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How to Sew a Saint Patrick’s Day Reading Pillow (Leprechaun Pillow Sewing Tutorial)

How to Sew a Saint Patrick’s Day Reading Pillow (Leprechaun Pillow Sewing Tutorial)

The month of March includes three of our favorite things: Saint Patrick’s Day, National Quilting Month and the National Reading Month holiday!

While we aren’t celebrating with a corned beef and cabbage tutorial, we are celebrating in the best way we know how — with Cuddle® minky plush fabric!

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This week we’re combining our love of books with our fondness for Saint Patrick’s Day by creating a “lucky” reading pillow that features the cutest leprechaun quilt block front — and it has a pocket in the back to hold a book. 

The quilt block pattern was designed by Heather Valentine of “The Sewing Loft”, and can be downloaded here. Teresa has opted to convert the large 12” x 12” block (the pattern also includes a 6” x 6” size) into a pillow, for maximum bearded Cuddle® goodness.

This is a great scrap buster project, and if Saint Patrick’s Day colors aren’t your thing, feel free to get creative!

Happy sewing!

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Fabrics and notions you’ll need to sew a Saint Patrick’s Day Reading Pillow

These products can be substituted for whatever you have on hand, but here is what Teresa recommends for a 12" x 12" Saint Patrick’s Day reading pillow:

Fabric requirements:

Buy a ¼ yard of each or use your scraps:

  • Cuddle® 3 Evergreen
  • Cuddle® 3 Black (Teresa used Luxe Cuddle® Hide Caviar in the sample, but will use Cuddle® 3 in the LIVE)
  • Cuddle® 3 Latte
  • Cuddle® 3 Natural
  • Luxe Cuddle® Galaxy Ginger
  • Sparkle Cuddle® Glitter Snow/Multi (Teresa used Cuddle® 3 White in the sample)

Buy 1/2 yard if making into a pillow:

  • Luxe Cuddle® Heather Ivy

Other material:

  • Pellon SF 101 fusible interfacing

Suggested notions:

  • 1-inch buttons for eyes (2), optional
  • 16" pillow form, optional
  • 45mm rotary cutter - OLFA or blade (SAC-1 - OLFA)
  • 90/14 stretch machine needle - SCHMETZ
  • Felt tip marker
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Leprechaun Quilt Block pattern - The Sewing Loft
  • Long, flower-head pins - Clover
  • Micro serrated scissors - Famore or Kai
  • Polyester thread - (Metrosene - Mettler)
  • Self-healing cutting mat - OLFA
  • Stiletto and pressing tool - ByAnnie
  • Walking foot

Tips for sewing a Saint Patrick’s Day Reading Pillow

  • Use a medium-heat iron (a polyester setting) to adhere interfacing before cutting out pieces.
  • Mark nap direction on the back of your fabric to keep it in the correct orientation.
  • Use a 2.5 mm or 3 mm stitch length.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix fabrics for a fun effect.
  • Use your quilt block to create a pillow or make more to create a fun quilt!

Video tutorial: How to sew a Saint Patrick’s Day Reading Pillow

Mark your calendar — as part of Sew Together Tuesday, Teresa will be going LIVE on the Shannon Fabrics Facebook page and YouTube channel at 10 am PDT on March 9 to share her tips on how to sew a leprechaun-themed Saint Patrick’s Day reading pillow.

Can't make it? Check back here at 12 pm pacific after her live videos concludes for the embedded on-demand videos.

 

If you have any questions about Cuddle® minky plush fabrics or any of our Cuddle® Kits, feel free to contact our friendly, no-pressure customer service team at 866-624-5252.

Ready to start creating with Cuddle® minky fabric? Use our store locator to find a selection of Cuddle® minky fabric online or near you.

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Written by Michael Nystrom
Michael Nystrom is the Inbound Digital Content Manager at Shannon Fabrics. He is a two-time IRONMAN triathlon finisher, USC Trojan and self-proclaimed breakfast burrito connoisseur. When not swimming, cycling or running (or writing about all things fabric), he’s out catching some waves or chasing his dog, Dingo.
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