to learn how to do the zippers. It is a good idea.

  6. Kathy says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for your generosity in sharing!!

  7. Hildy says:

    I love your pillows thanks for sharing the patterns with us:-) They would also look great for Christmas with red and white and perhaps green.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend and a 4th of July with lots of good foods and fireworks!

  8. amq97 says:

    Delightfully Happy Fourth of July pillows! Thank you so much for the pattern. Good way to practice my zippers too. Allison in Plano, TX

  9. Jo Morton says:

    Love your pillows and nice to hear how you are using the Aurifil 80wt and why! Thanks Carrie, Happy 4th to you!

  10. Darlene says:

    Love both pillows! I always love your pillows!

  11. Mary Andra says:

    These are fabulous.

  12. Helen G. says:

    I love both of these pillows! I have some leftover fabric from the Stars and Stripes quilt I made last year that I could use. I don’t have experience putting in zippers, but I’ll give it a shot!

  13. Sharon says:

    Thank you for your generosity — I love these pillows. Don’t know if I’ll get them made by next Tuesday, HAH HAH!! Guess I could start on some in fall colors, or Christmas would work too, HMMMM better get busy…

  14. Patricia Campbell (Ivy'sGrammy) says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Were my M-i-l still alive I’d make a set for both of us!! She loved Americana (& our Country!) as much as I do. Thank you for the adorable, creative ideas!!!

  15. Kimberly P says:

    This are ADORABLE! Love them and can’t wait to make for myself. Thanks for sharing. As always love reading your posts! K.

  16. Jan altomare says:

    These are so cute!!!

  17. Susan from Colorado says:

    I adore this patriotic pillow! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern. This is a must have Ü

  18. rebecca jeffers says:

    I used a tutorial from Sew Mama showing a hidden zipper. It is hidden under a flap, and so easy to sew. My pillows turned out great.

  19. Suzette says:

    Thank you for sharing! I love these-your creativity is boundless. I have just the scraps for them and I can’t wait to get started.

  20. Ronna in Texas says:

    Love your designs, patterns, fabric choices! Your news each week is fantastic! I pick your emails first to read!!

  21. Renee M. says:

    These are beautiful pillows! Such fun! Thanks so much!

  22. Deborah Senia says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. This is such a beautiful pattern! Happy 4th of July!!

  23. Kathleen says:

    Love these. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Carol Whitchurch says:

    Thanks for sharing! It will save money by not buying the ready made PB pillows!

  25. Sandi Alls says:

    Living the pillows. Neat!!!

  26. Merritt says:

    Hi, Carrie, what beautiful pillows!! I’m making the larger one, but have a question. The cutting instructions say 8 strips – 1 1/2 x 14″ for the white. I see 9 strips in the picture. Could you clarify for me? Thank you.

  27. Beverly says:

    Happy 4th to you too, Carrie. I love your pillows… they are beautiful !
    Your posts are enjoyable.

  28. Donna Lee says:

    I love these pillows! Perfect gift for my son and daughter-in-law’s July 3rd anniversary. Thank you;!

  29. Julie Hardgrave says:

    Love them both! thanks so much for sharing your pattern!!!

  30. Trisch S says:

    Thanks so much for sharing these patterns!! ❤️

  31. Patricia Hall says:

    I have been reading and plan to make one of each I have a question– on the long pillow it is a white star in the center but wen I read the directions you are saying to put navy onto navy it does not look right thanks for any info

  32. Patricia Hall says:

    You are awesome Carrie!!

  33. Shelly Z says:

    These are absolutely wonderful!! Thank you for sharing the patterns!! 🙂

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