I Recently Discovered Free Motion Embroidery And I Love It! I Combined Two Of My Favorite Passions, Art And Sewing, And Created This Painted And Embroidered Easter Pillow.
Last month I came up with a new craft idea. I made what I call a “painted and free embroidery pillow”. When I joined this spring craft blogging hop, I decided to make another one. This one is themed for Spring so I have created a DIY for my Easter pillow decor. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see all of the additional spring craft ideas.
These are my pillows from last month. You can find the blog post here.
This spring easter pillow is easy to make. I started with a pillow cover from IKEA (although any pillow cover will work) and painted my design with acrylic paint. Then I stitched the detail on my sewing machine using free motion embroidery.
What is free motion embroidery?
Free motion machine embroidery is a type of sewing that you do on a regular sewing machine but you can move the material in any direction while sewing it on your machine. Normally when you sew, the machine automatically moves the fabric forward. When you sew free motion embroidery, you get to move the fabric so you determine exactly where you want to sew. You can move sideways, forward, backward and create any shape you want. All you need is a quilting foot.
The free-motion quilting foot, sometimes called a darning foot, is designed so that the sewing machine needle passes through a small ring on the foot. Instead of hopping, these feet float over the fabric without providing pressure. The Foot releases the fabric when the needle is in the up position, allowing you to move the fabric freely.
All you need is the free motion foot for your machine. This foot may vary based on tour type of machine but I linked a “universal” one.
Here is the video I made last month that shows how to make a painted free motion embroidery pillow.
What You Need to Make a Free Motion Embroidery Pillow
Pillow cover (I used the Gurli 20″ cover from Ikea)
Acrylic paints and brush
A pattern for two easter eggs (I cut these out from an old FedEx envelope)
Fabric tracing pin (with ink that erases with water)
Dark Embroidery thread (I used black)
Parchment paper or cardboard to fit inside the pillow while painting.
Free motion quilting foot for your machine (varies by sewing machine brand)
I suggest you make a cardboard Easter egg pattern. I made two sizes and just printed an egg from the internet to use as my pattern.
This is the Gurli 20″ pillow cover from IKEA.
Also, you need to put either cardboard or parchment paper inside the pillow. When you paint it you don’t want the paint to stain the backside of the pillow cover.
Draw the eggs on to the pillow with the erasable sewing marking pin. Place them randomly on the pillow. Normally I freehand it but I realized an egg will quickly not look like an egg if you don’t get it right!
Paint the eggs loosely with acrylic paint.
For some reason, I decided to add some white paint to “clean up” the painted eggs a bit. Normally I would leave it loosely painted. I can’t decide which style I like better.
I did go back and traced the egg pattern again to help with my sewing.
This is what the pillow looks like with the white paint. I do like how it defined the shape of the eggs.
This is what the pressure foot for free motion embroidery looks like. Free embroidery allows you to move the fabric wherever you want while the machine sews. The best thing about free embroidery is that it doesn’t need to be perfect. I love how it looks when the two layers of stitches don’t match. And I love being able to push the fabric wherever I want it to go.
Since I had no idea how I was going to stitch the design of the Easter eggs, I just made it up as I went along. And that is the truth!
I love how the stitching came out!
My Easter pillow is loose and fun and very colorful. Which is perfect for spring!
Here is how the pillow looks after it is completed.
Look how cute the Easter pillow looks in my home!
Look at all of these wonderful spring crafts that are shared by my blogging friends! Tap on any of the links for details on how to make the spring craft.
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