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Seaside Pillow Cover: Free Motion Quilting Pattern


Use a free motion quilting design to create this stunning 18″ x 18″ envelope pillow cover using the Seaside Quilting Pillow Cover pattern using free motion quilting patterns to draw a seaside.  Included are the full-sized pattern pieces, as well as full colour instructions which have clear digital diagrams (rather than hard to read photos) outlining how to construct the pillow.

Bring the beauty of the seaside to your home decor with our Seaside Free Motion Quilting Pattern, designed to perfectly complement our Envelope Pillow Cover Pattern for a charming and stylish addition to any room.  The seaside scene features beach houses, a lighthouse, and a seagull that you use free-motion machine quilting (applique) to draw on the details. If you prefer, the applique can be stitched by hand or satin stitched on your sewing machine so there are many ways to complete this project. The panel can also be used for a quilt.

The closure on the pillow form is an envelope pocket style, rather than a zipper.

There is also a template and instructions on how to taper the corners of your pillow so that they lie perfectly flat once stuffed and do not have the ‘dog ears’ you get if you make a perfectly square pillow cover.


Sewing Level:

This is an adventurous beginner pattern that utilizes a single quilting block to create a pillow cover.

What you will learn:

  • how to cut and apply applique to create a seaside scene
  • how to use free motion quilting design (embroidery) to applique and draw the details of the seaside scene on the pillow.
  • how to taper the sides of the pillow cover so they lay flat
  • how to create an envelope back for the pillow cover – how to add on optional piping to the pillow

Fabric Recommendations Quilting Pillow Cover Pattern:

We suggest using quilting cotton for this project, especially on the applique pieces.

OPTIONAL:  You can use other fabrics for the cover (non applique).  In our sample we used home decor fabric to provide a more rigid cover.

You will also require quilt batting for the front of the pillow cover.  We prefer cotton batting, but any quilt batting will work.

Notions for the Seaside Quilting Pillow Cover Pattern:

  • Black thread (to “draw” using free motion quilting)

Sizing and Fabric Guidelines:

This pattern is drafted for an 18″ x 18″ (45.72cm x 45.72cm) pillow form (the typical size of an IKEA pillow form).  Consult the final photo for information on fabric requirements.

Included in the Seaside Quilting Pillow Cover Pattern:

When you download the pattern, you will receive:

PDF Pattern with Layers:

The Seaside Pillow Cover PDF pattern files include layers, which allow you to select and print only the size(s) you need when printing at home.


See how other Makers sewed up the #SeasidePillow for inspiration and to see the versatility of this sewing pattern. Want more quilting ideas?

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