Can a person have too many pillows? I sure hope not. Maybe so though. Have you seen “Never Been Kissed”? I’ll try not to get to that point.
But I have an addiction. I’ve managed to hold it off for about a month – but I had to give in. There’s only so much you can do against pillow yearnings. ;) Ready to see what I fed the addiction with?
It’s an Embroidered Linen pillow trimmed in jute. Isn’t it pretty? I reaaaallly love it. ;) I saw one at Target that was a little similar but not really. I don’t have a picture though – sorry! I just tweaked the idea to come up with my own creation. ;)
Would you like to make your own? Here’s how. . .
12″ x 16″ Pillow Form
Linen – 1 12″ x 16″ piece for the back and 1 12″ x 40″ piece for the front
White Embroidery Thread
Jute – Around 62″
Start by pressing in the folds of your pillow top. Some of this is guess work, you’ll be making smallish folds spaced irregularly over the rectangle. Vary the length and size of the folds until your pillow top measures 12″ x 16″. It will help to pin them into place as you go.
Once your folds are all pressed in, run a basting stitch to hold them along the top and bottom.
Hand stitch some of the folds down with embroidery thread. You’ll do this with a simple running stitch. Just choose random folds to sew down.
Now draw out your embroidery design with a fabric marking pen. I used a few swooshes and dots – something simple.
Here comes the embroidery – don’t be scared. The stitches here are pretty basic. It would make a great starter project if you haven’t done embroidery before.
Start at the lower corner and embroider all the marking lines with a Stem Stitch. Here’s a how to if you need it.
For the small dots I used French knots. Here’s a how to for them. For the large dots, I filled them with a satin stitch – just rows of stitching sewn to fill in the circle.
I didn’t use an embroidery hoop – didn’t really need it and I didn’t want to mess up the folds.
Pin together the front and back and pin in one end of the jute so it is caught when you sew them together. Sew around with a 1/2″ seam. Leave an opening from the jute (at the halfway point on the bottom) to one corner so you can stuff the pillow form in.
Turn your pillow right side out and stuff the pillow form in. Pin your opening closed. The jute should now be outside the pillow.
With matching thread start sewing your jute down around the edge of the pillow. I looped the thread around the jute and sewed it down about every 1/8″.
Stitch the jute down closer together at the corners.
When you get close to the opening, switch to a lighter thread and sew it closed – but leave a tiny hole to tuck the end of the jute in close to the center. (You could also sew the opening closed before you work on the jute edge – my brain just didn’t work that way haha)
Finish sewing the jute down, tucking in the end and making sure the jute touches the other end. I did this by looping the end a little.
You might need to hand stitch down a couple of the folds – if they’re not laying real flat. I did just a tiny basting stitch inside the two far left folds just to help hold them down.
You’re done! See? Not scary at all! ;)
And if you’d be interested in a pattern for the embroidery, let me know in the comment section. I can add one as a download if anyone wants it.
Here’s some more shots for you . . .
I think that might hold off the pillow addiction for a while. . . maybe.