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Doll Size Quillow
Doll Size Quillow

How to Make a Quillow!

Sally Fravel

Quillows, a Quilt and a Pillow all in one!  These are fun and fast to make, and everyone loves them!  Here is a Step by Step picture tutorial with additional sizes included, as well as how to figure out your sizes!


Approximate size:  42 inches by 72 inches

Materials Needed:

2 1/2 yards fabric for the top side
2 1/2 yards fabric for the bottom
Batting, 2 1/2 yards by at least 45 inches wide (see note at end of tutorial)
Thread to match

Pictures are from a doll size Quillow!
On this Quillow, the flowered fabric is the BOTTOM; the tone on tone is the TOP fabric!!!

Cutting directions:

From both top and bottom fabric, cut 72 inches long by width of fabric
From both top and bottom fabric, cut an 18 inch square
From batting cut a piece a little larger than both cut sizes above

Step 1:  Layer batting, BOTTOM fabric RIGHT SIDE UP, and TOP fabric RIGHT SIDE DOWN!

Pin along edges, stitch with a half inch seam allowance, leaving about one third of one short end unstitched for turning.  Trim seams to about a quarter inch and clip corners.

Repeat above with 18 inch squares for pillow.

Step 2:  Turn Quillow body and pillow body right sides out, make sure corners are pushed out as well.  Hand stitch opening closed on both pillow and Quillow body.

Step 3:  quilt the pillow part of the Quillow however you like, on this one, I just quilted corner to corner and top to bottom, side to side.  You can see this is the step 4 picture.

Step 4:  Pin pillow section to the end of the Quillow you hand stitched closed, centered along the short edge with TOP side UP!  Sew three sides, leaving the end towards the body of the Quillow UN STITCHED!!!  As shown in picture where there are no pins.  Easiest way to center is by folding the short end of the Quillow, placing pin in the fold, repeat with pillow, and match pins.  Stitch about 1/4 inch inside edge of pillow, back tacking well at the ends that are left open.

Step 5:  Quilt the Quillow as desired; on this one I stitched down the length of the Quillow from each side of the pillow to the bottom, you can see that better in the picture from step 6.  You will want to make sure your Quillow is adequately quilted to resist lumpy batting after washing.  These Quillows are very easy to tie!

Finished Quillow with pillow attached.  Note where the opening is!  And that the bottom of the Quillow is face up, bottom of pillow is face down.

Step 6:  Folding the Quillow!!!  Place Quillow with the top side up, with pillow to your right.  You can just see where the pillow was stitched here.

Fold Quillow in thirds overlapping in the center.  Now, from under this fold, reach inside the pillow, and flip it over the end of the folded Quillow, as shown here.

Fold the opposite end from the pillow in thirds up to the pillow.

Here's the fun part!  From the end where my ring finger is, grab hold of that end, and put it into the pillow part smoothing it as you go.  This is where you find out you have too much or too little batting!  Too much, it's a very tight fit, too little, it's saggy!

The finished doll size Quillow picture is at the top of this article.



Batting choices will determine how well the Quillow comes out as a pillow!  Too thin, it's not a full pillow, too thick; you can't get it in the pillow!  This little Quillow was done with a cotton batting, not a very good choice!

My first Quillow, I didn't think the batting layer was very thick, so doubled it.  Do NOT double your batting, it's PLENTY thick enough!!!  From experience, the medium or high loft poly batting are the right ones!  Very easy to tie these Quillows!

When using your Quillow, the pillow pocket is perfect to tuck your feet into!


This is an easy formula, but I'll give you additional sizes!

Width of a Quillow is finished PILLOW size times 2 and a half.
Length of a Quillow is finished PILLOW size times 4!

18 inch pillow
Width is 18 x 2.5 or 45 inches wide
Length is 18 x 4 or 72 inches long

14 inch pillow
35 inches wide by 56 inches long

24 inch pillow
60 inches wide x 96 inches long
This is a good floor pillow size and can be made with fleece!  Fits over a twin size bed pretty well here too!

If you know what size the quilt is, and need to figure out the pillow size for that quilt,  just do the math in reverse!  Divide your finished quilt width by 2.5, and divide the length by 4!

You can embroider on the pillow front, appliqué, use a pillow panel, quilt an elaborate design, or one of many other ideas to add your special touches! 

Make sure when you place it on the Quillow part to stitch down, that you have the direction going in the correct way!!!  You will want the top of the pillow to be at the seam at the END of the Quillow, NOT at the fold!!!  Just looks better to have the fold at the bottom of the pillow when it's folded up!

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