This FREE Grow pillow pattern is based on the popular Grow quilt pattern found in the SQ shop. That quilt pattern includes instructions for king, queen/full, twin, throw and baby sizes. So once you finish this pillow, you may have to make a matching quilt so it's not lonely on the couch!
This modern pillow pattern first made its appearance in the easy-to-follow Envelope Pillow Cover with Binding Tutorial. That tutorial covers every step in how to finish a pillow with a simple envelope fold (a.k.a. no zipper!) and also how to add the look of piping without having to actually make piping (which I find to be a bit of a chore.)
Once you finish your Grow pillow, check out any one of these three free tutorials on how to complete your quilted pillow so that it's ready for admiring and snuggling.
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FREE Grow Pillow Pattern
Click here to get the FREE Grow pillow pattern! This pattern makes a finished 18" square pillow.
Some Suzy Quilts patterns include instructions for pillows and others are sold separately, however they all follow the same 4-step process.
- Piece the pillow top together according to the pattern instructions.
- Sandwich the pillow top on batting AND backing fabric.
- Quilt the quilt sandwich.
- Use one of the three finishing techniques listed above to make your quilted pillow top into a pillow.
Grow Pillow Pattern Supplies
This pattern is perfect for using scraps! Some of the pieces are as small as 5 1/2" long with the largest piece measuring only 15 1/2" long. If you don't have scraps, you can also use fat quarters or 1/4 yd. cuts of fabric. The wonderful thing about making this pillow, or quilted pillows in general, is that the fabric pieces required are small and you don't need many of them.
When I made this pillow example, I actually cut up an old dress I no longer needed. It's that striped fabric and it's my favorite part of the pillow!
So here's what you'll need to make your own Grow pillow...
Quilted Pillow Tips
Follow the instructions listed in the pattern to piece your Grow pillow top. Once your pillow top is finished, baste the quilt sandwich using either safety pins or basting spray. I typically stay away from basting spray because I hate the mess it causes from sticky overspray all over my floors and even on my walls.
However, with a small project like a pillow, you can control the spray better and use it without much mess. That's how I chose to baste this example pillow.
I used Quilters Dream Wool batting so it would look extra dimensional and puffy once quilted. The guidemarks you see were made with a hera marker – which is my marking tool of choice. Read more about using a hera marker, with a video, here – 5 Reasons Why a Hera Marker is the Best Quilt Marking Tool.
I hand quilted a crosshatch pattern on a 45-degree angle. It definitely took a while, but I think it was worth it. After quilting the pillow top sandwich, you are left with something like this...
The final step before finishing your pillow is to trim the excess batting and backing!
Finish your pillow with either a zipper or envelope fold and throw it onto your favorite chair or couch! Let us know in the comments if you have plans on using this Grow pillow pattern to make some eye candy for your home. Use #GrowQuilt on Instagram to see what others are making!