DIY Applique Pillowcase – A floral applique pillowcase will add a cozy touch to any room in your home everyone will love!
Patchwork projects made with floral applique always look great in any room, and this time I have a new tutorial for you to make!
On this DIY you will find the steps to follow to make a pillow case with a floral applique design to make a pillowcase, but you can also use it as a mini quilt to put on a table or maybe you will love to use is as a wall hanging!
I’m sure you might have all the materials you need to make this applique pillowcase at home!
DIY Applique Pillowcase
Tools and supplies to make the Floral applique pillowcase
- 1 piece of cotton 100% fabric any color you want to use for the center of the pillow case of 12 x 12 inches
- 4 strips of cotton fabric 100% on any color you want to use of 14 x 2 inches each piece.
- 1 piece of thin batting fabric of 13 x 13 inches
- 1 piece of any fabric for the back of the quilting sandwich of 13.5 x 13.5 inches
- 2 pieces of any fabric you want to use for the back of the pillow case of 14 x 8 inches each one
- Floral Applique Pillowcase Free pattern
- Scissors ( for fabric and for paper)
- Thread, you can use polyester or cotton
- Safety pins
- Sewing Machine
DIY Applique Pillowcase – Step by Step
Step 1 – Mark The Applique Design On The Fabric
Download the free pattern and make two copies of it.
Put on your work table the pattern and lay over it the fabric piece for the pillow case, pinch four pins and take the fabric with the pattern to a window or a light box to trace the applique design with a pencil or a marker for fabrics.
You can take the fabric piece with the pinned paper pattern under to a window or place it on a light box to mark the pattern on the fabric.
Step 2 – How To Applique The Flower Stems
Cut on the bias a green fabric 3/4 inch, fold the bias in half and stitch it by hand on the first line marked on the fabric for the stems. Fold the bias up to cover the seam and do the applique stitching to close the stems.
Step 3 – How To Do The Applique
For the basket or the vase, cut out the pattern from the paper pattern and place each piece on a fabric, pinch a couple of pins on each piece and cut out each piece from the fabric adding 1/4 inch for the seam.
Fold the seam to the back of each piece and mark it with your fingers. You can do some basting stitches to keep the seams folded on each piece or you can use the glue technique.
Once you get both pieces ready, place each one on its place on the fabric and do the applique stitching of each piece, don’t forget to remove the paper pattern out from each piece.
You can cut out the fabric from the pillow case fabric when you finish the applique of both pieces.
You can continue working on the applique of all the pieces for the leaves and flowers, at this time each piece is small, you can cut out each piece from the pattern or just cut out a piece of fabric and do the applique of each piece as each piece is already traced on the fabric.
Step 4 – How To Do The Hand Quilting
Press the piece with warm iron, and trim the piece to 10.5 x 10.5 inches.
With the help of a patchwork ruler and a pencil, trace a line from one corner to the other corner diagonally, then mark the rest of the lines one inch apart, do the same with the other two corners.
Step 5 – Hand Quilting
Lay on your table the piece of fabric for the back of the quilting sandwich, lay over it the batting fabric and lay over it the pillow case piece. Pinch a few safety pins.
Your piece is ready to do the hand quilting.
When you finish the hand quilting, it should look like this (photo below)
Step 6 – Trim Out The Pillow Case Front Piece
Do a basting stitching all around the four sides of the piece on the edge, trim out the batting fabric and the fabric for the back.
Step 7 – Do The Embroidery
On this step, you can do all the embroidery, the stems will be done with back stitches, and the rest of the embroidery will be done with long stitches. Use one single gray thread, it can be the regular thread you use or it can be DMC embroidery floss.
Step 8 – Sew On The Pillow Cover
On the two pieces of fabric for the back of the pillow case, fold 3/8″ twice to the back on one side, top stitch on this seam.
Lay both pieces on your work table, and over lap the two pieces to make the back piece for the pillowcase back, (you can sew on a zipper or Velcro)
Lay over this piece the pillowcase front piece and fold twice each side to the front to cover the edge of the pillowcase, pinch a few pins and do the same on the four sides.
Hand stitching or by machine to close all around the pillowcase.
Your applique pillowcase is finished and it looks beautiful!
The Floral Applique Pillowcase can be used as a pillow, but also can be used on a table as a mini quilt or as a wall hanging.
I hope you like this new patchwork tutorial, if you make it and if you share a photo on Social Media, you can add the #patchworkwithalex so I can see it. Don’t forget to give me credit on your Social Media post.
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