I’ve recently noticed a resurgence of hand embroidery and needlework. I’m in love with this trend! We have seen it in embroidered fabrics and garments, but I thought it would be fun to bring this into my home!
If you’re a keen DIYer and first time sewer, pillows are a place to start. In fact, it was one of my first projects! This DIY is very fun and simple and has lots of potential for customization. You can embroider something really elaborate, or go simple with your favorite quote or saying. Since this was one of my first goes at embroidery, I went with a simple design, using one of my favorite Beatles songs as a starting point!
I spent a lot of time gathering inspiration for this project. I really love how you can bring in lots of colors with this sort of DIY. The possibilities are endless. It doesn’t matter if your finished project looks a little “handmade”, because that’s kind of the point!
- Tailor’s chalk
- Embroidery floss
- Embroidery needle
- Embroidery ring
- Pillow form
Step 1: Cut your fabric into two squares. You will use one square of fabric to embroider, and one as the back to your pillow, so cut your squares the correct size for your pillow form. Trace your design with tailor’s chalk – I went freehand!
Step 3: Now you can sew up your pillow! Pin your two squares, right sides together. Sew along each edge, leaving a large opening at the bottom edge.
Step 4: Turn your pillow right side out, and press edges so they are crisp. I like to press up my seam allowance of my open edge so that it’s easy to hand sew shut. Now you can insert your pillow form and close your edge with a ladder stitch.
And we’re all done! Hope this inspires you to embroider something!