Have you missed us? We’ve missed you! Since Christmas, Jen and Marissa have been repeatedly snowed in. I had some major deadlines at work and then was laid low with pneumonia. This weekend was lovely here on the Gulf Coast. My house was clean, I had no major deadlines looming, and so I decided to do a bit of sewing.
This project was inspired by one of those free project flyers I picked up at JoAnn’s. Their directions left something to be desired so I decided to give it a go, especially since I’ve wanted a “state” pillow for a long time but had been put off by high prices or low quality of the ones I’ve found online or in stores.
- Pillow form (I made a new pillow cover for an old form)
- Fabric (you’ll want to use something with some body to it, nothing too light)
- Waste canvas, 10 count
- Embroidery Floss
- Permanent Washout or disappearing marker
- Embroidery needle (sharp)
Follow my easy pillow directions to cut fabric for pillow form cover.
Find a map that will fit your desired pillow form size and shape. I did a quick search and found a great US Map tab on the Geology.com website.
Get that map onto a piece of paper.
–Print from your computer.
–I started to hit “print” and then realized that I could save on expensive printer ink (I think it costs more than the darn printer!) by using the lap top as a (very expensive) light table. You just need a basic outline, nothing fancy, so this worked fine.
Cut waste canvas so it is just an inch or so larger than your design.
Place waste canvas on top of paper and trace design onto waste canvas, using a permanent washout or disappearing marker (Note: I used permanent marker, not thinking about the fact that the marker is on the waste canvas, which is treated with something like starch and is supposed to wash out! Luckily, the little bit of “run” was only on the waste canvas threads, but would have been disastrous if it had run onto my white pillow fabric).
Center, pin and then baste wherever you want the design placed on your finished pillow.
Cross-stitch using a sharp needle and four strands of your chosen floss color. Unlike other cross-stitch projects, be sure to knot the ends on the “wrong” side. I didn’t worry about the “Xs” being perfect since I was going for kind of a primitive look.
When done with the stitching, remove the basting threads. Thoroughly wet the fabric/waste canvas and let dry.
Remove the waste canvas threads. You may need to use a pair of tweezers to pull out the threads. It may seem tedious, but you’ll have better results (and no pulled stitches) if you pull out one waste canvas thread at a time.
Iron and use fabric to sew together a pillow cover.