GiveAway Day!

by Stephanie on May 6, 2013

in Patterns,Pillows,Tooting my own horn

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In honor of Sew Mama Sew GiveAway Day, I’m thrilled to be giving away three copies of a brand new GIFT WRAP Pillow pattern. (It’s so new it’s not in my Etsy shop yet. Now available in the VdeH Etsy shop and at!)

Gift Wrap Pillow Pattern (cover)


Thanks to everyone who stopped by to enter!

GIFT WRAP is a quick and easy design based on the traditional Sister’s Choice quilt block. One day I realized that expanding the sides of a two-color version of the block created a design that looks a ribbon tied in a bow:


I tested various ways to sew the new block together, and fiddled with the quilt math to create the perfect proportions for various sizes.. The result is a new twist on an old favorite. It turns a simple throw pillow into a gift-wrapped package perfect for sharing your love of quilting with family and friends.

This new pattern is an expanded version of the sneak-peak edition available to my VIP list members (see the end of this post for details, or click the sidebar button). It includes detailed instructions for six different sizes, including squares from 14″ up to 24″, with three different options for the back, from a simple plain-fabric panel to a fun “back of the package” pieced design:

Gift Wrap pillow back

The pattern includes fabric selection tips, cutting diagrams for all pillow sizes and layouts — so you can get all the pieces from a barely-big-enough piece of precious fabric — plus I walk you, step-by-step, through installing an invisible or lapped zipper, or making a no-zip envelope back. (Newbies: you can do it!)

GIFT WRAP is super-easy and quick to sew. It’s such versatile design: it looks great in bright florals, would be stunning in solids (how ’bout silk, or linen?), and even works with novelty prints:

Gift Wrap pillow details

These pillow covers are a great gift choice when you want to make something bigger than a mug-rug but small enough to produce in a weekend. (Let’s face it: not every occasion merits the time, effort, and expense that go into even a small quilt, no matter how much we love to make stuff.)  Everyone loves a pretty throw pillow, and you can make one of the smaller sizes of Gift Wrap from just two fat quarters!

pillow pattern giveaway


This giveaway is now closed!

What gift occasion would you make this pillow for? Co-worker wedding? BFF birthday? Weekend hostess gift?

How would you personalize the fabric choices? Would you go over-the-top floral with it, or minimalist-modern (white on gray, anyone?), or repro-vintage, or … ?

Let me know in a comment for your chance to win. For a second chance, follow this blog and let me know you’re a follower in a separate comment.

Comments are open until 2pm Hawaii time (5pm Pacific, 8 pm Eastern) on Friday, May 10 now closed. I’ll pick three names by random-number draw, and those lucky folks will receive a PDF copy of the pattern by email next weekend.

If you’d like to receive an email alert when this pattern is listed on Etsy (or when the upcoming baby- and lap-quilt version is doneget on the VIP LIST here — or click the “free pattern” button on the sidebar, and get sewing right away on the original boudoir sized version.

Aloha, good luck, and thanks for stopping by!




1 P. May 6, 2013 at 7:20 am

Awesome pillow pattern, Stephanie. I would make it as a giftie…to myself! :) As for colors, I’m crushing on that turquoise and yellow novelty print version of yours. Thanks for a chance to win!

2 Nancy Brodeur May 6, 2013 at 9:14 am

That is such a pretty pillow! Great job in designing it. My son and his family are going to Hawaii in August to celebrate their 20th anniversary and their daughter’s 13th birthday; so I would like to make this pillow out of Hawaiian theme fabric as a gift for them.

3 Adri H. May 6, 2013 at 9:53 am

Lovely pattern. I think I’d make it for a friend and use up some of my stash in order to do it. I think I’d use a burnt orange fabric as the main ribbon, and a bunch of light colored scraps as the background. Thanks for the opportunity, and it was nice to meet your blog!


4 Kate May 6, 2013 at 10:49 am

I think a couple of these would make a great gift for my grandma. Thanks for hosting!

5 Julie May 6, 2013 at 1:14 pm

I would make a start on some Christmas gifts and do them in girly colours for my nieces. Thanks for the chance and the inspiration.

6 Stephanie A May 6, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I would use modern prints and make this as a birthday gift!

7 Stephanie A May 6, 2013 at 1:22 pm

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8 Heather May 6, 2013 at 2:45 pm

I’d make some in my Christmas colors blue and silver.

9 Teresa in Music City May 6, 2013 at 4:48 pm

I think it would make a great pillow to include with a gifted quilt done in the same fabrics. Or even as a bag to hold the gifted quilt :*) I love the idea of doing it in Christmas colors for a seasonal gift, but it would also be great in spring colors for Easter or Mother’s Day!

10 Teresa in Music City May 6, 2013 at 4:48 pm

I am a follower!

11 Barbara Orozco May 6, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Awesome pillow! First of all I’d make one for my DH to use it on our sofa, another one to a friend of mine for her baby girl who’s due in September

12 Barbara Orozco May 6, 2013 at 10:58 pm

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13 Deb May 7, 2013 at 3:08 am

Lovely pillow! I would make some of these for my daughters new home, and use some bold Ikea fabrics that I have been hoarding!

14 Amy May 7, 2013 at 3:41 am

Bright colors for birthday, wedding gifts, etc. Definitely Christmas colors!

15 Deb@asimplelifequilts May 7, 2013 at 4:51 am

So cute! I would make one for my daughter – her colors are black & white with red accents and I really enjoy using that palette!

16 Becky Greene May 7, 2013 at 5:58 am

I think I would make this pillow as a Mother’s Day gift for myself. I would use an Anna Maria Horner print for the background and a bright solid for the bow. Thanks for the chance to win!

17 Sallie May 7, 2013 at 6:14 am

Pillows for my friends in colors they use in their home decor. Thanks for the giveaway!

18 margaret Schindler May 7, 2013 at 6:55 am

I would have to make this for a gift to my self. Not sure of what colors yet

19 margaret Schindler May 7, 2013 at 6:55 am

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20 Debbie H May 7, 2013 at 8:24 am

I would make it for a housewarming present. I would make it in bold bright colors, cuz that’s how I roll!

21 Sally Manke May 7, 2013 at 10:34 am

Wonderful pattern! Just love the contrast in the design! Thank you Venus de Hilo!

22 Judy Beckwith May 7, 2013 at 11:16 am

This pattern is tops on my to do list. I love all the colors you have shown.
It would be beautiful in most prints and not just restricted to the
Holidays. What a great gift.

23 Wanda Heath May 7, 2013 at 11:34 am

Your pillows are gorgeous Stephanie! These would make lovely gifts and I would have to choose the colors for giftee, just like picking out a card. I spend hours choosing just right one!

24 Wanda Heath May 7, 2013 at 11:35 am

I am a new follower :)

25 Bobbie M May 7, 2013 at 11:37 am

I would use vintage broadcoth (Hawaiian) in all thoses wild colors of the 60’s & 70’s. I love the concept of being a pillow “gift wrapped”. So akamai!

26 Toni in Oregon May 7, 2013 at 11:40 am

You are so clever! I would love to win the pattern and whip up a couple of them immediately. Thank you for the opportunity!

27 Patti May 7, 2013 at 11:50 am

I would make pansy pillows to accent the pansy quilts I’m making in honor of my grandmothers. My maternal grandmother taught me to sew when I was 5, so every quilt is in honor of her. My paternal grandmothers loved pansies and fostered a love of them in me. I am currently doing a serious of pansy quilts in both of their memories.

28 Karen Lawson May 7, 2013 at 12:21 pm

What a lovely pattern. I would use it as gifts!

29 Ellen May 7, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Great design! I’ve made a sister’s choice quilt, and love this modification of the block. I would make 2 for our own couch, in burgundy and a floral. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

30 Anita May 7, 2013 at 1:49 pm

The first thing I thought of is Christmas presents so I would make this pillow as a Christmas gift. It would probably be for my Mom and since she decorates with burgundy I would use that as the main color and then have a minty green or pink accent as the ribbon and bow since she uses those colors in her tree ornaments.

31 Sandy May 7, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Honestly, I would keep the pillows for myself and make them in a brown and red scheme.

32 Jan Barnett May 7, 2013 at 3:43 pm

I’d make MYSELF a Mother’s Day gift…okay, maybe one for MY mother too…and use my favorite Kaffe Fasset prints!

33 Kim Stewart May 7, 2013 at 4:59 pm

these would make great birthday gifts

34 Christi May 7, 2013 at 5:44 pm

These pillow look so fun. I can see making lots in Christmas motif for gifts and some fun ones for the granddaughters beds.

35 Mystica May 7, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Ideal as a gift!

36 Kat May 8, 2013 at 12:11 am

I made the gift wrap pattern as a place mat. Turned out great!!

37 Joyce May 8, 2013 at 5:19 am

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this design. This would be a most terrific gift for all my mother friends to pamper themselves.

38 Judy May 8, 2013 at 6:23 am

After 30+ years of quilting am finally making a quilt for our bed. Love your pillow pattern and will definitely make up several to add to our room’s decor. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

39 Gill May 8, 2013 at 6:55 am

Great Christmas presents – my sisters would love these!

40 kathy h May 8, 2013 at 10:00 am

Wonderful pillow. I would make them for birthdays and use their favorite colors. ALso would be great for Christmas presents with traditional red and green.

41 Tanya May 8, 2013 at 10:10 am

That would make a great Christmas present. Thanks for chance to win.

42 Angelia L. May 8, 2013 at 10:11 am

Wonderful pattern! As a new quilter I love making pillows…..they are quick and don’t use much fabric. I would love to use Christmas fabrics and make gifts for family. Thank you!

43 Miki May 8, 2013 at 10:45 am

I really like this pillow pattern. My daughter needs new pillows for her living room couch and these would be just perfect. She likes very basic modern and this could be adapted to those fabrics very well.

44 Joyce Mitchell May 8, 2013 at 11:05 am

They’d make great Christmas gifts & I’d probably start out using Christmas fabrics from my stash. Thanks for the chance to win.

45 Joyce Mitchell May 8, 2013 at 11:05 am

I’m a follower. Thanks again.

46 Linda Jerome May 8, 2013 at 11:54 am

Love the pillow design, I would use it for myself as I just moved to a new house and need some ideas. Thanks.

47 Linda Jerome May 8, 2013 at 11:55 am

Love a chance to win the pattern

48 Tammy May 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm

i am thinking this would look great made in Christmas seasonal fabrics. but in the Aquas and silvers vs the traditonal red & greens

49 Sarah N May 8, 2013 at 1:48 pm

That is so cute! I would make them in Christmas fabrics and probably keep them for me and my family!

50 Sarah N May 8, 2013 at 1:49 pm

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51 Michelle Smith May 8, 2013 at 1:56 pm

I would make this for a baby shower for the baby to have when he/she gets older.

I would make it with nursery type prints for this purpose.

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52 Michelle Smith May 8, 2013 at 1:56 pm

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53 Lia May 9, 2013 at 1:22 am

I think this would work well as a Christmas gift, or generally for Christmas decoration at home :)

Thanks for the chance to win!

54 Jodi R May 9, 2013 at 4:42 am

I would love to use this pattern to make a thank you gift for my quilting Family Day Care lady who is retiring at the end of the year. She has a million quilts and once she retires she will make 2 million more. I have been trying to think what to give her to thank her for all she has done for my little girl. This would be perfect.

55 Christine May 9, 2013 at 5:21 am

Great pattern…I would make for Mother`s day.

56 Mike Pearson (The Amateur Quilter) May 9, 2013 at 9:54 am

I really need to learn how to make pillows first! If I did it, I would make it Christmassy so I could put it out that time of year. :)

57 chibidani May 9, 2013 at 10:19 am

I think I would make one for my mom for her birthday, and another for my MIL for her birthday!

58 Karrie Smith May 9, 2013 at 12:53 pm

I would do a pillow for my mother-no ocassion needed :)

59 Karrie Smith May 9, 2013 at 12:54 pm

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60 Susan May 9, 2013 at 2:26 pm

I think it would make a nice gift for any occasion. I would personalize the colors to the recipient–their favorite colors, or decor, etc.

Thanks for the giveaway and for having your comments section set up so anyone can comment without having to have a special account.

61 Jill May 9, 2013 at 2:52 pm

I’d gift it to myself ;). I think I’d probably do solids. Thanks for the giveaway!

62 Mandi May 9, 2013 at 4:24 pm

My favorite pillows are personalized for the gift recipient. So, I’d give it as a gift for just about anything!

63 Kylie C May 9, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I have a lot of cousins so this would be a great gift for holidays or weddings. I think this would look great with a solid paired with a print- like a kona grass green with Architextures Trees in Grey.

64 Kylie C May 9, 2013 at 6:02 pm

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65 NanaSusan May 10, 2013 at 5:41 am

These would be wonderful for my son’s new home – I would “man” the colors up. :) thank you

66 Michelle May 10, 2013 at 6:50 am

I would make it for an anniversary gift for my parents. I would pull colors from their living room to get coordinating florals.

67 Michelle May 10, 2013 at 6:50 am

I am a new follower

68 Bonnie Larson May 10, 2013 at 8:25 am

Love the pattern. It is awesome. pillows are great gifts. . Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity on a wonderful draw.

69 carrie May 10, 2013 at 11:27 am

Love the fabrics you choose and the pattern, and can always find a reason to gift a pillow.

70 carrie May 10, 2013 at 11:30 am

I am following your blog now.

71 CraftyHourMom May 10, 2013 at 3:12 pm

I’d make it as a mother’s day gift! My MIL would love it, I know. She loves purple – I think purple and gray would look amazing!

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