Step 1: Tools and Materials
- an enlarged printout of the Golden Apple (.pdf included below)
- fabric for the apple (If you don't have it in scrap, buy the minimum cut you can—often a quarter yard. You can also use precut fat quarters.)
- fabric for the pillow case (1-1/2 yards for this 20"X20 covering)
- a sewing machine
Step 2: Diagramming the Block
In this diagram, I have 6 rows. Each unit is 1/2" square. To add seam allowances of 1/4" on each side, 1/2" is added to the total measurement. Thus, a 4-unit piece would measure 1" square on the block but be cut at 1-1/2" square to include seam allowances.
One thing to note: the white "reflection" in the center of the apple is not necessarily the same as the background color, also white on paper, which surrounds the apple. In my case, I found a mottled green that looked a little like the Minecraft grass. Thus, all the pieces surrounding the apple would be cut in green.
Step 3: Sew Row by Row
Step 4: Complete the Apple
Step 5: Add Borders
If you are making a 20" X 20X pillow covering, add 7-1/2" X 8" borders to the side, then 20-1/2" X 6-1/2" borders to the top and bottom to create a 20-1/2" square. You can also make it a little bigger and allow for 1/2" seam allowances from here on, as I did.
Step 6: Quilt the Outline
Step 7: Complete the Pillow Covering
Cut and hem another piece of background fabric approximately 20-12" X 16" (hemmed measurement) and lay it on top of that, right side down.
Now simply pin and sew all the way around. When you turn it right side out, you will have a pillow covering with an envelope opening.