Embroidery Library

Snowball Block Pillow

 

Free project instructions to embroider a snowball block pillow.

Free project instructions to embroider a snowball block pillow.


Use a classic quilt block - the snowball block - to frame embroidering designs in this pillow project. Experiment with different fabric colors and prints to match your home decor!
 


Project Needs & Notes

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16" x 16" pillow form
- Two 9" x 9" pieces of faux suede
- Two 9" x 9" pieces of solid quilter's cotton
- Four 4" x 4" pieces of print quilter's cotton (I used a variety of prints)
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1/2 yard quilter's cotton
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1/2 yard fabric for back of pillow (I used faux suede)
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Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
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Temporary spray adhesive (like Gunold KK100)
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Air-erase pen for marking
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Cotton batting
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Straight edge
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Rotary cutter and cutting pad

For this tutorial, I used the Wild With Flourish designs. If using other designs, choose sizes that are 4" x 4" inches or smaller to fit the snowball blocks.

Finished Size: 16" x 16"

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

Free project instructions to embroider a snowball block pillow.

This pillow uses four snowball quilt blocks. Begin by stitching designs for each block.

Two are embroidered onto faux suede, and two are stitched onto solid quilter's cotton.

Using an air-erase pen or other marking tool, draw a 7" x 7" square onto the fabric. Leave a couple of inches of excess fabric around the shape.

Mark the center point and the axis lines. These marks are used to hoop the fabric straight.

Free project instructions to embroider a snowball block pillow.

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

Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together by aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric.

Embroider the design.

Free project instructions to embroider a snowball block pillow.

After embroidering, unhoop the fabric. It is not necessary to trim the cutaway stabilizer away.

Start at each corner and measure out 2" along each side of the square. Draw lines connecting the marks to form an octagon.

Free project instructions to embroider a snowball block pillow.

Lay the fabric onto the cutting pad. Using a straight edge and rotary cutter, cut out the shape.

Repeat the above steps, making four embroidered blocks.

Free project instructions to embroider a snowball block pillow.

Next, prepare the fabric for the small center squares and the outer triangles.

Cut four 4" x 4" squares. Use the printed quilter's cotton. Using a straight edge, cut all of the squares in half, diagonally.

Free project instructions to embroider a snowball block pillow.

Cut each piece again, diagonally. This will result in 16 triangle pieces.

Free project instructions to embroider a snowball block pillow.

Arrange the embroidered pieces as you'd like them to be arranged for the pillow.

Place the triangle pieces on top, right sides together, long sides of the triangles aligned with the corner edges of the embroidered pieces.

Allow about 1/4" of the ends of the triangles to extend past the edge of the fabric. Pin in place.


Sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edges only. A walking foot helps to prevent the layers of fabric from shifting while sewing.

Flip the triangle pieces out and lay the block flat with the wrong side facing up. Use an iron to press the back seams flat against the back of the embroidered piece.
 


Free project instructions to embroider a snowball block pillow.

After the individual blocks are constructed, assemble them into the front panel.

Align the top two blocks with the bottom two blocks, right sides together. Align the seams, and pin in place along the top edge.

Sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge. Press the back seam open.

Free project instructions to embroider a snowball block pillow.

Lay the left column flat with the right side facing up. Align the right column on top, right sides together, and pin in place along the right edge.

Sew a 1/4" seam along the right edge only and press the seam.

Free project instructions to embroider a snowball block pillow.

To prepare the side border fabric, cut two pieces of print cotton to 2" x 13 1/4".

Align the pieces with the side edges of the front panel, right sides together, pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edges.

Press the seams.

Free project instructions to embroider a snowball block pillow.

To prepare the top and bottom border fabric, cut two pieces of fabric to 16" x 2".

Align the pieces with the top and bottom edges of the front panel, right sides together.

Pin in place, sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edges, and press.

Free project instructions to embroider a snowball block pillow.

Next, quilt the front panel.

Place the print fabric flat (this is the fabric for the backside of the front panel) with the wrong side facing up.

Add the cotton batting on top of the backside fabric.

Place the assembled front panel on top of the batting. Pin the layers in place and cut around the shape of the front panel.

Quilt through all layers by sewing along the existing seams of the front panel.

Free project instructions to embroider a snowball block pillow.

To prepare the fabric for the back of the pillow, cut two pieces of faux suede to 11" x 16".

On both pieces, fold one of the short ends in to the wrong side 1/2" and press. Use a pressing cloth to prevent the faux suede from scorching.

Fold the folded edge over again 1/2" to the wrong side and press.

Free project instructions to embroider a snowball block pillow.

Place the front panel flat with the right side facing up. Align the back pieces on top, right sides together, with the folded edges facing in towards one another and overlapping in the center.

Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the entire outer edge of the shape.

Turn the fabric right side out through the overlap of the back pieces, push out the corners,
and insert the pillow form inside.

Free project instructions to embroider a snowball block pillow.

Pair different designs with a variety of fabric colors and prints to create unique looks for any holiday and special occasion!


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