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!