Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow


Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow

Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow

Sewing a pillow cover is a clever way to switch out your seasonal home decor without buying new items every season. Make this Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow to give your home a festive, winter feel. A simple zigzag patchwork background made of half-square triangles sets off bright snowflake appliques. Choose red and and blue fabrics for this seasonal pillow, and you can use it from Christmas through the end of winter.

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteWeekend project

Primary TechniquePieced & Appliqued



  • HeatnBond® Lite Iron-on Adhesive (Sewable)
  • Black - 4-1/2” x width of fabric (WOF)
  • Blue check (backing) – 33” x WOF
  • Red herringbone (binding) – 11” x WOF
  • Blue Snowman – 4-1/2” x WOF
  • Red dots – 4-1/2” x WOF
  • Red and cream stripe – 8” x 20”
  • 1 Regular bed pillow
  • Coordinating Aurifil thread
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sewing machine


Cutting Directions: (Pillow and matching 12” square trivet):


  • Cut 1 strip 4” x WOF
  • Cut this strip into 10 squares 4” x 4”

Blue Check

  • Cut 2 squares 18-1/2” x 18-1/2” for pillow back
  • Cut 2 strips 4” x WOF
  • Cut these strips into 20 squares 4” x 4”
  • Cut 1 strip 4” x 16”
  • Cut this strip into 4 squares 4” x 4”

Red Herringbone

  • Cut 1 strip 4” x 16”
  • Cut this strip into 8 squares 4” x 4”

Blue Snowman

  • Cut 1 strip 4” x 16”
  • Cut this strip into 8 squares 4” x 4”

Red Dots

  • Cut 1 strip 4” x 16”
  • Cut this strip into 8 squares 4” x 4”

Red and Cream Stripe

  • Iron HeatnBond® Lite to the back of the fabric, then trace 3 snowflakes and 18 dots (using the included template) onto the HeatnBond® liner paper and cut them out.


  1. Sort your fabrics into color pairs
    • 5 Black & Blue Check
    • 5 Blue Check & 5 Red Herringbone
    • 5 Red Herringbone & 5 Snowman
    • 5 Snowman & 5 Red Dots
    • 5 Red dots & 5 Blue Check
    • 5 Blue Check & 5 Black
  2. Now make them ALL into Half Square Triangle (HST) units. You will have leftovers for a 12” block to make into something else! Draw a diagonal line on wrong side of fabric. Put a pair right sides together.

    Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow
  1. Sew a scant 1/4” on either side of the line.

    Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow
  2. Cut ON the line.

    Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow
  3. Press open, align the diagonal of ruler on the seam, and trim the block to 3-1/2” x 3-1/2”

    Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow
  4. Sew, press and trim all the blocks.

    Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow
  5. Lay the HST units out in rows to sew. Use only 8 of the HST units per row. (Set extras aside)

    Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow
  6. Sew one row at a time. Then sew the rows together.

    Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow
  7. After all rows are sewn together, add the 3 snowflakes. Peel back liner off snowflakes, lay on pillow top and iron (per package directions) into place. Repeat with dots.

    Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow
  8. Stitch around edges of snowflakes with pretty Aurifil Thread!

    Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow
  9. Take your 2 squares of pillow backing fabric to the ironing board.

    Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow
  10. Fold under about 1/2” and press.

    Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow
  11. Fold under a second time and press.

    Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow
  12. Using your walking foot, sew the flap down close to the fold.

    Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow
  13. To make the edge look nice, top stitch close to the outside.

    Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow
  14. Layer the 2 backing squares wrong side facing you. Put the pillow top right side facing you.

    Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow
  15. Make sure the pillow top and backing pieces are lined up.

    Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow
  16. Pat pinned a bit to hold it together while binding the edge.

    Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow
  17. Cut your binding 1-1/2” wide. The flannel is thick. If doing regular cotton you can use double binding. Pat sews her binding on the back and pulls it to the front.

    Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow
  18. Sew using coordinating thread. (Pat used red thread on top and blue thread in the bobbin to match.)

    Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow
  19. Reverse your machine’s blanket stitch and sew down the binding with your blanket stitch or other decorative stitch.

    Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow
  20. Here is the back! A nice finished edge which is wide enough so it won’t open when using the pillow.

    Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow

TIP from Pat Sloan – When stuffing the bed size pillow in, push it ALL down into the one end. Then pull the flap so that it can expand into the other end of the pillowcase. This is a tight fit for a regular bed pillow. I like the tight fit as it makes a super pillow to lounge with!

Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow

Take the extra squares (and if you have Pat’s kit, the extra blue piece) and set the extra blocks for a 12” x 12” block you can use for a trivet, a tote bag, or a smaller companion pillow!

Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow


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This is wonderful, I love the colors and style.

I think this might take me more than 1 weekend. At least one for cutting and piecing and another to construct.

Super cute!!!

Wow, That is impressive

I love to sew, and this is the perfect project!

Such an adorable pattern that can be used in colors to match any decor! I hate to admit that I have no holiday pillows and will have to start on these so my nieces have something to lay their heads on in front of our tree while they await Santa :)

I love this pillow!

I think this pillow is so cute. I need to make a few but will have to wait until after Christmas.

LOVE the happy design. I will make this for a Christmas present. Thanks. Ann

Love it, think it would be nice for a matching blanket too.

Love it, think it would be nice for a matching blanket too.

I really like the design and your tutorial seems very thorough. I have never tried quilting, but it looks interesting. My craft of choice is crocheting.

I love this. Has a bit of the primitive feel but is bright and happy

Very cute. Love the textured look and the simplicity of the pattern. Cant wait to enjoy making this pattern.

Great directions. On my list for next Christmas as this year's list is full. maybe I should start sooner ??? LOL

The snowflake is very eyecatching. I hope some day I will be able to make this pattern.

Very cute pillow! I love working with fusibles and taking small scraps of fabric and making something with them.

I love this pillow it would look great on my chair in my craft room. I am going to save the pattern and after I get done with the project I am working on I am going to start this one.

This looks like a nice easy winter project! I love anything with snowflakes and making pillow covers to switch out for the seasons is a great idea!

The pillow is really cute. I have never done any quilting but this would be something to try...with some guidance.

I was JUST looking for my next project! I love this!!!!!!

12 days giveaway, This is such a great idea for the holidays.

Very pretty! More advanced than I'm used to, but I'm tempted to try it anyway :)

A great pillow pattern! This pattern could be adapted to make a throw size quilt, too. How fun for an overnight holiday guest to curl up with the pillow/throw set on the guest bed!!

Snowflakes are my favorite! I love the step by step guide!

Very nice pillow, very pretty...not my craft but very interesting...

Christmas is great for quilting projects, pillowcase blocks can be used as gift bags, or mini pillows for little nieces...

It's very pretty. I have never tried quilting but if I do, this would be one I'd try.

I've bookmarked this tutorial - it's gorgeous!! Thanks for the great idea!

ooo i really love this one, ive been wanting to find a good small quilting project to start off with:) thanks for the giveaway:D

Very pretty.

Beautifully done! LOVE it! Festive and kinda patriotic at the same time! : )

Can't wait to try & make this!!!

The project looks interesting-a fun way to decorate.

I love snowflake projects - thanks for the tutorial

Super cute project and looks like a great introduction to quilting.. I'll have to give this a try soon!

Look so pretty!

I really enjoyed watching this being made, I'm planning on getting into quilting once all the kids are gone and I have the house to my self

Could change up the colors and use it in a teen girls room! But, I do like it as is in thre den or family room for the holiday season!

Looks very do able.

Looks really nice and is a way to quilt without committing to a large project. Thanks!

I want to make one. I will try this weekend!!! I need a new look on my couch.

really cute! I need to learn how to quilt!

Adorable! ...thanks for such clear instructions & pics.

That is such a cute pillow. I would put it on my couch. Doesn't look to complicated either.

So cute and festive! I will put that on my project list! This would be so cute on our red sofa!

I think I will make 2...One with snowflakes and one I will substitute the snowflakes with snowmen!

It looks a little complicated to make, but the result is beautiful! I'm sure I could do it if I tried this pattern!

So cute...great idea!

adorable! I love it!

Lovely idea for a pillow!

The snowflakes really set off this pillow.

This a real cute pillow.

I think this is really cute! I will have to try this one someday.

Very cute pillow.

Cute, looks fairly easy as well.

beautiful. I wish I had the patience to quilt.

This would look great in Christmas colors.


Cute! I'm going to try it in blues instead of reds.

very intricate! love it

This is really cute and versitle. It may be easy enough for someone like me who doesn't quilt too!

great pillow

Love the idea of only changing the covers - leaves lots less to store after the holiday is over!

So cute. Projects like this make me want to learn to quilt.

That is a very cute pillow!

I am not a a quilter, but this looks like a fun project to try. You could do different themes by varying the fabric

it's a really cute pillow, but i'm too impatient to make it...too many steps for me.

I love the design on this pillow. I may have to take up quilting just to make it!

Cute winter pillow ... love Pat Sloan's designs!

I love this pillow. Such a cute design!

Love it!

This is such a cute design and so suited to winter and/or Christmas decorating.


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