Jane Austen at Home by Riley Blake Designs Pillow Cover Kit
November 16, 2023
Hi everyone! Today, I’m continuing a series of posts about the Jane Austen at Home by Riley Blake Designs kits I own. I don’t own all the kits, but I own most of them. In a previous post, I talked about the Coverlet Kit I own. I also talked about all the kits I own in the collection in a post here.
For this post, I will be talking about the Pillow Cover Kit I own. I purchased this kit in order to make a throw pillow cover to go alongside the coverlet. The pillow cover kit is not exactly the same as the coverlet, but it is inspired by it. Because of this, I thought they would match each other.
This is what the box the kit comes in looks like…
The pictures used in this post have brighter colors than the kit and fabric does in real life.
The box isn’t as big as the coverlet kit or the other quilt kits I own, but it doesn’t need to be. Still, the box has a magnetic flap closure to it like the other boxes.
The kit comes with a pattern to make the pillow cover and the fabric. The finished pillow cover will be 12 inches by 12 inches.
This is what the front of the instructions looks like…
Inside the instructions is everything someone needs to know to make the pillow cover. The construction of the cover is similar to the coverlet’s, meaning it is created by sewing together diamond shaped pieces of fabric together.
The kit includes almost all the fabric needed to make the cover. The fabric comes in two different pre-cut sizes. Here are the largest cut pieces…
And here are the small pieces…
The small pieces are charm pack size. In other words, they are 5 inches by 5 inches.
I like this kit a lot. To me, it feels like a great project to make as a way to build up skills and familiarity before taking on the Jane Austen’s House coverlet. This project looks to be a better project for beginners and for anyone that feels intimidated by the coverlet project. The fabric is also very pretty.
The only problem I have with this kit is the placement of the diamond pattern used to cut out the pieces for the quilt. The pattern is located on the back of the second, and last, page on the instructions. In order to cut out the pattern, the instructions would be cut as well. There are ways around this, one of them being to purchase the acrylic pattern piece used in this collection. Another one is, if you own the coverlet kit, to use that pieces in place of the one provided in this kit. Still, if you are on a budget and can’t afford to own two kits, making a photocopy or trace the pattern is the only way to not damage the instructions.