This was a thrifted twin flat sheet I got from my local thrift store for $.99. I did use part of it to make two simple little girl shirts with an applique but I gave them away and didn’t take any pictures. But they were like the skirts I had made here but they had a horse applique. They were a request for a cowgirl theme outfit. Anyway with the left over sheet I still had enough to make four pillows. Each pillow is different and I’ll share how I made them.
The embroidery design is from Urban Threads. The design is also available in a hand embroidery pattern if you don’t have an embroidery machine.
It would be just as pretty as the machine embroidery – probably prettier but I can’t do hand embroidery – it hurts my hands.
Cut one 8-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ square of fabric for the center. Embroider the design of your choice. When machine embroidering a center such as this that is a separate piece of fabric from the rest of the pillow or quilt, I use a cut away stabilizer but don’t cut it away. I make sure my piece is the 8-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and it will remain with the piece and be sewn.
To make the simple 12″ x 12″ pillow:
Cut two pieces 2-1/2″ x 10″. Always using a 1/4″ seam, sew one piece to the top of the embroidered piece and one to the bottom. Press the seam flat, then press open. Trim to match the size of the white piece.
Cut two pieces 2-1/2″ x 13″ or so. It is nice to have a little extra so it can trim up easily. Sew one piece to the right side and sew one piece to the left side. Press seam flat, then press the seam open. Trim the edges evenly with the white square. This is only a pillow and it is a great starter project. If it is uneven and it needs trimmed more and it doesn’t measure 12″ x 12″, that is ok. Try to keep it square but really anything can work. That is it. The pillow top is done.
Place the embroidered piece on top of batting. Pin or hand baste, I just use spray basting. I gave a quick spray to the batting and place the piece on top. I run the iron over it to help secure. I flipped the piece over and gave another quick spray, placed a piece of backing fabric on top and gave it another quick run of the iron to make it nice and smooth.
I did a quick and simple straight stitch within the white fabric to frame it and continued around the blue pivoting and turning corners. Each row I did have to stop and start but it is just a small pillow and took no time at all.
The finished size needs to be 12-1/2″ before sewing to the front or if the front piece has been trimmed, it needs to be the same as the front. Trim to match the front.
I cut various widths of the white and blue fabric x 6″ (having a little extra gives trimming room) long but it needs to be at least 13″ wide when stitched together. The width sizes can be anything, just mix it up a bit. Stitch the strips together. Press flat. To be honest, if this was a quilt, I would take the time to press all the seams flat, then open but I don’t do that for a pillow. I look at the top side and press it flat. Where those good ole seams go, I don’t care. If it is flat, that is good enough. I take my beautiful flat piece to my cutting mat and trim one edge even. Using that edge, I cut one 2-1/2″ piece, one 2″ piece and one 1-1/2″ piece.
Using the front piece size as my guide, I determined how much I still needed to make this match my front piece. I needed 7″. I needed 2 pieces plus a 1/4″ seam allowance so I cut one white piece 3-3/4″ x 12-1/2″ and one blue piece the same. I stitched to the center piece and again pressed flat.
To make pillow:
Leaving a 4″ opening at the bottom, placing right side together, stitching around pillow. Trim excess fabric away from corners. Turn and carefully push out corners. I keep an artist paint brush with a round handle in my drawer for pushing out corners. Press flat. Because this pillow is so decorative and no one should be laying on it, I stuffed it myself with fiber fluff and whip stitched the opening closed.
That is it. Pretty little pillow.
I’ll show how to make the second pillow in a day or so.
Happy Sunday. See you next time.