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by June Scroggin
Fabric A: Fabric B: Trim: Printable Fabric: 12” by 16” pillow form 2 fat quarters or enough fabrics to cut out pillow pieces as directed in Preparation below 1 fat quarter or enough fabrics to cut out pillow pieces as directed in Preparation below 1½ yards Avery Ink Jet Printable Fabric (to iron or sew on)
Cut the following: Fabric A: Fabric B: Prepare Quote: Cut 1 piece 15” wide by 11” high Cut 2 pieces 8”-wide by 6“-high (with masking tape, label the pieces A1 and A2) Cut 2 pieces 8”-wide by 6“-high (with masking tape, label the pieces B1 and B2) Choose a line of poetry or quote you like. I used Microsoft Word and centered my choice on the page. In my project, I used the font Papyrus set at size 36 for the quote and 26 for the author. Blue was my choice for the quotation. Insert your printable fabric into your printer and print. I trimmed my printed quote to 9½” wide by 3½” high but you’ll need to choose the size according to your choice and length of quote and font size. NOTE: You can at this point decide to embroider your quote as opposed to just printing it. If so, this would be the time to do the embroidery before you proceed any further.
1. Lay out your pieces like this so you don’t get confused (I confuse easily):
Take pieces A1 and B1 and place together with right-sides facing. Stitch along the short edge (6” edge) using a ¼-inch seam. Press seam open. This will be the top section of your pillow front.
Repeat step 3 for pieces B2 and A2 (refer back to fabric layout in step 2 for reference). Press seam open. This will be the bottom section of your pillow front.
Now you have 2 pillow front sections that look like this:
Place your top section panel (A1 and B1 piece) on your worktable with the right-side facing up. Place your bottom section panel (A2 and B2 piece) right-side down on top of the top section. Pin the bottom edge nearest you together, being careful to line up edges. Stitch a ¼“-seam along this one edge. Press seams open.
Your pillow top should now looks like this:
Center your printed quote on the pillow panel top. Iron (if using fusible printable fabric) or pin in place and baste.
Starting in the middle of the bottom edge of your pillow top panel, place your trim over the edge of the quote piece and pin into place, moving around the entire quote section.
At each corner, fold the trim over on itself so it looks like this:
When you return to the beginning of where your trim is pinned, overlap the end of the trim over the beginning trim point. Leaving enough of the trim to fold a bit over the starting point, tuck in one end behind the initial pinned trim.
Stitch across the trim, being sure to stitch through both the trim itself as well as the underlying quote panel. Your choice of trim will dictate whether you need to stitch in the middle of the trim or along its edges. Mine is stitched through the middle.
Here is what you should have now:
10. Place your back panel on your worktable with the right-side facing up. Place the finished patchwork/quote panel wrong-side up on top of the back panel piece. Pin in place around all edges to keep it aligned correctly. Stitch around 3 sides of your pillow cover using a ½“-seam allowance, leaving one short side unstitched. Turn right-side out and press your pillow cover.
Insert your pillow form. Turn the opening in ½“ on each side and pin closed. Hand stitch the opening closed to finish your pillow, making sure to keep your stitches small and not pulling too tightly. You’re done. May your inspirational pillow be a joy to you!
© 2007 June Scroggin (http://junie-moon.blogspot.com/) © Photos 2007 by Dub Scroggin