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Cushion Covers with Heart Embroidery
For this project we used the designs from the Heart Motif Set for the commmercial (8" x 12") hoop.
The pillow covers make great gifts.
The finished size of the pillows is about 16 1/2" x 14 1/2".
2 pillows with heart design embroidery.

You will need :
  • embroidery threads either polyester or rayon, you can follow our color card or choose your own,
  • 1/2 yard of light cream dense cotton fabric for the front, batik is highly recommended because it's very dense,
  • 1/2 yard of colored fabric for the back panel (for 2 pillows).
  • light-weight cut-away embroidery stabilizer,
  • pillow form, or light-colored cotton fabric and polyester filling to make the form from scratch,
  • 20" zipper,
  • quilter's ruler, rotary cutter, scissors, iron.
Embroidery
Upload the files into your machine. Stabilize a piece of light-colored fabric. Hoop it tightly. Embroider the first design. If you are making 2 cushions, embroider the second design as well.
Stitch-out of the heart with flowers design.

Cut away the stabilizer around the stitch-outs, do not cut the stabilizer under the embroidery. Press the stitch-outs.
Stitch-out of the heart with abstract filling design.

Front Panel:
Trim the stitch-outs to 15" x 17".
Out of fabric for the back panel, cut 3 strips measuring 1 1/2" and the length of the width of the fabric. Sew them together in a long strip. Fold lengthwise in half and press.
Narrow green strip of fabric.

Position the strip along the edges of the front panel, raw edge to raw edge, folded edge of the strip looking inside. Make a couple of small pleats in the corners. Stitch the strip in place, seam allowance 1/4".
Green border attached to the front panel of the pillow.

Back Panel:
Out of the fabric for the back panel, for each pillow, cut a piece measuring 6" x 18" and a piece measuring 10 1/2" x 18".

Zig-zag or serge one of the long edges to each piece.
Pieces of fabric for the back panel with finished edges.

Fold each finished edge 1/2" back and press. Position the zipper between both folded edges, both ends of the zipper protruding beyond the fabric. Pin. Topstitch in place.
Finished back panel with a zipper attached.

Assembly:
Open the zipper halfway.
Bacl panel with opened zipper.

Position the panels face to face. Pin the edges. Please note that the back panel is slightly larger than the front panel.

Topstitch together from the front panel side following the previous stitches as a guide.
Front panel placed on back panel, pinned together.
Trim the working piece along the edges of the front panel. Finish the edges with zig-zag stitch or serger.
Turn right side out. Insert a pillow form inside, close the zipper.
Pillow Form:
If you do not have a pillow form of the right size, out of cotton fabric, cut 2 pieces measuirng 15" x 17". On both pieces, zig-zag or serge one of the 15" sides.
Place both pieces together, face wards, finished edge to finished edge. Align all other edges. Stitch along the 3 unfinished edges, seam allowance 3/8". Leave the finished edge open.
Zig-zag or serge all edges. Turn the case right side out. Fold the open edges 1/2" inside and press.
Fill in the case with polyfil, stitch the opening closed.
Insert the shape into the embroidered pillow case.
Finished pillow with heart design embroidery.

Finished pillow with heart design embroidery.

Have fun!
Close-up of the embroidery.

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