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Pretty Print Pillow

 

Free project instructions to embroider a pretty print pillow.

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Let bold, busy prints run wild on your embroidery projects! Forget worrying about a patterned fabric competing with your embroidery designs. Instead, use a colorful print on just half of your pillow, while the other half features a neutral look. Stitch your embroidery on the neutral fabric to get the best of both worlds.
 


Project Needs & Notes

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24" x 16" pillow form (or make your own with polyester fiberfill and muslin)
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1/2 yard plain fabric (such as linen)
- 1/2 yard fabric (linen)
- 1/2 yard print fabric (such as quilter's cotton)

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Medium weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive (like Gunold KK100)
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Air-erase pen

For this tutorial, I used H4298, the 5.95" x 5.83" size of the I Love You More design. Use larger or smaller sizes as you prefer, and find an excellent variety of designs in the Pillow Squares department.

Finished Size: 24" x 16"
 
This project was featured in the following:
Pillow Party Lookbook
Pillow Party Trunk Show 1 Video

Free project instructions to embroider a pretty print pillow.

This tutorial demonstrates how to make a 24" x 16" pillow with equal-sized panels for embroidery and colorful prints. Adjust dimensions to make a pillow of any shape and size, with different sizes of front panels, to suit your preference.

To customize your pillow, draw the shape onto a piece of paper.

Divide the shape into sections for the embroidered piece, the print piece, and the center fabric that joins the two sides.

In the example above, the center fabric is 2" wide. The print and embroidered pieces are both 11" wide. Add 1" to all sides of the pieces for seam allowances.

By keeping these measurements in mind, you can adjust your panels to be bigger or smaller. For example, you can make the embroidered section 9 inches, and the print section 13 inches.
 


Free project instructions to embroider a pretty print pillow.

Prepare the fabric for the embroidered panel in this example by making a 12" x 17" rectangle on the linen fabric.

Print a template of the design from embroidery software and center over the center of your rectangle. Mark the center point and the horizontal and vertical axis lines.

If you don't have software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is a free program that can print templates.

Free project instructions to embroider a pretty print pillow.

Spray a piece of medium-weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top.

Hoop the fabric and the stabilizer together. Align the marks on the hoop with the marks on the fabric.

Embroider the design. Then, trim the excess stabilizer away from the back of the embroidery.

Free project instructions to embroider a pretty print pillow.

Cut out the rectangle from the linen fabric to create your embroidered panel.

Free project instructions to embroider a pretty print pillow.

Cut the rectangles for the center and right panels. The center panel will be 3" x 17" and the right panel will be 12" x 17".

Place the embroidered panel with the right side facing up. Align the center piece on top, on the right side of the embroidered piece, right sides together.

Pin in place. Sew a 1/2" seam along the right edge only. Press the seam open with an iron.

Free project instructions to embroider a pretty print pillow.

Next, add the right panel of printed quilter's cotton.

Align the panel on top of the left and center panels. Place right sides together with the right panel aligned with the right edge of the center panel.

Pin in place. Sew a 1/2" seam along the right edge only. Press the seam.

Free project instructions to embroider a pretty print pillow.

Now prepare the inner lining of the front panel and the front panel to be sewn together.

Align the front panel on top of the lining fabric, wrong sides together. Pin in place. Cut out the shape.

S
ew a 1/4" seam along the entire outer edge of the front panel and lining fabric.

Free project instructions to embroider a pretty print pillow.

Two back pieces overlap for the pillow form to slip inside. To make these panels, cut two pieces of fabric that are 30" x 17".

Fold the fabric widthwise, short ends aligned, with the wrong sides together.

Press the fold. Pin in place.

Sew a 1/4" seam along the entire outer edge of the shape. Repeat this for each back panel piece.

Free project instructions to embroider a pretty print pillow.

Place the front panel flat with the right side facing up. 

Place the back panel pieces on top, aligning the raw side edges with the side edges of the front panel. The folded side edges of the back panels should face in toward one another. The back panels will overlap each other by a few inches.

Pin in place and sew a 1/2" seam along the entire outer edge of the shape. Turn the fabric right side out.

Insert a pillow form, or read on for tips to make your own pillow form.

Free project instructions to embroider a pretty print pillow.

To make a pillow form, cut two pieces of muslin to the final width and height dimensions of the pillow, adding one inch for a seam allowance.

The finished size of our pillow is 24" x 16". There is a 1 inch seam allowance, so cut pieces of muslin that are 25" x 17".

Align the pieces together and pin in place. Sew a 1/2" seam along the top, bottom, and one of the side edges. Leave one side open for turning.

T
urn right side out. Turn the fabric of the opening in 1/2" to the wrong side and press.

Free project instructions to embroider a pretty print pillow.

Stuff the pillow form with fiberfill. 

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lign the folded edges of the opening together and pin in place. Sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge only.

Insert the pillow form into the pillow cover through the opening in the back panel.

Free project instructions to embroider a pretty print pillow.

Stitch the embroidery designs using thread colors that coordinate with your print for an eye-catching look.


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


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