Friday, August 20, 2010


Last week was the 4th birthday of my sweet little niece. It rather snuck up on me so I was ill prepared when she showed up at my house for music lessons (her mother teaches my daughter piano) and she happily announced "it's my birthday"!
I told her I was going to make her something but I wanted her to pick out the material for it first ; )

So I led her to the fabric cabinet where she picked out a Dora the Explorer fabric I've had on hand for a few years and was more than happy to be using it up.
The fabric came with a panel for a decorative pillow. So I decided it would make a good quillow.

A day or so later I pulled out my daughters old quillow she had gotten for her birthday several years ago. I unfolded it and began measuring it out, calculating seam allowances and such. I was thrilled that I indeed had enough Dora fabric for a quillow!
I studied the shape and the structure and it looked simple enough.
It only took about thirty minutes to sew the whole thing!

The only thing I would do differently is double the batting. When the quillow is folded into the pillow, it isn't quite as fluffy as I would have liked.

If you are another fellow sewer, you should give this pattern a try. You will find how quick and easy it is! Here is a pattern that is close to what I did on my own. I believe my measurements were just off a little on the length. But this one explains it pretty well.
I'm thinking about making some for Christmas for the girls to put in the car!


  1. Where's the link to the pattern - I'd love to give it a try. I'm all about 30 minute projects!

  2. If you hovered over "pattern" the link was there, however, if you didn't you wouldn't know! When I was editing it showed up in blue so I thought it would here too!
    I just put it in bold & italics to make it better. Thanks for letting me know! : )