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Amherst Body Pillow Quilt

from Loom&Essence
(7) Name: 'Quilting : Amherst Body Pillow Quilt
Amherst Body Pillow Quilt
Amherst Body Pillow Quilt
Amherst Body Pillow Quilt
Amherst Body Pillow Quilt
Amherst Body Pillow Quilt

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic sewing (how to make a basic knife-edge pillow)
  • Basic quilting (cutting fabric, assembly, etc)

Pattern Description:

When my son went off to college, I made him this plump quilted cover for his favorite body pillow so he could have something homey in his new setting. It was a hit with his roommates, and he got a lot of remarks like "Where did you get this?" or "Wow, this is really nice!" After making a few more for our own home, it became clear that the body pillow quilt was a super popular and unusual creation.

You can make this with fat quarters or scraps from your stash.Use whatever palette you like. Choose the "Amherst" pizza-nacho-beer color scheme shown in the main photo, try a romantic cottage floral blend of teal, rose, and peach (middle pix). Go bright and splashy or pick zen colors for a serene "spa" look. Ideal for beds, window seats, futon sofas, and much more!

PS - It's a great way to bring new life to a body pillow that has lost some of its oomph! And because it goes together quickly, the Body Pillow Quilt gives you the satisfaction of completing a quilted project in less than a weekend. Make one for someone you love!

PATTERN is 16 pages, optimized for tablet/iPad display. For screen viewing, there are clickable links that provide additional online tips. If you choose to print, use letter-size paper with your printer set on "landscape." (Be green and keep it on the screen!)

CONTACT INFO: Please contact me at broughtonk8@gmail.com if you have any questions. I'm in the process of rebuilding my website and some of the links aren't in place yet. Thanks!


  • Sewing machine with walking foot accessory
  • Scissors, rotary cutter, ruler

You Will Also Need:

  • Pre-made 20" x 54" body pilow