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How to make a quilt in a pillow
A quillow is a quilt with a reversible pocket strategically sewn on the quilt so it can be folded up to fit inside the pocket, making a pillow. These are the perfect sleepover accessory for kids to take with them or a nice item to keep in the car on long trips. Great for a couch throw, too. Quillows can be made any size, and are fun to do in a theme such as "bugs" or "autumn."

To make a small quillow, you will need 2 yards of fabric for the top, 2 yards for the back, an 18" square for the right side of the pillow (do you have an orphan block you could use?) and an 18" square for wrong side, plus a crib size batting.

Start by placing the top and bottom pieces right sides together. Put the batting on top. Sew along all four edges, leaving a 6-8" opening. Turn your quilt inside out. Sew the opening closed. Topstitch along edges using your walking foot. Quilt or tie as desired to finish it.

To make the pillow pocket, repeat this process with the 18 inch squares. Quilt the pocket (if desired), then pin this pocket to the center bottom of the top of the quilt. Sew around both sides and the bottom, leaving the top open. That is where you will put your folded up quilt. Again, a walking foot is really helpful.

You are done! Be sure to put a label on it. If you would like to label your quillow with usage information, try this little poem:

Use me as a pillow
Unless you get cold
Then pull out my stuffing
And gently unfold
I'm a lap quilt now
With space for your feet
And when you're all done
Fold me back nice and neat
Shelley Michel (c)1989
Used with permission

To fold it, turn the quillow over so that the pocket is on the bottom. Fold lengthwise into thirds, overlapping the center. Roll or fold the quilt into 18 inch sections. When you get to the end, the entire quilt will have been folded into an 18 inch block. Turn the pocket inside out over the top of the block, making a pillow. Now it looks like a pillow.

How to Sew a Quillow
By an eHow Contributor

Mix a pillow and a quilt, and you get a quillow. The directions that follow are for a 44-by-72 inch lap throw. It folds into an 18-inch square. Quillows are easy to sew, and you can make them in a couple hours. These neat throws make perfect gifts.

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You'll Need:
Embroidery floss or yarn
Sewing machine
Prepare the Fabric
Prewash all the fabric. This makes it easier to work with and prevents shrinkage in the future.
Cut a 19-inch square from Color A and a 19-inch square from Color B. Cut a matching size piece of batting. This forms the pocket pieces.
Measure a 73-inch long piece of fabric from Color A and from Color B. Cut a matching piece of batting. The large portion of the quillow consists of these pieces.
Sew the Quillow
Lay the 19-inch piece of batting flat on a table. Lay Color B, the bottom, face up on top of the batting. Now place Color A, the top, face down. Pin all the edges together. Leave a 6-inch opening to turn the pieces.
Stitch with a ½-inch seam. Trim edges. Turn piece right side out. Pull corners out. Tuck the seam allowance for the opening inside, and sew it shut with the needle and thread.
Make a few tacks with embroidery floss to hold the three pieces of fabric together. You can do this with whichever pattern you choose.
Layer the fabrics for the large portion of the quillow as you did for the small square. Stitch in a ½-inch seam, but this time leave an 8-inch opening on one side. Trim edges. Turn fabric right side out. Sew opening shut.
Place the quillow body on the table so that the bottom faces up. Center the square at one end of the width. The matching color should face up. Pin in place.
Stitch the square to the quillow to form a pocket. Sew close to the edge. Start at the corner of the square that is closest to the center of the quillow. From there stitch to the bottom of the throw, then up the other side of the square. Don't stitch the side of the quillow nearest the center of the quillow. Reinforce stitches at both ends.
Hand-tie the quillow with the embroidery floss. It's up to you what pattern you use. Don't tie through the square.
Fold the Quillow
Place the quillow on a table. Put the pocket facing down and away from you.
Fold the quillow in thirds lengthwise. The outside edges lap over each other.
Turn the lengthwise piece into folds about 18 inches deep. When you fold them to the pocket, tuck the bundle into it.
Fluff the quillow to get any lumps out. It may take a couple tries to get the quillow folded just right.

Stadium Blanket / Quillow
Your favorite sports enthusiasts will love this chill-chasing stadium blanket that folds conveniently into a pillow. And you’ll love the easy assembly of the blanket, designed by Emily Zucker. Its quick sewing allows you to make up several for gift-giving - remember, you can easily substitute your favorite Northbay fleece prints to suit any occasion. Not familiar with this fabrication yet? Learn how to sew fleece with these tips from Simplicity Patterns!

2 yards Northbay Fleece Football print
2 yards Northbay Fleece Bright Geometric print
(or your choice of two coordinating Northbay fleece prints)

*NOTE: The “right” and “wrong” sides of many fleece prints are the same and can often be used interchangeably; however, if you are using a fleece print with wording or a directional design, such as our “Football” design, be sure to pay attention to right and wrong sides as noted below.

Trim away all selvedges from both pieces.
Cut 18” from each length of fleece. From each 18” strip, cut an 18” square.
With right sides together*, sew the two fleece squares together on three sides, using ½” seam allowance.) Turn right side out.
Turn raw edges in ½” and stitch across to close the opening. This will be the pillow pocket. Pin pillow pocket to the right side* of one of the 54” x 60” pieces on the 54” edge in the following manner: center piece approximately 1½” below the top edge, with 18” on either side.
Stitch pillow pocket onto fabric on three sides, leaving bottom edge open.
With right sides together*, sew football print to bright geometric print on three sides using ½” seam allowance. Turn right side out.
Turn raw edges in ½”and stitch across to close the opening.
Topstitch around the remaining three sides of blanket, ½” from the edge.
To fold the blanket into a pillow, lay blanket with pocket facing down. Fold in on both sides of pocket and roll up from bottom of blanket. Flip the pocket over the rolled blanket and fluff until the fullness is evenly distributed inside the pocket.
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