Project Perfect Patio Outdoor Pillows and Runner

By Kelly Laws

Skill Level: Beginner  

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Brighten up any patio seating arrangement with these colorful outdoor pillows and the matching table runner for your coffee table or dining table. Use durable fabrics and these quick and easy decor sewing projects will liven up your space in no time! Download printable instructions.

Materials:

  • Spool of polyester embroidery thread
  • All-purpose thread to match fabrics
  • 1 yard stripe outdoor fabric for pillows
  • 2/3” yards yellow canvas for pillow and piping
  • 1 yard red outdoor home décor fabric for pillows
  • Two 14” pillow forms
  • Two 16” pillow forms
  • Synthetic clothesline (50 ft x 3/16”)
  • Baby Lock Cut-Away stabilizer
  • Fiberfill pillow stuffing
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Chalk
  • Pins

Tools:

  • Baby Lock Sewing & Embroidery Machine
  • Narrow Zipper Foot (ESG-NZF)
  • LetterWorks III
  • Embroidery software, such as Baby Lock Palette or Designer's Gallery

Steps:

  1. Open LetterWorks III.

  2. Select the text icon and click to create text.

  3. Select View then select hoop. Choose the 130mm x 180mm (5”x 7”) hoop.

  4. In the properties box type the letter and choose the Cheers font.

  5. Change the size to 5”. Because this goes outside the recommended size for this font in satin stitch, changed the fill pattern.

  6. Select the Fill tab. Change the Fill type on the drop down menu to Fancy then select a fill pattern and apply it.

  7. Once you have the desired initial, save the design.

  8. Use your transfer system to transfer the design and write to card. Place it in the machine.

  9. To Make Custom Piping for the pillows:

    1. Cut 8 strips 1-1/2” wide x width of the fabric from the yellow canvas.

    2. Connect the strips together to make one long piece.

    3. Place the narrow zipper foot on the machine select a straight stitch and adjust the needle position left or right as needed so the needle does not strike the foot.

    4. Fold the canvas strip over the clothesline. Use the narrow zipper foot to stitch close the piping cord.

  10. Red Initial Pillows follow the next set of steps:

    1. Cut four 16” squares from the red outdoor fabric.

    2. Set up the machine for embroidery mode.

    3. Hoop a piece of cut away stabilizer and 16” square of red fabric, centering it in the hoop.

    4. Embroider the letter.

    5. Once the embroidery is complete, clip jump threads and remove it from the machine and hoop.

    6. Repeat this for one more of the red squares.

    7. Set the machine in sewing mode.

    8. Make custom piping as described above.

    9. Align the seam allowance of the newly created piping cord along the raw edge of one of the embroidered red squares.

    10. Stitch piping around the outer edge slightly rounding the corners and overlapping the ends.

    11. Place a solid red square with right sides facing the embroidered piece and pin in place.

    12. Stitch the front and back together leaving a 6” opening along the lower edge.

    13. Turn right side out and lightly press.

    14. Insert pillow form and whip-stitch opening closed.

    15. Repeat for the remaining red pillow.

  11. To make the Stripe Accent Pillows follow the next set of steps:

    1. Cut four 14” squares from the stripe outdoor fabric.

    2. Set the machine in sewing mode.

    3. Make custom piping as described above.

    4. Align the seam allowance of the newly created piping cord along the raw edge of one of the striped squares.

    5. Stitch piping around the outer edge slightly rounding the corners and overlapping the ends.

    6. Place a second square with right sides facing and pin in place. Stitch the front and back together leaving a 6” opening along the lower edge.

    7. Turn right side out and lightly press.

    8. Insert pillow form and whip-stitch opening closed.

    9. Repeat for the remaining stripe pillow.

  12. To make the Small Initial Pillow follow the next set of steps:

    1. Cut two 11” squares from the yellow outdoor canvas.

    2. Set up the machine for embroidery mode.

    3. Hoop a piece of cut away stabilizer and one square centering it in the hoop.

    4. Embroider the letter. Once the embroidery is complete, clip jump threads and remove it from the machine and hoop.

    5. Set the machine in sewing mode.

    6. Place the other yellow square with right sides facing to the embroidered piece and pin in place.

    7. Stitch the front and back together leaving a 4” opening along the lower edge.

    8. Turn right side out and lightly press.

    9. Insert fiberfill until firm. Whip-stitch the opening closed.

  13. To make the Table Runner follow the next set of steps:

    1. Cut two strips 7” x length of table + 8” from the stripe fabric.

    2. Place the strips right side together and using a 1/2" seam allowance stitch around all edges leaving a small 3 - 4” opening along one of the long sides.

    3. Turn and lightly Press.

    4. Whip-stitch the opening closed.

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