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NOT TOO SHABBY PILLOWS: Stitch a sweet trio of porch pillows embellished with fabric flowers. Use scraps from your stash to easily create layered fusible appliques to adorn three different pillows.

RECTANGULAR PILLOW

Create a basic rectangular pillow with an envelope opening and adorn it with one fabric flower.

SUPPLIES

* 1 yard of linen

* Scraps of three coordinating prints (A, B & C)

* Lightweight double-sided paper-backed fusible web (See "Source.")

* Matching cotton thread

* Rectangular pillow form

* Waxed paper

* Removable fabric marker

CUT

Download and print the petal patterns and grid and topstitching templates from sewnews.com/web_extras until May 31, 2018. Find the patterns and templates at shopsewitall.com after the expiration date.

Measure the pillow-form height; add 3", and then record as the pillowcase height.

From the linen, cut one rectangle according to the pillowcase height and 10" wider than the pillow form. Cut this piece in half widthwise: set aside as the pillow backs.

Cut another rectangle from the linen according to the pillowcase height and 3" wider than the pillow form; set aside as the pillow front.

Adhere fusible web to each fabric-scrap wrong side according to the manufacturer's instructions. Remove the paper backing from each fabric scrap.

From fabric A, cut eight petals each using template 3 and 2.

From fabric B, cut eight petals using template 3.

From fabric C, cut eight petals using template 8.

CONSTRUCT

Use 1/2" seam allowances unless otherwise noted.

Center a piece of waxed paper over the grid template. Using the grid to align the petal points and edges, position the eight larger fabric A petals right side up over the paper; press to secure (1).

Repeat to align the eight smaller fabric A petals over and in between the first petal layer (2).

Position four fabric-B petals over the previous petal layer, aligning all the points and edges at the grid center; press to secure in place. Repeat to position the remaining four fabric-B petals over the previous petal layer (3).

Repeat to position the eight fabric-C petals over the previous petal layer, aligning the points and edges at the flower center; press to secure in place (4). Once cool to the touch, carefully peel the flower from the waxed paper.

Position the pillow front right side up on a flat work surface. Using a removable fabric marker, draw a horizontal and vertical line 21/2" from the upper and right fabric edges.

Position the flower right side up over the pillow front, aligning the edges with the horizontal and vertical lines; press to fuse.

Thread the machine with matching thread. Following topstitching diagram A, topstitch the flower.

Double-fold one back-panel long edge 1/2" toward the wrong side; press. Thread the machine with matching thread. Topstitch close to the folded edge. Topstitch again 1/4" from the first stitching line.

Repeat to construct the remaining back panel.

Position the pillow front right side up on a flat work surface. Position one back panel wrong side up over the pillow front, aligning the raw edges. Position the remaining back panel wrong side up over the pillow front and first back panel, aligning the raw edges; pin.

Stitch the pillowcase perimeter. Press open the seams and clip the corners. Turn the pillowcase right side out through the back opening. Insert the pillow form into the pillowcase.

CIRCULAR PILLOW

Use multiple print fabrics to create a large-scale flower on a circular pillow. Also learn a simple technique to install a zipper on the pillowcase.

SUPPLIES

* 3/4 yard of linen

* 1/4 yard of striped fabric

* Scraps of three coordinating prints (B, C & D)

* Lightweight double-sided paper-backed fusible web (See "Source.")

* Matching cotton thread

* 14"-long standard zipper

* Circular pillow form

* Waxed paper

* Zipper foot

CUT

Measure the pillow-form diameter; add 1", and then record as the pillowcase diameter.

From the linen, cut two circles according to the pillowcase diameter; set aside as the pillow front and back.

Measure the pillow-form height and circumference; record.

From the striped fabric, cut a rectangle 1" wider than the height and 7" shorter than the circumference; set aside as the side panel. Cut another 14"-long rectangle measuring 2" larger than the height. Cut the piece in half lengthwise; set aside as the zipper panels.

Adhere fusible web to the remaining striped fabric and each fabric-scrap wrong side according to the manufacturer's instructions. Remove the paper backing from each fabric scrap. Designate the striped fabric as fabric A.

From fabric A, cut eight petals each using template 1 and 2.

From fabric B, cut eight petals each using template 2 and 3.

From fabric C, cut eight petals using template 3.

From fabric D, cut five petals using template 9.

CONSTRUCT

Use 1/2" seam allowances unless otherwise noted.

Center a piece of waxed paper over the grid. Using the grid to align the petal points and edges, position the eight larger fabric A petals right side up over the paper on the third circle from the grid center: press to secure in place.

Repeat to align the eight smaller fabric A petals over and in between the first petal layer (5).

Position the eight larger fabric B petals over the previous petal layer, aligning all the points and edges on the second circle from the grid center; press to secure in place. Repeat to position the remaining eight smaller fabric B petals over and in between the previous petal layer.

Position the eight fabric C petals over the previous petal layer, aligning the edges and points together; press to secure.

Evenly space the fabric D petals right side up over the grid center, aligning the points together; press to secure. Once cool to the touch, carefully peel the flower from the waxed paper.

Position the pillow front right side up on a flat work surface. Center the flower right side up over the pillow front; press to fuse.

Thread the machine with matching thread. Following the topstitching diagram A, topstitch the flower.

Zigzag-finish one long edge of each zipper panel. Position the zipper panels with right sides together, aligning the finished long edges and matching the stripes; baste. Press open the seam allowances.

Position the zipper wrong side up over the zipper panel seam allowances, aligning the tape edges with the seam allowances; pin.

Install a zipper foot onto the machine. Stitch each zipper tape to secure. Remove the basting stitches.

Pin one side-panel short edge to one zipper-panel short edge with right sides together. Stitch, and the press the seam allowances toward the side panel (6).

Beginning with the zipper panel, pin one side-panel long edge to the pillow-front perimeter. Stitch, easing the panel during stitching; press.

Repeat to stitch the opposite side-panel long edge to the pillow back.

Open the zipper a few inches. Stitch the side-panel short edges together. Trim the excess fabric. Open the zipper; press.

Turn the pillowcase right side out through the opening. If needed, press again. Insert the pillow form.

PIPED PILLOW

Stitch a pillow with a piped edge and embellish the pillow front with three dainty flowers to complete the pillow set.

SUPPLIES

* 1 yard of linen

* 1/4 yard of striped fabric

* Scraps of three coordinating cotton prints (B, C & D)

* Lightweight double-sided paper-backed fusible web (See "Source.")

* Matching cotton thread

* 5/32"-diameter cording (amount according to pillow measurements)

* Rectangular pillow form

* Waxed paper

* Zipper or piping foot

CUT

Measure the pillow-form height; add 3", and then record as the pillowcase height.

From the linen, cut one rectangle according to the pillowcase height and 10" wider than the pillow form. Cut this piece in half widthwise; set aside as the pillow backs.

Cut another rectangle according to the pillowcase height and 3" wider than the pillow form; set aside as the pillow front.

From the striped fabric, cut two 11/2" x the fabric width with stripes running widthwise along the strips. Set aside as the piping strips.

Adhere fusible web to the remaining striped fabric and each fabric-scrap wrong side according to the manufacturer's instructions. Remove the paper back from each fabric scrap. Designate the striped fabric as fabric A.

From fabric A, cut eight petals using template 2 and ten petals using template 9.

From fabric B, cut eight petals each using templates 1, 2, 3 and 5.

From fabric C, cut eight petals each using templates 3, 5 and 6.

From fabric D, cut eight petals each using template 8 and 9.

CONSTRICT

Use 1/2" seam allowances unless otherwise noted.

Center a piece of waxed paper over the grid template. To create the large flower, use the grid to align the petal points and edges, positioning the eight fabric B/template 1 petals right side up over the paper along the grid outer edge; press to secure in place.

Repeat to align the eight fabric B/template 2 petals over and in between the first petal layer.

Evenly space the eight larger fabric A/template 2 petals over the previous layer, aligning all the points and edges at the grid center; press to secure in place.

Position the eight fabric C/template 6 petals over and in between the previous layer, aligning the points together and edges aligned; press to secure in place.

Repeat to position the eight fabric D/template 8 petals over the previous layer. Allow the flower to cool, and then carefully peel the flower from the waxed paper.

To create the medium flower, follow the previous layering instructions using eight fabric C/template 3 petals, eight fabric B/template 5 petals and five fabric A/template 9 petals.

To create the small flower, follow the previous layering instructions using eight fabric B/template 3 petals, eight fabric C/template 5 petals, five fabric A/template 9 petals and eight fabric D/template 9 petals positioned near the fabric C petal edges.

Position the pillow front right side up on a flat work surface. Position each flower over the pillow front as desired, making sure to place them at least 1" from the perimeter; press to fuse.

Thread the machine with matching thread. Following the topstitching diagram B topstitch each flower.

Double-fold one back-panel long edge 1/2" toward the wrong side; press. Thread the machine with matching thread. Topstitch close to the folded edge. Topstitch again 1/4" from the first stitching line.

Repeat to construct the remaining back panel.

Piece together the piping strips with right sides together along the short ends to form one long strip. Join the strips using a 45[degrees] seam to reduce bulk. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4", and then press open.

Center the cording over the piping-strip wrong side, and then fold the strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides together; pin.

Install a zipper or piping foot onto the machine. Stitch the fabric as close to the cording as possible, making sure not to stretch the piping strip during stitching.

Position the pillow front right side up on a flat work surface. Position the piping over the pillow front, aligning the piping raw edge with the pillow-front perimeter. To easily position the piping around each corner, clip the piping seam allowance up to, but not through the stitching. At the piping ends, pull both ends away from the pillow front, overlapping one piping end over the other to prevent any raw edges from showing (7).

Stitch the piping to the pillow front close to the cord, but not as close as possible. Trim away the excess piping.

Position the pillow front right side up on a flat work surface. Position one back panel wrong side up over the pillow front, aligning the raw edges. Position the remaining back panel wrong side up over the pillow front and first back panel, aligning the raw edge; pin.

Using a zipper foot, stitch the pillowcase perimeter as close as possible to the cording. Turn the pillowcase right side out, making sure the piping is even with no visible stitching lines. Make any necessary adjustments. Turn the pillowcase wrong side out.

Stitch the pillowcase perimeter again for added strength. Press open the seams and clip the corners. Turn the pillowcase right side out through the back opening. Insert the pillow form into the pillowcase.

BY JODIE RICHELLE
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