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Classic Pillows with Lovely Lilies Designs:

Photos and instructions for these gorgeous pillows have been emailed to us by Bobbie B. from Memphis. Bobbie, thank you for the awesome job!
Bobbie used beautiful artificial silk (vintage pink & shell offwhite colors), some trimming and Lovely Lilies embroidery designs set to create bedroom pillows. They're very simple to make, yet the perfect match of fabric, trimming, thread colors and style of the designs make the cushions look luxirous. Scroll down to see close-up photos, and read instructions for this project.

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Instruction for white pillow:
Cut two pieces fabric 16" square. Embroider design. Sew on trim, three inches in from side edge of fabric, using monofilament thread. Sew front to back, right sided together leaving opening at bottom. Turn right side out. Fill with fiberfill. Close opening with a blind stitch. Finished!
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Instruction for pink pillows (they are identical):
Cut two pieces of fabric 14" x 20". Embroider design. Apply trim around design using monofilament thread, miter the corners of the trim (see photo). Sew the outer trim 1/2" from edge of fabric, clipping trim at corners for smooth application (see photo). Stitch front to back, right sides together leaving a 6" opening along the bottom seam. Clip corners. Turn right side out. Fill with fiberfil and blind stitch the opening along bottom edge. Finished!
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Tips:

1. If you want to use more than one design on one pillow, like these photo show, you may want to align and join them into a single file using your embroidery software. It's MUCH easier than aligning them physically, so if you manage to keep within your max. hoop - go for it. To learn joining designs, click here...

2. Start from finding a beautiful trimming, as it's usually easier to locate a matching fabric, and certainly VERY easy to find matching thread colors. The entire beauty of this project is built on great matches between all components - trim, fabric, thread and DESIGNS!

3. The lilies have been embroidered here using metallic thread, and you may see it adds a lot, makes the item look richer. This trick will work in similar way for many other projects (unless you embroider something very simplistic, on very simple fabric).

4. You may use the same designs, fabric and trimming to create stunning lamp shade. It will look great with the pillows, and may go for either livingroom or bedroom.


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