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Christmas Tie Pillows

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  • Sewing machine
  • Two different fabric prints
  • A pillow form
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Bells, buttons or ribbon (optional)

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Step 1:
    Measure your pillow.

    Step 2:
    Cut the front piece of fabric by adding a ½ inch to the width and ½ inch to the height of your pillow size. (Example: if your pillow is 16 x 16, you will cut 16 ½ x 16 ½ in fabric).

    Step 3:
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    Cut 2 strips for the edging of the pillow. They will be 2 ½ inches in width plus the height of your front piece.

    Step 4:
    Pin the strips to the side of your front piece so that fronts are facing each other. Sew these using a ¼ inch seam allowance. (Your edges should be 2 inches when finished).

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    Step 5:
    Press the seams open where the edging meets the front piece.

    Step 6:
    Mark the center of your fabric.

    Step 7:
    Hoop fabric and proper stabilizers. Be sure that the mark is in the center of the hoop.

    Step 8:
    Embroider design.

    Step 9:
    Remove from hoop and remove excess backing.

    Step 10:
    Now you will cut a piece of fabric to match your front piece. Use the same fabric print that you used on your edges. Measure the completed width and height of your front piece, including the edges. That is the size you will cut your back piece.

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    Step 11:
    Stitch the top seam of the front and back pieces together, with the front of the fabrics facing together. It will look like it’s inside out. (Serge or zig zag stitch the edge to help minimize fraying).

    Step 12:
    Stitch the left side of the front and back pieces together. It’s important that you leave the right side open to insert your pillow.

    Step 13:
    Stitch the bottom of the front and back pieces together.

    Step 14:
    Turn your pillow cover right side out and push your corners out.

    Step 15:
    Use a blind stitch or hand stitch the right side so the edge is finished.

    Step 16:
    If you are using a rhinestone splash, add it at this point. Make sure you place a piece of fabric inside the pillow cover, so the front and back pieces don’t get glued together. Allow plenty of time to cool before continuing, so the glue on the rhinestones is set.

    Step 17:
    Add button holes if you want bells or buttons, add a zipper or stitch ribbon to the inside seam for a tie closure option.

    Step 18:
    Enjoy your beautiful pillow!

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    Meet The Author: Dakota Collectibles
    Our team at Dakota Collectibles continually strives to provide superior quality embroidery designs and rhinestone transfers, outstanding customer service, and fun project ideas. We have a large selection of individual designs and design collections that will delight both commercial and home embroiderers. Established in 1988, Dakota Collectibles’ design center continues in its dedication to all embroidery and rhinestone enthusiasts and businesses.

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