Tiny Quilt and Pillow Sew a Softie Tutorial

Tiny Quilt and Pillow Sewing Pattern for dolls and softies! This free PDF sewing pattern is for hand-sewing beginners and heirloom doll enthusiasts. A sweet afternoon sewing project to do with or without kids, hand stitching is a wonderful mindfulness exercise. #sewasoftie #handsewing #sewing #sewingpattern #sewingproject #sewingwithkids

What does every softie need? A tiny quilt and pillow for sleeping! These tiny accessories feature great lessons in hand-stitching and beginner quilting. Grab your favorite fabric scraps and some sashiko thread for this fun little tutorial!

 This is my third year participating in the international Sew a Softie event and I'm so jazzed about offering these sleeping essentials for the sweet little critters everyone has been stitching!

Sew a Softie was founded by the lovely Trixi of SewASoftie.com with the goal of inspiring and empowering kids and adults all over the world to learn how to sew.

There is one new, free tutorial per day in the month of July, so make sure to follow fellow bloggers on Instagram and the hashtag #sewasoftie to keep up with the fun this summer!

On to the tutorial!

After offering sweet little Narwhal and Deer sewing patterns the last few years, I wanted to do something a bit different. I'm super into Sashiko Stitching and quilting right now, so I wanted to bring those hand-stitching techniques to this tutorial as well!



Once upon a time, I was a middle school French teacher who shared a hallway with the Careers teacher. Part home economics, part technology and career exploration--her class offered an array of exercises that the students were--uh hmmmm--less than inclined in which to participate.

However, one week in winter, during those hectic between-Thanksgiving-and-winter-break-weeks, she assigned a pincushion project.

For a week straight, I had kids stitching under their desks in my class. Carrying these 4 square inch tiny pillows around--gleefully showing off their skills to anyone who would listen.

"Miss!! Look what I made!!"

So many of them took such great pride in hand-sewing a few pieces of cloth together.

In a culture of modern consumerism--many are never exposed to the joys of producing something with their hands and the magic it brings to one's self esteem. This is the wonder of sewing with kids. I hope you enjoy this tiny quilt and pillow with your kids as much as my students loved theirs.

Tiny Quilt and Pillow Sewing Pattern for dolls and softies! This free PDF sewing pattern is for hand-sewing beginners and heirloom doll enthusiasts. A sweet afternoon sewing project to do with or without kids, hand stitching is a wonderful mindfulness exercise. #sewasoftie #handsewing #sewing #sewingpattern #sewingproject #sewingwithkids
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For the Tiny Quilt and Pillow Tutorial, you'll need:

You'll first need to start with cutting out 2 pieces of fabric each for the pillow and blanket, plus one blanket-sized quilt batting.

Tiny Quilt and Pillow Sewing Pattern for dolls and softies! This free PDF sewing pattern is for hand-sewing beginners and heirloom doll enthusiasts. A sweet afternoon sewing project to do with or without kids, hand stitching is a wonderful mindfulness exercise. #sewasoftie #handsewing #sewing #sewingpattern #sewingproject #sewingwithkids

To make the tiny pillow, place your fabrics right-sides together and use a back-stitch around the edge.


Tiny Quilt and Pillow Sewing Pattern for dolls and softies! This free PDF sewing pattern is for hand-sewing beginners and heirloom doll enthusiasts. A sweet afternoon sewing project to do with or without kids, hand stitching is a wonderful mindfulness exercise. #sewasoftie #handsewing #sewing #sewingpattern #sewingproject #sewingwithkids

 Leave a one inch hole to turn your pillow right-side out. Stuff it with polyfill or wool roving, then use a ladder stitch to close your pillow.

Tiny Quilt and Pillow Sewing Pattern for dolls and softies! This free PDF sewing pattern is for hand-sewing beginners and heirloom doll enthusiasts. A sweet afternoon sewing project to do with or without kids, hand stitching is a wonderful mindfulness exercise. #sewasoftie #handsewing #sewing #sewingpattern #sewingproject #sewingwithkids

For the tiny quilt, layer your fabrics right-sides out, sandwiching the quilt batting between them. Pin them together and use a pencil or seamstress pen to mark your lines as shown on the pattern. Use the sashiko (or regular embroidery thread) to do a running stitch along the lines. Hide your knots by doing your first stitch between the layers of fabric.

Tiny Quilt and Pillow Sewing Pattern for dolls and softies! This free PDF sewing pattern is for hand-sewing beginners and heirloom doll enthusiasts. A sweet afternoon sewing project to do with or without kids, hand stitching is a wonderful mindfulness exercise. #sewasoftie #handsewing #sewing #sewingpattern #sewingproject #sewingwithkids

Once finished with the quilting, fold and pin the bias tape around the edges of the quilt. 

Tiny Quilt and Pillow Sewing Pattern for dolls and softies! This free PDF sewing pattern is for hand-sewing beginners and heirloom doll enthusiasts. A sweet afternoon sewing project to do with or without kids, hand stitching is a wonderful mindfulness exercise. #sewasoftie #handsewing #sewing #sewingpattern #sewingproject #sewingwithkids

Tiny Quilt and Pillow Sewing Pattern for dolls and softies! This free PDF sewing pattern is for hand-sewing beginners and heirloom doll enthusiasts. A sweet afternoon sewing project to do with or without kids, hand stitching is a wonderful mindfulness exercise. #sewasoftie #handsewing #sewing #sewingpattern #sewingproject #sewingwithkids

For the corners, pinch the excess fabric and fold it down. Clover Clips are really useful here, as the pins bend the fabric a lot, making your lines difficult to see as you sew.

Tiny Quilt and Pillow Sewing Pattern for dolls and softies! This free PDF sewing pattern is for hand-sewing beginners and heirloom doll enthusiasts. A sweet afternoon sewing project to do with or without kids, hand stitching is a wonderful mindfulness exercise. #sewasoftie #handsewing #sewing #sewingpattern #sewingproject #sewingwithkids

 Once everything is in place, use another running stitch along the edge of the bias tape to finish your tiny quilt!


Tiny Quilt and Pillow Sewing Pattern for dolls and softies! This free PDF sewing pattern is for hand-sewing beginners and heirloom doll enthusiasts. A sweet afternoon sewing project to do with or without kids, hand stitching is a wonderful mindfulness exercise. #sewasoftie #handsewing #sewing #sewingpattern #sewingproject #sewingwithkids

If something goes wonky, like I didn't quite cut my bias tape long enough, do some fun visible mending for a cottage-y, lived-in look! You can always make another one!

Tiny Quilt and Pillow Sewing Pattern for dolls and softies! This free PDF sewing pattern is for hand-sewing beginners and heirloom doll enthusiasts. A sweet afternoon sewing project to do with or without kids, hand stitching is a wonderful mindfulness exercise. #sewasoftie #handsewing #sewing #sewingpattern #sewingproject #sewingwithkids

Finally, put your softie babies to bed in style. They'll be so grateful for the softness 💗 You can find these dolly patterns in my pattern shop! Miss Marie Mouse is beginner level felt stitching and Miss Tulip is just a little more advanced. Have a happy summer friends! 

Stay safe, stay magical!




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  1. Your little quilt and pillow are perfect...and I loved your pincushion story!!!!

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