Southwest Cactus Quilted Pillow Pattern

The Southwest Cactus Quilted Pillow invites a light desert breeze to blow through any room. And the best part is, this quilted pillow pattern is relatively easy to make! The finished piece measures approximately 16 X 14 inches. Download a photo and the patterns for the Southwest Cactus Quilted Pillow in this four-page PDF.

Southwest Cactus Quilted Pillow
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.
The soft, comforting Southwest Cactus Quilted Pillow isn't prickly at all.

You'll Need:

  • 1/2 yard green sueded cotton
  • 1/2 yard golden brown sueded cotton
  • 11/4 yards low-loft polyester batting
  • 1 bag polyester fiberfill
  • Fabric stabilizer
  • Green rayon embroidery thread
  • Monofilament thread to match golden brown fabric
  • Tracing paper
  • Air soluble marker

Learn how to put all these materials together to create the pillow on the next page.

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How to Make Southwest Cactus Quilted Pillow Pattern

The softened earth tones and sueded cotton fabrics featured on this quilted pillow are sure to set a warm Southwestern tone in your home. To get a closer look at the quilt and its patterns, download this four-page PDF of the Southwest Cactus Quilted Pillow.

To make the Southwest Cactus Quilted Pillow Pattern:

  1. Download cactus pattern. Fold tracing paper in half and place over pattern with fold lined up with straight side of pattern. Trace pattern on 1 side of tracing paper and cut out. Open and trim off 1 side as indicated by closely spaced dotted line on pattern. Fold green in half with right sides together, trace pattern on wrong side of fabric, and cut out 2 cactus pieces.

  2. Use pattern piece to cut 2 pieces batting to same dimensions as green. Place each green piece right side up on a batting piece with fabric stabilizer underneath. With green rayon embroidery thread, machine stitch small star-shaped motifs about 1 inch apart to simulate cactus texture.

  3. Remove fabric stabilizer, place quilted layers with right sides together, and stitch, leaving lower edge open. Trim seams, clip curves, and slash points. Turn right side out. Transfer topstitching lines using air soluble marker.

    Southwest Cactus Quilted Pillow
    ©2007 Publications International, Ltd.
    Southwest Cactus Quilted Pillow Pattern

  4. Download pot pattern. Fold golden brown fabric with right sides together. Trace pattern on wrong side and cut out two pots. With right sides together, stitch across both short sides, leaving lower center seam open for turning and stuffing. Fold down 2 inches along upper edge. From batting, cut 3 X 40-inch strip. Fold batting and stuff inside fabric fold. Stitch, leaving 1/2-inch seam allowance. This will be lip of pot.

  5. Slip pot over cactus with right sides together, and match inside lip edge of pot with lower edge of cactus. Pin together, carefully matching side seams. Stitch together using 1/2-inch seam.

  6. Turn right side out. Topstitch on cactus, following topstitching lines to create stuffing channels. Stuff with fiberfill, using pencil or paintbrush handle to distribute fiberfill into channels. Stuff pot firmly and hand stitch closed.

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