horchow inspired patchwork pillow thumb

Maria from Delinda Boutique on Etsy emailed me wanting a place to feature her tutorial since she does not have a blog of her own.   Of course she must have known this would feed my insatiable desire for pillows!   I love these pillows because they are the perfect project to use some fabric scraps from your stash.   Maria is all the way from Bulgaria so give her a big welcome to IC.horchow-inspired-patchwork-pillow

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My name is Maria and I live in Bulgaria.   It is a far away from the United States but it doesn’t stop me from running DelindaBoutique on Etsy. For more than two years I’ve been sewing pillow covers experimenting with styles, colors and sewing techniques. But I’ve never gotten inspiration for starting a patchwork project until I visited Horchow’s pillows and found the Orchid Accent Pillows.
orchid accents pillow
I especially liked the “Patchwork Spice” pillow, which is priced at $66.90, discounted from $135 (Wow!) This is a great stash buster project for those of you who have an accumulation of fabric like I do. There were so many fabrics to choose from so I made two combinations of bright and bold patterns that I had in my stash.


4 various fabrics for the front (2 solid and 2 two patterned)

1 fabric for the back (cut out two of them at 13” x 13”)

sewing machine with coordinating thread

pillow form

rotary cutter and mat

optional: embroidery machine

1. My preferred size for a lumbar pillow is 12” x 18” so the size of each piece I cut is 13” x 4”. I followed the original idea combining two solid colored fabrics with two patterned pieces.

patchwork envelope pillow (2)

2. For the backs of both pillow covers I chose a cotton fabric in eggplant purple. I cut two pieces 13” x 13” for each pillow.   This will create an envelope closure back.

patchwork envelope pillow (3)

3. When I sewed together the pieces for the fronts I added zigzag stitches in a contrasting color following my original inspiration photo.

patchwork envelope pillow (4)

4.   And it was time for final touches. I felt something was missing. I chose not to make small patches over the solid panels like Horchow. So I made some simple embroidery designs instead. I did a floral design on the first pillow cover and free flowing lines on the second.

patchwork envelope pillow (5)

patchwork envelope pillow (1)

Then I sewed the front and back parts together finishing the pillow cover and I was so happy with the result!

And I couldn’t stop here. The next day I sewed these also! Somebody stop me I am on a patchwork pillow rampage! I am definitely making a dent into my fabric scrap bin.horchow-knock-off-pillow       patchwork-stashbuster-pillow

I hope you enjoyed a my project and that you will stop by my shop.   All the pillows you see here are available for purchase.

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  1. Oh, I love this project ! I was just getting ready to make some pillows, and this idea will suit my fabrics perfectly. I love the extra stitching over the top, adds so much, and the design option are limitless!

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  3. I’ve been meaning to make one of these. And yours are SO much prettier than the original one.

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