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Disappearing 4-Patch Pillow Cover: Easy Quilt Project for Beginners

Disappearing 4-patch pillow cover

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ADD A TOUCH OF FARMHOUSE CHARM WITH THIS DISAPPEARING 4-PATCH PILLOW COVER, A QUICK AND EASY QUILTING PROJECT PERFECT FOR BEGINNERS AND SEASONED QUILTERS ALIKE!

Get ready to add a touch of creativity to your home decor with this fun and fast disappearing 4-patch pillow cover.  The steps are simple, but the look is mesmerizing and perfect for any space or occasion. 

Not only is this project quick and easy, but it also features an envelope back closure, which eliminates the need for a zipper. So, grab your sewing machine and your portable sewing room and let’s get started on this delightful DIY adventure!

 

 

What You’ll Need for Your Disappearing 4-Patch Pillow Cover

To get started, gather up the following:

 

 

My top tip for this pillow cover is to use a layer cake.  You will only need 4 squares out of the pack, leaving plenty of fabric for a coordinating throw!  Most layer cakes will have some fabrics duplicated in the pack, so I would choose those.  Another tip is to use a rotary cutter, not scissors, and a rotating cutting mat would certainly come in handy for this project.

 

You can watch my YouTube video to see how it comes together, or continue on to the instructions below.

 

 

Now wasn’t that easy?  Keep reading to get the step-by-step instructions!

 

 

 

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Instructions for the Disappearing 4-Patch Pillow Cover

To get started, cut (2) 10” squares from each of the two fabrics you have chosen.

Arrange your squares in one large square as follows:

 

disappearing 4-patch pillow cover four squares layout

 

Fabric 1 will be the top left and bottom right squares; Fabric 2 will be the top right and bottom left squares.

Stitch the top two squares together, followed by the bottom two.  Press your seams towards the darker fabric.  Stitch the top and bottom together, making sure you have nested the centre seams together, as shown below:

 

disappearing 4-patch pillow cover four squares stitched

 

Press all seams.

Using the centre stitching lines as a guide, cut 2 ½” on each side of the centre, both vertical and horizontal, as shown below.  Rotate the cut strips, leaving the outer squares and centre four-patch in place.

 

disappearing 4-patch pillow cover four squares cut and rotated

 

Stitch each column, followed by rows and press your seams.

 

disappearing 4-patch pillow cover front

 

To create the envelop backing, cut two pieces from your backing fabric measuring 15” x 18 ½”. On one backing piece, fold the long edge (the edge that measures 18 ½”) under ½” and press. Fold under ½” again and press.  Topstitch along the edge of the fold.  Repeat for the second backing piece. Place the pillow front right side up on your work surface and place both envelope pieces right sides down on top of the pillow front. The topstitched edges should overlap in the middle, with raw edges lined up with the pillow front.

 

disappearing 4-patch pillow cover envelope back

 

Sew around the entire pillow with a ¼” seam, turn it right side out and press. Insert your pillow form and find a new home for your gorgeous disappearing 4-patch pillow cover!

As you can see with this quick and easy project, custom home decor does not have to be difficult or expensive.  This simple but stunning pillow cover is the perfect project for beginners and seasoned quilters alike. I think I might just create a table runner to go with it, and maybe even a full-sized quilt!  I can see the possibilities now. Stay tuned!

 

 

For more fast and easy pillow covers, you might want to check out my Brick Path Pillow Cover, as well as the coordinating Brick Path Table Runner.  I have made this Table Runner for all seasons and it is my go-to when I want something new for my dining room in short order!

 


 

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Disappearing 4-patch pillow cover front porch rustic wooden chairs

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