Embroidered Tulip Pillow

By  Linda Wyszynski  for  Hearthside Creations

Bright tulips, colorful rick rack, and vibrant fabric come together in this embroidered design celebrating all things summer.

  • Embroidered Tulip Pillow


  • Robert Kaufman Tangerine Kona Cotton Fabric
  • Pellon #30 Stabilizer
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss: 166, 208, 209, 321, 444, 445, 703, 905, 906, 907, 937
  • Wrights Medium Rick Rack: Yellow, Purple
  • Sewing thread: tangerine, purple
  • Fairfield Soft Touch Pillow Insert, 14”x14”


  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Dritz: Quilter’s 1/4” Tape, Fray Check
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

  • cutting mat, rotary cutter, ruler, straight pins, toothpicks, wax paper, quilter’s padded board or thick towel, iron and ironing board, mechanical pencil, scissors, embroidery hoop, transfer paper

Pattern - Embroidered Tulip Pillow

  • Size
  • 1. Size is 14"x14".
  • Note
  • 1. Use embroidery needle for all stitching. Baste design using DMC color number called for each area. Begin with knot and end by running thread under several stitches on back side. It should not be necessary to remove basting stitching, but just in case, place knot slightly away from first stitch. For best results, read all manufacturer's instructions before beginning project.
  • Pillow
  • 1. Use iron and ironing board to press fabric. Cut two pieces of fabric and one piece of stabilizer 14-1/2"x14-1/2". Set one fabric piece aside for pillow back.
  • 2. Print out pattern. Transfer pattern (including border and highlights) on center of stabilizer.
  • 3. Turn traced pattern right side up on back of fabric. Pin in place. Working from back side, baste pattern through stabilizer/fabric to fabric front. Check to make sure stitches are showing on front side.
  • 4. Use four strands floss to chain stitch tulip outlines as follows: DMC 208 Lavender-Vy DK (top tulip), DMC 444 Lemon-DK (left tulip), DMC 321 Red (right tulip).
  • 5. Use three strands DMC 209 Lavender-DK (top) and DMC 445 Lemon-LT (left) to straight stitch highlights inside tulip petals. Use three stands DMC 444 Lemon-DK (right tulip) to straight stitch top area of petal highlights. Use two strands of DMC 444 Lemon-DK with one strand of DMC 321 Red for middle highlights. Twist mixed color strands slightly as you work stitches so little red shows. Use one strand DMC 166 Moss Green-MD LT for small bottom highlights in petal.
  • 6. Use three strands DMC 906 Parrot Green-MD to stem stitch stem outline on tulips.
  • 7. Use two strands DMC 166 Moss Green-MD LT to straight stitch highlights inside stems.
  • 8. Use three strands DMC 937 Avocado Green-MD to split stitch partial leaf below purple tulip.
  • 9. Use two strands DMC 703 Chartreuse to straight stitch highlights inside leaf under purple flower.
  • 10. Use three strands DMC 907 Parrot Green-LT to stem stitch two leaf areas that turn up on leaves.
  • 11. Use one strand DMC 166 Moss Green-MD LT to straight stitch highlights inside turned up area.
  • 12. Use three strands DMC 905 Parrot Green-DK to split stitch leaves on yellow and red tulips.
  • 13. Use two strands DMC 703 Chartreuse to straight stitch highlights inside remaining leaves.
  • 14. Use purple and yellow rick rack to make braid for border. Braid two colors so purple is predominantly on top. Begin braid with two colors of rick rack together with yellow on top. Leave about 1/2" before starting braiding. Start braid with one single yellow zig weaving first purple zig so it falls over yellow rick rack below single yellow zig. Leave three purple zigs on top. Weave yellow zig to front just below third purple zig. The braid should have one yellow zig, three purple zigs, one yellow zig. Repeat this pattern for 44" of braid. For ease of braiding, work sections on quilter's padded board or double-folded thick towel. Hold braid straight using straight pins pushed into board. Use toothpick with tiny drop of fabric glue to adhere braid under each yellow zig to hold together.
  • 15. Use purple sewing thread to tack braid in place along basted border line. Start in lower left corner leaving about 1/2" of braid unstitched. Work to right, placing edge of braid along basted line. Use straight pins to hold braid flat against fabric as you work around area, slightly curving braid in corners. End braid by lining up colors and zigs where it meets beginning braid. Trim braid as needed. Use piece of wax paper under top loose ends; place small amount of Fray Check along edges. Let dry. Tack ends in place.
  • 16. Pin front and back pieces of fabric with right sides together. Use sewing machine with 1/4" seam allowance to stitch fabric pieces together, leaving 11" opening on bottom edge. Clip as needed and turn right side out. Insert pillow and slipstitch opening closed.