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Tie-On Pillow Sham

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham. Free project instructions to embroider a towel border with an animal design.

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.


Update your home decor in a flash with this tie-on pillow sham. Simply slip the cover over a pillow to give it a whole new look. Strips of colorful quilter's cotton make beautiful ties. Read on for step-by-step instructions!
 
Project Needs & Notes:

- Pillow form
  (this example uses a 14" x 14" form)
- 1/2 yard upholstery fabric for front
- 1/2 yard twill fabric for back
- 1/2 yard twill fabric for lining
- Small pieces of quilter's cotton to make
  fabric ties (twelve 1 1/4" x 12 1/2"strips)
-
Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive
 
(like Gunold KK100)
-
Air-erase pen

 

Free video with instructions on how to create an embroidered tie-on pillow sham.

Designs featured in this tutorial and video include:

L4702, Woodland Whitework Antlers
L8301, Wintry Bird Trio
JH3897, Jacobean Butterfly and Flower Square 2

If your embroidery machine doesn't have a large embroidery area to accommodate the large designs, then considering embroidering several smaller designs to fill the space.

Finished Size: This example uses a 14" x 14" pillow form. Adjust the instructions to accommodate different sizes of pillow forms.

This project was featured in the following:
Pillow Party Lookbook
Pillow Party Trunk Show 3 Video

 

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.

Use an air-erase pen to draw a 14" x 14" square on the fabric for the front of the pillow sham.

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.

A template is a printout of a design, and it's an excellent tool to plan where to stitch.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software.
If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is
a free program to use.

Place the template on the fabric so the center of the design is directly over the center of the square.

Mark the center point, as well as the horizontal and vertical axis points on the fabric. These marks will be used when hooping to hoop the fabric straight.

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.

Hoop the fabric with a piece of medium-weight cutaway stabilizer, lining up the marks on the fabric with the marks on the hoop.

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the embroidery design.

Move the hoop so the needle is right over the center point.

Embroider the design. I use a size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle when stitching on upholstery fabric. You can use an embroidery needle too, but a sewing needle has a smaller, finer point than an embroidery needle. It does an excellent job when embroidering on sturdy fabric.

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.

After embroidering, trim the excess stabilizer away from the back.

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.

Next, draw seam allowances: Add a 1/2" seam allowance to the top and bottom, and a 1" seam allowance to each side.

Cut the fabric along those seam allowances.

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.

Twill is a good fabric choice for the back of the sham.

Place the embroidered piece on top of a piece of twill, right sides together, and pin in place.

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.

Cut out the shape, and keep the pieces pinned together.

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.

Sew a 1/2" seam along the top and bottom edges, but do not sew along the sides.

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.

Turn the fabric of the side openings 1/2" to the wrong side and press.

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.

Press the seams with an iron.

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.

Turn the fabric right side out.

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.

To make the lining, cut two pieces of twill the same size as the embroidered and back pieces.

In this example, the size is 16" x 15".

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.

Place the pieces right sides together and pin.

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.

Sew a 1/2" seam along the top and bottom edges.

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.

Turn the fabric of the sides out 1/2" (the wrong side is on the outside here) and press. Leave the fabric wrong side out.

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.

Insert the lining inside the embroidered piece, wrong sides together.

Align the seams and the folded edges.

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.

Set that aside, and work on making the ties.

Cut 12 strips of quilter's cotton to 1 1/4" x 12 1/2". You can use the same fabric for all the ties, or mix and match.

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.

Fold the short ends of the strips in 1/2" to the wrong side and press.

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.

Fold the long side edges in 1/4" and press.

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.

Fold the long edges together, and press.

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.

Sew a seam down the center of each strip.

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.

Place the ties between the lining and the cover, spacing them evenly from end to end.

Pin the ties in place.

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.

Sew a 1/4" seam along the sides.

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.

Insert the pillow form, and tie bows.

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.

This chic and contemporary pillow sham is the perfect way to update living and bedroom decor in a flash.

Free project instructions to make an embroidered tie-on pillow sham.

Here a Jacobean butterfly design was embroidered on the front of the sham. Quilters cotton in shades of pink and blue were used to match the design.

Free project instructions to embroider a tie-on pillow sham.

This variation features bright and colorful birds on branches. You can changes the colors of the birds to match your own home decor.


Questions or comments? Let us know! Send an email to us; the address is stitch@emblibrary.com.

Products used in this Project:

Wintry Bird Trio $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

6.44" x 7.62" | 5.86" x 6.93" | 4.86" x 5.74"