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Prayer Pocket Pillow

Free project instructions on how to create a prayer pocket pillow.  

Free project instructions on how to create a prayer pocket pillow.


Celebrate your faith with a bright and colorful prayer pillow! Handy pockets are the perfect way to store your devotionals, written prayers, or rosaries; a strap makes it easy to keep at hand.
 


Project Needs & Notes

- 1/3 yard lightweight canvas for large pocket
- 1/2 yard twill for small pocket and back
- 1/2 yard and 1/3 yard print quilter's cotton for front
- Medium-weight cutaway stabilizer
- Air-erase pen for marking
- Polyester fiberfill
- Bias tape maxi piping for pocket trim
- 14" length of nylon or cotton strapping
- Needle and thread

Designs used in this tutorial include M4375, Pray with Vintage Flower Fade and M4396, Doodle Cross.

Finished Size: 20" x 15"

Free project instructions on how to create a prayer pocket pillow.
Draw a 7" x 7" square on the twill.

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.


Center the template inside the shape.

Free project instructions on how to create a prayer pocket pillow.
Mark the center point, as well as the horizontal and vertical axis lines.

Free project instructions on how to create a prayer pocket pillow.
Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together, aligning the marks on the hoop with the marks on the fabric.

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 design.

Free project instructions on how to create a prayer pocket pillow.
After embroidering, trim away the excess stabilizer away.

Cut out the shape.

Free project instructions on how to create a prayer pocket pillow.
Lay the embroidered front piece on top of a second piece of twill, right sides together.

Pin in place, and cut around the shape of the front piece.

Free project instructions on how to create a prayer pocket pillow.
Cut a piece of bias tape maxi piping a bit wider than the top of the pocket.

Insert the piping between the layers of twill at the top of the fabric. The raw edge should be facing out and aligned with the top fabric.

Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the top and side edges of the pocket -- leave the bottom open for turning.

Turn the pocket right side out; press the seams. Turn the fabric of the opening in 1/4" to the wrong side and press.

Free project instructions on how to create a prayer pocket pillow.
Top-stitch a 1/8" seam along the top edge of the pocket.

Free project instructions on how to create a prayer pocket pillow.
Draw a 13" x 10" rectangle on the lightweight canvas.

Embroider the design as you did in the previous steps.

After embroidering, trim the excess stabilizer away and cut out the shape.

Free project instructions on how to create a prayer pocket pillow.

Lay the embroidered front piece on top of the 1/3 yard print quilter's cotton, right sides together.

Pin in place, and cut around the shape of the front piece.

Add piping to the top edge of the pocket just as you did before.

Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the top edge only. Turn the fabric right side out and align the front and back pieces together.

Free project instructions on how to create a prayer pocket pillow.

Press the seam and top-stitch a 1/8" seam along the top edge of the pocket.

Free project instructions on how to create a prayer pocket pillow.

Cut a piece of the same print quilter's cotton to 13" x 16".

Align the large pocket on top, right sides facing up, with the bottom edges aligned.

Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the side and bottom edges of the pocket.

Free project instructions on how to create a prayer pocket pillow.

Cut a piece of the 1/2 yard print quilter's cotton to 9" x 16".

Lay it flat next to the right side portion.

Place the small pocket on top of the left side fabric with the top edge aligned with the top of the large pocket.

Center the small pocket; pin in place. Sew a 1/4" seam along the side and bottom edges only.

Free project instructions on how to create a prayer pocket pillow.

Align the small pocket portion on top of the large pocket portion, with the left sides together.

Pin in place and sew a 1/2" seam along the left edge only. Press the seam.

Top-stitch a 1/8" seam along the inside of the left side seam.

Free project instructions on how to create a prayer pocket pillow.

To add the handle, cut a piece of strapping to 14" long.

Pin the ends in place 7" in from each top corner with 1/2" of the ends extending out past the edge of the fabric.

Free project instructions on how to create a prayer pocket pillow.

Place the assembled front piece on top of the remaining twill fabric, right sides together.

Pin in place, and cut around the shape of the front piece.

Pin in place and sew a 1/2" seam along the top, bottom, and side edges, leaving about 6" open along the left side of the pillow.

Free project instructions on how to create a prayer pocket pillow.

Turn the pillow right side out and fill with polyester fiberfill until firm.

Free project instructions on how to create a prayer pocket pillow.

Then, turn the fabric of the opening in 1/2" and hand sew it closed with needle and thread.

Free project instructions on how to create a prayer pocket pillow.

Spirited embroidery is a brilliant way to adorn this pillow. Use to corral everything you need for Bible study, prayer circles, and more.

Products used in this Project:

Doodle Cross $2.49 - $3.99

Available in 4 Sizes:

5.85" x 6.96" | 4.84" x 5.76" | 3.24" x 3.86" | 2.52" x 3.01"

Doodle Praying Hands $2.49 - $3.99

Available in 4 Sizes:

5.85" x 6.36" | 4.84" x 5.27" | 3.59" x 3.90" | 2.76" x 3.00"

Doodle Ichthys $2.49 - $3.99

Available in 4 Sizes:

8.12" x 5.85" | 6.73" x 4.85" | 3.89" x 2.81" | 2.99" x 2.16"

Doodle Angel $2.49 - $3.99

Available in 4 Sizes:

5.85" x 6.35" | 4.85" x 5.26" | 3.56" x 3.86" | 2.77" x 3.00"

Doodle Dove $2.49 - $3.99

Available in 4 Sizes:

5.86" x 6.91" | 4.86" x 5.73" | 3.27" x 3.85" | 2.55" x 3.00"