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Squeeze Me! Fleece Pillow

Free project instructions to embroider a fleece pillow. Free project instructions to embroider a towel border with an animal design.

Free project instructions to embroider a fleece pillow.


Cuddle up with this warm and cozy pillow -- it's made of delightfully soft and fuzzy fleece, and is downright huggable! Follow these instructions to make the cushy pillow, including tips for embroidering on fleece and creating the fun fringe border.
 


Project Needs & Notes:


- 14" x 14" pillow form
- 3/4 yard fleece for front
- 1 yard fleece for back
- Medium-weight
  (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Water-soluble stabilizer for topping
  (Sulky Solvy or Sulky Super Solvy)
- Air-erase pen for marking


For this tutorial, I used the largest size of the For the Love of Craft - Sewing design. Circles and squares are shapes that fill the space of a pillow nicely. Find many more designs that are a perfect fit for pillows by visiting the Pillow Squares department.

Free video with instructions on how to make a Squeeze Me! Fleece Pillow.


Finished Size:
14" x 14"

This project was featured in the following:
Pillow Party Trunk Show 2 Video

For the Love of Craft Lookbook
 

Free project instructions to embroider a fleece pillow.

Begin by preparing the fleece for the pillow front.

For a 14" pillow form, cut a piece of fleece to 26" x 26". The extra 12" is for the fringe on the pillow.

Use an air-erase pen to draw a 14" square in the center of the fabric. This leaves 6" of space on all sides of the square.


A template is a printout of a design, and it's an excellent tool for planning where to stitch. Print a template of the design from your embroidery software. If you do not have embroidery software to print templates, try Wilcom's TrueSizer, a free program.

Arrange the template so the center point of the design is on the center of the square. Mark the center point and the horizontal and vertical axis lines, too.

 

Free project instructions to embroider a fleece pillow.

If the fleece has a high pile, use a piece of water-soluble stabilizer on top. That helps prevent the stitches from sinking down into the fabric.

A topping is not shown here because the design has solid fills, and the letters are quite wide.


Hoop the fleece with a piece of cutaway stabilizer (and add the water-soluble stabilizer on top, if applicable). Line up the marks on the fabric with the marks on the hoop.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. Move the hoop so that the needle is over the center point on the fabric.

Embroider the design.

Free project instructions to embroider a fleece pillow.

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

R
emove the water-soluble from the top, if applicable.

Free project instructions to embroider a fleece pillow.

To prepare the back of the pillow, cut two pieces of fleece to 18" x 26".

On each piece, fold one long end in 1/2" to the wrong side, then fold again 1/2" to the wrong side.

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

Free project instructions to embroider a fleece pillow.

Align the back pieces on top of one another, right sides facing up. Place the fabric so the top piece overlaps the bottom piece in the middle.

Place the pieces so that the width is 26", equal to the front piece.

Pin in place.

Free project instructions to embroider a fleece pillow.

Lay the back pieces flat with the wrong side facing up.

Align the front piece on top of the back pieces, right side facing up (wrong sides together).

Pin in place.

Sew a seam around the 14" square that you drew earlier.

Free project instructions to embroider a fleece pillow.

Lay the fabric flat with the back facing up.

Trim the rolled seam of the middle layer of fabric (the bottom back piece) at the top and bottom.

Free project instructions to embroider a fleece pillow.

Trim the fabric of the middle layer to match the top layer back piece.

This is done so there is only one layer of fabric around the outer edges of the back pieces.

Free project instructions to embroider a fleece pillow.

To create the fringe around the outer edges, continue the lines from the inner shape out to the outer edges of the fabric.

Measure and mark one inch increments along the edges of the inner shape and the outer edges of the fabric.

Draw lines connecting the marks and cut along the lines, through both layers of fabric, up to the inner seam.

As you do this, the corners of the fabric will be completely cut away.

Free project instructions to embroider a fleece pillow.

Tie each front and back fringe piece together with a tight knot.

Trim the fringe how you would like it -- I cut mine down to about 3" long.

Insert the pillow.

Free project instructions to embroider a fleece pillow.

The large open space on the front of this pillow makes a wonderful space for adding embroidery.

Stitch one large design as a focal point, or if you're working with a smaller hoop, embroider a four-patch of smaller designs instead.


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

 

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