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December 21, 2010

Super Mario Mushroom Pillow Pattern

I hope you can see everything okay in this diagram. I didn't want to color too darkly or else you wouldn't be able to see the graph lines. The finished pillow will be 20" x 20".


Here's what you're going to need (I put the colors I used in parentheses out to the side):

For the 1-Up Mushroom:
(36) 1.5" x 1.5" green squares (Kona Grass Green)
(38) 1.5" x 1.5" white squares (Kona White)
(24) 1.5" x 1.5" flesh-colored squares (Kona Flesh Pink)
(68) 1.5" x 1.5" black squares (Kona Black)

For the Background (Kona Medium Gray):
(2) 20.5" x 3.5" strips
(2) 6.5" x 1.5" strips
(2) 7.5" x 1.5" strips
(2) 5.5" x 2.5" strips
(4) 4.5" x 1.5" strips
(2) 3.5" x 7.5" strips

For the Lining (Kona Medium Gray): 
(1) 20.5" x 20.5" piece
(note:  this piece isn't a necessity, but I like to add it to the back of the mushroom panel to cover up all the raw seams on the inside)

For the Back (It's an envelope enclosure. Kona Medium Gray):
(1) 12" x 20.5" piece
(1) 18" x 20.5" piece

I wanted the background to be rather solid and have as little pieceing as possible, so sometimes I assembled a single row at a time and then attached the background strips to each end, and sometimes I assembled rows in groups and then attached the background pieces. For instance, rows 7-13 were assembled (postage-stamp style), and then I attached the background strips to the sides once that big hunk of squares was completed. Rows 15-16 were done the same way. I tried to put brackets on the right-hand side of the diagram so you can see how the rows/background pieces are grouped.

Here's a close-up of my pillow so you can get a visual:


For the back: Grab one of your back pieces, measure 1" down from the top edge and mark a line. Fold the fabric down so that the crease is on the 1" mark, press, and then fold down once more (another inch). Top stitch along the top and bottom edges of the fold. Repeat for the other back piece.

Layer as follows: Mushroom panel (right side up), Lining piece, and the Back envelope pieces (wrong side up). You'll need to overlap the back pieces in order to get them to line up with the rest of the pillow. Sew a 1/4" seam all the way around the pillow. There's no need to leave an opening, because you'll turn the pillow right side out through the opening in the back.

I intended for this post to be brief & basic rather than a full-fledged tutorial, but if anything's unclear, let me know in the comments and I'll try and draw and extra diagram or two.

11 comments:

  1. i cussing love this!!! very nice :)

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  2. Be boop boo do boop be doo.... Ok, the Super Mario Bros theme song is now plinking through my head.... Love it!

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  3. Oh thank you for this! My boyfriend peeked over my shoulder, saw this & pretty much asked for one for his birthday.

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  4. AWESOME Pillow - very cool idea! Great job :)

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  5. Love your pillow! I made the red mushroom into a pillow for my hubby as a Christmas gift and now he wants the green too. Looks great!

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  6. I just saw this on Heather's blog and popped over to see what other lovelies you had created. I am giddy that you have a tutorial for this. My boys LOVE Mario. I see a gift in their future. Thanks!!!

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  7. Oh my gosh! Thank you thank you thank you for posting this! My husband wanted me to make him a Mario quilt with the mushrooms and I've been procrastinating since I didn't want to try to figure out a pattern! Eeek thank you!!

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  8. O my I love this!! thanks for posting.. now I want to go play my Wii

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  9. Nice job! I will be making one of these before Easter...my nephew LOVES Mario!

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  10. Hi, this is so cute!!! Perfect gift for a friend who loves Mario Bros n__n
    Did you use a 1/4 inch seam allowance?
    Thank you very much for sharing your tutorial!

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