Illustrated instructions to DIY an applique monogram pillow to add to your home decor. Simple, step by step sewing and applique tutorial.

So, it should come as no surprise that I’ve been diagnosed with “monogrammed pillow-specific  OCD”.  The embroidered monogram pillow for our master bedroom was fine.  Eyebrows were raised when I followed that with a french knot-filled block K pillow for Kate’s dorm room.  This latest pillow for our guest room was the final straw and prompted the family to hold an intervention. I’ve promised to lay off the monogram pillows for a bit.  The definition of ‘a bit’ was left undefined…yippee!  Anyway, our guest room has been the focus of (some of) my attention since I hung the plate wall in the room.  The plate wall was followed by repainting a lamp and sewing pillows for the bed.  Getting these tasks done motivated me to really make the room a welcoming spot for our family and friend guests.  

I wanted to stretch my skills a bit on this pillow and so I tackled hand-applique, a technique I’ve never attempted before.  I’ve got to say that my one little letter was quite doable for someone brand new to applique.  In other words, if I can do it, so can you.  I spent some time researching the process and realized my skill set was best suited for the freezer-paper method of applique.

Here’s what you will need to make a hand-appliqued monogram pillow:

  • Freezer Paper, found in the grocery store where parchment paper and aluminum foil are
  • Your pattern.  Once again, I searched the internet and found a font that I wanted to use.  I typed ‘free font S’ into my google search bar and then clicked ‘images’ to see what I could honestly download and print.  This is what I decided to use.  You’ll notice that my pillow’s ‘S’ does not have the fancy flourish on the end…my applique skills weren’t quite up to that challenge.  But I’m so o.k. with that.Font WS S
  • Fabric you will use for your letter
  • Fabric you will use for your pillow
  • Pillow form (mine is 18″X18″)
  • Scissors
  • Needle, thread and straight pins
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Spray Starch

Here’s How to Make a Hand-Appliqued Monogram Pillow:

  • Print off your letter in your desired size. I re-sized my ‘S’ in Microsoft Picture Manager so that it filled a large document (8.5″ by 11″ or 1024 pixels by 768 pixels) and printed it off.  My pillow was 18″ by 18″ and the ‘S’ that filled up an 8.5″ by 11″ piece of paper was pretty perfect.  

Illustrated instructions to DIY an applique monogram pillow to add to your home decor. Simple, step by step sewing and applique tutorial.

  • Carefully cut letter out.  
  • Tear off three sheets of the freezer paper, big enough that your letter will fit on it.
  • Iron the three sheets together.  For those of you unfamiliar with freezer paper (as I was) seems that there is some wax on one side of the paper.  I put one sheet, wax side down, on my ironing board, followed by the other two, also wax side down.  Then I ironed the top one (not the wax side…guessing that would make a mess of your iron).  This process makes a rather stiff piece of paper.
  • Turn your cut out letter backwards and placed it wax-side down on the wrong side of my fabric.  Truth time…the first time I did it I did not think to turn it backwards…live and learn. Cut out your Freezer Paper Letter.
  • Iron the letter onto your fabric.

Illustrated instructions to DIY an applique monogram pillow to add to your home decor. Simple, step by step sewing and applique tutorial.

  • Cut out your letter on the fabric, leaving a good 1/2″ around the letter.  You can always trim it later if you need.

Illustrated instructions to DIY an applique monogram pillow to add to your home decor. Simple, step by step sewing and applique tutorial.

  • Using your scissors, make some cuts in the fabric so that it will curve around your letter pattern.  Illustrated instructions to DIY an applique monogram pillow to add to your home decor. Simple, step by step sewing and applique tutorial.
  • Spray some starch into the lid and use your finger to dampen each cut area before you iron it down.  In some areas, where I cut too close to the paper, I used somefraycheck to kind of glue the threads so that they didn’t fray.  It’s a slowish process, I’d make a cut, starch it, iron it and so forth.  Just have some good music or a good show on TV.
  • Once you’re done, give the whole piece a good ironing, checking for any frayed areas.  
  • Carefully cut the freeze paper letter out from your fabric letter.

Illustrated instructions to DIY an applique monogram pillow to add to your home decor. Simple, step by step sewing and applique tutorial.

  • Check again for any frays and give it another good ironing.  
  • Some folks recommended using an applique glue to adhere your applique to the fabric.  I was doing this at 8 p.m. and had no intention of going out, so I pressed on without it and it worked fine for me.  
  • Pin your applique where it needs to be on your pillow fabric.  I used many pins to make sure it didn’t move at all.  Then it’s time to sew your letter onto your pillow.  I started from underneath the fabric and had my needle go out the side of the applique and then back into the fabric right underneath where it came out on the applique.  You can’t see the stitches at all.  

Illustrated instructions to DIY an applique monogram pillow to add to your home decor. Simple, step by step sewing and applique tutorial.

  • Sew your pillow cover together, insert your form and voila!
  • It was really a very easy and relatively quick process.  You could easily do it in a day, but I did mine in 2 evenings…start to finish. 

I sewed two additional pillows in the pinky-red fabric to go behind the monogrammed pillow and can comfortably say that I am done sprucing up the guest room. Illustrated instructions to DIY an applique monogram pillow to add to your home decor. Simple, step by step sewing and applique tutorial.

 In addition to the plate wall, the pillows and the lamp, I made a couple other improvements to the room:

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  • Used gold spray paint to jazz up a digital clock and a frame.  The frame holds the WIFI password for our home which was an idea I’ve seen around the web, but most recently on BowerPower.Illustrated instructions to DIY an applique monogram pillow to add to your home decor. Simple, step by step sewing and applique tutorial.
  • Purchased a bedside carafe.  I’ve  been planning to add this to my guest room for well over year, but spiffy-ing up the room gave me the kick in the butt I needed to finally order it. 

Illustrated instructions to DIY an applique monogram pillow to add to your home decor. Simple, step by step sewing and applique tutorial.

Illustrated instructions to DIY an applique monogram pillow to add to your home decor. Simple, step by step sewing and applique tutorial.

  • I purchased the Gold Mirrored Tabletop Tray at CostPlus World Market.  This tray was truly kismet.  I had to go to World Market to get some green tea Mochi for my son as that was his request for his ‘birthday cake’…he’s 16, what can I say.  Anyway, while there a very nice sales associate asked me if I found everything I needed, which prompted me to think that I needed a tray for this room.  So I asked where the serving trays were, she took to me them and lo and behold they were 20% off!  Then she asked if I was a Explorer member, which I am, as there was currently a 10% off coupon for all Explorer members which I could pull up on my phone and use that day in the store.  But…and here’s the kismet part…when I pulled up my account on my phone I also had a 15% off coupon that they sent me for my birthday month!  So I was able to apply both the 20% promo and the 15% off coupon on my tray.  Honestly, how could I walk away??  
  • And finally,  because I just can’t leave well enough alone, I succumbed to the call of my can of gold spray paint and hit up the luggage rack.  Now this luggage rack was purely utilitarian…nothing pretty about it.  But that’s not to say that it can’t be jazzed up a bit.  luggage rack after luggage rack before

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used a can ofRustoleum Universal Metallic in Pure Gold which is a Primer and Paint in one spray.  The black straps easily unscrewed from the frame.  I was able to sew the fabric over the black netting with my 30+ year-old hand-me-down sewing machine and then I just screwed the covered straps right back on.  Easy peasy.

Illustrated instructions to DIY an applique monogram pillow to add to your home decor. Simple, step by step sewing and applique tutorial. So there you go! The vacancy sign is once again hanging after the minor remodel.  I had fun upgrading this room with very minimal investment and it feels good to check something off my ‘to-do list’ that’s been there for over a year!

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24 Comments

  1. rosemarie

    September 11, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Perfect finishing touches for a sweet room

    Reply
    • lynn

      September 11, 2015 at 10:34 am

      Thanks Rosey! Sorry it wasn’t together when you were here, but it’s ready for your next visit.

      Reply
  2. Evelyn

    September 11, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Your instructions are fantastic and sooooooo understandable. I can’t wait to try making this pillow.

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    • lynn

      September 11, 2015 at 10:35 am

      Thanks Evelyn! I enjoyed making it…it came together quite quickly.

      Reply
  3. Aunt Pam

    September 11, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I think that we’ll need to check it out soon!!

    Reply
    • lynn

      September 11, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      We have vacancies! Call the reservation line to set a date!

      Reply
  4. Jen

    September 11, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    I LOVE this!! What a beautiful project! Would you mind sharing a link to this post on my link party that started today? I may even feature it in next week’s post! 🙂 http://classyandcrafty.com/2015/09/11/the-beautifully-creative-inspired-link-party-2/

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    • lynn

      September 11, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      Sure Jen, thanks for your kind words! I’ll head over there now.

      Reply
  5. Leigh Powell Hines

    September 16, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    That is really attractive. Great job.

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    • lynn

      September 17, 2015 at 6:32 am

      Thanks Leigh! I had fun doing it.

      Reply
  6. Jen

    September 18, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your link at my link party! I chose to feature it on todays post! 🙂 You can go here to check it out: http://classyandcrafty.com/2015/09/18/the-beautifully-creative-inspired-link-party-3/

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    • lynn

      September 20, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      Thanks for featuring me Jen!

      Reply
  7. Denise/DIY Crush

    November 4, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Oh my, this is such a great, detailed tutorial!! Love it and so love your entire guest bedroom!!! Stopping by from #WAYWOW! I’d love to have you come over and link your post up to my craft party which starts at 7pm EST. and is new every Thursday! I also pin every post!

    http://www.diy-crush.com/blog/category/link-party/

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    • lynn

      November 4, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      Hi Denise, thanks for stopping by and for your kind words. I will head to your party tomorrow. Thanks for the invite!

      Reply
  8. kristiina

    November 5, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    I LOVE everything about this. I saw some large plain pillow covers at IKEA and I had planned on stenciling my initial and one for my husband for our master bed…but this looks much more high end 🙂 NIce! -kristiina
    #waywow

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    • lynn

      November 6, 2015 at 6:45 am

      Hi Kristina, thanks for stopping by. First of all, love the name of your blog! It’s fun and says a lot with just a few words :}

      I highly recommend trying this. I had NEVER appliqued before doing this and so was very doable for a beginner… and it came together just as I had hoped. just make sure you reverse your letter before you cut fabric. That was the only minor glitch I encountered.

      Have a fantastic day.

      Lynn

      Reply
  9. Tammy

    November 7, 2015 at 8:25 am

    I love this pillow and how it looks in your room…perfect touch! Thank you for sharing at Share it One More Time

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    • lynn

      November 7, 2015 at 4:25 pm

      Hi Tammy, thanks for visiting. Really enjoy browsing your site and being inspired by he ways you repurpose and give new life to ‘old’ things. My goal in 2016 is do more projects like that and I’ll be coming to your site for guidance.
      Have a great weekend.
      Lynn

      Reply
  10. Claire

    November 9, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Lovely cushion and great tutorial. Thanks !

    Reply
    • lynn

      November 9, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      Thanks Claire, I’m pretty tickled with it. And BTW…your Advent Calendar is too cute for words. The paper you used is just charming…loved that you recycled it.
      Thanks for visiting today,
      Lynn

      Reply
  11. Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    November 9, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    What a gorgeous guest room! Do you mind if I move right in? It’s ready for guests, right? But do I have to leave! I want this room, apple crumble and to take over your desk! LOL I love the red material you used in the room, so warm and inviting and the monogram looks incredible, I had never heard of using freezer paper, it worked really well! Love it!

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    • lynn

      November 9, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      The freezer paper made the process so easy…really. I had never appliqued before this project, so if I can do it anyone can. And remember, you are more than welcome to live in my guest room as long and you give me your motivational pep talks all day!
      Thanks, Lynn

      Reply
  12. Stacey

    November 9, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    So cute!! I love the personalized touch you’ve added to the room.

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    • lynn

      November 10, 2015 at 6:04 am

      Thanks Stacey! I’d love to find another opportunity to make another pillow, probably as a gift. Need to be on the lookout for a good chance.

      Reply

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