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Summer Pillow Tutorial

Hi everyone, Summer Pillow tutorial now ready!

Apologies for the delay in uploading this tutorial, I am usually a bit more organised but the craft room makeover took up my time.

I decided to use this pretty blue fabric instead of my original choice of bee fabric, I liked the blue as it matched the threads used in the summer letters. I attached a pretty little bee charm to finish it off, I think it turned out quite cute!
Don’t forget if you want to join in a stitch along for the summer pattern you can read about it here in this blog post      you can also see the materials list to finish your pillow.
You will need medium weight interfacing for each piece, you can use iron on if you prefer but for this pillow I used the stitch in interfacing.
I cut the pieces the length of the design and cut the fabric 2 1/4 inches wide using about a  1/4 inch seam allowance on all seams.     
Press the seams 
All border pieces measured 2 1/4 inches wide using about a 1/4 inch seam allowance 
I chose to use lightweight interfacing for the back piece of fabric but you can use medium weight if you prefer.
Put right sides together and stitch all around the sides leaving an opening large enough for your hand to go inside. Turn pillow right way round and iron the pillow neatening the edges and pressing.
Fill pillow with polyester wadding and slip stitch opening together
It is at this point that I iron the pillow as much as possible as this really does make a difference to the finished pillow.
Place the pillow to the edge of your ironing board or a work surface, I use the steam setting to really press the seams.
If you wish to make the oblong pillow just omit the top and bottom border fabric pieces.
This oblong pillow measures  12 inches wide by 4.5 inches high
All the pillows are made using free cross stitch patterns from my blog 
Reverse sides of pillows
Don’t forget if you join in the stitch along you have a chance to enter the draw for one person to win the blue bee pillow with the charm attached, together with some other charms I will put together for the winner.
Until next time, happy stitching!
Best Wishes and Happy Stitching.
Lynn B




  1. April 20, 2019 / 9:32 am

    Son unos cojines adorables ,me encantan ,los bordados maravillosos ,gracias por compartir !!!!!!!!!!
    Besos y feliz fin de semana

  2. April 20, 2019 / 9:32 am

    Your little summer pillow is adorable – the charm adds the perfect finishing touch! Good work Lynn. Have you visited the Notre Dame cathedral? I am saddened by the fire. I have always dreamed of visiting this cathedral – so much history in one place.

  3. April 20, 2019 / 9:32 am

    Lovely bee pillows .
    My one is almost ready I will send a photo later today.
    We now have 4 free days after so many busy weeks .
    Looking forward to stitching and relaxing .
    Enjoy your day.

  4. April 20, 2019 / 9:32 am

    Thank you for the tutorial – very clear. I always get a bit muddled when I'm finishing off my cross stitch projects, but you have simplified it. Hopefully will get it right next time by following this.

  5. April 20, 2019 / 9:32 am

    Love the pillow and beautiful finishing. Thank you for sharing the how to.

  6. April 20, 2019 / 9:32 am

    Really good tutorial, Lynn.