Anyone know a Minecraft fan out there? Here is a great project to whip up as a gift or even better introduce patchwork sewing to child. This Minecraft Creeper pillow is simple, fairly quick and useful.
This pillow was created by my 10 year old son David, with the exception of cutting the squares. I will give simple instructions on how you can make one too!
You will need
4 to 6 – 2″ strips of green fabric
1 – 2″ strip black fabric
.50 approximately of 2″ Quilter’s Grid (8 -10 square grid)
To start select four to six green solid fabrics and a solid black. I mixed up Kona Cottons and Bella Solids. You won’t need much, only ten or fifteen centimetre strips of each of the green and one strip of black. Begin by cutting one or two 2″ strips of each green colour, only one 2″ strip of black is necessary. Cut an 8 by 8 inch square on the printed line from your Quilter’s Grid (you could also make in 9×9 or more depending what size pillow you want.
Lay the quilter’s grid out glue/textured side up on a large pressing surface (bigger than your piece of quilter’s grid) or a cutting board where you will have the freedom to transfer your laid out design to your ironing board.
Begin laying your squares out (right side up if you have a printed fabric) onto the rough or textured glue side of the quilter’s grid in the Creeper face pattern. You will later press your squares adhering them to the quilter’s grid foundation.
Once you are happy with the arrangement straighten out the squares within the lines as best as you can and give them a quick press. **If you used your cutting mat as the base under your project be sure to slide the grid off onto your ironing board BEFORE you press.** Your squares will now be held lightly in place and keep them from shifting or floating off your grid. You may also make any changes or adjustments at this time. When you are satisfied with how everything looks press all the squares down following the manufacture’s instructions.
Next, fold your grid right sides together on the first line of one side (David chose to stitch across the face first) and stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Continue to sew each line until you are finished all the lines in the same direction.
Snip to but not through the grid line between each square so that you are able to fold the seams on the lines in opposite directions.
Give the seams a press. Each rows seam should lay in the opposite directions to the one next to it as pictured below.
Now fold the first row on the fold line (up and down for this pillow) and stitch. The seam allowances are thicker because of the quilter’s grid so be sure to make sure the intersections are not folding the wrong way while stitching. I showed my son how to use the small screwdriver that came with my sewing machine to hold the seam in place while approaching the seam. Make sure to watch that those sneaky seams on the underside don’t flip the wrong way as well.
Once you ‘ve sewn all the seams give your Creeper face a good press.
Now use your favourite method to add a back pocket for your pillow or use it as a block for a wallhanging or quilt! PS- Davis has asked to sew more pillows of his favourite Minecraft characters 🙂