One of the simplest items to start with is a 9-Patch pillow. For a 12-inch pillow, cut five 4 1/2 squares of a dark colored cotton. and 4 4 1/2 squares of a light color. Sew together into three rows of three, with the dark squares in the corners of two rows, and in the center of the third row, with 1/4 inch seams. Press all seams toward the dark squares.
Pinning carefully, sew the row with the center dark square to one of the other two rows, and then sew the remaining row to the opposite edge. You should have a square with dark colors in the top and bottom corners, and one dark square in the middle row. The dark squares should form an X-shape.
Cut two pieces of fabric, 8 inches wide and 12 1/2 inches long. On each piece, fold in one long edge 1/4 inch, then 1/4 inch again, and press. Place these pieces wrong sides together with the patchwork piece, hemmed edges overlapping in the middle, and sew around the edges with a 1/4″ seam. Press carefully, turn right side out, and insert pillow form through hemmed back opening.