Farmgirl Vintage Quilted Pillow Cover + Tutorial

Aug 24, 2016

Earlier this week on Instagram and my private Facebook I shared some photos of a pillow cover I made for my son. It got a lot of great feedback on both platforms so I thought I'd share it here along with the details of how I made it incase you'd like to make one for yourself :)

Fabrics: I used various Bonnie and Camille prints from the Vintage Picnic line for the blocks and backing, mixed with a little Widescreen in grey from Robert Kaufman and finished it off with two Sweetwater prints from the Feed Company line for the binding. 

Design: Both blocks shown are from Farmgirl Vintage by Lori Holt. I used a large barn block with a churn dash block inside of it (plus borders). The back of the pillow is envelope style and inside is a 16" pillow form.

If you're interested in learning how I made this, keep reading...

Materials Needed:

  • One - 14" barn block from Farmgirl Vintage with any 6 1/2" block from Farmgirl Vintage inside of it (instructions on how to do this are in book)
  • One - 19" square piece of batting
  • One - 19" square piece of backing (can be anything - it won't show!)
  • Two - 2 1/2" x 14" border strips
  • Two - 2 1/2" x 18" border strips
  • Two - 12" x 16 1/2" pieces for envelope backing
  • 2.5 yards binding that is at least 2 1/4" wide, folded in half and pressed
  • 16" pillow form
  • Basic sewing / quilting supplies

- In the book Lori refers to all of the small blocks as 6" even though it is noted they finish at 6 1/2". Im not sure why but just don't let it confuse you :)
- Pattern assumes you have already made your Farmgirl blocks.
- Use 1/4" seams throughout.


  1. Once Farmgirl blocks are assembled together, add one 2 1/2" x 14" border strip to the top and one to the bottom of finished block. Press seams open.
  2. Add one 2 1/2" x 18" border strip to the left and one to the right to finish off your block. Press seams open.
  3. Make a quilt sandwich: 19" backing piece will be face down, batting will be in the middle and your finished block will be on top facing up. Quilt as desired. *I did diagonal / diamond quilting exactly 2" apart.
  4. Once quilted, trim off excess batting and backing so pillow top is 16 1/2" square.
  5. Take one of your 12" x 16 1/2" pieces of envelope backing. Fold one 16 1/2" edge over by 1/4" then again by another 14". Press and top stitch in place. Repeat for second piece.
  6. Place pillow top face down. Place one envelope backing piece on it facing upward. *Make sure the folded edge we just tip stitched is in the "middle" of the pillow top and not on one of the raw edges.
  7. Repeat step 6 with second envelope backing piece. It will overlap he first one you laid down. Now that both pieces are placed, secure with pins or binding clips and top stitch around entire pillow top using scant 1/4" seam.
  8. Finish off with binding and you're done! You can now insert your 16" pillow form!
I had to do some adjusting with my pillow form, it didn't go in perfect the first time. I wiggled the corners and pushed it around until it was right.

I hope this was helpful. If you make any Farmgirl pillows using my tutorial I'd love to see your creations! Feel free to tag me on IG: @amistabaker


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