DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow! To celebrate National Sewing Month, I’m sharing my tutorial for making lightly quilted pocket pillows using upcycled denim. These three pillows are variations on the traditional log cabin quilt block and are strip pieced to minimize cutting. The envelope style of the pillow case makes it easy to remove the pillow cases for washing.

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Back in 2005, I went on a quilting retreat with two of my now best friends (who I knew just a little bit at the time). We stayed at a bed and breakfast and learned to quilt using Eleanor Burns’s Quilt in a Day: Log Cabin Pattern. (Well, we actually learned to piece a quilt. Learning to bind and quilt was a whole ‘nother experience that came later.) Since then, I’ve been pretty enamored with strip quilting. There’s far less ironing (yay!) and cutting, and you end up with scraps that can be used in other strip quilts. I also recently read Learn to Quilt-as-you-go: 14 Projects You Can Finish Fast, so I’ve been thinking a lot about quilt-as-you-go lately, too.

When I saw that our pile of worn out jeans was stacking up again, I decided to make quilt-as-you-go pocket pillows using strips.

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.Let me tell you a bit about why upcycled denim is awesome for pocket pillows. There’s all the nice stuff like you’re keeping denim out of landfills. But, there’s also the incredible softness of worn out denim. To add to that cozy feeling, I quilted the pillow case tops with Fairfield Poly-Fil Low-Loft Quilt Batting and stuffed the pillow cases with Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Forms, super plush and squishy pillows. And, of course, you already have some pretty sturdy pockets to use as the foundation for your pillow design.

I made three variations on the classic log cabin quilt block using pieces from two pairs of jeans (and the back pocket from another pair).

The Log Cabin in the Corner,

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.the Courthouse Steps,

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

and the Traditional Log Cabin (which can be found on AllFreeSewing).

DIY Denim Traditional Log Cabin Pocket Pillow tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and it inspires you to put your old jeans to good use! You can find other ideas for upcycled denim projects here and here.

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows

Tutorial by Underground Crafter

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

Materials (for one pillow):

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

Instructions for all pillows:

Cut fabric and batting

  • Cut one back pocket from your jeans for each pillow, leaving as large a border of denim as possible. Square the pocket piece.
  • Cut the legs of your jeans into 2.5” (6.5 cm) strips. Depending on the size of your pocket piece, you will need up to 70” (178 cm) in strips in both “light” and “dark” for each pillow. (I was able to make three pillows from two pairs of jeans.)
  • For each pillow, cut a 16.75″ (42.5 cm) square of Fairfield Poly-Fil Low-Loft Quilt Batting.
  • For each pillow, cut the pillow interior backing to 16.75” (42.5 cm) square. Remember, this piece will not be seen, so feel free to use muslin, that ugly fabric someone gifted you, or pieced orphaned quilt blocks or fabric scraps.
  • Cut two 16.5” (42 cm) x 11” (28 cm) pieces for the pillow back fabric of each pillow.

Assemble the back of the pillow case

  • With the first piece of the pillow back fabric facing wrong side up, fold about ½” (1.5 cm) over at the long edge towards the wrong side.

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

  • Fold over in half towards the wrong side.

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

  • Pin in place.

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

  • Topstitch the hem in place.

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

  • Repeat for the other piece of pillow back fabric.

Assemble the pillow case

  • See below for instructions for the three log cabin block variations for the front of the pillow.
  • Once your front is finished and squared up, position the pillow front with the jeans side up.
  • Place the back of the pillow fabric right side down over pillow front with pieces overlapping.

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

  • Pin together.

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

  • Sew around the outer edges on all sides with a ¼” seam allowance. For a snugger fitting pillow cover, use a ½” seam allowance.

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

 

Assemble “quilt sandwich” for front of pillow case (all pillows)

  • Position pillow interior backing fabric face down (wrong side up).

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

  • Follow instructions for positioning denim pocket for the pattern of your choice. Follow the pattern until your front piece measures at least 16.5” (42 cm square).
  • Square up your pillow front to 16.5” (42 cm square), trimming away any excess fabric or batting.

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

  • Follow the instructions for assembling the pillow case.

Instructions for pillow case front: Cabin in the Corner block

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

Quilt the front of pillow case

  • Position the pocket right side up in the lower left corner of the “quilt sandwich.”

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

  • Attach the first “light” strip above the pocket with the wrong side up.

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

  • Using a ¼” seam allowance, sew the strip to the pocket, working through all four layers.
  • Finger press the sewn strip so it is right side up.

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

  • Trim the strip.

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

  • Attach the next “dark” strip to the right of the pocket with the wrong side up.

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

  • Sew the strip to the pocket, working through all four layers. Trim the strip.
  • Finger press the sewn strip so it is right side up.

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

  • Continue attaching pieces in this manner, following the assembly diagram, until the front of your pillow measures at least 16.5” (42 cm) square.

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

  • Square up the block to 16.5” (42 cm) square.

 

Instructions for pillow case front: Courthouse Steps block

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

Quilt the front of pillow case

  • Position the pocket right side up in the center of the “quilt sandwich.”

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

  • Attach the first “light” strips above and below the pocket with the wrong side up.

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

  • Using a ¼” seam allowance, sew the strips to the pocket, working through all four layers.
  • Finger press the sewn strips so they are right side up. Trim the strips.

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

  • Attach the “dark” strips to the sides of the pocket with the wrong sides up.

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

  • Sew the strips to the pocket, working through all four layers. Trim the strip.
  • Finger press the sewn strips so they are right side up. Continue attaching pieces in this manner, following the assembly diagram, until the front of your pillow measures at least 16.5” (42 cm) square.

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

  • Square up the block to 16.5” (42 cm) square.

DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

 

Instructions for pillow case front: Traditional Log Cabin block

If you still have some jeans leftover after making these pillows, you can find other ideas for upcycled denim projects here and here.

© 2017 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2017/09/12/diy-denim-log-cabin-pocket-pillows/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!
DIY Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows tutorial by Underground Crafter | Grab some jeans headed for the scrap pile and make yourself a plush pocket pillow with a Fairfield Decorator’s Choice Luxury Pillow Form. This tutorial includes instructions for two variations of the classic log cabin quilt block: the Cabin in the Corner and the Courthouse Steps blocks.

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