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pillow talk–part 2

I needed gifts for my niece and nephew, and with pillow forms still available in the wardrobe, I had my inspiration.

sports pillow frontFor my 8-year-old nephew, I put together a 16-inch pillow with a simple patchwork front using finished 2-inch squares of sports-themed fabric. Although he lives in Braves’ territory, he remains a Cardinals fan, so I added a few squares of Cardinals fabric from my scrap bin to keep him faithful. I straight-line quilted it on the diagonal. Although quilting takes time, I like the padding and softness it adds.

sports pillow backFor the borders and the back, I used more of the black-and-tan checked material and the same zipper-backed design I described for my son’s pillow. When my nephew becomes a teenager and wants a more grown-up look, he can flip the pillow to this side.

sprocket pillow w/chenille--front

For my niece who is closer to approaching her teenage years, I made this 16-inch sprocket pillow. No pillow form is necessary–just lots of fiberfill. I have made this pillow before; it comes together quickly. It’s a great way to use up and highlight scraps of favorite fabrics.

I was inspired by this variation of the sprocket pillow made by its designer, Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew. She upcycled the chenille from her mom’s old robe, which is a lovely idea, but since I have gobs of chenille in my stash, it was an opportunity to use up some.

sprocket pillow w/chenille--backI made the pillow back from chenille too, so it is soft, squishy and comfy–perfect for an almost-teenage girl’s room.

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