These adorable pillows make a great project for seamstresses of all sizes. My video today shows one of my young sewing students, my adorable niece Summer, creating a custom pillow for her new bedroom. We made ours reversible for an extra special pillow. FUN on one side for the daytime, Zzz on the other for night time.
-Pillow form or stuffing in your desired size
-Plain fabric of your choice for pillow cover
-Scrap patterned fabric for applique
-Glow in the dark embroidery thread
-Sewing machine, pins and scissors!
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We have adorable hand made 18 inch dolls in our Seasons Series which features Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. These dolls have cuddly soft bodies and yarn hair and are perfect for any age girl or doll collector. They have beautiful embroidered faces and detailed hands and feet. There is a ton of cute clothing, outfits and accessories to fit them, and they can even wear most clothing made for other 18 inch dolls like American Girl Dolls.
This is such a versatile project. You can choose to use patterned fabric for the pillow with coordinating patterned fabric for the applique. You can do one large initial or a whole word. Or how about a simple shape? You can use soft flannel fabric like we did or a silky satin. You can also use a variety of embroidery thread colors or even a mutli colored thread that changes colors as you sew it on.
The first thing you need to do is cut 2 pieces the same size to the measurements of your pillow plus adding 1/4 inch on all sides for the seams. Make sure your two pieces are cut with wrong sides together if you are doing a shape that is not equal on both sides.
Using a plain piece of paper or tissue paper, draw and cut out your letter, word or design. The simpler and more angular your letter is the easier it will be to embroider around. You can use a computer and print a letter if you have a hard time drawing letters.
Place the letter template on your scrap fabric and pin it down with lots of pins to one layer of your pillow cover fabric. Set your machine on a tight zig zag stitch and place the pinned fabric under the needle starting with one point of the letter. Be careful that your fabric is laying flat and non of the edges are stuck underneath. Start sewing a zig zag stitch over top of the edges of your letter or design. Make sure most of the zig zag is over the letter fabric and just slightly over the pillow cover fabric. When you get to the corners you need to turn make sure the needle is in the down position and lift the lever and turn your fabric to the new direction you need to sew. Be sure to back stitch your first and last stitches to lock them in place.
Last step is to place the embroidered side of the pillow cover right sides together with the back and sew a 1/4 inch seam all the way around, leaving an opening to stuff with filling or to insert a pillow form. Close up the opening with a simple stitch on the sewing machine or if you feel more comfortable hand sewing a slip stitch.