Sew a Pillow Using Fabric Scraps from Face Masks

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Sew a Scrappy Pillow with Sew Cute by Katie

Let's make a scrappy pillow using leftover fabric from all the masks we've made! 

You'll love this quilt-as-you-go sewing project.

Did you join in on sewing hundreds of face masks for friends, family, neighbors and community? 

I've accumulated so many scrap pieces from sewing face masks. Instead of letting them go to waste, I've been demonstrating multiple ways to use up these memorable scraps. I've been working on fun scrappy projects like this pillow project tutorial that I'll walk you through. It's a quilt as you go project and sure to be fun! 

Be sure to check out my other projects such as the Scrap Buster Quilted Tote Bag, Fun Dish Drying Mat, and a Scrap Buster Mug Rug/Coaster Project

I don't have a tutorial for this one yet, but check out my work-in-progress quilt top using face mask fabric scraps...

Quilt Top using Scraps from Mask Making at Sew Cute by Katie     

Stay tuned for this one! And now on to our scrappy pillow cover tutorial...

DIY How to Sew a Scrappy Pillow

Watch my video for the full tutorial on how to sew a scrappy pillow cover, PLUS the back story on how I got started sewing face masks in 2020! It was quite a start! 

Keep reading below for a supply list and tips.

Supplies & Suggestions

Supplies you will need:

  • Sewing machine
  • Rotary Cutter/Mat
  • Quilting Ruler (for straight edge cutting)
  • Thread
  • 11 or 12 pieces of fabric strips at 2.25 in. wide and at least 13 in. long. 
  • 13.5 in. x 22 in. polar fleece or batting (optional)
  • 12-14 in. Invisible Zipper
  • 12 in.x20 in. pillow insert -

Sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

If your fabric strips aren't long enough, you can sew them together on the short side to achieve the desired length. It's ok if your strips are more narrow or wider, it will simply change how many strips you need. I walk you through sewing one side of your scrappy pillow in the video.

Jump straight to how to insert the invisible zipper here

Please refer to the video for detailed instructions.

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Learn to Sew 

Do you want to sew more projects with me? I have several step-by-step sewing tutorials available on my website:

Learn to sew with commercial patterns for following one of my step-by-step sewing tutorials. I have tutorials for unisex robes, basic t-shirts, kimonos, etc. Your sure to find projects that work for you.

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Tag us with your finished project!

Did you sew a scrappy pillow cover ? I'd love to see it, especially if it was from your face mask scrap pile! Tag us on Instagram @sewcutebykatie or Facebook @sewcutebykatie!

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