Ballerina Argyle Pillow Tutorial

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Ballerina Argyle Pillow Cover

I have to say that these are just the sweetest fabrics ever.  This line is called Arabesque from Anna Griffin and you can purchase it right here. My four year old asked me if I would make her a pillow for Christmas. Be still my heart! Of course! Immediately I settled on these fabrics and have put together a brief tutorial for you today in case you’d like to make one too.

For this project I used fat quarters of Arabesque On Pointe White, Arabesque On Pointe Pink, Arabesque Jete Grey, Arabesque Plie Grey, Arabesque Pirouette White and a quarter yard of Arabesque Jete Pink. I also used Thermoweb HeatnBond Fusible Fleece and an invisible zipper from Zipit.

Ballerina Argyle Pillow step 1

In order to make the 3 units that are composed of 4 diamonds each, I cut diamonds using my Sizzix 3 1/2″ Diamond die. I used the die cutter to cut the dies from the floral prints. Then I used it to create a pattern piece so that I could accurately fussy cut the ballet slipper prints. I just held the template over the fussy cut and used my rotary cutter. To assemble the diamonds, first sew the top and bottom diamonds from the left and right sides using a 1/4″ seam as seen above.

Ballerina Argyle Pillow step 2Press seams open.

Ballerina Argyle Pillow step 3

With right sides together, stitch the center seam, matching the seams in the middle.  Again, press the seams open.  Create three matching units.

Ballerina Argyle Pillow step 4

I used the upper half of the assembled diamond unit as my pattern piece to cut 2 triangles from each of the florals.

Ballerina Argyle Pillow step 5

Next, cut three 1″ strips from the pink floral and sew between the units as shown in this image.

Ballerina Argyle Pillow step 6

Then using more 1″ strips, join these sections together.

Ballerina Argyle Pillow step 7

Square up to 16 1/2″ square.

Ballerina Argyle Pillow step 8

Add a little chunk of the pink floral to each corner and square up once again to complete your pillow top. Fuse to the Thermoweb HeatnBond Fusible Fleece and quilt as desired. I quilted with straight lines using a variegated grey Aurifil thread.

Ballerina Argyle Pillow Back

Fussy cut a 16 1/2″ square for the back using the Pirouette in White, centering the little dancers (aren’t they sweet?).

Finish off your pillow with an invisible zipper closure and stuff with a 16″ pillow form.

Ballerina Argyle Pillow


And there you go! I hope my little girl loves it!