Designs used in this project are available here:
Reach for the Stars Applique Embroidery DesignSweet Dreams Applique Embroidery DesignThe following is a guideline for fabric purchase:Embroidery Designs (in 1 of the 3 sizes to match your project)Fabric listed aboveTear-away and cut-away backing of choiceEmbroidery thread in colors of choiceEmbroidery machineSewing machineSewing thread to match trimCutting mat, rotary cutter, scissors, iron
Finished size: Standard case: 21" x 32"; Queen: 21" x 36"; King Case: 21" x 42". These will cover pillows nicely, with plenty of room. We are assuming the following pillow measurements: Standard: 21" x 26"; Queen: 20" x 30"; King Case: 20" x 36".Supplies required:2 yards of 44" fabric (for 1 pair of Standard Cases)2.25 yards of 44" fabric (for 1 pair of Queen Cases)2.5 yards of 44" fabric (for 1 pair of King Cases)1 yard of contrasting fabric for the trim
Note: you will need the full amounts, so buy slightly more and pre-shrink it.Materials
Before you start: Cut one side of the pillow sham one inch larger on each side that the size of the pillow that you are covering. This will be the top side of the pillow sham. For the back side of the sham, cut two pieces of fabric, the same width and a length of four inches more than half the sizes of the top, to allow for the overlap.
Step 1: Hoop the top sham fabric and stitch the design. Here the outline has been stitched, and the applique fabric has been placed over the outline. The tackdown stitch is being sewn. If you have a cutter you can separate the outline to use as a pattern to cut.
Step 2: At the color stop, cut away the excess fabric by sliding a scissors around the stitches. The next step in the process is the border.
Step 3: Continue to stitch the design.
Step 4: When the machine gets through the colors to the next outline, follow the same steps to do the applique heart. Allow the design to finish stitching.
Step 5: Now we begin sewing our sham together. For the trim, cut the contrasting fabric in seven inch widths. You will need four pieces. I leave the pieces the width of the fabric and cut the excess away later. Fold each of the four pieces wrong sides together and press.
Step 6: Stitch the contrasting fabric to the sham top with a 5/8" seam. Center the fabric so the overlap on each end is the same. Start stitching the seam 5/8" from the first corner and stop 5/8" before the second corner.
Step 7: Repeat the process for all four sides. Fold the fabric out of the way and pin in place to avoid catching it in the upcoming seams.
Step 8: Press a narrow hem on each of the two back pieces of the sham and stitch the hem in place.
Step 9: Beginning at the corners, place the two pieces of the sham back against the top, right sides together. The overlap on the sham will prevent the pillow from bulging through the back.
Step 10: Stitch all the way around the sham. If the fabric ravels, go around a second time with a zigzag stitch or use a serger to finish the edges.
Turn the sham right side out. Remove the pins from the corners and pull them square.
Step 11: Tuck the end of the contrasting fabric from the short side into the contrasting fabric from the long side. Turn the fabric under 5/8", press and topstitch in place.
Insert the pillow. The finished project.