Friday, March 30, 2007

Next FAL weekend 6-8 April

Just a little reminder that the next FAL weekend is next weekend, 6-8 April, so start dragging thost FUFO's out in readiness ... I don't know about you, but I have plenty to choose from! ;) Look forward to seeing you there, and seeing all your lovely finishes.

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Gallery - Anne's Tie-On Pillow


Thank you very much Karen for an excellent tutorial. I didn't have any trouble following your instructions and your photos were very clear. I had a lot of fun making this little pillow and will be using this technique again. :) The design is a freebie from Stitchy Kitty.

Posted by "stitcheanne"

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Tie-On Pillow Class - Barbara J

I was really looking forward to Karen's tie-on pillow class this morning. And as promised the instructions were up.

It took more time than expected but hey it's my first! So much time taken to tie that darn ribbon and yet it doesn't look half as good as Karen's. I so like this finishing and this will definitely not be my last attempt! :)

Many thanks to Karen.

Tie-On Pillow

Posted by Barbara J

Margie's tie-on pillow


This was a great class on tie-on pillows! I had no trouble at all in making my first of what I'm sure are many. I used my Flea Market Souvenir from Blackbird Designs to make mine. I'm making a quilt so I used matching fabric so I can put this on my bed when the quilt is finished.

Posted by Margie

Cindy's tie-on pillow

Hi ladies. I managed to stitch this project this morning with Karen's excellent tutorial! I was afraid there would be buttonholes or something complicated.

My sampler is an old Ewe & Eye pattern. The pillow measures about 11 x 6 inches.


It will be fun getting all these unfinished items transformed into projects like this one. Thanks again Karen, I'm glad I found this blog.


Friday, March 23, 2007

Tie-on pillow class

Welcome to everyone taking the class! This is a relatively easy finishing technique which is quite quick to do and looks very effective.

Below are the step-by-step instructions on how to do the finishing, along with photos - I suggest you read all the instructions through before starting.

If you have any questions whilst you're doing the class, please leave a comment and I'll reply as soon as I can.

Once you've finished your pillow, please post a picture so that we can all see how you got on :) (Remember, you'll need a WP account to do this - once you've registered your email address, let me know and I'll add you as an author to the blog). Have fun!



  • Stitched piece

  • Lining fabric for your stitched piece

  • 2 pieces of fabric for your pillow

  • Ribbon

  • Sewing cotton

  • Fiberfill

  • A sewing machine is also required for this class

1. Decide how much of a margin you want around your stitched piece and add another 1/4" inch all round for a seam allowance. Trim off the excess fabric.

NB: you probably won't want to leave too small a margin, otherwise your ribbons will encroach too much on your design - about an inch or so is fine.

2. Cut a piece of lining fabric the same size as your stitched piece


At this stage, you may want to mark your 1/4" seam allowance on the wrong side of either the stitched piece or the lining fabric - I have omitted this step on mine as I have a 1/4" sewing foot on my machine.

3. Cut your ribbon into 4 equal pieces.

4. With your stitched piece right side up, take one piece of ribbon and place one edge centrally against the edge of one of the short sides of your piece:


NB: If you're using a ribbon with a definite right side like mine has (see pic), make sure that the wrong side of the ribbon is uppermost on your stitched piece.

5. Pin the edge of the ribbon in place with 3 pins, making sure that the edges of the ribbon and fabric are both straight. Repeat with another piece of ribbon for the other side, so that you have something like this:


6. Arrange the free ends of the ribbon so that they lie at the middle of the bottom edge of your stitched piece (as shown in the above picture) This prevents them getting caught up when you sew the stitched piece and the lining together and the 3 pins (in the previous step) ensure that the ribbon stays straight against the edge of the fabric.

7. Take your lining fabric and place it right side down on the stitched piece, matching up one of the short sides. Start to pin the lining to the stitched piece and when you reach the pinned ribbons, carefully remove the pins one at a time and repin to include the lining fabric, making sure that the ribbon stays in the middle and is still straight.


Pin around the ribbon at the bottom edge, leaving a gap; you should end up with something like this when it's all pinned together:


8. Starting at one side of the ribbon on the bottom edge, sew around both pieces of fabric 1/4" from the edge, finishing just before the ribbon at the other end.


You should have a gap of about 1.5" inches at the bottom for turning. If you want to leave a bigger gap, that's fine, but don't leave a smaller gap or you won't be able to turn your piece inside out!


9. Remove all pins and clip the corners of your fabric just beyond your stitching, to eliminate bulk:


10. Turn piece inside out and carefully push out the corners with a chopstick or similar. Press the stitched piece and ladder/blind stitch the gap closed:



11. Cut 2 pieces of your pillow fabric to the size of your stitched piece PLUS margins PLUS 1/4" seam allowance. E.g My stitched piece, when finished, measured 3.5" x 5.5"and I decided on a 1" margin of pillow showing all around it so I cut my pillow fabric 6"x8" (including the 1/4" seam allowance) The size of your pillow margin is entirely up to you, but I would suggest at least 1".

Again, this is the point at which you may want to mark your 1/4" seam allowance on the wrong side of one of your pillow pieces.

12. Using the pillow fabric, repeat steps 4-10 as for the stitched piece but before you stitch the gap closed, stuff your pillow with fiberfill, using the chopstick to push the fiberfill into the corners.



13. All that's left to do now is centre your stitched piece on your pillow and tie the ribbons together at each side. Cut the ends of the ribbon in an inverted V for a nice finish and to prevent fraying.


Congratulations, you're done! Now all you have to do is display your pillow and enjoy it :) Oh, and post a picture here, of course ;)

Feedback and constructive criticism is always welcome so if there's anything that you think could have been done better or differently, please post a comment below and I can amend the instructions accordingly. This will also help others when they're preparing their own classes :)

Thank you for participating and I hope you enjoyed the class!

Tutor = KarenV

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Reminder - tie-on pillow finishing class

Just a little reminder that the tie-on pillow finishing class is in 2 weeks time, 24th and 25th of March. I used the finishing method on one of my stitched pieces today so that I could write the tutorial and take photos and it's all done and ready to go!

I know a few people are interested in this, so if you haven't decided yet, maybe this will help make up your mind:


Heart in Hand - Little House in the Woods

Details of materials required for the class can be found here. Cindy asked recently if the design had to be rectangular; I've never tried this type of finishing with a square design, but I think it would be fine. You might want to use 2 lengths of narrower ribbon each side to make your bows, one near the top and one near the bottom, rather than having one central bow, but I think it would look good as a square version of my rectangular pillow.

So, dig through your finished pieces or, if you haven't anything suitable, dig through your charts and stitch something up ready to join in! It doesn't have to be a large design - the one above is only 3.5"x5.5" including the fabric margin :-)

Posted by KarenV

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