DIY 4th of July Pillow: Eagle and Stripes

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Learn how to make a DIY 4th of July pillow with pieced fabric and an iron-on vinyl eagle. This easy sewing project pairs well with a Cricut Maker.

I’m not a huge fan of a red color, but every summer I love getting out my 4th of July decorations. There’s something patriotic and happy and having red, white, and blue out when it’s hot outside.

Piecing together fabric is such a relaxing project. I love how I can zone out and do the same thing for a little bit without thinking about what I’m creating. It’s such a cute 4th of July pillow!

put cover around pillow form

I was worried about the red and blue not being enough of a contrast, and that the eagle wouldn’t pop. After it was all done, I’m so happy with how it turned out. I love the stripes and it’s the perfect contrast with the solid eagle.

diy 4th of july pillow

Can I use iron-on vinyl or HTV over fabric seams?

I have done iron-on vinyl over one fabric seam, but it was only a little bit of iron-on vinyl so I didn’t have a problem. I didn’t know how well a big piece of vinyl would do over lots of seams.

The end result looks great and fused well. From the side you can kind of see the lines of the seams, but you don’t see it from the front. When I was applying the iron-on vinyl with my large Easypress 2, I put extra pressure and had to do each side twice. It was a little tricky around the seams, but I was able to make it work.

diy 4th of july pillow

Types of Pillow Covers

There are several different types of pillow covers to make it easy to remove the cover to wash it or change for another season. Here are just a few of the different types you can do:

diy 4th of july pillow

Do you love to sew? Try some of these sewing proejcts:

diy 4th of july pillow

How to Make a DIY 4th of July Pillow: Stripes and Eagle


diy 4th of july pillow supplies

Cut six strips of white fabric 2 inches by 18 inches. Cut six strips of red fabric 2 inches by 18 inches.

cut white and red strips of fabric

Sew the strips of fabric together alternating between the white and the red. Use 1/4 inch seam allowances and backstitch when you start and when you stop.

sew strips together alternating the color

Press the seam allowances towards the red and away from the white. Square up the piece by cutting it down to 18 inches by 18 inches with 90 degree corners.

press all the seams towards the red strips

Cut two pieces of the printed fabric that are 18 inches by 11 inches. Hem one 18 inch side of each piece. These will overlap each other to create the envelope opening in the back.

cut two back pieces and hem one side of each

Use the Cricut Maker to cut a big eagle silhouette from the blue iron-on vinyl. I made my eagle as big as possible that would also fit on my mat.

cut out an eagle with cricut and blue iron-on vinyl

Weed the iron-on vinyl design.

weed around the eagle design

Place the eagle on the striped piece and center side to side and top to bottom.

decide on the placement of the eagle

Use the easypress to fuse the eagle to the fabric. Since there are seams I had to do the front twice and the back twice with lots of pressure.

apply the eagle to the fabric

Once the design cools, peel the plastic backing off.

peel off the plastic backing

Place the front of the pillow right sides together with the two backs. The two backs should have the hemmed sides overlapping in the center.

Sew all the way around the pillow with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Trim the corners to reduce the bulk.

place the striped front RST with the two backs and sew around

Turn the pillow cover right side out.

turn the pillow right side out

Insert a pillow form into the pillow cover. You finished!

put cover around pillow form

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

diy 4th of july pillow
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I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather

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