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    June 2007

    A hand made mini pillow!

    Miniature Pillow Tutorial
    By Deb Roberts  

    Ever think that a room would be just perfect if only it had a couple of throw pillows here and there?   Mini pillows are easier to make than you’d think!  Almost any fabric will work for mini pillows as long as the fabric pattern is not too large. 

    You’ll need:
    Fabric of your choice
    Matching thread
    Embroidery floss for tassles
    Bamboo skewer or other small object to turn corners

    Cut two fabric squares to the size you wish and place them face to face. Sew the edges together (these are hand sewn to show the stitches, but you can machine stitch just as easily) leaving a small opening on one side.

    Making a miniature pillow

    Trim the corners so they are curved with the stitching so you get smooth corners on the exterior. Turn the pillow inside out and use a bamboo skewer or pencil to push the corners into shape.

    Making a miniature pillow

    Stuff the pillow with cotton balls and use the skewer to push the cotton into place so you have a nice, even filling. Blind stitch the opening closed.

    Making a miniature pillow

    Bring down one stitch into the center of the pillow and tie it off on the bottom. This creates the nice depression in the center of the pillow. For other types of pillows, I put a bead in the top and bottom of this stitch to look like a button.

    Making a miniature pillow

    To make the tassles, I used cotton embroidery floss and wrapped it around a piece of card stock folded to the width I wanted for the length of the tassle. (your finger will work just as well) If you prefer working with a larger piece, that's fine since you'll be trimming the tassle to the desired length when you're done.

    Making a miniature pillow

    Use a large embroidery needle to slide under the top of the loops of the thread. Hold the top of the loops in place and slide the cardstock out. Holding the body of the thread, twist the needle like a propeller till the needle is held tight (about four full turns will do it) Holding that in place, wrap another piece of thread around the loops directly under the needle and tie it in a triple knot as shown below. Leave the long pieces of the tie thread attached.

    Making a miniature pillow

    Slide the needle out of the top loop and trim the bottom of the loops to the desired length. The thread used to tie off the top can be threaded into a needle to sew onto the pillow.

    Making a miniature pillow

    Sew the tassles onto the corner of the pillow and you're all done!

    Making a miniature pillow

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