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Ring Bearer Pillow With Machine Trapunto Embroidery
Ring Bearer Pillow With Machine Trapunto Embroidery

Created by: Annie Moody

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Level: Advanced

Annie says she came up with this design to make something to honor her 25th Wedding Anniversary. She wanted something shiny with texture so she tried machine Trapunto with lots of stippling to create a shimmery textured pillow for her bed.

She says, "After the pillow was complete I realized this would make a great ring bearer pillow if white or ivory fabric was used rather than a tan."

The possibilities are endless. You can use the techniques to celebrate any occasion, anniversary, birthday, graduation, retirement, even Christmas.

Janome Supplies Required:

  • Memory Craft 11000, 10001 or 10000
  • Embroidery Hoop B or Square Hoop
  • Zig-zag foot A
  • Satin Stitch Foot F
  • Overedge foot C
  • Embroidery Foot P
  • Darning Foot P2 (embroidery machines)
  • Rolled Hem foot D
  • Cloth Guide
  • Janome RinsAway water soluble stabilizer
  • Robison-Anton polyester Embroidery thread - #5599 Salmon, #5553 Flesh Pink, #9070 Heather Mist, #9160 Coast Point were used in the sample shown
  • Janome Bobbin thread or pre-wound bobbin
  • 12" x 18" No Show Mesh Stabilizer
  • Blue Tip needle 75/11
  • Red Tip needle 90/14

Fabric and Notions Required:

  • Quilting motif of your choice (Optional)
  • One 18" x 18" Satin
  • Two 10" x 15" Satin
  • Two 18" x 18" Muslin
  • Two 18" 18" Batting
  • 1 2/3 yds Antique Ivory Lace trim
  • 1 yd Ivory 1/8" Ribbon
  • Pillow form
  • Water soluble thread
  • All-purpose sewing thread to match fabric
  • Fabric marker
  • Eyelet cutter or awl

Creating Center Embroidery

  1. Press the Embroidery Mode.
  2. Select built-in embroidery design of your choice that would look good as a one color design . Resize if necessary.
  3. Press the A-Z tab. Press Font. Select Cheltenham. Type in the desired last name. Press OK.
    Note: Change to medium letter size for a short name or small letter size for a longer name.
  4. If using the 10000 or 10001 p ress the Rotate key. Rotate the name to the left by 90 degrees. Press OK. Use the Positioning Arrows to position the name in the center of the design.
  5. Press the Size key and increase or decrease the size of the name so that it fits well inside the design. Use the Positioning Arrows once again to re-position the name if necessary.
  6. Press the A-Z tab. Press Font. Select Script. Press OK. Type in the desired date. Press OK.
  7. Press the Rotate key. Rotate the date to the left 90 degrees. Press OK. Use the positioning Arrows to position the date below the name.
  8. Press the Size key and increase or decrease the size of the date so it fits well below the name inside the design. Use the positioning Arrows again to re-position the date if necessary.
  9. When satisfied with the layout press OK. The design is now Ready to Sew.
  10. Set up the Memory Craft for Professional Style Embroidery. Insert a Red Tip 14 needle. Place Robison-Anton polyester thread #5553 Flesh Pink in the needle and Janome Bobbin thread in the bobbin.
  11. Following manufacturer's instructions, adhere the No Show Mesh stabilizer to the center of the 18" square of Satin.
  12. Fold the Satin square in half and press on the fold. Fold in half again and press on the fold. Unfold the fabric and mark the intersecting point with a water soluble pen.
  13. Hoop the fabric in Embroidery Hoop B using the Clothsetter to center the fabric in the hoop. Refer to the center mark and press lines on the fabric to the crosshair markings on the Clothsetter for perfect placement.
    Note: The design will sew sideways on the 10000 or the 10001.
  14. Stitch out the design, changing thread color when indicated.
    Note: For the sample shown, Annie used Robison-Anton thread color #5553 Flesh Pink for segment 1, #9070 Heather Mist for segment 2, #9160 Coast Point for segment 3, #9070 Heather Mist for segment 4 and #5599 Salmon for segment 5. The lettering was sewn with color #5599 Salmon.
  15. Remove fabric from the Embroidery Hoop. Clip threads and remove stabilizer.

Machine Trapunto and Free-Motion Quilting

  1. Set up the Memory Craft for Ordinary Sewing. Insert a Blue Tip 11 needle. Place all-purpose sewing thread in the needle and bobbin. Snap on the Overcast foot C.
  2. Select stitch #10. Overcast the outside edge of the 18" Satin square.
  3. Using a fabric marker, draw an outside border square 2" to 3" from the outer edge.
  4. Using a water soluble pen, transfer the Fan/Heart motif located at the end of these instructions or quilt motif of your choice at each corner of the border square just drawn.
  5. Make a quilt sandwich with muslin on the bottom, fusible batting in the middle and the Satin on top. Iron the fusible batting to top and bottom following manufacturer's instructions.
  6. Set-up the Memory Craft for Free-motion Quilting. Press the Ordinary Sewing Mode. Press the Sewing Application Key. Press the Quilting Key. Press the Free-Motion Quilting key. Attach the Basting/Darning foot P2. Place water-soluble thread in the needle and all-purpose sewing thread in the bobbin.
  7. Free-motion stitch over the marked quilt motif.
  8. When all of the motifs are sewn, from the back carefully cut away all the muslin and all the batting around the quilting design leaving the batting that fills up the quilting design.
  9. Once again make a quilt sandwich of muslin and fusible batting. Iron according to manufacturer's instructions.
  10. To create the Eyelets buttonholes for the ribbon insertion (to hold the rings), using a water soluble pen, mark a dot 1/2" from the left and right of the approximate center of the embroidery. Place a second dot 1/4" to 1/2" below the first dot.
  11. Select the Buttonhole tab. Select Eyelet #31. Check stitch # on 11000. Snap on Satin Stitch foot F. Place Robison-Anton Coast Point #9160 in the needle and all-purpose thread in the bobbin. Sew an Eyelet on each dot. Cut open the Eyelet using an Eyelet cutter or awl.
  12. To connect the four Fan/Heart quilt motifs, press the Decorative tab. Select decorative stitch #124. Check stitch # on 11000. Place Robison-Anton Salmon ##5599 thread in the needle.
  13. Sew on the lines drawn in step #3 to connect the quilt motifs.
  14. Set-up the Memory Craft for Free-Motion Quilting as described in step #6. Place Robison-Anton Coast Point #9160 in the needle. Following the same path sewn in step #7, stitch over the quilt motif once again.

Stipple Quilting

Inside Information:
The smaller your stipple quilting the more pronounced your Trapunto will look. While stipple quilting keep you body loose not tense. Check you shoulders occasionally to be sure they are relaxed and down, not tensed up and by your ears. Position your sewing machine so the bed of the machine is at the same lever as your counter or desktop. If this is your first time stipple quilting or it's been awhile, practice on a sample quilt sandwich first.
  1. Using a thread color of your choice start at the center inside of the embroidery design and stipple quilt as small as you can all around and inside the embroidery design right up to the quilting motif and decorative stitching. Depending on the quilting motif you selected you may need to stipple quilt between areas of the quilting design. Be careful not to stitch over the Eyelet buttonholes.
  2. For the border, free motion quilt in a design of your choice. For example you could free hand a leaf or heart design and echo quilt around it filling in the border area. You could also stitch a crescent moon shape and repeat that shape until a small area is filled in and then repeat the process filling in all areas with stitching. The border should be filled in a little looser than the stippled area for contrast.
  3. Heavily mist the pillow top with water to dissolve the water soluble thread and remove all markings. Allow to dry completely.

Pillow Assembly

  1. Trim pillow top to 15" square.
  2. Pin trim edge to edge around pillow. Snap on Zig Zag foot A. Place Ivory all- purpose sewing thread in the needle and bobbin. Snap on the Cloth Guide. Set at 1/2" seam allowance. Baste the trim in place using stitch #1, stitch length 3.0.
  3. Cut the 1/8" ribbon in half. Place each half through the Eyelet buttonholes so it can be tied in the front. Cut ends of ribbon on an angle to desired length and tie in a double knot so ribbon will not slip through to the inside.
  4. Select stitch #10. Snap on Overedge foot C. Overcast one long side and two short sides of the two 10" x 15" Satin pieces.
  5. Select stitch #1. Snap on Rolled Hem foot D. Roll Hem the final raw edge length of the two 10" x 15" Satin pieces.
  6. Lay the two backing pieces of Satin on a flat surface overlapping Roll Hem edges so that the pieces measurer 15" square. Pin overlapping edges and stitch 1/2" seam along the edge where the pieces overlaps. This forms the pillow back with a slit to insert and remove the pillow form.
  7. Pin the pillow top and backing right sides together. Select stitch #1. Snap on Zig Zag foot A. Using the Cloth Guide set at 1/2" seam allowance as a stitch guide, sew around all four sides to create a pillow.
  8. Clip corners, trim batting close to seam and turn right side out. Place pillow form inside. Wedding rings can be tied to ribbon.

Other Options
Skip the Eyelet buttonholes and the ribbon. Once the stipple quilting and free-motion quilting is complete, frame and mat the small quilt for a very sophisticated Wedding or Anniversary gift.

Select Satin and thread colors that will coordinate with the bridal parties' attire.

For added stuffed Trapunto look, use two layers of batting for the Trapunto inside of one and then the final third layer for the stipple quilting.


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