For Christmas, my mom got my grandmother’s old Singer sewing machine serviced and ready for me to use. I have been sew happy all week.

Little Sis’s birthday is tomorrow. We are moving her out of a toddler bed and into a big girl bed… so I decided to make her a blanket. I was looking online for ideas and came across patterns for “quillows”… quilts that fold into pillows.

So… here is my first quillow…

 First I made the quilt (2 yards of blue flannel on bottom… 14 in by 14 in squares sewn together to form the top panel). The bottom pink square is actually an extra square (pink on one side, design on the other) that is sewn on top of the top panel with the top side left open … this is where the quilt gets stuffed in to make a pillow.

 Here’s another view of the pillow pocket. 
Once the quillow is complete, you have to learn to fold it.

To start, lay out the quilt with the pocket side down and fold the outer vertical edges of the quilt towards each other overlapping first one side, than the other edge.

Flip your quilt over so the edges are folded in and the pillow pocket is at the bottom of your quilt. Start at the top of the quilt and fold it into sections until you get to the pocket and slide the quilt into it’s self made pillow.

**When folding, I actually folded mine down and then turned the pillow pocket inside out, swallowing up the quilt… I hope that makes sense. You do whatever works for you.

I did run into a few kinks… this being my first attempt at such a project. I had to do some hand stitching around the pillow pocket because for some reason I just didn’t get everything lined up when sewing with the machine.

You can google “Quillow Instructions” and see how other people have done it… some people suggest reinforcing the pillow pocket… some use quilt batting in the middle…

I am excited about all the quillow possibilities!

My First Quillow

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