Friday, April 5, 2013

"M" is for Monogrammed Lumbar Pillow

Sew: diy appliqued lumbar pillow

Make a decorative lumbar pillow from drop cloth canvas, a printed monogram and an Ikea pillow form:

The monogram is actually navy corduroy ironed in place with double sided fusible heat-n-bond and then sewn with a tight zig zag stitch.

A gift for our neighbors who just moved back into their newly renovated home:

Here's how to make the monogrammed lumbar pillow:

This insert measures 16" x 24", if you are using something similar double check the measurements.

2. Print out monogram letters to fit.
I used monogram kk font at 600 & 800 point:

3. Prepare fabric by ironing double sided fusible interfacing (heat-n-bond) to wrong side of fabric:

4. Place print out right side down on top of paper backing of interfacing and trace outline of letter with ballpoint pen, the pressure of the pen will indent the paper backing of the interfacing:

5. Cut out letter carefully leaving paper backing attached:

6. Cut drop cloth fabric pieces:
1 @ 20" x 28" (front)
2 @ 20" x 20" (backs)
This assumes 1/2" seam allowances and envelope style closure.

6. Center middle letter on front drop cloth fabric piece and iron in place:

7. Sew with tight zig zag stitch around entire letter.

8. Repeat process with side letters first ironing in place then zig zag stitch:

9. To add envelope back first finish raw edges.
Place front piece right side up then overlap back pieces right sides down:

10. Pin and sew around all four edges with 1/2" seam allowance.

11. Turn right side out through envelope opening, press and pin around edges.
Mark 1 1/4" from outer edge with soluble pencil to create flange:

12. Sew on pencil line.

13. Insert pillow form.

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  1. Great job, your work is always so well done. Your neighbors are so lucky :)

  2. This looks so polished and beautiful!

  3. I love it! You had me until "add zigzag stitch" - How do you get your machine to follow the letters??
    I'm visiting you today from Happy Nifty Thrifty. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment and Link Up, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Medicine Cabinet Makeover

  4. This turned out so great! I'd love if you'd link up to The DIY'ers.

  5. Just found your post on monogramming. Love the corduroy letters. One question...what did you cut the letters out with? Don't think I could get such a perfect finish with scissors. Thanks