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 thoughts on “Stripes & Stars…

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

  2. 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!

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

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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…

  8. 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!!!

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

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

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

  15. 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.

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

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

  18. 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

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