Wednesday, September 18, 2019

DIY Embroidered Pillow

I love to stitch. But I don't always have room on my walls for the finished product. So this time I decided to turn my embroidery into a pillow. It's pretty easy to do and it makes the most darling accent pillow. Let me show you how I made this easy DIY embroidered pillow.

DIY Embroidered Pillows

This pillow starts with an embroidery kit. Everything you need is included in the kit, except a hoop. It includes the needle and thread and the fun felt embellishments. The pattern is printed right on the fabric.

Of course you can use any embroidery that you have done to turn into a throw pillow.

DIY Embroidered Pillow

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I decided to make it an envelope pillow. Or in other words it's a cover for a pillow that can be removed as the seasons change or when I make a new one.

Last year I shared how to make an envelope pillow with one piece of fabric. I've made a few pillow cover variations, like this leaf rubbings pillow cover and this cloth napkin pillow cover. So go check those out for more throw pillow ideas!

Let's get started!

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Supplies Needed for Embroidered Pillow

How to Make an Embroidered Pillow Cover

how to turn embroidery into a pillow


Begin by stitching your embroidery. I used this kit from Plaid.

I like this kit because in involves more than just embroidery. There are the fun little felt shapes added in and it's just adorable.

Follow instructions on embroidery kit to complete the stitching.

hand embroidery



Once you have finished with the needlework, trim the fabric to be a perfect square. My piece was 10 3/4" X 11 1/4".

So I trimmed off 1/4 inch from the top and the bottom to create a square piece that was 10 3/4" X 10 3/4".

squaring up the embroidery

Next cut two pieces of fabric that are 10 3/4" X 3". Sew these pieces to the top and the bottom of the square. Press seams flat.

Note: All seams are sewn with 1/4" seam allowance.

adding borders to the embroidery

Next, cut two pieces of fabric that are 15 1/2" X 3". Sew them along the sides of the embroidery.

add sides to pillow top

Now let's make the back.  I decided I wanted to make an envelope pillow. That way, I can remove the cover and change it up if I want to.


For this pillow, cut two pieces that are 15 1/2" X 10".

pieces for the back of envelope pillow

Fold over one long end 1/4 inch. Press. Fold once again 1/4". Press. Sew in place.

Repeat this for the other piece of fabric.  This creates the finished edges of the envelope pillow.

creating finished edge for pillow

With right sides together, sew the unfinished edge of the pillow back to the pillow front.

sewing back to the pillow


Sew the remaining back piece to the opposite side of the pillow front.

sewing back onto the pillow

Next, with right sides still together, sew along the top and the bottom of the square.

sewing top and bottom of pillow cover


Turn the pillow right side out.

embroidered pillow cover

Insert a pillow form (I used a 16" X 16" form)


That's it! Now you have a custom pillow with your stitching on it. I think it would make a wonderful gift. Or, keep it for yourself!


DIY Embroidered Pillow

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Author: Rachel
Estimated cost: $15
prep time: perform time: 3 hourtotal time: 3 H
Turn your embroidery project into a throw pillow with this easy DIY.

materials:

  • embroidery kit
  • pillow form
  • 3/4 yard fabric
  • thread

tools:

  • embroidery hoop
  • sewing machine
  • rotary cutter
  • cutting mat
  • iron
  • ironing board

steps:

  1. Complete embroidery according to instructions in the kit.
  2. Square up the embroidery - trim edges to create a perfect square.
  3. Cut two pieces of fabric tat are 10 3/4" X 3". Sew them to the top and bottom of the embroidery and press seams flat.
  4. Cut two pieces of fabric that are 15 1/2" X 3". Sew them to the sides of the embroidery. Press seams flat.
  5. Cut two pieces of fabric that are 15 1/2" X 10". Fold over one long end 1/4 inch. Press. Fold once again 1/4". Press. Sew in place. Repeat this for the other piece of fabric. This creates the finished edges of the envelope pillow.
  6. With right sides together, sew the unfinished edge of the pillow back to the pillow front. Sew the remaining back piece to the opposite side of the pillow front. Next, with right sides still together, sew along the top and the bottom of the square.
  7. Turn the pillow cover right side out. Insert a pillow form.
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