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How to Make Pillows With an Initial

Updated March 23, 2017

Monogrammed pillows add a touch of sophistication and personalisation to a bedroom's decor. Monograms can include the first letter of your first or last name or even both. In fact, many popular wedding gifts are monogrammed pillows and towels with both the bride's and the groom's first initials with a larger last initial as well. While most monogrammed items that you purchase are made on a monogram sewing machine, there are simpler ways to monogram a pillow, including a no-sew method.

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  1. Pick a font from your computer's word processor and print out your monogram letters in the desired size onto card stock.

  2. Trace the card stock letter onto some double-sided fusible interfacing.

  3. Iron the fusible interfacing onto the wrong side of the letter fabric. The letter fabric should be in sharp contrast to the pillow fabric for the best effect.

  4. Cut out the letter using the tracing on the interfacing as your guide.

  5. Iron the letter onto the pillow's front fabric panel. First use a straight stitch to firmly hold it in place. Next, use a zigzag stitch along the edges to prevent fraying.

  6. Place the lettered pillow piece right sides together with the back of the pillow. Pin the two pieces together.

  7. Sew the two pillow pieces together, leaving a 6-inch hole for turning the pillow right side out.

  8. Stuff the pillow with some fibre fill stuffing.

  9. Turn the edges of the open part inside and pin it closed. Sew the last part of the pillow closed with a straight stitch as close as possible to the edge of the pillow.

  10. Pick a font from your computer's word processor and print out your monogram letters in the desired size onto card stock.

  11. Cut out the centre part of the letters, leaving the outside as a stencil.

  12. Position the stencil onto your pillow, pinning it in place.

  13. Brush contrasting fabric paint onto the stencilled area; keep the paint as thin as possible and leave to dry for 24 hours.

  14. Apply a bead of liquid stitch fabric glue around the outside of the pillow where you intend to place the trim. Position the trim and press it firmly around the pillow.

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Things You'll Need

  • Printer
  • Card stock
  • Interfacing
  • Iron
  • Fabric
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Stuffing
  • Scissors
  • Brush
  • Paint
  • Liquid stitch fabric glue
  • Trim

About the Author

Steven White is a privately contracted software engineer and efficiency analyst. He has more than five years of experience providing technical support for AT&T broadband customers. Along with his technology background, White enjoys carpentry and plumbing.

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