Cover Story: Sweet Dreams

Diana Malone

Liven up your home with pillows made from luxurious fabrics in rich colors and metallic embroidery.

SHOPPING LIST

All Pillows

  • 2 yards of 22"-wide fusible interfacing
  • invisible zipper foot
  • 75/11 titanium embroidery needle
  • tear-away stabilizer
  • temporary spray adhesive
  • embroidery thread

Sweet Dreams Pillow

  • 1 yard of 45"-wide sage velveteen
  • ¼ yard of taupe silk
  • 32" of 3 ⁄8"-thick welting cord
  • 18" invisible zipper
  • 14" x 28" pillow form
  • embroidery design approximately 1 1 ⁄4" x 141 ⁄2"

Use 1 ⁄2" seam allowances unless otherwise noted.

  1. From the velveteen, cut one 15" x 30" rectangle, two 91 ⁄2" x 15" rectangles and one 2" x 15" strip. From the silk, cut two 9" x 18" rectangles.
  2. Fuse interfacing to each fabric wrong side, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Print three templates of the design and audition themside-by-side on one 9" x 18" silk rectangle.Once satisfiedwith the placement, lightly press crosswisemarks on the rectangle for placementwithin the hoop. Repeat to find a pleasing arrangement on the remaining silk rectangle.
  4. Hoop a piece of tear-away stabilizer. Attach one silk rectangle to the stabilizer using temporary spray adhesive. Embroider the design three times, using the marks as a guide. Once embroidery is complete, tear away the stabilizer.Trim the rectangle to 61 ⁄2" x 15". Repeat to embroider the remaining silk rectangle.
  5. Cut the welting cord in half. Cut enough 11 ⁄2"-wide bias strips from the velveteen to cover one cord length. Fold the strips in half lengthwise with wrong sides facing. Insert the cord between the strip fold; baste. Attach a zipper or piping foot on the machine and stitch close to the cord. Repeat to cover the remaining cord length.
  6. Pin one welting cord seamallowance along one 91 ⁄2" x 15" rectangle long edge, aligning the raw edges. Stitch the cord to the rectangle. Repeat to attach the remaining welting cord to the other 91 ⁄2" x 15" rectangle along one long edge.
  7. With right sides facing, align one velveteen rectangle corded edge with one silk rectangle lower edge; stitch. With right sides facing, align the strip lower edge with the silk rectangle upper edge; stitch.With right sides facing, align the remaining velveteen rectangle corded edge with the silk rectangle upper edge; stitch (A).
  8. Insert an invisible zipper between the 15" x 30" rectangle and the pillow front, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  9. Right sides together, stitch the pillow front to the pillow back, leaving the zipper partially unzipped and a 10" opening along one side for turning.Turn the pillow right side out and insert the pillow form. Slipstitch the opening closed.

Image A

A Align velveteen corded edge with silk upper edge.

 

SHOPPING LIST

Mandarin Flower Pillow

  • 3 ⁄4 yard of 45"-wide orange silk
  • 7-groove pintuck foot
  • 14" invisible zipper
  • 12" x 16" pillow form
  • gimp cord for pintucks
  • embroidery design approximately5 1 ⁄2” x 9

Use ½" seam allowances unless otherwise noted.

  1. From the silk, cut one 14" square, one 8" x 12" rectangle, one 6" x 14" rectangle, one 4" x 40 1 ⁄2" strip, one 2" x 24" strip and one 2" x 28" strip. Fuse interfacing to each fabric wrong side, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Print a template of the design and audition it on the 8" x 12" rectangle. Once satisfied with the placement, lightly press crosswise marks on the rectangle for placement within the hoop.
  3. Attach the rectangle to a piece of tear-away stabilizer using temporary spray adhesive.Hoop the fabric and embroider the design.Once embroidery is complete, tear away the stabilizer. Trimthe rectangle to 7 1 ⁄4" x 10".
  4. Attach the pintuck foot to the machine and thread the gimp cord. Stitch five rows of pintucks 1 ⁄4" apart on the 4"-wide silk strip, leaving 1" of the strip free along the upper and lower long edges. Once stitching is complete, trim the strip width to 3 3 ⁄8".
  5. Cut the pintucked strip into four pieces with lengths measuring 9 1 ⁄2" (strip 1), 81 ⁄2", (strip 2) 12" (strip 3) and 1 01 ⁄2" (strip 4) (B).
  6. Right sides together, stitch strip 1 to the center panel upper edge. Stitch strip 2 to the center panel right-side edge. Stitch strip three to the center panel lower edge. Stitch strip four to the center panel left-side edge (C).
  7. Choose a decorative machine stitch on the machine. Stitch down the center of the 2"-wide strips. Cut both strip lengths in half,making two 2" x 12" strips and two 2" x 14" strips. Stitch the long strips to the pieced upper and lower edges. Stitch the short strips to the pieced right and left edges (D).
  8. Insert the invisible zipper between the 14" square and 6" x 14" rectangle across the length, following the manufacturer’s instructions (E). Trim the rectangle to match the pillow front, if needed.
  9. Right sides together, sew the pillow front to the back, leaving the zipper partially unzipped and an 8" opening along one side for turning. Turn the pillow right side out and insert the pillow form. Slipstitch the opening closed.

Image B

B Cut pintucked strip into four pieces.

Image C
Image D
ImageE

Mandarin Flower

Variations of Brown

SHOPPING LIST

Variations of Brown Pillow

  • ½ yard of ivory silk
  • ¼ yard each of bronze and taupe silk
  • 14" invisible zipper
  • 12" x 16" pillow form
  • machine feet: open-toe embroidery and edgestitching
  • decorative thread

Use ½" seam allowances unless otherwise noted.

From the ivory silk, cut one 14" square, two 5" x 13" rectangles and one 6" x 14" rectangle. From the bronze silk, cut one 5" x 13" rectangle. From the taupe silk, cut one 6" x 14" rectangle.

Fuse interfacing to each fabric wrong side, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Play with built-in decorative stitches on your machine and test-stitch combinations on scraps before stitching. Once satisfied with the stitch combinations, fold the taupe silk rectangle into thirds lengthwise. Lightly crease the fabric to aid in stitch placement.

Stitch each stitch combination along each crease, leaving 1" free along each long side.Mirror image each stitching row tomaintain a balanced look (F). Use the presser foot edge as a spacer to ensure straight stitching rows. Once stitching is complete, trim the rectangle to 5" x 13".

Image F

Stitch one 5" x 13" rectangle long edge to one taupe silk long edge. Stitch the opposite taupe silk long edge to one bronze silk long edge. Stitch the opposite bronze silk long edge to one remaining 5" x 13" rectangle long edge (G).

Image G

Press the seams. Edgestitch along each side of each seam.

Insert an invisible zipper between the 14" square and 6" x 14" rectangle, as for theMandarin Flower pillow. Trimthe pillow back tomatch the pillow front, if necessary.

Right sides together, stitch the pillow front to the back, leaving the zipper partially unzipped and an 8" opening along one side for turning. Turn the pillow right side out and insert the pillow form. Slipstitch the opening closed.

 

DESIGNS

Flowers: Bernina, Studio Bernina Linen Closet, vol 2, designs 26 (enlarged 132 x 132) and design 30; berninausa.com


SOURCES

Ackermann USA provided the yenmet metallic thread: (888) 654-7522, ackermannna.com. Pellon provided the woven cotton fusible (SF101): (877) 817-8729, shoppellon.com. RJR Fabrics provided the silk fabric: (800) 422-5426, rjrfabrics.com. YLI Corp. provided the 35-wt. polyester thread: (803) 985-3100, ylicorp.com.

Appeared in:

May/June 2009

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