Neighbors Pillow Sew Along - Day 5 - Finishing

by Christine Lux


We are in the final stretch of our Neighbors Pillow Sew Along with some tips and photos for finishing your pillow up! 

First things first, let's get your pillow front and back basted to some batting. I like to spray baste instead of use pins. Then I don't have to stop and remove pins when I am quilting. But use whatever basting method you prefer. 

Then, quilt your pillow front and backing as desired. You can see that I selected some prints for the back that have a natural grid in their design, which made it really easy to quilt a grid pattern with no marking!

For the Halloween front, I made a spiderweb with lines of stitching, which I think turned out really fun!

For the Christmas version, I did a lot of outline quilting with some fun free motion in the sky, roofs, and trees. 

Once your panels are quilted, you will trim them to size. 

Then prepare the zipper by adding tabs and securing to the bottom edge just as you would a zipper in a pouch. 

I do like to topstitch to help keep the seam allowance from getting caught in the zipper. 

Then you'll join the front and back to finish up your pillow. 

My favorite 12" x 24" pillow form is this one from Amazon

Thanks for visiting our blog and following along with this fun project. 

If you are participating, we'd love to see your progress - use #neighborspillowsewalong on Instagram. Share a finished pillow with us using the hashtag and tagging us to be entered to win a $50 gift certificate to our shop. We will draw a random winner from the hashtag on 8/31/22. 

Happy Sewing!

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