Free Design: Monogrammed Pillow Panel

September 1, 2019By Joanne BankoFree Design of the Month, Projects, Sewing 1 Comment Opinion by Paid Consultant

Finished size of Pillow Panel

  • Measures approximately 9-inches from top to bottom and side to side.

This accent pillow will transform a room in a flash! Use our Brother Free Design of the Month to make a striking pillow with a monogram added to the center. You’ll find this project quick to complete. As a bonus, the pillow panel slips on and off making it easy to maintain. Gather your supplies and let’s go sew!

Materials and Supplies

Note: The free design fits within a 4-inch hoop. This project features multiple motifs for a combination design stitched in an 8-inch Hoop.
  • Brother Embroidery Thread, Bobbin Thread, and size 11 embroidery needle for embroidering.
  • SA5929 Brother cut-away stabilizer, or Brother 5810 medium weight tear-away stabilizer.
  • Temporary adhesive spray for securing fabric without hooping it between the inner and outer ring of the frame.
  • Basic sewing notions including a wash out marker, a quilting ruler, and thread to match ribbon.
  • A square of solid colored medium weight fabric for the pillow panel piece. See instructions below for recommended sizes. Light weight interfacing for fusing to wrong side of fabric.
  • 2 ½ yards of 7/8-inch wide grosgrain ribbon for trimming edges of pillow panel and adding loops to attach panel to pillow.
  • Ready-made or custom-made 18-inch pillow.
Tip: Select fabric, ribbon and a pillow in a color combination that compliments your décor.
Note: Machines used for this project: Brother PR670e for embroidering the pillow panel and Brother NS1750D for sewing the finished item.

Brother Free Design Download

  • 2.08” Wide X 1.93” High.
Figure #1

Steps to Create Pillow Panel

1. Project features a 12-inch square of medium weight faux suede with tricot interfacing fused to the back. To avoid obvious hoop marks on the faux suede, cut-away was placed in an 8-inch hoop, the wrong side of the fabric piece was sprayed with temporary adhesive, and then the fabric layer was secured to the stabilizer. See example in Figure #2.

Figure #2

For home décor fabrics that can be hooped, cut a piece of fabric large enough to fit the hoop, add stabilizer, and hoop them as one. Be sure to fuse a layer of lightweight interfacing to wrong side of fabric

2. Transfer design to your machine. Create a combination design using the free design and a monogram letter or large letter from your built-in menu of fonts. In this example multiple designs were mirror imaged and rotated to form a frame around the monogram letter. Designs were moved to the outer edge of the 8-inch hoop to maximize the size of the design. See Figure #3.

Figure #3

3. Embroider the combination design. This example features a single thread color to coordinate with ribbon trim. Note that the floral accents stitch after the letter is formed, so these were elements eliminated. See Figure #4.

Figure #4

4. Remove fabric from hoop. Trim excess stabilizer. Press, following guidelines for your selected fabric.

Tip: Use a press cloth or press from the wrong side when working with faux suede.

Cut fabric into a 9-inch square, with the design centered on the fabric. Next, use a ruler to draw diagonal lines evenly spaced 2-inches from outer edges of motifs, forming a diamond shape in the process. Beginning at the top, shape ribbon around the diamond, folding the corners and slightly overlapping the marked lines. Leave 1-inch excess then trim ribbon. See Figure #5.

Figure #5
Note: Yellow lines indicate markings on fabric underneath ribbon.

5. Set up sewing machine for a zigzag stitch set for width 2.0 and length 2.0. Add pins to secure ribbon lengths before stitching. Begin by stitching along the inner edge of the ribbon to secure to fabric piece. Place piece on a flat surface and trim fabric along the outside edge of the ribbons, cutting on previously drawn lines. Note that you want to trim just enough so raw edge of fabric is covered by ribbons. See Figure #6.

Figure #6
Tip: If you are concerned with your fabric raveling consider using pinking shears for trimming.

6. Fold raw edges under at the top point and press. Zigzag across folded points to keep them flat. See Figure #7.

Figure #7

Next, zigzag along outer edge of ribbon. See Figure #8.

Figure #8

Your pillow panel is almost complete. See right and wrong side of piece below:


7. To create two loops cut two pieces of ribbon measuring 24-inches long. Layer ends of ribbon under each point and attach with a straight stitch, forming one loop for top to bottom of panel and one loop for side to side. See example of stitching below:

8. Wrap panel around pillow and straighten out the loops. See below:

Adjust so panel is centered on the front. You are finished! Enjoy!

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One Comment

  • What a great project! Quick and easy with a contemporary stylish look. It will make a perfect personalized housewarming gift for a new dorm room, new apartment, or new home. Thanks for the clear instructions.

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