You can finish your stitched projects into pillows easily by following these step by step instructions and create a keepsake for your home or a special gift.
Materials for this pillow:
Stitched Piece – LHN Blossoms & Blackbirds
Medium blue fabric – 2×20 inch strip
Green fabric – 2×20 inch strip
Dark blue fabric – 9×9 inch square
Star Button (Just Another Button Company)
Decide how large you would like your stitched area to be on your pillow and add 1/2 inch. I place a pin at the point that I will need to trim to and count the number of linen threads from my stitching to the pin. Count the same number of threads from each side of your stitching and place another pin. This is the linen thread you want to trim along to get your pillow center.
Starting with the 2 inch medium blue strip, with RIGHT sides together, sew strip along top edge of stitched piece. I use a 1/4 seam allowance.
Trim the strip even with the sides of your stitched piece. Press blue strip open away from front of stitched piece.
Sew a green strip to the right side of your stitched piece, stitching along the right edge of the blue strip that you attached to the top of the stitched piece and down the right side of the the stitched piece. Press open and trim green strip even with top blue edge and bottom of stitched piece.
Attach another green strip to the bottom in the same fashion, and finally a blue strip the the left side that extends from the green strip at the bottom to the blue strip at the top.
Press the entire pillow front and place on the cloth you’ve chosen for the back of your pillow keeping right sides of pillow and cloth facing one another. Cut a square from your cloth for the back that is the same size as your pillow front.
Sew the two sides together, with right sides together, leaving a small opening along the bottom
Turn the pillow right side out, use something pointed, but not sharp to help get the corners turned all the way out. I use a chopstick.
When you have the pillow all the way turned, press it one last time to remove the wrinkles that occurred with stuffing and turning.
Stuff your pillow with fiberfill. I used the chopstick again to help get the stuffing into the corners.
Slip stitch the opening closed. When you pressed your pillow after you turned it you created a nice crease along the edges to help you know where to stitch.
Attach bow and button. ENJOY!