Sunday, June 19, 2011

Eye Spy Monster Pillows

I've been sort of on a pillow kick lately.

This idea came to me while I was trying to think of a quick, no fuss, raw edge design for a throw pillow. If you're a quilter, then you should have all the materials necessary to make these. It's time to dive in your scrap bins!

Meet the Eye Spy Monster Pillow! This is a kid-friendly project. Let them help you dig through your scrap bin for bits of fabrics that tickle their fancy. To make an extra special version, fussy cut the scraps. Use a colorful printed fabric for your foundation for another layer of fun!

Eye Spy Monster Pillow Tutorial

This simple, raw edge pillow is a new favorite of my kids. It provides lots of texture appeal and motor activity when they lift the flaps and look for the rest of the picture.

In this tutorial I used a plain fabric for the foundation to simplify my pictures and let you see better the lines I marked. I recommend using a printed fabric for the foundation to add more visual interest for the kids.

Named the "Monster Pillow" by my son because it reminds him of "monster fur."

Materials Required

Muslin or solid fabric for foundation and closure
Fabric scraps
20" pillow form
Basic sewing supplies

Cutting Instructions

From your muslin or solid fabric cut:
3 squares, 20 1/2" x 20 1/2"

From your fabric scraps cut:
90 rectangles, 4" x 2"

Assembling the Top

1. Use 1 of the 20 1/2" squares as your pillow foundation. Use a pencil or fabric pen to mark a seam line 1/4" from the outside on 3 sides.

2. Rotate the pillow foundation upright. The top is the side with no seam line marked. Beginning from the bottom seam line, use your pencil or fabric pen and ruler to mark a line 4" away. From the 4" line, continue to mark 7 more lines. Space them every 2".

3. Begin sewing the scrap rectangles to the bottom of the pillow on the 4" line. Make sure the first rectangle for each line begins at the 1/4" seam line. Once the bottom line is full, continue upwards to the next line until the entire pillow front is covered. You will have room for 10 rectangles on each line.

4. Sew the final row of scrap rectangles along the top of the pillow foundation using an 1/8" seam. This will hide the seam when you assemble the pillow.

Assembling the Pillow

1. Take your 2 remaining 20 1/2" squares and fold 1 side on each of them over 6". These will be used to create your backing. Press to create a crisp seam. If you wish to decorate one of the closure edges with trim, now would be the time to do so.

2. Pin the scrap rectangles along the bottom and side edges toward the center to prevent them from being sewn in a seam.

3. Layer your pillow top and 2 folded backing squares right sides together by aligning the raw edges. If you decorated the edge of one of the closures put that one on your pillow top first. Pin around the edges to hold everything in place.

4. Sew a 1/4" seam around the entire pillow. Snip the 4 corners to create sharp points and turn the pillow inside out.

5. Insert your pillow form and enjoy!

Eye Spy Monster Pillow Tutorial

If you enjoyed this tutorial and make a pillow to share with your kids (or friends!) please join and post a picture to the I'm Just A Guy Who Quilts "I Made It" Flickr group.

This tutorial is copyright 2011 by Ryan Walsh Quilts. All rights reserved. Please do not make items to sell using this tutorial. Please give me the proper credit if you post pictures of items made using this tutorial.

Have fun!


  1. Oh, wow! I was planning on making an I-Spy quilt, but this is a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing the tute!

  2. This is so cool! I really love this pillow! I'm going to save it to my "I'd like to make this someday" list! Thanks for the tutorial.

  3. This is a great pillow for children..I can see sewing their names on different squares for them to 'find'!!! Thanks for the tutorial!

  4. Love this idea! I bet my daughter would love one of these. Thank you for sharing :) I am definitely pinning this!

  5. What a terrific ideal for a pillow, it's too bad I don't have any little ones to sew for!

  6. What a cute pillow! I have 9 grandchildren and LOTS of scraps.
    This looks like a fun project. Thanks for posting!

    LeAnn aka pasqueflower

  7. This is absolutely fabulous!!! Love it and I know my kiddos would too, so thanks for sharing how to! :)

  8. What a great looking pillow. I am sure my Granddaughter would love this with bright colors like you've used. Thank you.

  9. Cool, Great idea, i know my kids loves it too, I'll pin it and try to sew for my kiddos a Children Pillows.
    Thank a lot for sharing and the tutorial.

    Have a nice day..!!!

  10. Nice pillow, thanks for showing how you made it.

  11. Thanks for the great tutorial. And you're tute has given me an idea. What fun it would be to make I Spy pillowcases as Xmas or birthday presents for my nieces and nephews!

  12. My girls would love this and perfect thing to do with all my scraps. Thanks for the tut, I am a new follower :)


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