customized gifts for mom Dorm Décor- Memory Pillow decorative pillow shams
Updated: :2020-03-09

My oldest daughter is off to college this month! She will be 1,600 miles away from home so I thought I’d make her a little something for her dorm room to help her remember us while she is away.


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Note: All seam allowances are 1/4”-wide unless otherwise indicated.

Step 1) Cut the fabric.

Cut the following:

Step 2) Print the fabric photo.

Select a photo to use for your pillow and resize/crop into a 7-1/2? square. Remember that 1/4? on each side will be taken up by the seam allowances.

Print your photo on printable fabric following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Trim photo to 7-1/2? square.

Step 3) Piece the pillow front.

Attach the quarter-inch foot to your machine. This foot will help you maintain an even ??-wide seam allowance as you piece together your pillow.

Following the guide below

Press all seam allowances to one side.

Following the guide, attach the upper and lower strips:

Following the guide, attach the side strips:

Following the guide

Following the guide, sew one 4? x 11? strip to each side of the pieced photo square. Press seam allowances to one side.

Following the guide

Press seam allowances to one side.

Step 4) Quilt the layers together.

Cut a 21? square of white fabric and a 20? square of white batting.

Make a “quilt sandwich”:

Attach the walking foot to your machinecustomized gifts for mom, or attach BERNINA Reverse Pattern Foot #1D and engage the BERNINA Dual Feed.

Insert a Quilting needle and thread your machine with 40-weight thread in the needle and 50-weight thread in the bobbin.

If your BERNINA sewing machine has a Sewing Advisor, select HEAVY WOVEN from the fabric type menu.

Select QUILTING, then select OK.

Stitch parallel straight lines across the pillow front borders, working in only one direction to help keep the fabric from bunching up. Do not stitch on the photo square!

When stitching is complete, trim the quilted pillow top so all layers are even, the sides are straight, and the corners square.

Step 5) Attach the covered cord or piping.

With the machine still in “quilting mode,” attach the cording/ piping foot (BERNINA Bulky Overlock Foot #12/12C) to your sewing machine. This foot will allow the piping (covered cord) to move easily under the foot and turn 90° at the corners.

Align the raw edges of the piping with the raw edge of the pillow front. Adjust the needle position so it stitches close to—but not on top of—the piping.

Begin stitching, leaving a 2?-long tail of piping at the beginning.

Sew the piping to the edges of the pillow top, clipping the piping at the corners to allow it to turn at 90°.

When you get back to where you started, clip the piping so it is even with the stitched down piping.

Unpick the stitches from the tail of piping you left at the beginning. Unwrap the cord and clip the cord out of this piece.

Fold under the raw edges at the end, feed in the remainder of the piping from the other end, and stitch the overlapped ends to the pillow front.

Step 6) Insert the zipper.

Attach the zipper foot to your sewing machine.

If your machine has Dual Feed, attach Zipper Foot #4 and engage Dual Feed.

Center the zipper over one 10? x 18? rectangle of fabric; there will be 1? or more of zipper extending past the ends.

Pin the right side of the fabric to the right side of the zipper; stitch in place.

Repeat for the second rectangle and the other side of the zipper.

Press the fabric seam allowances away from the zipper.

From the right side, edgestitch along the sides of the zipper.

Trim the pillow back to 18? square, avoiding the zipper.

Step 7) Construct the pillow.

Pin the pillow back to the front, right sides together.

Reattach the piping foot to your machine.

Stitch the pillow front to the back, sewing over the stitching used to attach the piping.

Trim away the excess zipper.

Unzip the zipper and turn the pillow right side out.

Insert the pillow form.

We finally decided to bite the bullet and install a DIY closet system in our master bedroom and I am SO EXCITED. We have never had what you would call a “nice” closet. The prior homes we lived in were built in the 1910’s or 1920’s and had tiny closets. Our current master bedroom has a nice-sized walk-in closet. It’s not gigantic to most people, but compared to what we are used to, it is!

Now that I have a little baby around again……I can’t help but make her baby booties.

Entryways and hallways are challenging areas for quick makeovers for various reasons. The entryway is the first impression into your living spaces while the hallways are the transition points from one room to the next, say, from the living room to the bedrooms.

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