Dresden Pillow


Hi I’m Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  We have a great little project for you today.  Sometimes you end up with extra pieces.  When we made this quilt behind us, we ended up with extra Dresden blades and we have another fun, quick Dresden idea for you.  So if you want to know how to make this quilt, the link will be in the description below, but today we’re talking about this darling little pillow right here.  How cute is this?  I mean how cute is this?  

So this is so easy.  Basically what you’re going to need is scraps to make this pillow.  We have one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven blades here, but really that’s up to personal preference.  You can make it as big or small if you want to, as you want to.  And then we’ve used a, I think this is four inches, let me check to be sure.  Nope, three and a half.  A three and a half inch piece for the side and that’s the whole top of your pillow.  

So let me show you how we put these Dresden’s together.  We really just put them together so that you, you’re putting wide to narrow, wide to narrow.  So the next blade will go on here we’ll turn the wide up here to the top like this.  Lay it right sides together.  Stitch it on and then the next blade that we put together we lay the narrow side at the top.  So basically we’re getting a straight, you know it’s going to be straight.  It’s not going to curve like a blade would curve.  It’s just going to be straight.

So let me sew a couple of these together for you so you can see how easy they go together and remember this is just extra pieces we had left over and I mean it’s you can get three blades out of a ten inch square.  So you know I mean all it takes is a couple of ten inch squares and you’ve got this cute pillow.  So we’re just going to sew down here.  Easy as that.  We’re going to open it up so you can see it’s still going, it’s down, you know up, down, up, but’s that’s exactly what we want.  We would add this one on here.  We would just keep going until it was the length that we wanted.  

Once you have it the length you want, then you’re going to put some side, side strips on it and we’re just going to border it on the sides.  So I have a piece here and you’ll even notice I just didn’t even have enough fabric to make a solid strip so I’ve actually sewn this together.  Which I think is really cool.  You know, you know how I guys feel about the waste and, it just, I just like using every little bit.  

So I’m, what I’m going to do is lay this right sides together and sew a quarter of an inch seam all the way down the side.  Just like this.  Make sure you’re line up with the sides or the edges of your fabric is lined up together.  There we go.  You will want to make sure when you’re cutting out these Dresden’s, you’ll want to make sure that your end one you’re going to have to cut in half to get a straight edge, because otherwise it’s going to “V” off like this.  So you will have to cut that off, but I’ve sewn this on.  

Now I’m going to press it down.  So let me scoot this over here so you can see my, my pressing.  I’m just going to roll this straight back from the top like this.  There we go and then you can see over here on this side right here we have top stitched this on here.  So we’re, we’ll just top stitch this down.  Then this pillow piece becomes our pattern for the back of the pillow.  So let’s go ahead and top stitch this and I’ll meet you right back here.

So for this top stitching what I wanted to do was I wanted to do the triple stitch, which just gives a heavier stitch along your top stitching and on my little tempo it’s number two and, you know you just, it just makes it, you know a little bit of a meatier stitch along there that shows up a little better.  I like it.  Takes a little bit longer, but worth it.  So there’s that.  How does that look? That looks so cool.  It’s just a heavier looking stitch that’s kind of fun.

So we’re going to use this as our pattern for the back and on the back, this is just like a half a yard of fabric and we are just going to lay this on here right sides together, like this.  And I’m just going to go ahead and trim this edge off right here, cause you just want it exactly on there.  And then I think on the other one we left our opening on the end, but let me check to be sure.  It’s the end or the bottom would work well, because you’re just going to leave as you sew around you’re just going to leave a little space so you can turn the pillow inside out and stuff it.  So let me look at this, yep this one is on the end right here.  You can see we just hand stitched this down and looks real pretty.

So I’m just going to put two pins down here on the bottom to remind me not to stitch across that part.  Like this and then that will give us, oh on the end, I’m sorry.  And that will give us a, you know that will give us a, a place to turn our pillow.  Alright so we’re just going to sew a quarter of an inch all the way around this.  Pin if you, if you, if you want.  If you don’t feel comfortable with it just laying out there, go ahead and pin it.  And I’m going to go back to my stitch here and you’re going to want to back stitch a little bit where you started that so that it doesn’t come out when you go to turn it.  There I go, let’s, there we are.  Alright, now I’m coming around this corner.  I’m at my last little place.  I’m going to backstitch right here and then I’m going to, that will lock my stitch so that it doesn’t come open when I go to turn it.  

Alright so now we’re going to turn the pillow right side out and what I like to do when I do that, is I like to clip off my little corners.  So these corners will be a lot more square looking if you just clip them like that and I’m just clipping straight across.  And make sure you don’t cut your stitches off, but just clip off your corner.  And that reduces the bulk of the material so that you don’t have a, a big wad in there.  And you find your opening.  Not there.  Here we go and then I like to find the corner and push it through with my finger and make sure that corner is, is nice and pointy and then I’m going to go in here and grab the back of it and push that through.  

Then you can pull the whole thing right side out.  And then I generally like to go around and press my pillow top.  And then you’re just going to stuff it and you’re going to whip stitch it shut.  Now we live in a really small town and so we don’t have like a hobby store close to us and so when I need stuffing we do have a, a variety store close to us.  So when I need stuffing I don’t always have that craft fluff available, but we do have pillows available.  So I will go down on, you know to our little store and I will buy a couple of pillows and I will use that stuffing.  I’ll just cut that open and use that stuffing to stuff my, my pillows and you just slip stitch it shut and you get a darling pillow like this.  All from left over Dresden’s.  So we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on what to do with some of your left over Dresden pieces from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

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