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Turn Your Needlework Into a Pillow

contributed by STNA message board member Pam CirincioneWeâ??ve all done it. Weâ??ve made a big cross stitch project and happily taken it to the framers, only to find it will cost more than $100 to frame it. An inexpensive alternative to framing is to make a pillow out of your needlework. Itâ??s quick. Itâ??s easy. And itâ??s alot less expensive than framing.

After you finish your project, wash and iron it as you normally would. You will need:

  • fabric of your choice to compliment the design
  • thred of your choice
  • fiber fill or pillow form
  • straight pins
  • any embellishments you would like to add to the pillow such as cording or rick rack

A quick note about fabric: I like to use 100% cotton fabric. I find it very easy to work with. How much fabric you will need depends largely on the size of your finished project. A smaller project may only require ¼ yard, but you may need ½ yard or more for a bigger project.This is a picture of two of the pillows made by Pam, one of each style explained here.

No Border Pillow There are two way to make a pillow and this is the easiest. Measure the dimensions of your aida cloth. Cut a piece of cotton fabric the same size and lay them on top of each other, good sides together. Pin the two pieces of fabric together on three sides and most of the fourth (this is where youâ??ll turn the pillow right side out. Leave enough room to get your hand in the opening.)

Using a ½ inch seam, sew all the way around the pillow, leaving the opening un-sewn. Turn the pillow right side out and push out the corners.

Stuff the pillow with fiber fill and sew the opening shut. Itâ??s easier to do this part by hand.

Bordered Pillow This is the method that I prefer. You can use the same fabric for the borders as you use for the pillow back, or you can use two different fabrics. It all depends on what you like.The first thing you need to do is decide how wide you want your border to be. Remember to cut it 1 inch wider as you will lose ½ inch on each side for the seam. Cut your fabric to the desired width.

Measure the length of the top and bottom of the aida. Cut two strips of fabric this same length. Pin to the top and bottom allowing ½ inch for the seam and sew the fabric to the aida. Press the seams so they lay flat.

Measure the sides of the pillow top, including the borders that have now been sewn on. Cut two strips of fabric equal to the sides of the pillow top. Pin into place and sew. Press the seams so they lay flat.

Now the top of the pillow is done. Cut a piece of backing fabric the same size as the pillow top and lay them on top of each other, good sides together. Pin the two pieces of fabric together on three sides and most of the fourth. Again, youâ??ll need to leave an opening big enough to get your hand into so that you can turn the pillow right side out when you have finished sewing it.

Using a ½ inch seam, sew all the way around the pillow, leaving the opening un-sewn. Turn the pillow right side out and push out the corners.

Stuff the pillow with fiber fill and sew the opening shut. Itâ??s easier to do this part by hand.

These are great projects because you are limited only by your imagination. Try sewing buttons where two seams meet in the corners. Add some cording to a small pillow and you have a decorative pillow to hang on a door knob. Try it and see what you can come up with!

Pamela Cirincione is a stay at home wife and mother to two little boys and an avid cross stitcher for many years.

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