To add more loft to the applique, sandwich one or two layers of batting behind the stabilizer.

Embroidery Frames – Part 2

Embroidered Frames Tutorial

The Navy Pillow Project – Appliquéd Center Design

Because the navy center to my pillow was already stitched when the Floral Fountains collection was made, I opted to appliqué it to the center of its’ frame. Then I decided I wanted it to poof too. A win-win.

Here it is again.

Lacy Hearts Frame Navy Pillow Project
This pillow cover is 13 inches square with 12 inch pillow form.

How to make the center design poof

I sewed the 6×6 Floral Fountain design on the same navy fabric as the frame.

Place a piece of sew in stabilizer to the top of the design. I used white so you could see it better. Otherwise I would have used black.

From the back side of the embroidery sew around the design just outside the French knots that define the square in the embroidery design.

Sew across the corners as shown.

The stabilizer stitched down to the front of my applique center.
The stabilizer stitched down to the front of my applique center.

Sew it all twice with straight stitch at 2.5 mm long.

Trim the seam to ¼ inch.

Cut into the center of the stabilizer as shown.

Cut the stabilizer as shown in preparation for turning it.
Cut the stabilizer as shown in preparation for turning it.

Now, turn the embroidery right side out.

The back side of the applique after it has been turned.
The back side of the applique after it has been turned.

Push out the corners and press from the backside.

See Part 4 for details on pressing.

To make it “poof” push in 2-3 layers of quilt batting, flattening it down inside.

To add more loft to the applique, sandwich one or two layers of batting behind the stabilizer.
To add more loft to the applique, sandwich one or two layers of batting behind the stabilizer.

 

My secret to "poofing".
My secret to “poofing”.

Center the design in the embroidered frame and pin in place.

Now pin the applique to the pillow front.
Now pin the applique to the pillow front.

To attach the design, I used a narrow blanket stitch

Use the same gold embroidery thread

Sew onto the frame background with the travel stitch part of the blanket stitch

With the perpendicular part of the blanket stitch, sew over the French knots that define the edges of the Floral Fountains block.

The blanket stitch blends beautifully into the project.
The blanket stitch blends beautifully into the project.

The pillow is 13 inches across. I used a 12-inch pillow form.

The back is a simple envelope type back with ¼-inch seam allowances.

After turning the pillowcase right side out, stitch around the edge 3/8 inch encasing the ¼-inch seam allowance. Looks kind of like piping!

My kingdom for a pillow form!
My kingdom for a pillow form!

Continue – Free-Standing Embroidery Frames – Part 3 of Embroidery Frames Tutorial

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