A sharp addition to crisp, modern bedding is a monogrammed throw pillow, or two. A monogram still looks very smart and custom, even when painted on with fabric paint. You don't want to leave the monogram hanging there in the middle of the pillow front. Add some coordinating, hi contrast trim for elegant detail.
What You Need
3/4 yard medium weight fabric
3 yards twill tape (available at a fabric store)
small foam paint brush
Sulky brand temporary spray adhesive
fusible hem tape
Measure, mark and cut out a 13" x 21" fabric rectangle.
To get a nice looking pillow shape, you need to bow the corners. Here's the formula:
First, make a chalk mark 1/2" from each corner on each side. Next, divide the measurement of each side by 4. Now, measure in from the corners and make a mark measuring 1/4 of the entire length of that side.
Using a ruler, draw a line that connects the 1/2" corner mark on one side to the 1/4 distance mark on the adjacent side. See photos.
Cut along the chalked lines to get a bowed pillow shape
Measure and lightly chalk a rectangle where the trim will be sewn. I came in 2" from the cut edge on each side.
Using the temporary spray adhesive or using straight pins, line up the trim around the chalked rectangle, pin corners in place.
Now, stitch the trim in place, stitching 1/8" from one edge of the trim and 1/8" from the other edge.
Determine where the monogram will go.
Spray the back side of the stencil with temporary adhesive, press in place. Carefully dab paint onto stencil, repeat, let dry and repeat again, let dry. Lift up stencil and clean up lines if needed.
Cut out two rectangles 3" taller than the pillow
On each rectangle, make a 3" fold from one long side and press in place. Slip 2 rows of fusible hem tape inside the fold and fuse the folds into the fabric.
Place the two hemmed rectangles right side up on a flat surface. Overlap the top piece 4" over the bottom piece.
Pin the monogrammmed fabric piece face down on the two overlapped pieces, centering the overlap. Pin them all together. Using the front piece as the pattern, cut out the back (overlapped) pieces to fit. Stitch the pieces together at a 1/2" seam allowance. Clip the corners. Turn the pillow cover right side out. Insert pillow form.
I also stitched a deep blue violet ribbon around the edge of a white pillow case to add extra detail to my bedding.
(Images: Shelly Leer)