Tutorial – Star Flower Pillow 12

Last year, I shared my Star Flower Pillow I made using Tidal Lace, an upcoming fabric line by Kim Andersson @ i adore pattern. Well, the fabric is starting to get shipped to stores now!


If you want to make your own Star Flower pillow, the tutorial is posted below.

Yield: one 18″ x 18″ pillow cover.

This pillow is really scrap friendly, as the only yardage you really need is for the background, back and binding. 
– One  6.5″ square piece of fabric for the center
– Eight 4″ square fabric scraps for the petals
– 1/2 yard of background fabric
– 1/2 yard of backing fabric
– 1/4 yard of binding fabric (optional)

I use the 3.5″ templates available from bettycrockerass on etsy. You may be able to use a standard 3.5″ drunkard’s path block and cut it down. Note if you use a drunkard’s path block, it will end up with a smaller design.
– 3.5″ quarter circle template from bettycrockerass

– Using the templates, cut 8 inside quarter circle shapes from your petal fabric(s).
– Using the templates, cut 8 outside L-shaped shapes from your background fabric.
– Cut two 3″ x 12″ rectangles from your background fabric.
– Cut two 3″ x 18″ rectangles from your background fabric.
– For back of pillow, cut two 12″ x 18″ rectangles from your backing fabric.
– Optional: for binding, cut two 2.5″ x WoF (width of fabric) from binding fabric.

I have found the curved piecing tutorial and video by Leanne @ shecanquilt to be the easiest way to piece curves. You are welcome to use whichever method works best for you! 

Use a scant 1/4″ seam for best results.

trimguide2– Sew the 8 inside and outside quarter circle shapes together to create eight blocks like the one shown above.
– Trim to 3.5″ squares. When trimming, the goal is to have both ends of the outer-circle L shape be 0.25” wide. It’s okay if that doesn’t happen, as this design is pretty forgiving. Just go for a consistent size block and trim the rest to match as necessary.



Front Assembly
– Follow the above assembly guide to create the front of your pillow.
– Quilt as desired. I echo quilted .25″ from the outside of the design, and then used diagonal and vertical lines spaced .5″ apart for my pillow.


Back Assembly
– For each 12″ x 18″ rectangle you cut for the pillow back, fold under .25″ and press along one long (18″) edge. Fold again and press. Topstitch along fold, catching turned fabric. Repeat for both rectangles.



Pillow Assembly
– If using the binding method, put quilted front and back pieces together with wrong sides together. Overlap the back pieces so that they are the same size as the front piece, with the finished edges towards the center. This will create the envelope back.
– Pin to keep back from shifting.
– Sew around all four edges, a scant 1/4″ from edge.
– Create binding, and sew to pillow a generous 1/4″ from edge.
– Turn binding and finish by hand or machine as desired.

– If not using binding, put quilted front and back pieces together, right sides together. Overlap the back pieces so that they are the same size as the front piece with finished edges towards the center. This will create the envelope back.
– Pin to keep back from shifting.
– Sew around all four edges, a generous 1/4″ from edge or up to 1/2″ for more durability. Clip corners.
– Turn using envelope back.


Enjoy your pillow!

If anything is unclear, please feel free to let me know. And if you try out the design, please share, I’d love to see them!


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12 thoughts on “Tutorial – Star Flower Pillow

  • Whiskers

    Uh, Houston. We have a little problem. I just looked for the the 3.5″ quarter circle template at bettycrockerass (via your link), and there is nothing there. Variations equal nothing.

    I’ve been thinking about some new living room pillows.

    • anne Post author

      Yes, she’s unfortunately currently sold out. She has some more coming that are supposed to go into her store later this week though. 🙂

  • Terri Ann

    What a sweet pillow design. I’ve never sewn curves but the Moccasin BOM over at Gen-X has a curve block this month so depending how that goes I might give this a whirl! wonderful illustrations on your tutorial. Are you using Photoshop or Illustrator to draft these?

    • anne Post author

      Thank you! 😀 Once I found out you could do curves without pins, I was pretty much on board with curved pieced. I really dislike having to use pins! hahaha

      The illustrations are made with Illustrator. 🙂 I use Illustrator for my QDAD stuff, so I’ve gotten a lot more comfortable with it in the last year or so!

    • anne Post author

      Your method is the BEST method. 🙂 Fast and pinless! I send everyone to your video when it comes time to talk about curved piecing!

  • Donna Fournnier

    Thank you for this idea, I am trying to use up leftover blocks from the tidal pattern. Your idea will work beautifully. Your tutorial was very helpful to follow through.

    • anne Post author

      Thank you so much! 😀 Please let me know if you have any issues and I’d love to see your finished project if you’re willing to share!