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All-Around Accent Pillow

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.

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Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.


Combine a circle with a square to make a beautiful embroidered pillow. The unique combination is a gorgeous way to showcase your favorite designs for any and every occasion!
 
Project Needs & Notes:

- 18" x 18" pillow form
- 1/2 yard flannel for front circle piece
- 5/8 yard print quilter's cotton for front and
  back pieces
- 5/8 yard twill for inner lining
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Marking pencil (or air-erase pen)
- Compass rule
- Temporary spray adhesive (Gunold's KK100)

Designs use in this tutorial include:
Free video with instructions on how to create an All-Around Accent Pillow.

- K8339, Make Something Beautiful Wreath
- L7880, Santa's Midnight Ride
- M4804, Happy Chickadee in Flowers

Finished Size:
18" x 18"

 


Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
This example uses an 18" pillow form, and a 12" circle will fill that space well.

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Tape a piece of flannel to your work surface. This helps to keep the fabric stable when drawing a circle

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Set a compass to a 6" radius.

If you do not have a compass, find a round object with a 12" diameter, and use that to trace a circle onto the fabric.

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Draw the circle on the flannel.

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Make a mark in the center.

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
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.

Place the template on the fabric so the center of the design is aligned with the center point on the flannel.

Use an air-erase pen to mark the horizontal and vertical axis lines. These marks are helpful when hooping.

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Hoop the flannel with one piece of cutaway stabilizer, lining up the marks on the fabric with the marks on the hoop.

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design.

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

Embroider the design. A size 11 or 75/11 embroidery needle is a good choice when embroidering on flannel.

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
After embroidering, trim the stabilizer away from the back.  

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Cut out the circle.

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Another circle of flannel is needed for the back.

Lay the embroidered circle on another piece of flannel, right sides together.
 

Pin in place.

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Cut out the second circle from the flannel.

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Sew a 1/2" seam along the entire outer edge.  

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Trim away the seam allowance, leaving about 1/8".  

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Cut a 4" slit in the back, and use that to turn the piece right side out.

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Press the seams.

Set the embroidered circle aside.

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Good-quality quilter's cotton (like Kona cotton) and twill are used to make the rest of the pillow.

Cut a 19" x 19" square from each. These are for the front of the pillow.

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Put the two pieces wrong sides together.  

Pin in place.

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Sew a 1/4" seam around the entire square.

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Place the embroidered circle right in the center of that square.

Pin in place.

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Sew a 1/4" seam around the circle.

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
For the back of the pillow, cut two pieces of quilter's cotton to 13" x 19".

And, cut two pieces of twill to 13" x 19" too.

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Pair a piece of quilter's cotton with a piece of twill, right sides together.  

Pin in place.

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Sew a 1/2" seam along one of the long edges.  

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Fold the pieces right side out along the seam, and press.  

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Pin, and stitch a 1/4" seam around the entire rectangle.

Repeat those steps for the other pieces of quilter's cotton and twill.

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Lay the front of the pillow flat with the right side facing up.

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Align the two back pieces on top, right sides down.

The side edges of the back pieces are aligned with the side edges of the front piece. They overlap by a few inches in the middle.

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Pin and place and sew a 1/2" seam along the entire outer edges of the fabric.

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Use a zigzag stitch, or serge, to reinforce.

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Turn that right side out.

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Insert the pillow form through the opening in the back.  

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
This simple pillow brings contemporary elegance to any home! Perfect for using as a throw on the couch, or to accent your bedding.

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Update the style and appearance of the pillow for different seasons and styles with just a few fabric and embroidery changes.

Free project instructions to make an All Around Accent Pillow.
Festive fabric adds a Christmasy touch, or try floral patterns for spring, icy blues and snowflakes for winter, or crafty motifs for the sewing room!

All-Around Accent Pillow



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Products used in this Project:

Santa's Midnight Ride $4.49 - $5.99

Available in 4 Sizes:

8.78" x 8.57" | 7.80" x 7.62" | 7.02" x 6.86" | 5.95" x 5.82"