Hearts on Satin Pillowcase
Satiny pillows with hearts help you set a romantic and relaxed mood at bedtime. Create a set of silky pillowcases using this variation on an Amazing Designs embroidery design.
Skill Level: Intermediate Created by: Holly Kubick, Amazing Designs Educator Required Designs/Hardware:
Amazing Designs® Edit ‘N Stitch™ editing software Amazing Designs® Hearts I design collection (ADC-29) Amazing Designs® Amazing Box MAX™ to retrieve, convert and transfer the designs to your machine
Embroidery/Sewing Machine with 4”x4” hoop or larger Sewing thread to match satin, deep red embroidery thread and white machine embroidery bobbin thread 5/8 yard Ivory Washable Satin 54/60 inches wide 1-1/4 yards Pink Washable Satin 54/60 inches wide 1-1/3 yard of 1/2" wide ivory satin trim Amazing Designs® Stabilize It!™ Wash Away Medium Weight Water Soluble Backing Temporary Spray adhesive for embroidery Wash-away basting tape (*optional but extremely helpful) Fine sharp sewing pins, scissors and/or rotary cutter, ruler and mat, and tape measure Read through all instructions before beginning this project.
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Cutting Fabric: Please note that working with satin can be challenging. It ravels quickly and is slippery. Prior to cutting, measure, clip-mark and draw/pull a thread to create a neat marking line for straight of grain and cross-grain cuts. Some satin will watermark and some may damage with pinning. Test your fabric before beginning. 1. On each piece of satin, trim off the selvedge. 2. Pink satin (body of the pillowcase): cut 2 pieces 1/2 the width of your fabric x 40 inches, using drawn thread marks as a guide. 3. Ivory satin (hem/cuff of the pillowcase): Cut 1 piece 40 inches by 18 inches, using the drawn thread marks as a guide. Make an additional clip and drawn thread mark 1/2 way down the 18 inches side. This will be the cutting line after embroidery is complete. See Diagram 1. Embroidery Software Note: If you are an advanced Edit ‘N Stitch user, save time by sewing both hem band embroideries at the same time. Skip down to the Advance Edit ‘N Stitch Users section below. Open the Edit 'N Stitch program, and from the menu, set up the environment: 1. Click File - New, and select Recipe - Normal and your machine's format. Click OK. 2. Under Tools - Options - set your machine format and hoop size of 4" x 4" (100mm x 100mm). Under Grid, select Grid cross. Click OK. 3. If your hoop field is not white, Under Tools – Options - Background, select white. Click OK. 4. Under View, click the word grid, and a checkmark appears. On screen you now have a design field with a tab that reads 'design 1'. 5. Under File - Merge Design, a Browse box appears. Locate and open ADC-29 Hearts. Select the BLF format and open design #HEARTS04. BLF is the condensed/native format for Amazing Designs, which allows the Edit 'N Stitch program to work with the original design information. When editing, this is the ideal format, although the program edits all listed formats. 6. Click the Color reverse tool, and the swirl stitching appears. 7. Select Edit - Copy. 8. Select File - New. Select Edit - Paste. You now have a new file tab named 'design 2'. Save the design as Swirly heart.***, with *** representing your machine format. 9. Select File - Print. Follow your printer’s instructions to print a template on transparency or standard paper as an aid to design placement. Embroidery Software Instructions for Advanced Edit 'N Stitch Users 1. Set Tools - Options as above with the following changes...Set to English and hoop size 6X10 or your machine's equivalent. Under Grid, click to put the dot in the grid cross. 2. Select View. Check Rulers and grid 3. Place your cursor on the top ruler. Hold down your left mouse button and drag a ruler (blue line) to the first 1” mark (above the 0). Repeat the previous step, setting the new ruler at the second 1” mark (below the 0). 4. Open the design and edit per the directions above. With the heart selected, place it so that the ‘V’ portion is barely touching the top blue ruler line. 5. You currently have the swirl heart on the clipboard. Click Edit – Paste, and it appears at the center. Right click and a box appears. Click Properties; enter 180 in the Rotation box. Move the newly rotated design down so that the V of the heart barely touches the lower blue line. This design is not uniform. If you prefer to use the mirror image icons, do both horizontal and vertical mirroring.
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6. Click the Select all icon. Click the horizontal center align icon or Edit – Align - Horizontal center. Save as Swirly hearts center.***(your format). 7. Repeat with the hearts positioned so that the scalloped end is positioned on the blue ruler lines. Save as Swirly hearts right and left.***(your format). The rulers set the spacing, since we have a 1/2" seam allowance and 1/2" space allowed between the seam and the design. When hooping, use your hoops center mark, placed squarely the middle drawn thread mark, aligning the vertical centers. Design Placement and Stitching When pillows are placed on the bed, the embroidered hems are facing the edge of the bed. The seam is toward the foot of the bed. This means that each hem band must be sewn onto the body of the pillowcase with embroidery in opposite directions. Think twice, sew once! See notation on Diagram 3. 1. Using Diagram 1 as a guide, fold the fabric as indicated by the fine lines and iron each fold to create a crease that will aid in placement. Each heart will be placed with 4" centers. Pay careful attention to the position of the ‘V’ end of the heart. 2. It is a good idea to adhere the stabilizer to the back of the fabric. Test your spray adhesive with your stabilizer to ensure they are compatible. Stabilize It! and 505 adhesive work well together. Spray 505 to one sheet of the wash-away stabilizer. 3. Place a strip of the wash-away basting tape to the 4 flat undersides of the inner hoop. Remove the release paper. Cut out your printed template, tape it to the seating grid and place it on the hoop. With your ivory fabric right side up, place the inner hoop in position over the center placement area. Check the design orientation. Roll the hoop over; the tape holds the fabric. Place your stabilizer on the back side of the design area, keeping it within the hoop field. Affix the outer hoop. In most instances, you will have the clamp of the hoop extending just over the edge of your table to hoop in this fashion. Double check that the fabric is smooth and the hoop appropriately taut. Stitch the design and repeat for each heart, turning fabric 180 degrees for the left and right hearts. Sewing Instructions: 1. Place the trim along one 40-inch edge of the pink satin, wrong side of trim to right side of satin. To reduce bulk, start the trim placement a scant 1/4" in from the edge and stop a scant 1/4" from the end. Stitch down the middle of the trim leaving a 1/4" seam allowance and 1/4" extending toward the case. Place carefully as this will later be used as a stitching guide. With wrong sides together, serge a very narrow flat seam, or stitch a 1/4" seam allowance across the bottom and open side of both case pieces. If sewn with 1/4" seam, trim very carefully to a scant 1/8". Iron the seams and turn so cases are right sides together. Iron seams as flat as possible. Turn cases wrong side out and seam again, using a 1/4" seam allowance, creating a French seam. Press seams again. Turn right side out. Press again. 2. Wrap the ivory piece into position on the pink case and mark the exact seam allowance. Fold the hem piece, right sides together and seam, trim and overcast the edges. 3. Fold under a 1/2 “seam allowance on the edge with the embroidery. Press. 4. Slide this circle of fabric right sides together over the case, matching seams and having the hearts nearest the trim end of the case. Pin as needed. Turn the pillowcase and stitch, matching the crease with the trim stitching. Grade seam and overcast. 5. Press under 1/2" on the remaining raw edge of the hem. Fold it wrong sides together and pin and iron as needed to allow you to ‘stitch in the ditch’ from the right side of the pillow case.
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Diagrams Heavy lines = cutting lines Fine lines = fold lines Dashed line = will be cut after embroidery is complete Ivory Satin Hem bands Diagram 1 You will have a seam allowance of approx. 5/8" to the left of the heart group. You will need to mark the position of the center heart with a small piece of tape or a pin. Mark centers for each remaining heart over 4" from the center mark. The distance between the center cutting line and the fold line of each section is 4-1/2".
Ivory Band and Pillowcase Body Diagram 2
Both pieces are right side up Position for Sewing Diagram 3: Right and left pillowcases will have opposite embroidery placement, keeping the hearts nearest the finished seams.
Note the position of the hearts. The center heart's pointed end is toward the seam and the 2 end hearts' pointed ends are toward the fold. For other exciting projects like this one, visit our Web site at www.amazingdesigns.com.
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