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.
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.
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.
Now, turn the embroidery right side out.
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.
Center the design in the embroidered frame and pin in place.
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 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!