Cabin Square Project
a finished cross-stitch square)
*Cross Stitch Design shown is not
by Linen Flowers
If you have a small finished cross
stitch square and would like to finish it some
other way besides a frame, consider a Log
Cabin Pillow. These make nice wedding
gifts (be sure to write for display only on
the card, as well as hand washing
instructions in cold water).
I wanted to make my pillow cover
removable, just in case it needed
hand-washing, so I sewed it with a flap on
the back side.
Here's how to do it.
1 16" pillow form
4 Cotton Fabrics that are
complimentary to your finished cross stitch
piece. (Enough of one to use for the back
side of the pillow)
A 1 1/2" wide Seminole
Stripper quilt template
4 x 14" quilt template for
1. Quilt the
Log Cabin square around the cross stitch:
Iron all fabrics.
cutting 4 different colored strips a little
longer and wider than your cross stitch
piece. As your pieces get longer, you will
want to fold the fabric and place the
beginning of the template on your fold to
(Save the leftovers pieces for future Log Cabin projects).
In the pillow shown above,
look at the 4 pieces surrounding the
finished cross stitch. You can see how the
solid pink at the top of the cross stitch is
sewn on first, because it has exactly the
same width as the cross stitch.
This piece is laid on the
cross stitch, covering it, right sides
facing, with edges aligned. It is sewn to
the cross stitch with a 1/4" hem, then
turned right side out and finger pressed.
Flip piece over, place quilt ruler aligned
with side of cross stitch, and trim off
fabric strip even with cross stitch piece
The next piece will be
worked on the side that was just trimmed.
(See the white piece on the right side of
cross stitch in the photo above). This
fabric strip will be laid on the cross
stitch and first fabric piece, right sides
facing, with edges aligned. It is sewn to
the cross stitch and fabric with a 1/4" hem,
then turned right side out and finger
pressed. Then it is flipped over, and with
the quilt ruler and rotary cutter, trim off
piece even to the cross stitch bottom
Next- the green solid piece
below the cross stitch... This strip will be
the width of the cross stitch plus the white
fabric strip you have just sewn. Sew,
finger-press, and trim in the same manner.
Next- the green and pink
floral print on the left side of the cross
stitch. This one will be sewn to include the
cross stitch center as well as both fabric
strips on the end. Sew, finger-press, and
trim in the same manner.
You can see that you are
working in a circle. So your next strip
would be the one above the bright solid pink
you started with. Keep working in this
manner until 5 strips are sewn onto each
side of the cross stitch. (This
could be more or less to cover the pillow
size, depending on the size
of your xst).
Remember to alternate fabric
as you work the strips!
Then I cut my border, using a quilt
template that was 4 x 14". I cut one of each
color fabric. I repeated the Log Cabin
technique in the order listed.
*Note: As you get further
along in sewing this front piece, keep
checking your size against the pillow. It
would be preferable not to add more pieces
than have to trim these off later. You
would want a little room for the pillow to
move inside the front and back pieces (at
least 1 to 1/2"), but not too much. Your
seam to sew the pillow together will be
(2) back pieces the same size as your Log
Cabin Finished Front Piece:
Sew a 1/2" hem on
one side of each
back piece. With right sides facing up (hems
facing down), overlap these by 4". (My
project shows a overlap at the side, but
these are directions to overlap in the
center, which I prefer to do now). Use a
ruler to check the overlap from top to
bottom, and place a few pins to secure.
Sew a 1/2"
hem across the top and bottom to secure
overlap. (Overlap will be where you can
3. Sewing Log
Cabin Square and Back Piece together:
Place Log Cabin front piece
and Back Piece together, right sides facing.
(Center back opening below center of
finished cross stitch). Pin.
Sew all around pillow with a
1/2" hem. There's no need to leave an
opening to turn pillow piece right side out,
as you have made the back opening.
Trim any long
edges on the inside fabric, clip threads, and turn right side out. Insert
pillow and use a pin to carefully pull out the corners
of your pillow.
You now have a beautiful Log Cabin
pillow to give or keep!