Custom Printed & Hand Embroidered Christmas Pillow

December 2nd, 2009

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The lovely Holly Koenigsfeld created this amazing ornaments pillow. If the ornaments look familiar it’s because she printed them on fabric using my Ornament Stamps and Brushes Kit — amazing, I know!

Check out Holly’s blog for more fabulous projects! Here are her basic instructions so you can make your own:

I created a Photoshop document that was the size I wanted my pillow to be and created a layout for the pillow first, so I could know what sizes I need the ornaments to be. I erased the bows and the hangers on the stamps, because I wanted to recreate them with cording and embroidery floss. I then copied the stamps into an 8 1/2″ x 11″ document for printing. I chose to create a smaller pillow – about 5″ or 6″ x 7″ – so I could print the ornaments and the fabric for the back of my pillow all on one sheet. I had some printable fabric sheets from a project I did years ago, and I don’t think the kind I used are still in production. Avery sells these Printable Fabric Sheets, which have a heat seal backing. They would work well, but I wanted my ornaments to pop up a bit on the edges, so I would recommend these Printable Fabric Sheets from Joann’s instead. Here is another brand: EQ Printables Inkjet Fabric Sheets.

Which ever sheets you choose will have printing instructions, but for mine I just set my printer settings to “best,” and also told the printer I was printing on the thickest media available.

After you print, you’ll need to trim out the ornaments out. I left about a quarter inch edge around each of the ornaments. The fabric I used for the pillow was very tightly woven, which made embroidering very hard. I had to work really hard to get my needle through that fabric! If I make another one I will probably attach my ornaments to a different fabric, but for this pillow I just used the printable fabric for all of the pieces so they would match. Also I embroidered the ornaments onto the front cover of the pillow directly. Next time I think I’ll just embroider the fabric of the ornament and then attach it to the pillow with Heat and Bond. Hopefully not having to go through two layers of that tight fabric will make things easier.

After sewing the ornaments onto the pillow I embroidered French knots where the hangers were on the stamps. This tutorial on Purl Bee has pictures that show just how to make a French knot. I just sketched the word “Joy” on the largest bulb and embroidered over it, too. I used some silver cording to recreate the ribbon on the ornaments in the kit. Any kind of ribbon or cording would work. I did stitch those to the pillow too – I don’t think glue or Heat Bond would work as well for that part. I stitched the two fabric pieces together with my machine, left a hole in the bottom seam for stuffing, and then slip stitched the rest. (The link will take you to a great slip stitching tutorial). Voila! 🙂

4 responses to “Custom Printed & Hand Embroidered Christmas Pillow”

  1. WOW! What a wonderful project & use of the stamps!! NOW you have me wanting to print fabric & do more hybrid projects. 🙂

  2. Lori says:

    That is so cool! i love ideas like this.

  3. Sonda T says:

    how adorable! I will be making one of these next year, prob. during the summer so it’s ready for the 2010 holidays. TFS Jen!

  4. I Amy says:

    I am so mkong this tomorrow!!! I just happen to have the printablefbric sheets from JoAnn’s too.

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