The quillow pictured here (above) was made by my children's Grammy "Lynn"
1-7/8 yd. (1.75 m) of 58/60" wide (150 cm wide) fleece
Rotary Cutter, Mat, and Ruler or Sewing Shears
Large head long pins that can be seen in the fleece
Size 90 Stretch Needle
Optional: Pearl Crown Rayon Thread
- Trim away fleece selvages using a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler or sewing shears
- Cut out the blanket and pillow sections as follows:
- Cut the blanket to measure 48" by 60" (122 cm by 152.5 cm).
- Cut the pillow into an 18" (46 cm) square.
- You can use the remaining fleece as the pillow sections for two additional quillows. You'll need to purchase only an additional 1-1/3 yd. (1.30 m) of fleece for each of those quillows. (Or you can use one of these as a lining for the pocket section if you will be embroidering a design onto that section to show when the quillow is folded into a pillow)
- Turn under a 1/2" (1.3 cm) hem on one of the non-stretchy cut edges of the pillow. Zigzag the hem in place.
- Insert a Size 90 Stretch Needle in your sewing machine. A Stretch Needle has a rounded point which helps prevent skipped stitches.
- Use a narrow width zigzag stitch.
- Position the pillow on the blanket.
- Fold the pillow in half to locate its center. Mark at the cut edge opposite the stitched hem.
- Fold the 48" (122 cm) edge of the blanket in half to locate its center. Mark.
- Place and pin the pillow to the blanket, matching the centers, right sides together.
- Stitch around three sides of the pillow with a straight stitch or a narrow zigzag stitch. (Optional finish, see Step 7)
- Place the blanket pillow side down. Fold the blanket into thirds lengthwise, wrapping the blanket edges toward the wrong side.
- Next, fold the blanket approximately into fourths, folding from the end opposite the pillow. Turn the pillow right side out, tucking the folded blanket inside.
- Optional finish: Serge the edges of the fleece using Pearl Crown Rayon Thread in the upper and/or lower loopers. Test the stitch balance on a scrap of fleece before serging on the quillow.