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Toile Pillows with Embroidery

Those who like our Jane Austen wall quilt may also like the matching pillows that we made out of fabric left over from the quilt. We used the cutwork lace designs Square Rose Lace and Basket of Roses. We embroidered them in pewter to match the toile and did not cut them out. We offer two different styles of pillow.

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The first pillow (on the right) is a rectangular flange pillow. It's final size is about 22" x 18". You will need about 25" of toile 50" wide, about 12" x 12" of plain cream or off-white cotton/linen blend fabric for embroidery, about 38" of black lace, about 14" of Velcro tape and fiber filling.

Step One: Do the embroidery of Basket of Roses on a piece of the plain fabric, with a light-weight tear-away stabilizer. Iron the embroidery and cut out a rectangle around it measuring 10" x 8 1/2" plus 1/2" for seam allowance. Fold back 1/2" of the fabric, iron and attach the lace along the edges.

Step Two: Out of toile, cut out the front of the pillow, a rectangle measuring 22" x 18" plus seam allowances. Mark the center. Pin the embroidered piece to the center and machine-stitch in place.

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Step Three: For the back of the pillow, cut two rectangles measuring 22" x 11 1/2" plus seam allowance out of toile.

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Step Four: Fold back and press 1" twice on the long sides of both rectangles for a double fold. Edge-stitch or blind-stitch the hem in place.

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Step Five: Take 12-14" of Velcro tape. Sew one half of it to the front, top edge of one rectangle and sew the other half to the back, bottom edge of the second rectangle.

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Step Six: Place the front part of the pillow on a table, face up, and cover it with the back part of the pillow, face down. Pin the edges and machine stitch them. Clip the corners. Turn right side out and press.

Step Seven: Measure 2" from the edges of the pillow cover to mark the depth of flange on each side. Pin layers together. Stitch over marked lines to form the flange.

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Step Eight: Insert a pillow form into the pillow. Your pillow is ready!

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The second pillow is square with ruffles. You will need about 20" of toile 50" wide, about 12" x 12" of plain cream or off-white cotton/linen blend fabric for embroidery, about 7" x 124" of patterned black cotton fabric for the ruffles and the border around the embroidery, about 12" of Velcro tape and fiber filling.

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Step One: Do the embroidery of the rose lace on plain cotton fabric. Draw a square measuring 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" around the embroidery and cut it out. This includes seam allowance.

Step Two: Out of patterned black fabric, cut out 4 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 10" and attach to the embroidered square. Fold back 1/4" of the edges, press.

Step Three: Out of toile, cut the facing of the pillow measuring 14" x 14" plus seam allowance. Place the embroidered piece in the center of the facing and machine-stitch in place.

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Step Four: For the back of the pillow, cut out two rectangles measuring 14" x 9 1/2" plus seam allowance. Repeat Steps 4 to 6 from the first pillow.

Step Five: Out of patterned black fabric prepare a strip 7" wide and 112" long. If you want the ruffle more dense, take 140".
If you don't have enough farbic for one complete strip, cut out several strips 7" wide and stitch them together. Press the seams. The combined length of the strips must be about 112", or more, if you prefer.

Step Six: Machine-stitch the ends of the strip to get a loop. Fold the strip in half lengthwise, right side out and press.
Divide into 4 equal parts and mark the parts with pins.
Stitch two rows of gathering threads along the strip, 1/2" and 1/4" from the raw edge.

Step Seven: Place the pillow's back right side up on a surface and place the strip along its edges, matching the pins you used for marking with the corners. Pull the gathering threads to fit. Baste or pin both layers together.
Cover with the pillow's front, face down. Pin all three layers together. Baste. Machine-stitch.

Step Eight: Turn right side out. Insert the pillow form into the pillow. Your pillow is ready!

You can find more designs for the similar pillows in the Cutwork Lace section of the Catalog.

Here are some more designs which can be used for similar projects:

Two Angels Lace
Angel Lace
Primrose Medallion
Lady Spring Lace
Victorian Daisy Lace
Square Lace Insert
Tulip Lace
Rose Lace III

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