Floral Applique Pillow

Hi friends! One of my favorite projects to make for my home and for gifts is always a pillow, and a quick pillow project that I love using larger scale prints is an appliqué method. For today's project I am using some of my favorite heat n bond products - heat n bond no sew and fusible fleece along with some beautiful floral prints from Andover Fabrics - Alison Glass: Field Day.

Modern Handcraft // Floral Applique Pillow: A tutorial

For my Floral Appliqué Pillow I am using a zig zag stitch with clear thread around a floral fabric that I had left over from a quilt I made with Field Day from Alison Glass. This fabric was a perfect one to use because it was easy to cut around the floral shapes and make petals from the other non floral patterns. Any floral fabric will do as long as you have a larger pattern to cut around.

Materials needed:

  • Fusible Fleece - piece measuring 19" x 19"
  • Therm O Wed Heat n Bond Lite
  • Floral fabric & coordinating solids or patterns for petal shapes
  • Coordinating Thread - Clear thread helps hide imperfections in your quilting and works well with a multi colored fabric.
  • Fabric for your pillow backing, I used a mustard color canvas. Cut into 3 pieces 19" x 19" for pillow front and 2 - 19" x 13" rectangles for your envelope backing.
  • Bias-tape or two cuts of fabric measuring 19" x 2.5 for envelope back edging.
  • Sewing Machine & notions (rotary cutter, cutting mat, straight pins, iron)

Step 1:

Modern Handcraft // Floral Applique Pillow: A tutorial

  • Iron your floral fabric to your Heat n Bond lite, when cool cut around your floral pattern and then cut out petal shapes to add around your main floral piece.

Modern Handcraft // Floral Applique Pillow: A tutorial

  • Lay out your main floral piece and your petals on the pillow front where you would like it to be sewn down. Focusing on a corner is nice or get creative and cover the entire pillow with fun floral pieces and petals.

Modern Handcraft // Floral Applique Pillow: A tutorial

  • Once you have the layout you like, carefully peel off your heat n bond paper backing and iron your fabric pieces down.

 

Step 2:

Modern Handcraft // Floral Applique Pillow: A tutorial

 

  • Before sewing around your fabric design iron your fusible fleece to the back of your pillow front, so it will create a nice quilted look when we add our stitches. At your machine, sew a small zig zag stitch around the outside of your main floral pattern and your petals.

Modern Handcraft // Floral Applique Pillow: A tutorial

  • Trim away the excess fleece from the edges of your pillow front.

Step 3:

Modern Handcraft // Floral Applique Pillow: A tutorial

  • Add bias tape to one edge of each fabric rectangle measuring 19" x 13", along the 19" side. To make your envelope back - lay your pillow top facing up, and your two backing pieces facing down. Pin in place.

Modern Handcraft // Floral Applique Pillow: A tutorial

  • Sew around the perimeter of your pillow with a 1/2" seam allowance and trim your points.

Modern Handcraft // Floral Applique Pillow: A tutorial

  • To finish up the edges a quick zig zag stitch works well to seal in those raw edges.

Modern Handcraft // Floral Applique Pillow: A tutorial

  • Turn right side out, poke out your corners with a pointed utensil and you are all finished! Go back over your pillow case with an iron, if you used a clear thread take care not to iron over these stitched areas since the iron could melt the material. The finished pillow now measures 18" x 18" and works well with a pillow form measuring 18" x 18" to 20" x 20".

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial!

Fabric for project: Alison Glass - Field Day for Andover Fabrics.

-Nicole