Log Cabin-ish Pillow

March 15th, 2006

I made this pillow to go with the Cotton Candy quilt that I made earlier this month. I used both fabrics that were ruled out along with some greens and blacks. This was pretty fun to make and, like the quilt, very rewarding! Bird in the Hand makes these often and always uses the most beautiful color combinations, which after trying, is pretty hard to do. After I spent the time figuring out the pattern and constructing a diagram and measurements (okay I did this after I cut all the pieces and already had it layed out, but still!), I decided to make a little how-to for everyone. I realize this is probably common knowledge, but should everyone really have to use math?! Click through if you want to try it out and I apologize in advance if I messed anything up in the how-to.

Log Cabin Pillow Front

Log Cabin Pillow Back

How to: Make a Log Cabin Pillow

Posted here, you will find instructions on how to make the log cabin-ish pillow that I made, as well as the traditional way. But first, follow along on how I made my version. If you need a close-up of any image, click on it and it will take you to a larger, clearer version on Flickr. I am not a professional seamstress by ANY means, so let me know if you find any errors (and please be nice to me if you do! ;))

Step 1: Choose a color palette and pick out 10 or so fabrics that fit the bill. Lay them all out next to each other to make sure they go – not necessarily match.

Step 2: A note before cutting your pieces: It might be a good idea to cut the pieces a half inch to an inch longer than the diagram-suggested sizes. You can always trim them to fit after stitching a few pieces together and this will give you some breathing room. HOWEVER, you will need to keep cuts 1 and 2 accurate, as they determine the remainder of the piecing. Cut your pieces into strips according to the measurements posted in the diagram. Make sure to keep in mind which fabrics you want showcased, which ones you want more of, and which ones you want less.
Log Cabin-ish Pillow Instructions

Lay them out like this while you’re cutting to get a feel for how it will look. <>br
Log Cabin Pillow Tutorial: Lay Out Pieces

Step 3: Take pieces 1 and 2 and place them right sides together. Pin in place and stitch along the edge using 1/4-inch seams for the 19″-inch square pillow.
Log Cabin Pillow Tutorial: Piecing 1

Step 4: Remove pins and iron seams flat.
Log Cabin Pillow Tutorial: Piecing 2

Step 5: Place piece 3 according to diagram and pin, right sides together, to pieces 1 and 2 that you already stitched together. Stitch piece 3 in place.
Log Cabin Pillow Tutorial: Piecing 3

Step 6: Remove pins and iron seam flat.
Log Cabin Pillow Tutorial: Piecing 4

Step 7: Place piece 4 according to diagram and pin, right sides together, to pieces 1, 2, and 3 that you already stitched together. Stitch piece 4 in place. Remove pins and iron seams flat. Continue in this way until all pieces — through 15 — are stitched together and the seams are ironed flat.
Log Cabin Pillow Tutorial: Piecing 5

Step 8: Place pieced pillow front on top of batting with the wrong side facing the batting, or right side up. I used some leftover quilting batting. Pin in place. Cut the batting to the same size as the pillow front.
Log Cabin Pillow Tutorial: Attach Batting to Frint

Step 9: Place your needle in the center of pieces 1 and 2 and begin stitching, turning the needle to form a square shape; it sort of looks like a maze. I made my lines about an inch apart. This quilting pattern is very forgiving, so try to be straight, but don’t get too caught up if your lines aren’t perfect. Keep stitching your continuous square until the entire pillow front has been quilted.
Log Cabin Pillow Tutorial: Quilting

Step 10: For the back pieces, you want to cut one piece that is 16″ x 20″ and another that is 9″ x 20. Cut two pieces of batting to the same size. Pin the batting to the cloth and quilt in whichever manner you please. I did this freeform. Note: using the batting on the back is optional.
Log Cabin Pillow Tutorial: Back Pieces

Step 11: There will be two edges showing on the back. In order to finish the edges, you can either hem and stitch or make/use a binding. I hemmed one and used a binding for the outer layer. To make the binding, cut a strip of cloth that is 3.5″ x 20″ and iron in half. Unfold the strip and place the wrong side facing you. Using the iron mark as a guide, press the raw edges in to line up with the iron mark. Repeat this with the other side.
Log Cabin Pillow Tutorial: Finishing Back Edges

Step 12: To sew the front and back pieces together, place the front piece right side up and put the 9″ x 20″ piece right sides together. Line up the back piece to the edges.
Log Cabin Pillow Tutorial:  Sewing Front and Back Together

Step 13: Place the 15.5″ x 20″ back piece on top of the front side and first back piece. Line this piece up to the other side of the front pillow cover. You want both finished edges to be in the center of the pillow and the unfinished edges lined up with the front piece’s edges.Pin in place and trim edges. Sew along edges using a 1″ seam.
Log Cabin Pillow Tutorial: Sewing Front and Back Together

Step 14: Turn the pillow inside out and you’re finished. Congratulations!

To make the regular log cabin pillow, use this diagram below and follow the above directions, adjusting where needed.
Log Cabin Pillow Instructions

Other notes:

To make a 17″ x 17″ pillow, use 1/2″ seams instead of 1/4″ seams

To make a 12″ x 12″ regular log cabin pillow, adjust to these sizes:
1,2 = 2×2
3,4= 3.5×2
5,6= 5.5×2
11,12= 10.5×2

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46 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Amanda8  |  March 16th, 2006 at 8:42 am

    Great tutorial. I can’t wait to try it out!

  • 2. beki  |  March 16th, 2006 at 8:56 am

    Hmm, I think my sofa may need some of these!

  • 3. ingrid  |  March 16th, 2006 at 10:36 am

    These are great instructions. I’ve learned how to hem jeans and now this! Thanks…your pilow looks lovely!

  • 4. Stephanie  |  March 16th, 2006 at 10:42 am

    Oh cool how fun! I love how yours turned out! I think I could do something similar for a baby quilt.

  • 5. aja  |  March 16th, 2006 at 11:21 am

    I love this pillow – it is really cool, and yay for the tutorial – once I get over my fear of sewing needles, I should try it out!

  • 6. Andrea  |  March 16th, 2006 at 1:42 pm

    Beautiful pillow! Thanks so much for the tutorial – very helpful. I just bought some fabric that would be perfect for a project like this! Can’t wait!

  • 7. mugu  |  March 18th, 2006 at 5:29 pm

    thanks dacia, I have yet to learn how to sew, but your tutorials are very inspiring. can’t wait to pimp my couch.

  • 8. autum  |  April 11th, 2006 at 10:22 am

    Thank you for taking the time to do this tutorial. I have attempted a couple of this style log cabin pillow by just cutting strips and trying to cut and fit them as I went along. Having a guide with the dimensions will be so helpful. I can’t wait to try one using your directions.

  • 9. Craft Itch » A Hand&hellip  |  April 25th, 2006 at 7:17 pm

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  • 10. Craft Itch » Attemp&hellip  |  April 29th, 2006 at 9:47 am

    [...] I followed Dacia Ray’s tutorial to guide me through the measuring and piecing part of it. It made the actual process a lot quicker, which I was thankful for given that I was working on this late at night. However, half-way through I realised I didn’t have any batting! I think the pillow eventually turned out OK but the batting would have enhanced the ‘maze’ stitching on the front. [...]

  • 11. weirdbunny  |  April 29th, 2006 at 3:14 pm

    I just love patchwork, it’s a really nice peice, love your blog!

  • 12. Fiona  |  May 2nd, 2006 at 7:38 pm

    Your pillow looks lovely! Thanks for the tips. :)

  • 13. janet  |  May 25th, 2006 at 7:55 pm

    hello, thanks for the info. i just searched on how to make a log cabin pillow and came across these wonderful instructions! now, all i need is some time and a bit of patience to do this project.
    thanks again,

  • 14. Flibbertygibbet  |  June 10th, 2006 at 4:27 pm

    Thanks for this, I’ve seen other instructions on how to do this and could never quite figure it out but now it’s much clearer!

  • 15. Hi, I’m Meg. »&hellip  |  July 25th, 2006 at 9:18 pm

    [...] One, I am starting to sew log cabin pillows! (I’m so glad Dacia Gray posted this, because she has no idea who I am but I am entirely grateful.) And I found a rather large quilt I did with my mother my senior year of high school (nerd! so true.) and I’m going to finish it up with her within the next few weeks. [...]

  • 16. karin  |  August 23rd, 2006 at 7:17 am

    got here through tutti frutti and love the pillow.
    thanks for the tutorial!!

  • 17. Mia  |  September 27th, 2006 at 1:20 am

    Great tutorial. Could I please use one photo of the finished block and then link to this tutorial from my site OneHourCraft? My blog craft gets a lot of traffic. Love your site.

  • 18. JoJo  |  November 21st, 2006 at 10:16 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this pattern! I’ve been looking for a log cabin pillow pattern for some time now, I could have tried to adapt my own, but I’m still in my learning phase… so this is great! Thanks again and I wish you many years of Happy Sewing!

  • 19. Laan  |  January 21st, 2007 at 1:59 am

    Thank-you, i googled a log cabin cushion tutorial and was so lucky to find this site, I especially needed help with the back, so now it is all done, and ready for Mum’s birthday. Cheers Laan

  • 20. Genevieve  |  February 9th, 2007 at 1:47 am

    Thank you so much for the instructions, it will be so helpful.

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  • 23. Dinner party « Craf&hellip  |  April 7th, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    [...] And what I am most proud of this week is my first ever log cabin pillow.  I had so much fun making this, I can’t wait to make another one.  I see many of these  in my future.  For this one, I used the tutorial Dacia has posted on her blog.  I chose reds and purples as the main colors.  I’m giving this one to my mother  for Mother’s Day; she and my father have a red and cream plaid couch that I think it will look perfect on. I used a strip of fabric to trim one of the back panels as Dacia suggested and I just love the look it gives to the pillow. I also quilted the back free form and am very pleased with how it came out. This was my first attempt at quilting and I can see it becoming very addicting – I enjoyed it so much more then I ever thought I would. [...]

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  • 25. rip  |  May 7th, 2007 at 1:23 am

    i like your style. thanks for the awesome patterns

  • 26. Knitter in the Kitchen &r&hellip  |  June 25th, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    [...] Then I started working on two log cabin pillows using the tutorial found on Dacia’s blog. The first one is the “traditional” log cabin pillow and the second is the “log cabin-ish” version. The fabrics are mostly from an Amy Butler Charm fat quarter bundle. [...]

  • 27. renee  |  August 9th, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    truly a artist thanx so much for the tutorial’s

  • 28. Carla  |  September 21st, 2007 at 9:54 am

    I enjoy your blog a lot, you and SouleMama. Somewhere there was a tutorial for a plastic bag dispenser. I picked out some black, red and white prints with scottie dogs, a red and white stripe and some bright red corduroy and got the 17 by 30 bag bases done. I’m ok with finishing it without the rest of the instructions which I didn’t archive for myself, but I’d like to have a link to the rest of your tutorials. I think you did this bag but, as usual, I was dizzy with all the links I’d followed and couldn’t find my way back.

    Thanks for any help you can give. Nice set of 100 things. Blessings and peace to you and all whom you love.


  • 29. Scarves finally done! &la&hellip  |  September 26th, 2007 at 11:41 am

    [...] This one I used part of my leftovers from my Alexander Henry Gist of Gemini fabric, and I also picked up the brown w/ gold circles as a fat quarter from Joanns as well.  Obviously, I’ve spent a lot of time there the last couple weeks haha!  But I don’t have much to show for it.  I used the log cabin pillow tutorial from Dacia Ray to do this one. [...]

  • 30. jen  |  November 18th, 2007 at 6:38 pm

    yep… adding to my wists of things to do!

  • 31. Candace + Anders’ G&hellip  |  November 19th, 2007 at 12:51 pm

    [...] Now my issue is thus… what quilting pattern to use? Am I ready for the Log Cabin? Should I stick to the Scrappy because it whips up so quickly? Then there is the pattern from Carolyn that I could use. Or there’s this one by Meshell that I like too. Do you have any other suggestions? I don’t want little tiny pieces to piece… What say you, quilt-experts? [...]

  • 32. Karina  |  November 28th, 2007 at 8:40 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. I have just finished two of my own and I must say its one of the most satisfying projects I have completed in a long time.

  • 33. Sew,Mama,Sew! Blog »&hellip  |  December 4th, 2007 at 11:51 pm

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  • 35. Jackson  |  May 31st, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Very Nice ! Thank you for the how to guide. My daughter will enjoy trying to make this pillow.

  • 36. A little fun « Mult&hellip  |  June 9th, 2008 at 1:57 pm

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  • 38. Quixotic Pixels » F&hellip  |  September 17th, 2008 at 11:35 am

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  • 40. Sharon  |  January 20th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    I just finished making the log cabinish pillow. I love the pattern. Thanks so much!

  • 41. Sew,Mama,Sew! Blog »&hellip  |  February 1st, 2009 at 2:14 am

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  • 42. Corrie  |  February 7th, 2009 at 7:38 am

    I might give this a shot! It seems to be an easy way to practice for a similar quilt.

    Thank you.


  • 43. Roxy  |  February 10th, 2009 at 5:27 am

    “Log cabin pillow” I have never heard that before! Great suggestion for a cozy look. However, I still think actual pillows are better than batting. Recently discovered the best pillow forms made by a company called DOWNLITE – they even have 500 thread count and goose down. Check them out at www dot shopdownlite dot com

    Just passing along the info :-).

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  • 45. Gül  |  September 15th, 2009 at 4:06 am

    I got your site via Soulemama’s .
    We haven’t got a sewing machine, we hope to get one soon and I think this will be our first project to make! We have been keeping away fabric scraps for years!

    Thanks a lot for sharing. Greetings from Turkey!

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