I am pleased to be part of Baby Lock’s Holiday Happenings.
The project that I would like to share with you is a pillow wrap. You can easily change your home décor with a little fabric and a great embroidery design. Embroider a seasonal motif on the fabric. Then, follow these simple directions to create a wrap, or two! I made one for the autumn season and a second for Christmas time. One design fit both categories, the thread color changes transformed a fall tree to a Christmas tree!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Select a large embroidery design and set up your machine for embroidery. The design I used is built-into my Baby Lock Ellisimo Gold machine.
- Choose a 1/3 yd. (12″ x 42″) outer fabric and lining fabric. Featured fabric is a medium-weight linen with a cotton lining.
How to embroider, then sew pillow wraps:
- Cut a 12″ length of the No-Show Mesh Fusible Stabilizer. Center the stabilizer on the wrong side of the fabric; fuse.
- Hoop the fused fabric in a Jumbo Hoop, centering the fabric in the hoop. Place wash-away stabilizer on top of the fabric.
- Select the design. Rotate the design as pictured.
- Organize the Maderia Threads in the following sequence as listed below. I placed my threads on Clover’s Stack ‘n Stitch Thread Tower for ease of use.
- Christmas Tree Madeira Rayon Thread color numbers: Gold—1068, Medium Green—1250, Dark Green—1304, Pink—1117, Deep Red—1118, Medium Red—1184, and Hot Pink—1110
- Autumn Tree Madeira Rayon Thread color numbers: Gold—1065, Forest Green—1304, Orange—1037, Brown—1158, Magenta—1181, and Yellow—1068
- Stitch the design. It is great fun to watch the design unfold.
- When the design is complete, remove the fabric from the hoop. Tear away the top wash-away stabilizer.
- Generously steam the fabric to remove the excess stabilizer from the interior of the embroidery.
- Snuggly measure a 20″ finished pillow. Add 1″ to the measurement. The pillow wrap must be large enough to slip over the pillow, yet small enough to stay in place.
- Trim the fabric to the length determined in the step above, centering the embroidered design. Check the width of the embroidered wrap on the pillow. If the width appears to be too wide, trim away the excess fabric. The featured pillow wrap was trimmed to 10-1/2″ x 37.″ Cut the lining the same size as the outer fabric. (It is important to begin with a 12″ wide fabric strip, enabling the fabric to fit inside the jumbo hoop.)
- Cut two 1-1/4″ fabric strips the same measurement as the longest measurement of the fabric wrap. (To create the featured pillow wraps, the strips were cut 37″ long.)
- Wrap the 1-1/4″ fabric strips around Wrap ‘n Fuse Piping. Press, leaving the first and last 1/2″ unpressed.
- Fold back the fabric at each end of the piping. Trim away 1/2″ of the Wrap ‘n Fuse at the beginning and ending of each strip. This step will eliminate excess bulk in the seam.
- Attach Pearls N Piping Foot to your machine. Position the needle to stitch along the right side of the piping.
- Align the raw edge of the piping to the long edge of the fabric wrap. Stitch piping to the wrap at each long edge.
- Press under 1/2″ at each short end of the lining.
- Align lining to fabric, right sides together. Position the fold of the lining 1/2″ from the edge of the outer fabric.
- Restitch the side seams, encasing the piping between the outer and lining fabrics. Turn the pillow wrap right side out; press.
- Align the short ends of the pillow wrap–right sides together; pin. Tuck or pin the lining out of the way to avoid catching the fabric in the seam. Stitch outer fabric side seam with a 1/2″ seam.
- Pin the lining sections together; handstitch.
- Turn the pillow wrap right side out. Slip over a pillow and enjoy!
Bye for now,