Boudoir Pillow
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Boudoir Pillow

Created By:

Milinda Stephenson of Milinda Sews

Skill Level: Intermediate

"I love opening my great grandmother's cedar-lined hope chest and examining the delicately embroidered baby clothes. Because I love the embroidery and I have neither the time nor the patience to recreate it by hand, I like digitizing similar designs using my MBX software.

I wanted to recreate what the September 1916 Needlecraft magazine calls a "boudoir pillow". It looks very much like the pram pillow embroidered by my grandmother in 1916 for my uncle. 

My version is a bit sturdier and is embroidered on a heavier weight cotton. By using a wing needle in the machine embroidery process, I was able to emulate my grandmother's hemstitching. 

My pillow was embroidered on the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000 using the grand hoop." - Janome Artisan Milinda Stephenson 

Janome Supplies Required
  • Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000, 14000 or 12000
  • Two pieces of cotton fabric - 20" x 15" for the pillow's front and back (pillow front piece needs to be starched and pressed).
  • One machine embroidery needle
  • One wing needle
  • Embroidery thread
  • Wash away stabilizer
Instructions

Click here to download the .JEF file.

Step 1:

  • Hoop starch and press the 20" x 15" cotton along with stabilizer.
  • Using a regular machine embroidery needle, sew color 1 - white embroidery.

Step 2:

  • Change to the wing needle and sew color 2 - hem stitched outline.

Step 3: 

  • Lay the second 20" x 15" over the hoop and stitch color 3 - sew down stitch for the pillow back.
  • Remove it from the hoop. Turn right side out and remove the stabilizer.

Finishing:

  • You may simply stuff the pillow with fiberfill and hand sew the opening closed.
  • You may also add a ruffle: Prior to step 3 and sewing color 3, create a ruffle on your sewing machine or serger and tape around the outer edges of the hemstitching with the outside of the ruffle facing in. 
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Reviews


Tako
Beautiful
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

cpindzola
Around the Table Dresden Placemats
Saturday, December 17, 2016

I like the concept, but the directions are "sloppy." Nowhere in the supply list does it mention the felt or the batting (how much?). Also, I would never use a high loft batting in a placemat, or a table runner, as I think that it would be too unstable for a glass. The next time I make these, I will cut out the batting (I use flannel) and spray baste it to the wrong side of the Dresden plate before I put the Dresden plate on the felt to cut out. I have not yet washed the finished placemat, and am hoping that the single layer of felt does not curl up, or become distorted after washing/drying.
Txmaid
Fun Great Gift!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

MargieARK
Teatime Quilted Tablecloth
Friday, February 24, 2017

I made this today but your cutting directions need to be changed. You only need 4 of color 1 and color 3 4.5 squares for the triangles. Also the inner border, you only need 2 cuts as WOF is long enough to cut each in half to fit the sides.
MickelSews
Great Machine
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I've had this machine for only a week now. I bought it used from a lady who makes her own clothes, but she no longer needed the machine. During the purchase, she noted that she is almost sad that it's better to give it away because of how well the machine performed. (I also bought it along side a computerized machine of another brand.} She demoed the machine for us, showing it worked and gave us everything (including the box it came in!) She took amazing care of this machine. I have used it a few times now, and the directions for threading were easy to follow (albeit my hands are quite large so the lower looper was a pain, but that is no fault to the machine or brand.) And I recommend this machine to anyone who wants to learn to serge and wants a machine that can grow with them. I will happily use this machine time and time again.
rvstan
S9 Review
Sunday, February 25, 2018

I love, love, love my S9! It's sews and embroiders beautifully and it's simplicity of use amazes me. I would recommend this machine for both a beginner and an experienced seamstress. If I would ask anything of Janome it would be to upgrade the programming to run a larger hoop size. I understand that it can't get much wider but there is most definitely room for it to go longer. That is the only limitation of this machine.
pjmnana
PJMNana
Monday, February 26, 2018

I purchased a Memorycraft 15000 a few years ago and it was the best purchase I ever made! This machine can do just about anything you would would ever want! I love the capability of using the Acuedit app to set up my embroidery pattern on my Ipad and then download it to the machine! I love how my embroidery looks upon completion and I love all the good lighting it has to light up your workspace. That way you don’t need to worry about where to set up your machine. It also has plenty of room to do machine embroidery on any size quilts! There are many decorative stitches from which to choose that are outstanding! It’s hard to choose which one to use! There are so many great features it is hard to decide what I love the most. If you want to buy only one machine to last a lifetime, I would recommend this one!

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