Directions to make a quillow

Written by valery elias | 13/05/2017
Directions to make a quillow
Quillows are versatile and make a great accessory. (patchwork quilt and pillows image by Gina Smith from

A quillow is a cross between a quilt and a pillow but is just as comfortable as both. With a reversible pocket, quillows are quilts that fold in on themselves and become pillows. This innovative idea is perfect for when you need a warm, snuggly blanket with built-in storage. They are perfect to take on car trips, and can even accompany kids during sleepovers. With varying sizes, quillows are a perfect accessory for the home. Making one is a simple project.

Cut the 4 yards of fabric into two equal sections of 2 yards each. Lay the 2-yard sections one on top of the other, right sides together.

Place the crib-size quilt batting on top of the 2-yard sections. Pin the edges together and leave an open space of between 6 and 8 inches.

Sew the sections together with your sewing machine, leaving the opening. Remove the pins. Turn the quilt inside out and sew together the opening with your sewing machine. Further stitch the quilt with your sewing machine by sewing across the quilt if desired.

Lay the 18-inch square on top of the other with right sides together. This will form the pillow. Lay quilt batting on top and pin the edges together. Sew all of the edges except one. Turn the pillow inside out.

Pin one edge of the pillow pocket to the centre of the top edge of the quilt with the opening facing up. This is where the quilt will be stuffed. Sew down the pillow edge to the edge of the quilt. Hem in the opening of the pillow pocket with your sewing machine. Leave the opening open.

Put the quilt in the pillow by folding the quilt with the pillow facing down. Fold into neat, narrow sections, then stuff into the pillow.

Things you need

  • 4 yards of fabric
  • 2 18-inch squares of fabric
  • Crib-size quilt batting
  • Pins
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

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