Spring Blossom Pillow
size: 14" square
- Lavender chenille, 14” squares, two
- Cotton prints: pale green dot print, 7-1/2” square; lavender floral print scrap (for flower)
- Wool felt: white, 8” square plus scrap (for flower center); green scraps (for leaves)
- Cotton embroidery floss (DMC): Blanc (white), Lavender (#208), Green (#3052)
- Lavender button, 1/4”
- Green medium rickrack, 3-1/4” length
- Lavender rosebuds, 3/4”, four
- Pillow form, 14” square (or fiberfill stuffing)
- HeatnBond Lite lightweight paper-backed fusible web (Therm O Web)
- Disappearing marking pen
- Quilter’s basting spray
- Sewing machine and matching thread
- Needles: sewing, embroidery
- Iron and ironing board
- 1. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse iron-on adhesive, paper side up, onto wrong side of green square and lavender scrap pieces. Trim green piece to 6” square.
- 2. Print out pattern. Cut two leaves from green felt and flower center from white felt. Cut flower from lavender scrap.
- 3. Baste white felt square onto center of one lavender chenille square. Fuse 6” green dot square onto center of white felt square.
- 4. Use photo as guide to baste rickrack “flower stem” in place. Fuse flower onto top of stem. Baste flower center onto flower and leaves to each side of stem.
- 5. Use green floss to blanket stitch around white square. Use lavender floss to blanket stitch around green dotted square and white floss around flower. Use green floss to straight stitch around flower center and white floss around leaves. Add three white running stitches in center of each leaf.
- 6. Sew flower center button in place. Stitch one rosebud to each corner of green dotted square.
- 7. With right sides facing, pin lavender chenille squares together. Sew around pillow edges in 1/4” seams, leaving opening at bottom to insert pillow form. Clip corners and turn right side out.
- 8. Insert pillow form; stitch opening closed. Quick Tip: If using pillow form, add small amounts of fiberfill to fill out and add firmness to corners.
- 1. Use two strands embroidery floss for all stitches unless otherwise noted.
- 2. To save time, machine stitch felt and fabric appliqués using a zigzag or decorative stitch instead of hand embroidery.
by Susan Cousineau