Gypsy Queen Patchwork Pillow

Pat Bravo Decorative Pillow BERNINA

While organizing my sewing room a couple of weeks ago, I came across some Artisan Fabrics that I had laying around, and of course I had to come up with a new project for it. So I decided to create this bohemian Gypsy Queen Pillow Case, which also has a bit of The Denim Studio by AGF. Have fun creating this artsy piece of  home décor with some amazing decorative stitches!

Materials to sew the Gypsy Queen Pillow Case:

Cutting Instructions:

  • Cut 2 (two) 1″ by 10″ of  FABRIC A
  • Cut 2 (two) 1″ by 10″ of  FABRIC B
  • Cut 2 (two) 1″ by 10″ of  FABRIC C
  • Cut 2 (two) 1″ by 10″ of  FABRIC D
  • Cut 2 (two) 1″ by 10″ of  FABRIC E
  • Cut 2 (two) 9″ by 10″ of  FABRIC F
  • Cut 2 (two) 9″ by 15″ of  FABRIC F
  • 6″ by 10″ of batting
  • Cut 2 (two) 9″ by 10″ of batting

Step 1: Decorative Stitches

Prep your sewing machine with Open embroidery foot #20/#20C/#20D and thread it with Aurifil cotton thread #2783. Get the first 9″ by 10″ of  FABRIC F and 1 (one) 9″ by 10″ of batting.

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Change stitch number on your machine to decorative stitch #468, or a decorative stitch of your choice.

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Prior to stitching, using your erasable pen to trace three lines 1” apart (from edge of the fabric to the right) for a guide to follow while sewing.

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Once the first row is complete, change the stitch number to #117, or choose a different decorative stitch.

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Follow the next drawn line as a guide while sewing.

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Now go back to stitch #468 (or the first decorative stitch used), but this time you will turn your piece to sew in the other direction. Now, you will have a piece looking like this. Trim extra batting and repeat the same step with the last 9″ by 10″ piece of  FABRIC F.

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Step 2: Center Piece Decorative Stitching

Take all the 1″ by 10″ pieces of  FABRIC A, B, C, D and E and place them as shown below.

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Replace the presser foot to the all-purpose Reverse pattern foot #1/#1C/#1D and use straight stitch #1.

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Using a 1/4” seam allowance, stitch the first two strips together from top to bottom.

Gypsy_Pillow_Tutorial_ stitch the first two strips together from top to bottom.

Press seams to the side.

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Continue by adding the next strip to sew with a 1/4″ seam, right sides together.

NOTE: In order to have straight edges when sewing strips, flip the direction in which you are stitching. That way, the final piece will not have curvy edges.

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Continue pressing seams to the same side as you stitch them.

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Continue with the rest of the fabric pieces following the order on the first image above. You will end up with a piece looking like this, don’t forget to trim the edges.

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Replace your presser foot to the Open embroidery foot #20/#20C/#20D and change the stitch number to #655.

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Stitch only on Fabric E stripes.

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Your piece will now look like this.
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Lastly, attach all three sides together. Remember to change the presser foot of your machine back to the all-purpose Reverse pattern foot #1/#1C/#1D and change stitch to straight stitch #1.

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For the backing of your pillow, take the remaining  2 (two) 9″ by 15″ of  FABRIC F and follow Step 3- Pillow Backing of The Essence Pillow Case  and you are good to go!

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