Wedding Monogram Pillow

I wanted to make a little something for my niece.  She recently got quietly married to her long-time fiancé.  I really liked the idea of a monogram pillow.  After making this month's project of Mother's Day pillows, I like the quilting done in the background of the design too.


Notes:
- The pillow case I made is 13" x 13" finished.
- I used a 14" x 14" square pillow insert.
- I used 0.25" seams.
- You can use any quilting design you like.  I used one which came in a design set I used for the pocket pillows.

Materials:
- Cream or white tonal fabric for center block.
   - I cut one piece large enough to hoop in my 9.5"x9.5" embroidery hoop,
- Batting - cut one piece at least 14"x14".
- No-show mesh stabilizer - cut one piece at least 14"x14".
- Floral fabric for borders and envelope back of pillow.
   - cut two strips 2.5" x 9.5"
   - cut two strips 2.5" x 13.5"
   - cut two pieces 10" x 13.5" for back of pillow.

Embroidery Designs:
- Mr. & Mrs. Hearts Est. Split 2018 from Boutique Fonts
- 9" square background quilting design sds1255_quiltbg2_9inch in the Poppies for Mother's Day design set from Stitch Delight.

My Fabric and Thread choices:

For your reference, here is a pdf of the pillow quilt block.  This preview was created in EQ8.

Instructions:

- Use your machine or software to combine the quilting design with the monogram on top.
- Use your machine or software to add the last name between the splits.  I used a font called Penny.

EMBROIDER
- Hoop the stabilizer, batting, and white tonal fabric in your embroidery hoop.

- Embroider the design through all layers.

Embroidery done.
- When the embroidery is done.  Remove from hoop.  Mark 1/4" seams with a light removable marker around the design.  The design is 9" square, so mark a 9.5" square.


- Trim the top fabric only with 0.25" seam around the block on the marked lines.

Block trimmed.
SEW BORDER
- Lay a 2.5" x 9.5" strip, face down, along the right side of the block.  Raw edges together.

- Sew 0.25" seam to attach the materials.

- Fold the fabric back and press.
- Repeat with left side of the block.
Right and left border strips attached.

- Lay a 2.5" x 13.5" strip, face down along the top side, raw edges together.
- Sew 0.25" seam to attach the fabrics.
- Fold the fabric back and press.
- Repeat with the bottom side of the block.
Your block should look something like this after the border strips are attached.

- Square up your block now by trimming to 13.5" x 13.5".

- Front of your pillow is done.  Set aside.

SEW BACKING TO FRONT
- For one piece of the back fabric, fold over a the long edge 0.5", and then fold it over again.  Pin and press.  Straight stitch it down to secure.
Fold over the long edge 0.5" twice.

- For the other piece of back fabric, fold over a long edge 2.5".  Press and stitch it down.
Fold over a long edge 2.5".

- Lay the front of the pillow down on a table, facing up.

- If you have a label to attach to the pillow, add it now.  Lay it along an edge, with the tag facing in towards the center of the pillow, and raw edge facing to the outside edges.  Tape in place to hold if necessary.

- Lay the back fabric piece (with the 0.5" folded edge) face down on top of the pillow.  The folded edge should be towards the bottom of the pillow.  Line up the raw edges on the left, top, and right sides.
First back panel piece.  Lay face down. Align with top.
- Lay the other back fabric piece (with the 2.5" folded edge) on top of this.  Face down.  The folded edge should be towards the top of the pillow.  Line up raw edges on left, bottom and right sides.
Second panel piece.  Lay face down.  Align with bottom edge.
- Pin or clip all around.
Pin or clip all around.
- Sew the pillow all around the raw edges using a 0.25" margin.  

- Clip the corners and turn the pillow right-side out.
Pillow case is complete.
- Add your pillow insert and you are done!

In addition to the pillow, I made another burlap garden flag for my niece and her new husband.

Wedding gifts.

I'm sharing this with Free Motion Tuesday and  Too Cute Tuesday.

Happy Stitching!

2 comments

  1. that is really pretty and thoughtful. Something she can always treasure.

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  2. Love this! Thanks for sharing all the great directions!

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