Okay, I have to admit to being a teensy bit thrilled with how the color combination turned out! Sometimes I get lucky. 🙂
So, on to the tutorial part. This pillow uses a reverse applique technique as well as some strip work piecing (just a bit). It’s fancy enough that it looks really complicated, but in reality it’s not very hard. The measurements I am giving are for a 17″ X 17″ pillow form, if yours is a different size, you will need to adjust accordingly.
You will need to cut five strips of the white fabric (mine was a bottom weight fabric- no idea what that means- it was a remnant I found at Joann’s, but it has a good weight to it, almost as thick as canvas but not so stiff.). The first strip will be 6″ X 18″ (this is where the bunnies will go), then you will need 2 strips 1 1/2″ X 18″ (these are the strips between the bunnies and the patchwork strip) and then 2 more strips cut at 5″ X 18″ (the top and bottom pieces). Next you will need your accent fabric. Cut one piece of each color in a rectangle approx. 4″ X 5″ (or generously larger than your bunny shape). All seam allowances will be 1/4″ unless stated otherwise.
The second step after cutting is preparing the bunny strip. I took my bunny shape (I traced a cookie cutter for my template- click here
if you would like a copy) and traced and cut it out 4 times onto paper to make templates. (trace once, cut four layers at the same time) Then I arranged them on the right side of my center strip. I am not a measure exactly kind of person- so I just eyeballed the placement. You might want to be more precise. 🙂 Pin the templates in place and *lightly* trace with a pencil.
Pin your accent fabric behind the first bunny. (this is a mock up of this step- ignore the size of the white fabric. 😉 )
Using the traced line as a template sew around the shape 1/4″ away from the line (sew to the outside of the traced line. In this photo I have my 1/4″ foot on my machine to help with this step, but it’s not necessary.)
Using a pair of sharp scissors cut through the top layer (be careful on this step) just on the outside of the traced line. It is more important to cut accurately than it is to sew accurately around the bunnies.
Repeat this step for the remaining bunnies.
Now it is time to make the patchwork strip. Cut strips of your accent fabrics at varying widths. Mine ranged from 1″ to 2 1/2″ by about 4″ long. Sew the strips together along the long sides, with right sides together, varying the placement of the colors, until you have a strip at least 18″ long. Press all the seams to one side. Trim one long edge so it’s even, then cut 2 strips 1 1/2″ wide by 18″ long.
Now we’re ready to assemble the pillow front. Take your small white strips and sew them to the top and bottom of the bunny panel. Press the seam allowance away from the bunny panel. Pin and sew the patchwork strips to the small white strips. Press seam allowance toward the small white strip. Finally, sew the larger white strips to the patchwork strips. Press seam allowance toward the white strip. Your pillow front is complete!
Finish the pillow any way you prefer and enjoy!