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Elegant Tufted Pillow

Free project instructions for making an elegant tufted pillow.

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Free project instructions for making an elegant tufted pillow.


Beautiful embroidery and an oversized button give these throw pillows unique and elegant appeal. Learn how to make this simple-yet-sophisticated pillow for your home!
 
Project Needs & Notes:

- 16" x 16" pillow form
- 1/2 yard linen (for front and inner lining)
- 1/2 yard print lightweight canvas (for backs)
- Medium-weight cutaway stabilizer
- Air-erase pen for marking
- 1 1/4" button
- Needle and thread for some hand sewing
Free video with instructions on how to create an elegant tufted pillow.

Designs used in this tutorial include:

- L9750, Blooming Baroque Border
- E6770, Wrought Iron Royalty Border 1
- H6173, Brilliant Hibiscus Border
- C5870, Christmas Wish Poinsettia Border

Border designs are particularly nice for this project, as they fit well around the button center. Find even more border designs here.

Finished Size: 16" x 16"

Free project instructions for making an elegant tufted pillow.

Draw a 17" x 17" square on the linen fabric. Leave a couple of inches of excess fabric around the shape for hooping.

A template, or printout of a design, is an excellent tool to help with placement.

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.


Divide the square in half, and center the templates in each half of the square.

Ensure 3" - 4" between the designs and 2" - 3" between the outer edges of the designs and the edges of the square.

Mark the center points and the vertical and horizontal axis lines for each design.

Free project instructions for making an elegant tufted pillow.

Remove the templates and draw lines connecting the marks.

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

Free project instructions for making an elegant tufted pillow.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design.

Move the hoop so that the needle is directly aligned with the center point on the fabric.

Embroider the first design.

Free project instructions for making an elegant tufted pillow.

When the design has finished, trim away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery.

Free project instructions for making an elegant tufted pillow.

Embroider the second design as you did the first.

Trim away the excess stabilizer, and cut out the square.

Free project instructions for making an elegant tufted pillow.

To prepare the inner lining, cut another piece of linen to 17" x 17".

Place it on the backside of the embroidered front piece, wrong sides together.

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

Free project instructions for making an elegant tufted pillow.

Prepare the back of the pillow by cutting a 17" x 17" piece of the print lightweight canvas.

Lay the assembled front piece flat with the wrong side facing up.

Align the back piece on top, right sides together. Pin in place and sew a 1/2" seam along the outer edges of the fabric.

Leave about 8" open along the bottom edge for turning.

Free project instructions for making an elegant tufted pillow.

Turn the fabric right side out and insert the pillow form through the opening.

Free project instructions for making an elegant tufted pillow.
Turn the fabric of the opening in 1/2" to the wrong side.

Hand-sew the opening closed.

Free project instructions for making an elegant tufted pillow.

To create the tufted effect, add a large button in the center front of the pillow.

To do so, sew through the back of the pillow to the front.

Add the button and pull the thread tight to hold all the layers together.

Tie a knot to secure the button in place.

Free project instructions for making an elegant tufted pillow.

This bright and vibrant pillow is a gorgeous addition to any living room or bedroom decor! Pick your favorite color schemes and designs to customize this tufted pillow.

Free project instructions for making an elegant tufted pillow.

Outdoor decor, beach homes, and warm weather oases will get a bright, colorful update with this hibiscus design.

Free project instructions for making an elegant tufted pillow.

The swirls and twirls in this wrought iron border give it a sophisticated style that's perfect for any living room decor.

Free project instructions for making an elegant tufted pillow.

Add a ho-ho-holiday feel to the tufted pillow in this Christmas variation. A poinsettia border brings festive spirit and elegance to the cushion.

Elegant Tufted Pillow



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Products used in this Project:

Wrought Iron Royalty Border 1 $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

9.34" x 4.66" | 5.98" x 3.17"

A Elegant Scrollwork Design Pack $5.97 - $12.97

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.83" x 9.35" | 4.81" x 5.99" | 3.88" x 3.88"

Brilliant Hibiscus Border $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.43" x 3.58" | 7.82" x 2.97" | 5.98" x 2.40"

Brilliant Hibiscus Border $3.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.87" x 1.83"

Christmas Wish Poinsettia Rectangle $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

9.40" x 4.54" | 6.00" x 2.91"