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Large Accent Pillow
Large Accent Pillow

Created by: Michele Mishler

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Level: Intermediate
Time: 4 hours

Complete the living room ensemble with a collection of coordinating pillows. Down pillow forms are recommended, because they are so soft and easier to group and position. Add an invisible zipper to make the simple construction even easier!

The Home Dec fabrics used in the collection of pillows varied in weight from very lightweight silks to heavier upholstery fabric. A new product, Jenny Haskins Sheer Magic, was used on the lighter weight fabrics to prevent puckering.

The extra large hoops available with the Horizon MC12000 make this pillow possible! The embroidery design chosen is a coordinating design to the border used on the drapery panels.

Janome Supplies Required:

Horizon MC12000
PC with HorizonLink software
Digitizer MBX
A foot
P foot
Janome Blue Tip Needles
Janome pre-wound bobbins

Fabric and Notions Required:

1 1/4 yd home dec fabric, 54" width
(Makes two 20" pillows)
Two 20" invisible zipper
Two 20" down pillow form
Tear away stabilizer
Jenny Haskins Sheer Magic
Matching all purpose thread
Embroidery thread
Removable marker

Embroidery Instructions

1.For this pillow, the down pillow inserts are 22" pillow forms. The fabric squares are cut 22" square.
2. Open HorizonLink. Click on Edit, and open Favorite_3_12.
3. Select Print Setup, and tick the box for Colour Template.
4. Select Print, and change the number of copies to 4. Print.
5. Arrange the templates to form a circle with the leaves and vines all heading the same direction. Tape the template together.
6. Set up the Horizon MC12000 for professional styled embroidery. Thread the machine with embroidery thread and insert a pre-wound bobbin.
7. Place the template centered on the square of fabric. Mark the position of each embroidery.
8. Hoop the fabric with stabilizer, centering the crosshair for the first embroidery design. Embroider the design. Repeat for each embroidery design.
9. When the embroidery is complete, remove the excess stabilizer, and press from the wrong side. Repeat for the second pillow.
10. Construct the pillows according to the basic instructions.

Basic Pillow Construction

1. For each pillow, cut two 20" squares.
2. Unzip the invisible zipper. Sew the invisible zipper to one side of one of the squares.
3. Sew the remaining side of the invisible zipper to one side of the second square, making sure the pattern of the fabric is oriented correctly.
4. Leave the zipper open a few inches.
5. Fold the zipper in half lengthwise, matching the zipper tape. Pin at each end.
6. Fold the fabric in half, matching the raw edges of the square. Pin.
7. Sew around the pillow with a 1/2" seam allowance, starting just before the end of the zipper, pivoting at each corner, and end just after pivoting at the other end of the zipper.


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