My daughter has been doing a lot of redecorating recently:
paint, rugs, wall décor, you know the drill.
Well, imagine what happens when 3 little girls catch the makeover
bug! She was absolutely not going to get
away without adding their bedrooms to the list of must-dos. After enduring the squabbles about colors and
themes, they were finally able to settle on lavender, turquoise and grey for
our 5 and 7 year olds. The girls have chosen a lacey look with butterflies and paisleys for their accents. My next several
posts will reveal some of the adorable, simple, creative ideas we came up with
to help brighten up the room the two of them share without spending a
fortune. I will be making a few of the designs and will happily share them with you.
Here is the first accent piece:
Here is what you need:
-7”x16” bolster pillow form
-36”x23.5” rectangle of cotton fabric
-soft cutaway stabilizer
-40 wt. embroidery thread
-embroidery design of choice (mine measured 4.85”Hx4.38”W)
-2 yards ribbon cut in half
Here is what you do:
center of your fabric using your preferred method. I simply folded the fabric in half lengthwise
and pressed a small crease in the center.
I then unfolded the fabric and folded in half again, this time
widthwise, and pressed another crease in the center. When the fabric is unfolded you will see that
your two creases intersect providing you with a visual of the center point of
your embroidery design, print a template and pin this to the center of your
Hoop the stabilizer and fabric making sure to
roll and pin the extra fabric as needed so that it stays out of the way while
Load your chosen design into your machine.
Slide the hoop into your machine, center the
needle and remove the embroidery design template. If using a lightweight design it is a good
idea to match your bobbin thread to your chosen embroidery thread colors rather
than using plain bobbin thread. Embroider
Remove the hoop and cut away any excess
With rights together fold the fabric in half
lengthwise, and pin.
Sew a ½ inch seam all along the length of your
fabric to form a tube. Press the seam
To hem one end of the tube, fold ends with wrong
sides together about ½ an inch and press.
Fold over again, another ½” to enclose the raw edges, press and pin.
Sew all the way around close to the open edge to
finish the tube end. Repeat with the
other end of the tube. Turn your fabric
tube right side out.
Fold your ribbons in half and pinch at the
center. Tack the center of a ribbon 5
inches from one edge of the tube at the seam.
Repeat with the second ribbon on the other end of your fabric tube.
Center the pillow form inside your pillowcase
(fabric tube) and tie the ribbons at each end.
The girls really like their new
pillows. What a quick and easy accent.