Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Embroidered pillow {{DIY}}

I love pillows...like really love them! I knew a happy pillow was just one of the things I needed in the nursery to help it feel more personalized and what better way to personalize something than by adding an initial to it.

I have already met my budget for the nursery so I knew I was going to have to get creative.....insert homemade monogramming/embroidery.

When I first started this I was just hoping it would turn out looking decent, once it was finished and in the room I loved the way it looked sitting on my glider...so much so that I want to make some for our bedroom.



This is a super easy project with no sewing skills required. Sometimes I think people see a needle and yarn and think they can't do it. I promise, if you can follow a straight line and stick a needle in and out then you've got this.

Supplies:
Cotton Embroidery Floss
Erasable sewing pen
Letter template ( I used one previously cut from a cricut but you could easily print and cut on regular paper.)
Pillow or fabric you plan to use to make a pillow.
Medium size sewing needle


Step 1
Center the letter on your pillow and trace it with the erasable pen.





Step 2
Cut a piece of the floss about 1 ft to start off with. Because you will loop this through the needle it will end being about 6 inches. You don't want your floss to be too long.





Step 3
You will need to separate half of the floss. When you move the fibers you will see there are 6 strands in one floss.
You will only need 3 strands.
Take three strands and pull them apart. Reserve the other 3 strands for later use.





Step 4
Combine your 3 strands together so that it fits through the needle.





Step 5
Pull the strands half-way through the needle to join the end.





Step 6
Tie the two ends together. This will create a total of 6 strands once you have threaded correctly.





Step 7
Starting in the back of your fabric/pillow, push your needle up through the line and follow your letter. You will weave in and out, in and out until you run out of floss (embroidery thread).






Step 8
This is the back of the fabric. Once you have run out of floss you will tie it off in the back and re-thread your needle and continue.





Step 9

Once you have threaded your letter and no longer need the blue marker as a reference, take a wet towel and blot the blue marking. It should completely disappear. 


Step 10
Sit back and admire your fabulous customized pillow!

12 comments:

  1. Are you trying to make me crazy with guessing his name!?! I have my idea...
    The pillow looks great!

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  2. I am obsessed with that pillow! I think I need to make one!

    & I agree with mandi... now i am itching to know his name ;)

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  3. E..... ok, I have some pretty good guesses now!

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  4. hey!!! oh yes! a tutorial. i was hoping for one of these on this very pillow. i love the pics. and you are a teacher at heart. very informative!

    why am i the only one who knows his name??? i feel really honored about that. unless you've changed it. now i know to keep my lips sealed.

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  5. That's a beautiful pillow! I'll have to find a pen like that, I've been using pencil or writing on the inside of the fabric, but the pen looks easier. I love to embroider, but poor Ewan still doesn't have anything I've made! This looks like a fast enough idea that I could actually get it done.

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  6. Beautiful, it turned out perfect !!

    Aina

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  7. Ms. Robyn Elliott Farmer....The E on the pillow was the safe letter....I can't wait to see what goes with it :) Love you guys!

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  8. i love the simplicity of that pillow!!
    love it!

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  9. So very cute! I want to try this!

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  10. This is neat looking...thanks so much for the idea!!! Hop over and share it at my NTT party...hope to see ya there:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  11. I love pillow tutorials!! :D

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