While perusing Charles Faudree’s country French decorating books, I was enchanted by all of his pillows with appliques on the front.
I decided, “Hey, I can do that!”
And there began my inspiration for this pillow.
Here’s how you can make one, too. Cut out your pillow front and back. For stability, attach lining fabric to the reverse side of your pillow front.
Go through all your fabric and trim scraps (make a real mess!) and select your fabric for the applique and the trim you’d like around it. Shape your applique piece into a circle, oval, or square. Overcast the edge to secure any raveling.
Easy Applique Process:
Step 1. Assemble the applique itself.
Stitch your trim cording around the applique. Small cording is best. Large can be bulky and hard to deal with. Notice I’m stitching with the cording on the under side, which is opposite from the norm. I just felt it would be easier this way, and it worked just fine. Sew by feel.
Criss-cross the ends and stitch right over both pieces.
Turn piece over for inspection.
Place applique face-down, fold seam allowance to the inside, press, and trim ends.
Step 2. Attach “heat and bond” material to the back side of the applique piece.
Cut the heat and bond into the shape of your applique.
Press the rough side of the heat and bond onto the reverse side of applique. Carefully peel the paper backing away, leaving the bonding “netting” intact.
Step 3. Attach applique to pillow front.
Turn applique face-up and align with the center of your pillow front.
Press to heat and bond the heat and bond. Ha!
Top-stitch around the applique, just to the inside of the fabric’s edge.
Your applique is now complete.
That wasn’t hard at all, was it?
This pillow is the same size as the three I ordered from PillowCubes yesterday (see their exciting announcement!). I shuffled through my scrap stash for more applique pieces and have plans for lots of pillows. (Remember, I’ll now have nine pillow inserts – yippee!) Isn’t it fun?
Will you join me in making more of these fun pillows?
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By the way, here are the books by Charles Faudree that inspire me so. The price of the book to the right has gone down quite a bit, which thrills me!