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Creative Sewing Club

Club members will make a variety of bags from tote bags to project pouches and everything in between. Students will learn finishing tips and tricks for a professional looking finished product This club is designed for anyone who owns a sewing machine from entry level to top of the line. All levels of sewers are welcome.

September 2023
Sunflower Pillow


Creative Sewing Club
Ruth Locke

For our creative sewing adventure this month we will make a Sunflower Pillow based on the sunflower block from Amy Friend’s book, “Petal and Stem.” We will learn how to paper piece, use freezer paper to make a quick curved center, do some light quilting, and learn how to construct a pillow with a zippered back. Don’t be intimidated by this project. I have some easy tricks to help us conquer this pillow.


“Petal and Stem” book by Amy Friend**

Fabric Requirements:

2 - 9” squares of quilters cotton for the center of sunflower*

4 to 6 - ⅛th yard of yellow cotton prints for sunflower petals*

3 – ⅛th yard of dark yellow cotton prints for sunflower petals*

4 to 6 – ⅛th yard of background cotton prints*

5 – ⅛th yard of green cotton prints for piano key border*  

1/3 yard of fabric for the back of pillow*

2/3 yard of Pellon Shapeflex fusible interfacing*

22” x 22” Warm and Natural batting

22”-24” handbag zipper in complementary color*

Brown 50 wt cotton thread for decorative stitching around sunflower center*

50 wt cotton thread to match background fabrics*

50 wt cotton thread to match back of pillow fabrics*

50 wt cotton thread to match piano key border*

80/12 Microtex needles*

Sewing Machine in good working order with slide on table.

¼” foot

Edge foot

Zigzag foot

Zigzag Stitch Plate

Basic sewing Supplies

Iron/Ironing Mat**

Wonder Clips*

Straight Pins*
Quilter’s Rulers, you need a 24” ruler and a smaller 12“ruler*

Rotary Cutter and 18”x 24” cutting mat

Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Scissors in Large or Medium*

Colored Pencils

9” Square of Freezer Paper

Black Fine Tip Sharpie

*Available at Mels
**Special order from Mel's


Prep work to be finished before class:

  1. From the Petal and Stem book, print 4 copies of page 94 at 125%. Bring these copies to class.
  2. From the background fabric, cut one 1 ½” strip from 4 fabrics. Bring these strips and all leftover fabrics to class.
  3. Cut each of the 1/8th yard green prints into 1 1/2” strips WOF. (From each 1/8 yard you should get 3 – 1 1/12” strip.) Bring these to class.
  4. Cut 1/3 yard of fabric for the pillow back in half. You will have 2- 12”x 22” pieces of fabric.
  5. Cut the 2/3 yard of Shapeflex in half so you have 2- 12” x 22” pieces. Iron these pieces onto the wrong side of the 2 pieces of fabric for the back of the pillow.