Swiss Cross Pillow


Materials to make a 16″ pillow:
1/2 yard of linen
8 inch square of felted wool
16″ Pillow Form
Coordinating DMC Floss
Pins, Tapestry Needle, Scissors, Sewing Machine, Iron, and Ironing Board



1. Print cross template and cut out.  Pin to wool square and cut shape out.



2. Cut one 17 ” square and two 17″ x 11″ rectangles out of linen.  Pin cross to center of 17″ square.  Using 3 strands of the embroidery floss and a tapestry needle, blanket stitch cross onto linen.



Blanket stitch: Come up through the back of the linen to the edge of the cross (A).  Bring needle back down at (B) catching cross fabric and linen.  Come back up through linen to edge of cross at (C) making sure you catch the thread under the needle. Continue in this manner all the way around cross.
 See photo above.



3. To make the envelope pillow, take the two 17″ x 11″ back pieces and with the right side facing down on the ironing board, turn up raw edge 1/4″ on one of the 17″ sides and press.  Turn up another 1/4″ again and press.  Pin and sew just inside folded edge. Repeat with other 17″ x 11″ piece.
See photo below.



4. Lay the square with the blanket stitch cross facing up.  Take one the the 17″ x 11″ pieces and lay it face down on top of the square lining up the 17″ raw side with the edge of the square and with the finished edge towards the middle.  Next, lay the second back piece face down with it’s raw edges lined up to the bottom square and the finished edge towards the center. The centers will overlap.  Pin edges together and using a 1/2″ seam allowance sew all the way around the outer edge.  I zig-zag stitched the raw edges to prevent fraying.  Turn pillow right side out and stuff with a 16″ pillow form.

See photo below.






Link to printable instructions and Swiss Cross template. 

Find more DIY pillow projects here.


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