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Circle Cut Ruler Pillow
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Circle Cut Ruler Pillow

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When life has you going around in circles, make it into a quilt! Here are two coordinating pillows, each using circles differently.


Step: 1

GETTING STARTED: Download the PDF for a set of portable project instructions. Read through all of the instructions before beginning.

Step: 2

CIRCLE CUT PILLOW #1

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: 20" x 20" square, 8" circles

MATERIALS:

  • EZ Quilting™ Circle Cut Ruler
  • General sewing supplies
  • Quilting thread to match fabrics
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Mat

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • 5 coordinating fabrics: 1 fat quarter of each fabric
  • Muslin fabric: 2/3 yd for base and lining
  • Backing fabric: 1 yd
  • Binding fabric: 1/4 yd
  • Batting: 22" x 22" square
  • Pillow form: 20" x 20" square

CUTTING THE FABRIC:

  • From each of the 5 coordinating fabrics, cut 4 – 8-1/2" circles using the 8" line on the Circle Cut Ruler for a total of 20 circles.
  • From the muslin fabric, cut 2 – 21" x 21" squares.
  • From the backing fabric, cut 2 – 20-3/4" x 30" pieces.
  • From the binding fabric, cut 3 – 2-1/2" x 42" strips. Trim the selvedges.

SEWING INSTRUCTIONS:
The circles are raw-edge appliqued to the muslin base by machine. A decorative stitch or a straight stitch approximately 1/8" inside the circle may be used.

Step: 3

ASSEMBLING THE CIRCLES—See PDF instructions for diagram:
Use one of the 21" x 21" squares of muslin fabric for the base onto which the circles will be sewn.

Start at the top of the base muslin and arrange circles across the width of the square. The circles overlap so that all of the muslin is covered by the circles. Pin the circles to the muslin to hold them in place.

Sew the circles to the muslin base using either a straight stitch or a decorative stitch approximately 1/8" inside the circle.

Arrange a second row of circles that overlap the first row. Stitch these circles to the muslin base in the same manner as the first row.

Continue adding circles until the entire muslin base is covered by the circles.

Trim the pillow top to 21" x 21" square.

Step: 4

QUILT THE PILLOW TOP:
Layer the second 21" x 21" muslin square wrong side up, the batting and the pillow top right side up. Baste the layers together.

Quilt as desired.

Baste 3/8" from the edge of the pillow top to hold the three layers together. Trim all three quilted layers to 20-3/4" x 20-3/4" square.

Step: 5

ASSEMBLING THE PILLOW:
Fold both 20-3/4" x 30" pillow backing rectangles in half, right sides out, so that folded they each measure 20-3/4" x 15".

Pin each folded backing piece to the front of the pillow top, wrong sides together, with the folded edges overlapping each other and the corners lined up.

Sew around the entire perimeter of the pillow using a scant 3/8" seam allowance going through all layers. Zigzag stitch the seam allowance to add strength and prevent fraying.

Step: 6

FINISHING THE PILLOW—See PDF instructions for diagram:
Stitch the binding strips together end to end with a diagonal seam pressed open. Fold in half lengthwise and press to make a double binding.

Sew the binding to the pillow with a 3/8" seam allowance, mitering the corners. Turn the binding to the back side of the pillow and stitch down with matching thread.

Insert the pillow form into the pillow through the opening in the back.

Step: 7

CIRCLE CUT PILLOW #2

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: 20" x 20" square, 5" circles

MATERIALS:

  • EZ Quilting™ Circle Cut Ruler
  • General sewing supplies
  • Quilting thread to match fabrics
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Mat

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • Circle fabrics: 9 – 6" x 6" squares
  • Background fabric: 2/3 yd
  • Muslin fabric: 5/8 yd for lining
  • Backing fabric: 1 yd
  • Binding fabric: 3/4 yd
  • Pillow form: 20" x 20" square

CUTTING THE FABRIC:

  • From the circle fabrics, cut 9 – 5-1/2" circles using the 5" line on the Circle Cut Ruler.
  • From the background fabric, cut 9 – 7" x 7" squares.
  • From the background fabric, cut 2 – 1-3/4" x 18-1/2" rectangles and 2 – 1-3/4" x 21" rectangles for borders.
  • From the muslin fabric, cut 1 – 22" x 22" square for the lining.
  • From the backing fabric, cut 2 – 20-3/4" x 30" pieces.
  • From the binding fabric, cut 3 - 2-1/2" x 42" strips. Trim the selvedges.

SEWING INSTRUCTIONS:
All seams are sewn right sides together with 1/4" seam allowance. The circles are set into the background squares and can be sewn by machine or hand as preferred. The circle edges are bias and can easily stretch out of shape so handle them with care. Inside the circle may be used.

Step: 8

ASSEMBLING THE CIRCLE SQUARES:
To set the circle into a background square, a hole that is 1" smaller than the circle must be cut out of the background square. Fold a 7" background square in half. Center the Circle Cut Ruler along the folded edge of the fabric and cut a 4-1/2" circle using the 4" line on the ruler. Note: This 4-1/2" background circle will not be used.

Fold into quarters and crease both a 5" design circle and the background square that has the 4-1/2" hole cut out. These quarter creases are for alignment when setting in the circle. If desired, the wrong side of the fabric may be marked where the quarter creases meet the edges of the circles.

Align the background circle edge on top of the design circle edge, right sides together, matching the quarter marks of both circles. Pin all four quarters. The outer edges of the background square will bunch up in the center of the circle. Ignore this and concentrate only on the two edges of the circles that will be sewn together.

Continue to align the raw edges of the two circles and pin generously taking care not to stretch the circles out of shape.

Sew the circle edges together with a smooth, even 1/4" seam allowance. This may be done by hand if preferred.

After sewing, open out the background square and press the seam allowance toward the set in design circle.

Trim the circle square to 6-1/2" x 6-1/2" keeping the design circle centered in the square.

Repeat steps 1-7 with the other 8 circles and background squares.

Step: 9

ASSEMBLING THE PILLOW TOP—See PDF instructions for diagram:
Arrange the 9 circle squares in 3 rows of 3 squares in each.

Sew the circle squares in each row together. Press the seams in each row all one direction, changing the direction in alternate rows.

Sew the rows together matching seam intersections. The design measures 18-1/2" x 18-1/2" square.

Sew the 2 – 1-3/4" x 18-1/2" rectangles to opposite sides of the design.

Sew the 2 – 1-3/4" x 21" rectangles to the top and bottom. The pillow top now measures 21" x 21".

Step: 10

QUILT THE PILLOW TOP:
Layer the 22" muslin square wrong side up, the batting and the pillow top right side up. Baste the layers together.

Quilt as desired. The pillow shown was quilted in the ditch along the square seams and echo quilted within each circle.

Baste 3/8" from the edge of the pillow top to hold the three layers together. Trim all three quilted layers to 20-3/4" x 20-3/4" square.

Step: 11

ASSEMBLING THE PILLOW:
Fold both 20-3/4" x 30" pillow backing rectangles in half, right sides out, so that folded they each measure 20-3/4" x 15".

Pin each folded backing piece to the front of the pillow top, wrong sides together, with the folded edges overlapping each other and the corners lined up.

Sew around the entire perimeter of the pillow using a scant 3/8" seam allowance going through all layers. Zigzag stitch the seam allowance to add strength and prevent fraying.

Step: 12

FINISHING THE PILLOW—See PDF instructions for diagram:
Stitch the binding strips together end to end with a diagonal seam pressed open. Fold in half lengthwise and press to make a double binding.

Sew the binding to the pillow with a 3/8" seam allowance, mitering the corners. Turn the binding to the back side of the pillow and stitch down with matching thread.

Insert the pillow form into the pillow through the opening in the back.