Jun 6, 2007

Pillow tutorial

Today I sew a pillow for my mother who comes to visit me from Argentina:




It was a wonderful way of using the embellisher.

You can do this with any curtain or upholstery fabric (I had a kind of polyester one - rather shiny - I bought yesterday in a sale).

First I put the fabric on top of a cotton batting:



and basted it with security needles (not many) so that I keep an eye on the shrinking!:




I punched the whole fabric to the batting:




After this I felted the flowers on the print with small pieces of wool, following the paint strokes.


I also mixed the yellow wool roving with a little red one so that it looked more like painting.

I hand stitched with my self dyed variegated threads and running stitch the leave contours.

I used alternatively an outline and a running stitch for the flower contours:




I punched yellow organza from the back (not moving the embellisher) so that I got dots to do the background more interesting:





I did some free machine embroidery over some part of the print with a light zig zag:




I appliqué 4 pieces of check fabric to improve the design and stitched over these:




I did the piping with the embellisher. It is the most wonderful tool to do this!!!:

I put a cord on a strip of the check fabric and punched the borders together very near to the cord.

For the back I took a yellow tapestry fabric and sew a zip on it.

And here is one more detail of the pillow where you can see the piping:



Enjoy!

19 comments:

  1. boy, this embellisher sure does a lot of things and quickly!. i especially like your altered patches.

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  2. this pillow is lovely! thanks for a good tutorial!

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  3. Sara, you never fail to amaze and delight me, This is lovely.

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  4. This is really beautiful, I would never have thought of using the embellisher this way!

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  5. Thank you for the tutorial! Such many good ideas to follow.
    and the pillow is beautiful, I'm sure your mother likes it a lot!

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  6. This is lovely! What a good idea. Thank you for the tutorial.

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  7. Wow Sara I had not thought of using the embellisher like this.
    Thanks for a great tutorial

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  8. Lovely, summery project. Enjoyed the tutorial even though I don't have an embellisher!

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  9. This is a very lovely pillow. I am sure your mother loves it. Thanks so much for this tutorial.

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  10. Oh, this is a great tutorial!! Thanks..... What a great way to spice up a bit of fabric.

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  11. Eine tolle Idee, vielen Dank für das Zeigen!

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  12. very very good tutorial! what a lovely pillow for your mom....thanks for sharing....

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  13. I'm happy you liked it! you're welcome!!

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  14. Ein phantastisches Kissen und eine super Anleitung! Danke!

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  15. this is a great way ti use the embellisher thank you so much for this lesson

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  16. so beautiful, I love this pillow, great instructions.

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  17. What a lovely way to use the embellisher Sara and what finishes it off is that little touch of the check fabric. Great idea.

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  18. well, I'm trying to write tutorials with my new photography knowledge! I enjoy taking pictures now! This is thanks Beate, a friend who is a great photographer!

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