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As a Martha Pullen licensed sewing teacher I love to learn new sewing techniques and I equally enjoy teaching sewing techniques to others.  You can also find me teaching Bernina Customer Courses at my local Bernina dealer.  In addition, I demonstrate Stampin' Up products.  I am a servant of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, wife of one, mom of two, and grandma of five.  Welcome to my sewing and crafting studio!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Monogram Accent Pillow


Happy September, sewing friends!
Today I'm sharing this quick little accent pillow that adds a personal touch to your home décor

I used a built-in font on my Baby Lock Alliance to add an embroidered initial
If you don't have an embroidery machine,
an applique letter or hand embroidered letter would be lovely
The steps to completing this little 12" x 12" home dec beauty are:

1.  Center & stitch out your monogram on a 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" cut of fabric

2.  Make or purchase piping at least 56" long

3.  Attach piping to all edges of the monogrammed fabric

4.  Sew one side of an invisible zipper to the bottom edge right along the piping
     (this is a smoother process if you use a zipper that is longer than your finished size)

5.  Cut the backing fabric 12 1/2" x 12 1/2"

6.  Sew the other half of the invisible zipper to the bottom of the backing fabric

7.  *IMPORTANT*  open zipper at least half way

8.  Close the zipper and layer bottom fabric right side to monogrammed fabric right side,
     matching all edges

9.  Cut ends of zipper (remember, it was longer than your finished pillow size) to match fabric

10. Stitch 1/2" seam around remaining three sides of pillow form (remember, the bottom edge has
      your zipper stitched in it, so no need to sew a seam)

11. Press seams to set stitches and turn pillow form through open zipper

12. Insert 12" pillow form and enjoy your new custom pillow
                                              - OR -
      I'd be glad to hand make your custom pillow, just click on the Etsy link

Back of pillow
Invisible zipper inserted at bottom of pillow

Okay, time to get started on the fall decorating!
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