Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise from Pokémon
I was asked if I could make pillows to adorn an otherwise empty, boring, albeit comfortable couch at my significant other’s office. I had been playing with the idea of something minimalist and geometric for my next craft, and was unsure about the subject matter until I came across these awesome designs by etall on tumblr.
The beauty of taking something geometric is that it translates well into patchwork, which is something I haven’t really done before so really, what could go wrong? Square shapes felt too simple in a way, being ‘easy’ to convert any 8-bit design to patchwork, so etall’s artwork had a very unique appeal for me.
I decided on using 14″ square pillows (big enough for the base triangle size to not be unbearably small to work with, while also keeping the pillows cuddle-sized). My significant other helped to pick out a lot (read: all) of the patterns for the fabric quarters since I’m used to working with boring solids…
I was excited to start since I recently got a new rotary cutter and mat; I was pretty jazzed to use them.
Pro-tip: Make a stencil, It will make life so much easier (my stencil was 1.25″ per side, with an additional 0.5″ seam allowance on all sides). I learned the hard way that it was much easier to just trace a stencil over and over than to try and measure out every triangle. It especially sucked when I realized, before the stencil, I wasn’t measuring out the triangles properly anyway. Apparently math I can’t even.
The process of actually assembling the triangles was long. As ‘simple’ as patchwork seemed, I quickly learned that it was a very tedious process.
I started out by sewing adjacent pairs of triangles together. Once those were completed, I sewed 2x pairs of triangles together, than 2x groups of 4 triangles together, until I ended up with ‘rows’ of triangles completely sewn together. The ‘row’s were then sewn together to create completed patchwork designs. Every seam was also ironed open to make the seams crisper.
The actual pillowcases were made out of leftover cosplay fabric by cutting out a rectangle of (pillow edge size) x (2x pillow edge size) with seam allowance. The completed patchwork designs were roughly centered, then carefully pinned in place so that all of the outwards facing seam allowances were tucked underneath. Once pinned, the designs were sewn on to the pillowcases, and all lose ends hidden on the backside of the pillowcases and tied off.
The pillowcases were then sewn up, pillows stuffed inside, and final seams finished off!