The Star in stripes forever pillow is a free pdf pattern and tutorial of a patriotic pillow.
You can make a great looking star shaped pillow that adds color and style to a room and takes minutes to make.
For the Pillow:
2/3 yard fleece (you could really use several different kinds of fabric for this pillow) 1/4 yard red and white fabric ( or other alternating fabric)
stuffing (batting for fill)
1 package of cording (optional)
Sewing Essentials (pins, scissors, etc.)
Download the free pattern here.
1 – Cut out the pattern
Print up the pattern (you can get assembly instructions here . Cut out 2 of each of the pattern pattern piece if you want both sides to be striped – or you can cut out 1 of each piece and use the full star provided in the pattern for the backing (which is what I did).
In addition to the pattern you will need to cut a 3.5 by 64 inch long strip.
Tip: Because there are so many fabric pieces in this pattern keep the paper pinned to them until you are ready to sew them.
2 – Begin to sew
Starting with piece “A” sew it to piece “B” using a .25 inch seam allowance. Continue to sew together “B” to piece “C” until you get to the last piece.
If you are adding cording pin and sew it around the star ( I like to sew the cording by itself with a zipper foot).
Then with right sides together pin the long strip all the way around and sew on using a .25 seam allowance.
Sew the ends of the strip together. Then sew around the star.
Tip: while you can sew one continuous line around the star – I recommend sewing from point to point rather than trying to turn at the top of each point. So basically you will sew 6 lines instead on long continuous one.
3- Pin and sew back of the star
With right sides together pin the back of the star onto the pillow – but this time be sure to leave a 3 inch gap for turning and stuffing. Sew together using the same seam allowance that you used on the front of the pillow. trim thread, points and turn right side out.
4 – Final Steps
Stuff to desired firmness ( I like it to be a little more firm so it can stand better without sagging.) Hand sew opening shut. If desired sew a button onto the center.