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How to Make a Butterflies, Dragonflies & Floral Pillow

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Materials
  • 1/2 to 1 yard Muslin or any nice weight fabric suitable for a pillow. I did double my muslin on each side as it gives the embroidery a nice base to hold the stitches. If you double you will need a yard.
  • Spray Adhesive (This is just one I really like, Madeira MSA 1000)
  • Spray Sizing or Spray Starch
  • Tear A Way Stabilizer
  • Sewing thread for machine to match fabric
  • Embroidery thread color of your choice for design
  • Velcro
  • Embroidery Designs
  • 14" Pillow Form

  • Designs used in this project
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/1/KK3599.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/1/KK3598.aspx
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  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/1/KK3596.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/1/KK3595.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/1/KK3594.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/1/KK3593.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/1/KK3592.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/1/KK3591.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/1/KK3590.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/1/KK3589.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/1/KK3588.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/1/KK3587.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/1/KK3586.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/1/KK3585.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/1/KK3584.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/1/KK3583.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/1/KK3582.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/1/KK3581.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/1/KK3580.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/1/KK3579.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/1/KK3578.aspx

  • Final Product: What You Will Create


    Step 1:
    Materials:

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    Step 2:
    Cut 2 pieces of muslin at least 14 1/2" square, this is the front. To prevent the layers from shifting spray adhesive on one side of the muslin and place the 2nd layer on top and press. Make sure all the edges match before going to next step. Cut 4 pieces 14 1/2" wide x 10" tall for the back pieces. Follow the same process for the back pieces. The goal is to end up with a 13.5" pillow cover for your 14" pillow form. You need to make your pillow cover smaller than your actual pillow form. The finished size with the form inserted will end up approximately 12" when filled and 13.5" unfilled.

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    Step 3:
    Take to the sewing machine and sew at least 1/4" seam around the entire pillow front. Also use spray starch or magic sizing to give more body to your muslin prior to embroidery. If you are using a heavier fabric you should not need the sizing or starch.  

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    Step 4:
    Once you have the front sewn together you are ready to add the embroidery design. Take your muslin square, fold in half and then fold in half again. You will have a small square. Take a pin or disappearing marker and mark the top folded corner.

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    Step 5:
    Making sure the pin stays in corner carefully open up your muslin and you will have the exact center of your pillow. Mark at this time as this is the center where your embroidery design will be sewn.  

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    Step 6:
    Spray some tear a way stabilizer with spray adhesive and place your muslin on top of stabilizer and hoop. Print out a copy of the embroidery design and make sure the center of your crosshair on your embroidery print out matches the mark for the center of your hooped muslin. My muslin was not quite hooped on center, but I had plenty of room to make sure the centers matched and my machine would not hit the hoop.

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    Step 7:
    Your pillow can be hooped the traditional way like step 5 or here is another option if you have a problem getting something like this centered in the hoop. Take a large enough piece of tear a way stabilizer and hoop it. Mark the top and bottom and sides of the actual hoop itself with a permanent marker. This can be removed at any time with alcohol.  

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    Step 8:
    Spray the tear a way stabilizer with spray adhesive. Take your unembroidered pillow and fold in half, finger press, fold in half again, finger press. Open up and now match up the pressed lines with your hoop and gently finger press the pillow to the tear a way stabilizer which should be centered in the hoop.

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    Step 9:
    Fold back the sides and top of pillow and should look like this. Sometimes no matter how hard you try it will not hoop straight so this option is very good. Just make sure you have used enough spray adhesive and it as tight as you can get it so it does not pucker when sewing the design.  

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    Step 10:
    Once you have your muslin is hooped or just laying in the hoop, TRACE, TRACE, TRACE to make sure you are not going to hit your hoop and stitch out the embroidery design.

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    Step 11:
    After sewing the design, unhoop the muslin square and trim all the jump stitches. Turn it over and tear off the tear a way stabilizer as I believe you can press out the design better by removing the stabilizer. Take to the ironing board and press press press. I press very good on the wrong side and then flip over to the right side. Use more sizing or starch if needed. If you want to add the Family text continue with the next step or jump to working on the back.

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    Step 12:
    Remove stabilizer.

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    Step 13:
    How to add the Family Text around your pillow. (If you do not want to add the Family Text continue to how to finish the back). Print out Family Template and fold in half using the crosshair as a guide. Fold the pillow front in half marking the top center of each side of the pillow with a pin or disappearing pen. This will be your guide when adding the text.

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    Step 14:
    I used ¼” spacing from the bottom of the y in family as a guide for how far above the design I wanted the text. This is based on preference. Take the Family Text template and fold in half and match the center crosshair of the template with the center mark of the pillow.

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    Step 15:
    The hoop needs to be prepared same as when the embroidery design was sewn on. Hoop stabilizer and spray good with adhesive.  

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    Step 16:
    I forgot to take a picture of my blank laying in the hoop. It would look the same as below only would have raw edges as not sewn yet. Lay it in the hoop making sure you are not going to hit an edge, and finger press down very good. Use your marks on the hoop edges to make sure it is straight. This will need to be done 3 additional times. Continue to use your Family template as a guide to where to place it. Pull out of hoop each time, rehoop tear a way stabilizer and continue around perimeter of pillow.

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    Step 17:
    This is how it will look when all done sewing text. Each time sewing text so it is right side up which prevents the need to change the angle of sewing text.  

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    Step 18:
    All the stabilizer is removed, most of it anyway. I did not pull out the smaller pieces. Again press, press, press both sides.

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    Step 19:
    Now to start work on the back. I like this back as there is nothing to sew at the bottom. When this is done you are ready to insert form and no hand sewing. This is what the back will look like when finished.

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    Step 20:
    Take the 4 cut pieces 14 1/2" wide x 10" tall, which is used for the back and spray adhesive 1 of the 2 pieces and lay the 2nd piece on top. Iron the two pieces together just like the front piece was done. Use spray adhesive on the 2nd piece and finish the same way. On the 14 1/2" width edge fold under 1/4" and press toward the back. Sew 1/4" around sides and bottom of both pieces. This will just keep everything together when sewing to the front. Measure down 1  1/2" and fold that over and press.

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    Step 21:
    This is how both pieces should look when pressed and folded over. They will be exactly the same.

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    Step 22:
    If you want to get real creative use a decorative stitch to sew along the bottom of the folded edge or just use a straight stitch. Press both pieces when done to make sure there are no wrinkles.

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    Step 23:
    Now is the time to add the velcro closure. Use any color velcro as you will not see this when shut. Cut 1, 3" strip and pull the velcro apart. Fold 1 of the pieces of muslin in half and mark the center with either a pin or disappearing ink. I love my disappearing ink pen! One of the velcro pieces will be sewn on the top side, like the below and one will be sewn on the wrong side. To make sure you have the correct sides together pin or hold the velcro in place and make sure it closes properly. Take 1 of the pieces to the sewing machine and stitch around the perimeter of the velcro making sure you have a couple back stitches at the beginning and end to hold the velcro securely.   

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    Step 24:
    This picture is marked to show how the velcro should look when sewn onto the muslin. Red square indicates the stitches as the velcro is on the bottom or wrong side of the pillow. One piece of Velcro is closer to the edge of the pillow opening and the other piece of Velcro is further down.

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    Step 25:
    After the velcro is sewn in middle then sew  each side together at opening edge. The goal is to make sure the finished back is just like the front. If you are slightly bigger that is okay as you can trim extra off after both pieces are sewn together.

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    Step 26:
    The back is now ready to be sewn to the top piece. Fold your front embroidered piece in half again. If you measure 6  3/4" from center and mark the measurement in between should be 13.5" square. (I forgot to take a pic when family pillow was created so when you are at this step it would have family around design). Again, I use my disappearing pen and make guide marks around the complete perimeter of the pillow to ensure I will have a 13.5” completed pillow after sewing seam.

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    Step 27:
    For a cleaner line guide you can also press under the edges. (Again, forgot to take a pic with family text pillow.)

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    Step 28:
    Pin front to back with right sides facing and sew around perimeter of pillow. If needed trim around perimeter of the pillow. I leave 1/4" at minimum for the seam after the sewing is complete.

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    Step 29:
    Trim diagonal at corners. Turn pillow right side out.

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    Step 30:
    Take corner tool or end of blunt scissors and push out corner without going through.  

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    Step 31:
    To make the edges nice I slightly open up and gently press open and then fold and press down.   


    Step 32:
    After the pillow is pressed you are ready to insert the form. Slip 1/2 the form in and push to the top of the pillow and then lift up the bottom and insert.  


    Step 33:
    Pull the top part of the pillow over and fasten the velcro. You now have a completed pillow. At this time if there are any wrinkles or puckers you can steam the pillow with the form inside. With the extra fullness it makes for getting out the rest of any unnecessary wrinkles or puckers.  


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    Meet The Author: Jayne Monsipapa
    Jayne Monsipapa has been digitizing for 24 years. It all started after walking into a sewing store in 1993 to buy a couple spools of thread and there was a sewing machine hooked up to a computer! Embroidering the designs were fun at first, but it did not take much to get hooked on digitizing. From 1993 until 1999 she worked on her digitizing skills and found her designs sewed out very good. With her husband’s encouragement Kinship Kreations LLC began in 1999 selling designs online. In those early years she took classes with both Walt Floriani and Lee Caroselli (Balboa Embroidery) who are both very talented and successful digitizers. Jayne joined the EmbroideryDesigns team in 2008.

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