Kristin Rutten

Make a Doll-Sized Flange Couch Pillow for 18-inch dolls such as American Girl™

Add a touch of cozy to your Sleeper Sofa with doll-sized flange couch pillows!



How to Make a Flange Couch Pillow

Tools Needed

• Clear acrylic quilting ruler, rotary cutter & self-healing mat
• Sewing scissors
• Sewing machine
• Iron


Supplies Needed

• Fabric (enough for two 5×5-inch squares for each pillow)
• Polyester fiberfill stuffing
• Thread





Instructions

1. Using an acrylic ruler, rotary cutter and self-healing mat, cut two 5×5-inch fabric squares.

Make a Doll-Sized Flange Couch Pillow for 18-inch dolls such as American Girl™

2. Right sides together, pin squares together around all four sides. Using a 1/4-inch seam allowance, stitch all four sides together, stopping and pivoting at each corner and leaving an opening about an inch wide in the middle of the bottom of your squares.

Make a Doll-Sized Flange Couch Pillow for 18-inch dolls such as American Girl™

3. Clip corners, taking care not to clip into the stitching. Trim seams to 1/8 inch. Do not trim fabric near the opening.

Make a Doll-Sized Flange Couch Pillow for 18-inch dolls such as American Girl™

4. Turn pillow right side out. Use a pin to fully turn the corners.

Make a Doll-Sized Flange Couch Pillow for 18-inch dolls such as American Girl™

5. Turn the edges of the opening to the inside 1/4 inch. Press.

Make a Doll-Sized Flange Couch Pillow for 18-inch dolls such as American Girl™

6. Place pins on each side of the opening to help you remember not to stitch the opening closed in the next step.

Make a Doll-Sized Flange Couch Pillow for 18-inch dolls such as American Girl™

7. Starting at the pin on one side of the opening, topstitch 3/8-inch from the edge around the entire square, stopping and pivoting at the corners. Stop stitching when you get around to the beginning of the opening so that you don’t stitch the opening closed.

Make a Doll-Sized Flange Couch Pillow for 18-inch dolls such as American Girl™

8. Stitch again 1/8 inch from the edge, again starting and stopping at the opening.

Make a Doll-Sized Flange Couch Pillow for 18-inch dolls such as American Girl™

9. Using a small handful at a time, stuff pillow with polyester fiberfill stuffing.

Make a Doll-Sized Flange Couch Pillow for 18-inch dolls such as American Girl™

10. Take care to push the stuffing firmly into each of the corners, including the ones closest to the opening. Continue stuffing the pillow until it reaches your desired firmness.

Make a Doll-Sized Flange Couch Pillow for 18-inch dolls such as American Girl™

11. Pin the opening closed, making sure the raw edges are still folded to the inside 1/4 inch.

Make a Doll-Sized Flange Couch Pillow for 18-inch dolls such as American Girl™

12. Beginning where the inside row of stitching left off, stitch the opening closed using a 3/8-inch seam allowance. Use your hands to press down the stuffed part of the pillow to make the area near the needle as flat as possible.

Make a Doll-Sized Flange Couch Pillow for 18-inch dolls such as American Girl™

Make a Doll-Sized Flange Couch Pillow for 18-inch dolls such as American Girl™


13. Topstitch again 1/8 inch from the edge, again starting and stopping where your earlier stitching left off.

Make a Doll-Sized Flange Couch Pillow for 18-inch dolls such as American Girl™

That’s it! Enjoy your new pillow!


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Matilda’s Closet and AptOne8 are not affiliated with American Girl® or Mattel®. No endorsement is implied.

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About Kristin Rutten

Kristin Rutten is the creator, owner and operator of Matilda Jo Originals. Born and raised in Montana, she first learned to sew on her grandmother's antique Singer sewing machine by cutting out and stitching a simple nine-square pillow. Other projects soon followed and she has been crafting and sewing ever since. In addition to sewing and pattern design, she also enjoys crocheting, scrapbooking and designing WordPress websites. She makes her home in Central Montana with her husband and four children, ages 8 to 21.

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