I absolutely love the classic look of black and white. I also love quilts and pillows that are square. I don't know if having a favorite shape is a thing or not but mine would have to be a square. I was challenged with a project using the Square Nesting Dies from Crafter's companion and this is what I came up with. I had just been sorting my fabric (Ok playing in my fabric) and found out I had 3 types of black with white polka dots fabric.
This is actually where the inspiration came from. I realized I have a ton of black, white, and gray fabric so why not do something with it. Here is how I developed my throw pillow.
Solid Black and Solid Gray Fabric
16 pieces of fabric using only black, white and gray
Crafter's Companion Adhesive Sheets
Crafter's Companion Square Nesting Dies
Tools Used: Sewing Machine, Gemini die cutting machine Iron
First I cut 8 squares of solid black fabric and 8 squares of solid gray fabric using the largest square in the nesting die set and the Gemini machine.
Using the next to smallest square nesting die I cut out 1 piece from each of my 16 different fabrics as well as 16 pieces of the Fabric Adhesive. Some of my smaller fabrics came from this awesome Riley Blake Charm Pack.
The adhesive is super easy to use. It comes in square sheets not a roll like many others do. I simply peeled off one side of the fabric adhesive and adhered it to the back of my smaller pieces of fabric. I repeated this until they were all adhered. Then I peeled the back of the adhesive square off and centered each smaller square into the middle of a larger square. Using my sewing machine I found a stitch I wanted to use and I stitched around the edge of each of the smaller square.
I arranged my squares into 4 rows of 4. I sewed each row and sewed each square together using a 1/4" seam allowance. I pressed the seams in alternating directions for each row. When sewing the rows together I pressed all of my seams up towards the upper row. I cut a 20 1/2" black square to go on the back but grey would be fine as well. I put the fabrics with the right sides together and stitched around the edges leaving a gap of a few inches on one side. I turned the pillow right side out through the gap. Then I filled the pillow with cotton batting. I finished off the pillow by using an invisible stitch and closing up the hole where I inserted the batting.