Hi there! Wow, I can't believe July is pretty much over! I have had so much fun with our Christmas in July series! I want to thank all of our guests for their fabulous tutorials! I also want to thank our readers for the lovely comments! :)
Now, I get to share this fun little project with you! I have been on an embroidery kick! I am just learning how to do it, but have found that I truly enjoy it. It is so relaxing to put on Netflix and work on some handwork! I have a feeling this winter I will be doing a lot of embroidery. :)
I love how this little pillow turned out! I used 25th and Pine for the fabrics (which I adore) and used matching embroidery floss for the embroidery on the pillow. The embroidery is quite simple, and a great pattern for a beginner! After all, I am a beginner myself and have to keep it simple!
It took me an afternoon to complete the embroidery, and the rest of the pillow came together really quickly. I truly enjoyed making this pillow, and I hope you enjoy the tutorial!
Embroidery Floss Colors: DMC Red 349, Blue 3750, Green 505, Brown 898
Instructions for the embroidery:
1. Transfer your pattern onto your fabric. Do this by printing your pattern. Tape your pattern to a window and then tape your fabric on top of that. Trace your pattern with a pencil.
2. The Tree: Use the green 505 floss and use 3 threads. Use a basic backstitch to make the tree and branches.
For the red ends, use 349 floss and use 2 threads. To make the loops, use the lazy daisy stitch. For the small dots use Green 505 and do a french knot.
3. The Bird: Use Brown 302. Use two threads, and outline the bird using a backstitch. For the eye, do a french knot.
4. The snowflakes, and snow line: Use Blue 3750. Use two threads. For the snow line, use a backstitch. For the snowflakes, use a basic cross stitch.
5. Merry Christmas Lettering: Use Red 349. Use two threads and a backstitch to do the lettering. (I free-handed the lettering on my pillow, so it looks a bit different then the one on the pattern.)
6. Border: Use Green 505. Use two threads and do a running stitch (dashed lines)
7. Adding the Flags: Cut out 4 small triangles about 1/2" in size (from top of the triangle to bottom) Interface them with some fusible web. Iron them on, and then stitch around them using Blue 3750. Use two threads, and use a basic running stitch.
1. Once you are completely done with your embroidery piece, you will cut your center embroidery square to 6 3/4" x 6 3/4" square.
2. Cut out 16 - 2 5/8" squares in various prints.
3. Sew two sets of three squares together for the top and bottom of the pillow.
4. Sew two sets of 5 squares together for the left and right sides.
5. Attach the top and bottom sets first. Right sides together, use a 1/4" seam. Press.
6. Attach the left and right sides. Right sides together, use a 1/4" seam. Press.
Your block will measure 11" x 11". Depending on how large of a pillow form you have will depend on how big to make your outer border. I decided to use the same fabric I used for my center embroidery square, but it would be cute to use a print of some sort as well!
Sew your outer border on and then make your envelope style pillow form. I have a tutorial for that right here if you aren't sure how to do that!
That's it! You're done!
The hardest part about this pillow is putting it away until Christmas time! I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and our Christmas in July series! :)
Talk to you soon,