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by Nina Kay Milenius
"Sew Young, Sew Fun"


You will need:

  • 1 Yard fleece fabric
  • 16" Square pillow form
  • 1/8" Yard clear vinyl
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Pinking shears
  • Rotary cutter or scissors
  • Cutting mat
  • Chalk pencil
  • Extra fine tip permanent marker
  • Masking tape
  • Straight pins
  • Optional: Teflon foot or adhesive strips



1. Using the cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter or scissors, cut one 22" x 22" square of fabric.

2. Cut two rectangles of fabric 22" x 15" for the back envelope closure.

3. On the pillow front piece, measure and mark 3" from each raw edge, using a chalk pencil. This line is your stitching line to form the flange or border of the pillow.

4. Using an extra fine tip marker and ruler, draw five 4" squares onto the clear vinyl.

5. Cut out the four vinyl squares, using pinking shears. Be sure to cut inside the lines so the permanent marker lines will not show on pillow.

6. Place the vinyl squares onto the right side of the fabric square, inside the lines drawn to mark the flange. Arrange the squares any way you like. Using masking tape to tape them in place.

7. Thread the sewing machine. Select a 4.0 straight stitch then snap on the teflon foot.

8. Stitch down one side of the vinyl pocket, about 1/4" from the edge of the vinyl pocket. Stop stitching about 1/4" from the bottom edge of the pocket.



9. To turn the corner at the bottom edge, put the needle down into the fabric. Raise the presser foot. Turn the fabric so you will be stitching across the bottom of the vinyl pocket. Put the presser foot back down and continue sewing across the bottom edge. Turn the other corner the same way. Leave the top of the pocket open so you can slip photos into the pocket. Remove the masking tape.

10. Lay the two back pieces onto the pillow front, wrong sides together. Pin in place.

11. Matching the raw edges at the pillow bottom and sides, lay the lower back piece onto the pillow front, wrong sides together. The edge of the lower back piece will overlap the edge of the upper back piece. Pin in place.

12. On the front of the pillow, pin both layers of fabric together around the marked flange line. Using a straight stitch, stitch along the drawn lines to form the flange. Stuff the pillow with a pillow form.

13. Insert photos, ticket stubs, ribbons or other fun memorabilia into the vinyl pockets.

Husqvarna Viking Inc. Sewing Machine; Fiskars® Pinking Shears, Rotary Cutter, Scissors, Cutting Mat; Sakura of America IDenti-pen™


To make envelope enclosure for pillow. Aligning edges,
sew pieces B to C to piece A wrong sides together. B and C
will overlap to form the opening to insert pillow form.



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