Friday, April 5, 2013

DIY Monogrammed Lumbar Pillow

diy monogrammed lumbar pillow

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

diy lumbar pillow

zip zag stitched monogram

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:

diy appliqued monogram

drop cloth lumbar pillow

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:

how to sew a monogrammed pillow

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

how to make a monogram using 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:

tracing the letter onto fabric

diy monogram on fabric

5. Cut out letter carefully leaving paper backing attached:

fabric letters cut out

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:

fabric letter pinned onto drop cloth

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

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

fabric letters ironed onto drop cloth

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

how to make a envelope pillow enclosure

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:

how to make a pillow flange

12. Sew on pencil line.

top stitch pillow flange

13. Insert pillow form.

ikea pillow form


  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??
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  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