Pointed In The Right Direction Pillow (Tutorial and Giveaway!)

The other day, surfing through blogs, I found this amazing quilt. I immediately thought of all of the scraps of LouLouThi I had left over from cutting charm packs for our etsy shop. This turned out to be a super quick and easy project and I am so proud of it, that I thought I would share the ‘how-tos’ of it with you.

In The Right DirectionThe supplies you are going to need are:

60 (ish) 1-3″ x 5″ scraps OR 1 LouLouThi charm pack with the charms sliced into two pieces  (not in half)
6″x WOF piece of solid fabric (I used Kona White)
21″ square of batting
21″ square of fabric for pillow front backing
EITHER a 20″ square of solid for back of pillow & an 18″ zipper OR (2) 20″x14″ pieces of fabric
Rotary cutter, mat, and ruler
Scissors, pins, thread, iron and spray starch

Supplies Needed

First, I trimmed off my selvedges, and began to lay out my scraps. Lay out your first two scraps just like this:
Lay out your Scraps
Continue to lay all of your scraps out until you have 19-20 in a row. I tried to make sure that my rows didn’t have repeats, but I don’t think a repeat would make too much of a difference in the finished product. If, like me, you have chubby logs and skinny logs, try and make sure that the right and left sides are balanced so that your arrows roughly point down the middle. If all of the chubby logs are on one side, your arrow will tilt.
Layout Scraps: Part 2
Once you have them all laid out, stack them carefully with the bottom right log on top and each subsequent log underneath ( or whatever system works for you :) ) Take them in a neat pile to your sewing machine and sew the first two ‘logs’ together like this to form your first point:
Sewing the strips
Keep adding logs in alternating directions, just as they were laid out on your cutting mat
Adding the logs
For me, I liked the way it looked to sew all of the seam allowances towards the points. And it made ironing all of those seams a breeze. And I hate ironing, so anything that makes it easier is a good thing in my book!
Sewing the Seam Allowance
Once you have your 20 logs sewn into a strip of points, repeat until you have 3 strips of points. Press seams towards the points. Lay out on your cutting mat and trim off the extra triangles. You will want to trim it until you have a strip 5″ wide by 18″ long.
Trim the Sides
I tried to line up the points in my ruler, but it is much more important to have a 5″ wide strip than a strip with points perfectly in the middle.

Once you have trimmed all three of your point strips, it is time to cut your 6″ piece of solid into

(4) 2″ x 18″ strips
(2) 2″ x 20″ strips

Assemble the pieces as shown here:
Assemble the Pillow Top

Once that is all assembled, your pillow top is done! Yay! Now, layer the backing, batting and pillow top together, baste and quilt as desired. I just did some simple outlining and meandering in the solid. I chose not to quilt the arrows due to the degree of busy-ness already there. Please, feel free to quilt this however your heart is singing for you to do it. Hopefully, this kind of shows how I did mine:
In The Right Direction Pillow

Now, just trim down the front and finish in the style that is most comfortable for you. I added a zipper to the bottom and just used a 20″ piece of kona white for the back.

Now, if you have stuck with my first ever tutorial this long, I think you deserve something. Leave me a quick comment and one lucky reader will get enough LouLouThi scraps to make their very own ‘Pointed n the Right Direction’ Pillow. Just let me know where you are writing to me from.

Have fun!

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85 Responses to Pointed In The Right Direction Pillow (Tutorial and Giveaway!)

  1. 51
    Taz says:

    WOW! Love this pillow so much, I need to make one for my couch (in Boston)!

  2. 52

    Gorgeous pillow!! I’m in Iron Mountain, MI!

  3. 53
    Chris says:

    I love the pillow! I am writing from Michigan – its hot and muggy here right now.

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    Lee says:

    Thank you for the lovely giveaway. I adore the pillow- the fabrics are wonderful. I am writing from Troy, Michigan

  5. 55
    April says:

    This is gorgeous. And you make it look so easy! I have been wanting to try this techniaue, but am a little bit scared of it!

  6. 56
    Alli says:

    Your pillow came out beautifully! I’m writing from Hawaii. Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. 57
    Crystal F says:

    Great tutorial – it looks like this is fun to make. I’m on the coast of NC in Beaufort. It’s hot here, but I love it here!

  8. 58
    Sandi Price says:

    Cute, cute pillow. I think my new house in Southeast Georgia needs one or two of those.

  9. 59
    Erin B. says:

    I love this! I think I might use the idea to make Christmas quilts for my boys (in Pinedale, Wyoming!).

  10. 60
    Tong says:

    what a fun and pretty pillow! i love the fabrics, the bold colours and patterns, would love a little bit to play with! thanks for the chance!

  11. 61
    Zoe says:

    What a gorgeous pillow – I love the loulouthi collection! I’m reading you from Sydney, Australia :)

  12. 62
    Leslie says:

    I am writing from Arkansas…on summer break and these fabrics would be a perfect summer project!!

  13. 63
    Kirsten N says:

    Hi, I am from Australia – cute pillow!!

  14. 64
    Wendy Hatton says:

    What a lovely way to use up oddments. You could end up with a pillow of memories of all the other garments/quilts you have made.

  15. 65
    Rachel D says:

    I’m writing from New Bern, NC and just adore this pillow! Thanks for the tutorial & giveaway!!

  16. 66
    melinda says:

    Writing to you from just below Atlanta, GA! Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. 67
    Deb says:

    Oh my! I would love to win some scraps of that fabric. Your pillow top is beautiful1

  18. 68
    Deb says:

    Don’t count this as an extra entry, but I forgot to say I was writing from Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

  19. 69
    Amy says:

    Nice tutorial! I’m from SE Pennsylvania.

  20. 70
    Larissa says:

    I love this! It’d be great if you sent me the fabric here in NJ!

  21. 71
    Peta says:

    Hi Amanda,

    It’s Peta from Sydney! I love your pillow, what a cool tutorial and I love AMH. Beautiful fabric choice!

  22. 72
    Deborah in Atlanta says:

    Hi, this is Deborah from Atlanta, GA. These are beautiful colors, and you’ve got a generous heart to share your fabrics with us.

  23. 73
    Delaina says:

    What a great idea! I’m from Pittsburgh, PA.

  24. 74

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway!
    I am writing to you from Sri Lanka :D

  25. 75
    K Nicole says:

    Loving your tutorial! I am imagining pillows in all of AMH’s lines, and maybe some Echino ones as well. Sending this your way from Southern New Hampshire, though I’m a Southern California through and through.

  26. 76
    Liz says:

    I absolutely love it! I wonder if this would work with jelly roll scraps? I’m writing from Tallahassee, Florida!

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    annabelle g says:

    I’m writing from AR. I love the way you added soild strips, it really sets off the pattern well. Thanks for sharing :)

  28. 78
    erica says:

    I’m writing from Utah.

  29. 79
    Holly u says:

    I am in southwest Ohio. Your mom’s post cracked me up!

  30. 80
    Elizabeth McDonald says:

    Love your pillow! I am writing from northern Florida!

  31. 81
    ElfRenee says:

    Ooh, it’s so pretty! I love it! I’m in Memphis, TN!

  32. 82

    I would love to win! I am from Utah!

  33. 83
    Taylorenson says:

    THis is gorgeous! And I would love the scraps to do it as well!! I’m from Alaska :)

  34. 84
    Allison C says:

    Sweet pillow! I’m writing from Boston! Go Bruins!!!

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    Yana says:

    Ahoy from Russia! I like your blog so I’m a new follower and fan:)