Lindsay Mayland of Happy Hour Stitches recently shared her free pattern for the Charming Mini Quilt, and today I’ll show you my spin on her pattern, transforming the mini quilt into a pillow cover.

Charming Mini Quilt Blog Hop

Charming Mini Pillow Cover

Like many quilters, I have a growing collection of mini charm packs: a fabric bundle that contains 42 squares and each square is 2.5″ x 2.5″ (pictured in the upper right corner). Typically I buy them because I see a new fabric line I love. And a small packet or two contains the full range of patterns and colorways. However, I rarely have a specific pattern in mind, so I tuck them away in my Vault of Happiness, never to be seen again.

That’s why the Charming Mini Quilt is a great pattern. It’s easy to customize and doesn’t require a lot of additional yardage.

Charming Mini Pillow Cover

I followed Lindsay’s pattern instructions, with the addition of four more charm squares to make a total of sixteen blocks, creating a square mini quilt. Step 9 in the pattern is binding the quilt. But wait!

First I framed the mini quilt with cotton velvet that was leftover from another project. Next I made the pillow back from a fat quarter of fabric using the envelope method (described here under Finish Pillow). To complete the pillow cover, I layered the pillow top and pillow back, wrong sides together. Then I machine stitched the binding (2.5″ strips cut from another fat quarter) around the entire pillow top. Finally I popped the pillow in through the envelope opening in the back.

Now my sunroom looks warm and cozy even as the winter winds and snow arrive in the North Country.

Charming Mini Pillow lifestyle photo

Charming Mini Blog Hop Schedule

I hope you sew along with us! So check out the free pattern and see everyone’s version of the Charming Mini Quilt.

December 5: Lindsay Mayland of Happy Hour Stitches

December 6: Tracie Henkel of Riceford Streams

December 7: Vanessa Lynch of Punkin Patterns

December 8: Holly Anne Knight of String and Story

December 9: Sheila Sinclair Snyder of License to Quilt

December 10: Pat Sloan

Perhaps you’ll be inspired to make a gift for someone special in your life.



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Tracie grew up with three sisters and a brother in a farmhouse surrounded by cornfields and relatives. She draws on that early foundation to write about her Christian faith, creative activities, and family life.

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8 thoughts on “Charming Mini Pillow Cover

  1. Oh, Tracie, I love the pillow! You come up with such creative things, and it fits perfectly in your lovely home. I have one question, did you make the pillow form or purchase it (curious because of the size of the pillow)? Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Wendy! The pillow is a travel-sized memory foam pillow that I’ve had for years. It’s the perfect size to fit into the small of your back when sitting in an oversized chair.

    1. Thanks, Lindsay! I love your pattern and have plans for a few more pillow covers and table toppers. I can’t wait to see how the other gals interpret your pattern.

  2. What a wonderfully comfortable picture; the chair, your pillow, and all so warm looking. Great job on the pillow! What kind of chair? A recliner? I’ve been looking for a wing-back recliner everywhere!

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