How to Make a Quillow (blanket/pillow)




This is a great  blanket that will keep you warm and folds into a pillow as well! Great for car rides, daycare, home, and stadium games of all kind. 

Step 1: Materials

- 2 yards of print flannel
- 2 yards of solid fleece
- scissors
- tape measure
-matching thread
-sewin machine

Step 2: Getting Started

First, cut off the selvage edges of your fabrics.
Next, cut off 16 inches off the end of each fabric (length-wise).  From those 16 inch long strips, measure and cut  two 16 inch square pieces.  These will make your pillow pocket.

Your remaining fabric should measure around 40-42 inches wide by 56 inches long.  This will make your blanket.

Step 3: Making the Pillow Pocket

With your 16x16 squares, place right sides together and sew using a 1/4' seam allowance.  Make sure you leave an opening!
Next, turn and stitch opening closed.  (No need to topstitch all the way around.)

Now, put this aside, you'll need it later.

Step 4: Making the Blanket (or Quilt Part)

Your going to sew the blanket just like the pillow pocket, but on a larger scale.
Place your fabrics right sides together and sew using a 1/4' seam allowance, leaving an opening at the end to turn.
Next, turn and topstitch blanket all the way around. (This part is different from the pillow pocket).

Step 5: Blanket + Pillow= Quillow!

Now, that you have your blanket (er... quilt) and pillow pocket done, it's time to add them together.

Center the pillow pocket on the printed flannel side of the blanket at the bottom end.
Next, sew three sides of the pillow pocket to the blanket, leave the forth side open.  The side closest to the center stays open.

Step 6: Folding Your Blanket Into a Pillow!

Now that you have sewn your quillow together, how do you turn it into a pillow?

Well, first lay your blanket print side down. Next, fold one side over, then the next side on top.
Now, fold downwards toward the pillow pocket. It should only take three folds to get to the pocket.
Finally, grab the inside of the pillow pocket and turn blanket inside out and fluff until it looks anf feels like a pillow!




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    10 Discussions


    Question 6 months ago on Step 1

    Can you use different fabric as well? What about if you want to use batting inside.


    6 months ago

    Didn’t realize it would be so complicated just to get instructions and print out.


    Reply 7 months ago

    just right click on the download button and save as.... you will get it.


    2 years ago

    I am very new to sewing I just sewed my third easy quilt and by that I mean I tie the layers together with yarn, so with the blanket and pillow you put the sides you want to see together and sew them? and then turn them inside out? I know it might be obvious but as i said im very new and when you say topstictch is that just a regular stitch? and you put no batting in your quilts? and if you did use batting how do you get it into the layers of the blanket if its sewn on three ends and how do you finish the edge of the opening? Fold both edges in and sew?

    1 reply

    Reply 2 years ago

    Hi Terry In step 4 you put the right (good) sides together of the blanket part of the fabric, stitch all around leaving an opening to turn the blanket right sides out (clipping the corners first before turning). Once turned right side out top stitch with regular straight stitch around the whole edge 1/4 to 1/2 inch (she doesn't say). This will also close up the opening you left for turning the blanket right side out. You don't put any batting in this blanket. Good luck and have fun sewing.


    3 years ago

    made these years ago, when my kids were small (they are in their 20's now!) I recently was looking thru pictures and saw one I had my brain rolling! I NEED to make these again!

    Is it possible to make a quillow with an actual pillow inside? If so, how much does the pattern change and what size does the pillow need to be? I want it for traveling, but do not want to lose the pillow when I unfold it.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Nice idea! I always like to keep a rug in the car, and a cushion looks neat as well as being practical:)