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Aloha, I'm Stephanie Serrano, a writer and designer living in Olympia, WA, with my husband and a white cat named Halo.
I've been sewing for many years (since I was a kid), and made my first quilt ...

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(7) Name: 'Quilting : GIFT WRAP PILLOWS
GIFT WRAP PILLOWS quilting suggestions included
GIFT WRAP PILLOWS 6 sizes included
GIFT WRAP PILLOWS detailed cutting diagrams

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • use a rotary cutter and quilter's ruler
  • sew a quarter-inch seam

Pattern Description:

GIFT WRAP is a quick and easy design based on the traditional Sister's Choice quilt block. One day I realized that expanding the sides of a two-color version of the block created a design that looks a ribbon tied in a bow.

I tested various ways to sew the new block together, and fiddled with the quilt math to create the perfect proportions for various sizes.. The result is a new twist on an old favorite. It turns a simple throw pillow into a gift-wrapped package perfect for sharing your love of quilting with family and friends.

The 37-page PDF pattern includes detailed instructions for six different sizes, including squares from 14" up to 24", with three different options for the back, from a simple plain-fabric panel to a fun "back of the package" pieced design.

The pattern includes fabric selection tips and cutting diagrams for all pillow sizes and layouts: so you can be sure to get all the necessary pieces from a barely-big-enough piece of precious fabric.

Plus, you'll get a secret link (see page 36) where you can download a special BONUS PDF tutorial booklet that walks you, step-by-step, through installing an invisible or lapped zipper, or making a no-zip envelope back. (Newbies: you can do it!)

GIFT WRAP is super-easy and quick to sew. It's such versatile design: it looks great in bright florals, would be stunning in solids (how 'bout silk, or linen?), and even works with novelty prints.

There are lots more pictures on my blog, so click the link up at the top off this listing for more details.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 6 sizes included! from 12"x16" up to 24"x24"


  • 2 contrasting fabrics (see PDF fabric charts for details; yardage requirements vary by pillow size)
  • batting and lining (see PDF charts for details; yardage varies by pillow size)
  • rotary cutter, ruler, and mat
  • matching thread
  • sewing machine
  • small scissors or thread snips
  • iron and ironing board
  • basting pins or basting spray

You Will Also Need:

  • regular or invisible zipper: closure options depend on design options chosen, see PDF for details

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