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Wedding Pillow Tutorial

One of the most fun parts of creating garments for special occasions is having ‘left-overs’ with which to create gifts!  That was the case for my daughter’s recent very small, informal, casual wedding.  Having made her lace knit top and aqua silk sash and the groom and grandson’s ‘wool’ plaid vests and silk ties…it was time for a small remembrance gift…..


Finished Wedding Remembrance Pillow

Finished Wedding Remembrance Pillow


Deep into ‘Blogging’, I find it impossible to sew without my camera handy.  Sew…here is a little tutorial for you that includes:

1. Sizing and shaping a pillow cover to AVOID pointy ‘dog ear’ corners.

2. Creating a Stylized Heart

3. Embellishment with Frayed Fabric

4. Silk Ribbon Embroidery Embellishment


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Step 1: Cut and Contour 

I find that cutting the pillow front and back the SAME SIZE as the pillow form and taking 1/2″ seam allowances all around creates a nice, snug fit.  Sew…for a 16″ square pillow form, I first cut two 16″ squares of the main pillow fabric.

Contour to avoid the Dog-Eared pointy corners by sketching in with chalk as shown, 1/2″ from each edge, gently sloping out to the midway point on each pillow cover side. I find using the subtle curve of my French Curve aids me in sketching this gentle curve and doing it the same on each corner.


Draft, cut and create the stylized heart using Medical Pattern Tissue Paper.

Draft, cut and create the stylized heart using Medical Pattern Tissue Paper.


Step 2:  Create Stylized Heart for Pillow Front 

I love to use the tissue paper on a roll that I carry which actually IS the same ‘paper’ found on the examining table at the Dr. Office.  Search for ‘Medical Pattern Paper’ at my website:  www.londas-sewing.com.  Currently it is a ‘steal’ at just $13.50 for 225′ x 13″ wide.  Honestly, I just decided the outermost size of the heart that I desired, looked at some heart shapes online, and sketched until I thought I had a shape I liked.


Trim heart perimeter with frayed fabric.

Trim heart perimeter with frayed fabric.


 Step 3:  Trim using ‘wool’ selvage  and bias cut ‘Fabric Fur’

Whenever I see nice ‘fringe’ on a selvage, I cut it off thinking it might be useable.  That is what the lower right hand corner of the above graphic shows.  I had just enough to ‘scrunch’ as I stitched it down the perimeter of the lace/aqua silk heart that I had already stitched down to the pillow Front.

After fraying out the lengthwise yarns of the other side of the strip above, I cut plenty of 3/4″ bias strips of the aqua silk.  Layer 3 strips together and stitching down the center – enough to top the ‘trim’ as above.  Trim to 1/2″ wide.  ‘Attack’ with the Fabric Chenille Brush (again, Search for this item at my website: www.londas-sewing.com ).  Stitch down, then add some ‘glitzy’ serger thread down the center of the Fabric Fur strip.  The lower left corner image shows the little ‘extra’ I added at the lowermost point of the heart.


Silk Ribbon Flowers for members of the family...

Silk Ribbon Flowers for members of the family…


Step 4:  Embellish the Heart center as desired 

For an extra personal touch, I dug out my silk ribbon embroidery stash and skills.  Five petal lazy Daisy Stitch flowers using 13mm creamy white silk ribbon centered with a Colonial Knot of 2mm wide silk ribbon created the flowers representing the new little family and the future.  (See that PINK center in the extra flower?  I wonder what that means I’m dreaming of in my next grandbaby!)