Friday, November 13, 2015
A Gift a Day Gift Eleven: An Embroidered Pillow Sham
After my son got a bedroom redo for his birthday, my daughter got really jealous of his embroidered pillow sham and really wanted me to make one for her.
So, I figured Christmas would be a good time to do that for her.
I made the pillow case out of bleached white muslin (like I said, work horse fabric). By the way, when I get like 10 yards of muslin, since it's not pre-washed and thus is going to shrink, I wash the entire 10 yards at once, dry it and then untangle it and then iron the entire thing at once. This saves me a lot of time when it comes to working with the fabric.
To make a pillow case I just take an existing pillow case, turn it inside out and just trace around it with a pencil and then add double the folded over open end onto the fabric so that when I fold the fabric over it'll be the right size. I then sew it up and then take pinking shears to the seams to help stop it from fraying (because I'm lazy and didn't want to do a double folded seam).
I embroidered the first letter of my daughter's name onto the pillow and then made a border-like design on either side to make the pillow case look fancier than just having the A on it. I eyeballed the design and drew it onto the finished pillow case in pencil. I outlined the A, the flowers and the vines in stem stitch. I filled in the A with varying lengths of satin stitch and then added french knots for the little flowers. I also did french knots for the middle of the border flowers as well.
By the way I got the design for the A from here and got the idea for the border design from here.
Total Time to Make Gift: Three Hours between the embroidery and the making of the pillow case.
Total Cost to Make Gift: I had all the materials to make this, so it was free for me to make.