Gather Supplies Needed:
Wool (or Felt) for pillow
Jute (or fiber of choice for cord making)
Needle and thread
Floss color of choice for Button Hole Stitch
Gather items and prepare.
- cut two pieces of wool to dimensions you prefer (in this tutorial I cut my wool to 6 inches square)
- trim your stitched with 3/4 inch margins left on all sides
iron you stitched piece from back; while still hot, fold margins and finger press; then iron from back to make edges clean.
center and pin the stitched piece to your wool; using coordinating thread, tack the stitched piece to the wool on all four sides.
- take whatever fiber you wish to make into cording, I used single strand of jute found in hardware section of Walmart.
- view cording tutorial here: Cording Tutorial
- to find length fiber to cord, drape around edge of piece to get initial length then make it 4 lengths of that initial length long
- twist with Krenik cording drill
- take folded end of cording, place at the top middle of stitched piece and tack down
- continue tacking the cording in place around all four sides until the cording meets at the top center
- cut the cording end and then sew ends by wrapping, sewing through and tacking down at top of stitched piece at the met end
NOTE: Don't forget to tie off the end of the cut-off cording and set aside, this will be used for the bow!
- Make bow by folding ends in an "X" shape
- sew middle to hold together
- wrap middle to make secure
- sew middle again
- tack on to top center, hiding met ends of cording
- Stack top wool piece onto bottom wool piece
- pin in place
- button hole stitch together (I used 3031 DMC - all six strands to button hole stitch; using Chenille needles)
**BUTTON HOLE STITCH:**
Take length of thread (I used 6 strands of DMC in this example on a Chenille needle); knot at one end, and place it at the corner on the inside (between two pieces sewing together).
See pictures to follow how I button hole stitch:
- Continue to button hole stitch all around until about 1/2 of pillow remains open
- stuff with fiber fill to desired plumpness
- pin together and finish stitching together with the button hole stitch
I iron my button hole stitched sides so that they are perfectly flat and not curled.
Then I iron (the back) of the pillow, using steam, to sort of shrink down the fiberfill and make it appear smooth and not clumpy.