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    Decorative pillow: machine embroidery with alignment

    Decorative pillow: machine embroidery with alignment

    Not only is a present for a loved one, created with your own hands and in accordance with his or her tastes and preferences, a value-in-itself, but the attention you show in that way makes it even more valuable. Which item is simplest to create, even for a person who doesn't engage in handicraft? A decorative pillow, of course. There is a great variety of them, from a simple sole-colored pillow made of linen or cotton to the ones decorated with appliqué, embroidery or a pattern formed by beads or sequins. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to do machine embroidery with alignment.

    You’ll need:

    • Fabric
    • Upper thread
    • Underthread
    • Stabilizer
    • Tailor's chalk or water-soluble marker

    Stick the tearaway adhesive stabilizer to the wrong side of the fabric. With a water-soluble marker or chalk, mark the center and the horizontal and vertical axes on the fabric (blue lines in the picture).

    Horizontal and vertical lines on fabric

    Trace the patterns in the corners of the future pillow. Hoop the fabric and embroider the first part of your design (the upper left corner).

    Flowers embroidered on linen

    Flowers embroidery on linen close look

    During the embroidery, I recommend doing your patterns in the following order: upper left corner, then upper right, lower right and lower left. Every time you rotate your design by 90 degrees clockwise.

    Having embroidered the first part of the design, use the plastic template that comes with your machine to hoop the next parts.

    Thanks to the “Display fabric while aligning the embroidery position” option in Brother Innov-is 1E, you can check the positioning accuracy without the alignment stitches/crosses.

    Embroidery on linen with alignment lines

    Embroidery with plastic template

    Design alignment on screen

    Cutting out and assembling the pattern

    For the front side of your pillow, cut out a square size 36 x 36 cm (that includes seam allowance) out of the embroidered fabric. After that, cut out two rectangles size 36 x 19 cm for the back side.

    Inserting a zipper under the placket

    Pin or baste the zipper tape to the longer sides of the rectangles, install a zipper foot and stitch.

    Pillow zipper pinned

    Pillow zipper under pressing foot

    Pillow zipper sewed on

    Add piping along the perimeter of the front or the back panel of the pillowcase. Start and end at the bottom of the future pillow, matching the edges of the fabric and the piping with approximately 2 cm overlap.

    Cover the panel with the piping with the panel without, their right sides facing each other, and stitch perimeter-wise; add a few back stitches in the places where you zipper is. Finish the edges with overlock.

    Decorative pillow with zipper wrong side

    Decorative pillow semi-finished

    Decorative pillow wrong side closer look

    Press the pillowcase and turn it the right sight out. Put your pillow into it.

    Decorative grey pillow with flower embroidery

    The new pillow is ready!

    Original text by Irina Lisitsa

    Edited by Irina

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