Stitch A Dresden : Pillow {Week 4/52}

Dresden Blocks are one of my all time favourites. I first learnt how to make a Dresden Plate Block by following a tutorial over at Sew Mama Sew, by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson!

Today’s project in the 52 Week Scrap Project Challenge is Stitch A Dresden : Pillow.

Stitched Dresden Pillow

Making this scrappy pillow project was so much fun. I discovered this cute little elf stitchery on Pinterest. The design is by Jenny Harris and I stitched these 2 love-struck cuties in a few hours.

The centre of a Dresden Plate is the perfect space for a cute stitchery. There are sooooooo many freely available stitchery patterns all over the internet. Just choose a subject for your Dresden Centre and Google it.

Elf Couple Stitchery

I made the Dresden Plate block with a few left over 10” layer cake squares, but it could just as easily be made using a collection of scrap-tastic allsorts.

Once I’d put the Dresden Plate together and appliqued it to my background fabric, I backed it with some thin batting (pellon) and hand quilted the edge of each blade in white. I then went around the Dresden in 2 coordinating colours.

Hand Quilted Dresden

I have been on a little bit of a Perle 8 cotton buying spree lately and have a few dozen different colours to play with. eBay is a great source of hand quilting cottons.

If you Stitch A Dresden Pillow (or cushion), we’d love to see them. The central stitchery can be as simpler or as complex as you like. If you have trouble finding a stitchery, send me a message and I'll give you a hand.

If you blog about your pillow, leave your URL in the linky below. Otherwise, share your pictures in the 52 Week Scrap Challenge Facebook Page or Samelia’s Mum Facebook Page

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Previous 52 Week Scrap Challenge Projects:
Scrappy Heart Pincushion {Week 1/52}


  1. This is such a brilliant Dresdan Plate!! I love the little elves in the center, so cute!!

    1. Thank you! I'm so pleased with how these love-birds turned out :)

  2. Beautiful. Cant wait to work on this one. Thank you.

  3. Adorable pillow. I've had that elf stitchery that I found on Jenny's site forever ago, and haven't used it. This is the perfect place for it, though!

  4. Loved this Anorina... this was so much fun to make.. Thank you!

  5. Love the fabrics and colours but especially love dresdens!

  6. Finally I linked up.... the final item is not finished but at least I have got this far....

  7. nice.. never tried a dresden before.. :)


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