Summer Pillow Tutorial

Summer pillow tutorial showing a cross stitch pillow finish. Featuring a beehive with two bees and pretty flowers
Hi everyone, Summer Pillow tutorial now ready!
This summer pillow tutorial is perfect for finishing some of your little cross stitch pieces, there is also a link to the pattern below.
I decided to use this pretty blue fabric instead of my original choice of bee fabric to make this pretty summer pillow tutorial. I  liked the blue as it matched the threads used in the summer letters.
The pretty little bee charm finished it off, I think it turned out quite cute!
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.
Summer pillow tutorial to make a cross stitch pillow finish
Summer pillow tutorial showing a cross stitch pillow finish. Featuring a beehive with two bees and pretty flowers
Summer pillow tutorial showing a cross stitch pillow finish. Featuring a beehive with two bees and pretty flowers
Press the seams
Summer pillow tutorial showing a cross stitch pillow finish. Featuring a beehive with two bees and pretty flowers
All border pieces measured 2 1/4 inches wide using about a 1/4 inch seam allowance
Summer pillow tutorial showing a cross stitch pillow finish. Featuring a beehive with two bees and pretty flowers
Summer pillow tutorial showing a cross stitch pillow finish. Featuring a beehive with two bees and pretty flowers
I chose to use lightweight interfacing for the back piece of fabric but you can use medium weight if you prefer.
Summer pillow tutorial showing a cross stitch pillow finish. Featuring a beehive with two bees and pretty flowers
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
Summer pillow tutorial showing a cross stitch pillow finish. Featuring a beehive with two bees and pretty flowers
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.
Summer pillow tutorial showing a cross stitch pillow finish. Featuring a beehive with two bees and pretty flowers
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
Summer pillow tutorial showing a cross stitch pillow finish. Featuring a beehive with two bees and pretty flowers
All the pillows are made using free cross stitch patterns from my blog, this Summer pattern can be found here
Reverse sides of pillows
Until next time, happy stitching!
Best Wishes and Happy Stitching.
Lynn B

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6 Comments

  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.