This festive embroidered pillow was inspired by this fun blog post over at the crafting chicks. I just love how simple it is. While the original is stenciled, mine is embroidered of course. I used the Jupiter font in my Embroidery Software to create the lettering “JINGLE ALL THE WAY”. Jupiter in an upper case pattern fill font. It works beautifully for very large lettering. You can download the file here. It includes six formats:
.vp3, .shv, .xxx, and .exp - 5”x13.69” (126.9x347.6mm)
.pes and .jef - 4.28”x11.69” (108.6x296.9mm)
The .pes and .jef designs are a bit smaller because their maximum hoop size is 200x300mm.
I made my pillow from medium weight linen. It measures 13” x 19”, exactly the same size as the pillow form. Making the pillow the same size as the pillow form, keeps it nice and poufy. Whatever size you decide on, it just needs to be a few inches larger than the embroidery. I cut a 14” x 21” strip for the front and two 14” squares for the back. These include 1/2” seams and an overlap for the back.
Embroider the “JINGLE ALL THE WAY” design centered on the pillow front. I used Sulky Metallic 30 in color 7009 (Pewter) for the embroidery. If you haven’t used metallic thread before have no fear it's easy. My only advice is to use an embroidery needle. Once you complete the embroidery, hem one side on each of the back pieces. Overlap them enough to make the back measure same as the front (14” x 21”). Pin to the front and stitch or serge all around. Turn to the right side press and insert a pillow form. If you haven’t made this kind of a pillow sham (case) before, check out this great tutorial here. I was going to write up a complete tutorial on making the pillow sham, but there are so many tutorials online, why re-invent the wheel.