We're often asked for more projects that can be done by beginners or used as projects to help teach someone to sew - especially a child. Wish granted. We have three wonderful pillow projects we've dubbed？Xtra EZ. Not only are the steps themselves just that： extra easy， we've also made sure there are specific techniques that help build a beginner's sewing tool box. This pillow shows the tools and tricks to create a simple patchwork design and illustrates the most basic of pillow closures： the envelope back. You'll also find links below for the coordinating ponytail bolster and the perky pom-pom pillow， both of which have other funpersonalized gifts for her， Xtra EZ tips to learn.
For more great information on getting started with quilting， check out our five-part series on Quilting Basics that begins？here with Tools， Notions and Other Stuff You Need to Start.outdoor cushion covers
This pillow finishes at 18" x 18".
Try the Tufted Pom Pillow to learn to apply simple pom pom trim and sew a center button. Or， try the Pony Tail Bolster to learn how to add professional topstitching and create a super skinny tie.？
We originally used fabric from the？Love &； Joy collection by Dena Designs for FreeSpirit Fabrics. This is an older collection that is no longer readily available. We found another pretty aqua combination in Retro Florals by Michael Miller at Hawthorne Threads. It's a popular fabric and we show two other colorways to consider.？
The feet we used：
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NOTE： For the very best look， all your pieces should be carefully fussy cut； we show you how below.？The yardage shown allows extra for this purpose.
Project Design： Alicia Thommas ？ ？ ？ Sample Creation and Instructional Outline： Michele Mishler
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