Whew! I’ve been sewing all week to get my pillows finished and I think I’m ready to put the sewing machine away for awhile. Or at least ’til Monday. I’ve been putting together the pieces to the design plan in my head one little step at a timeandbringing you a few tutorials for Pillow Week that I hope have been an inspiration to you.

Here’s the last little tutorial for you from my sort-of major family room makeover.

I’m calling it my State of Bliss pillow. And I think you’re going to like it.

These are great for showing your love for your home state.

They’d also be great for a college student who has just left home, a friend who is moving out of state, or how about making a pair of them for a newlywed couple from different states?

Whatever you need one for, here’s how to do it:

Googleandprint out an outline of your state in the size you want on your pillow.

Then, using Heat ‘N Bondanda fabric of your choice, follow the instructions on the package to make an appliqué of your stateandiron it onto your pillow fabric. (Once again, I chose unbleached muslin to coordinate with my other pillows.)

Next, sew a straight stitch along the outline of your state in a contrasting color.

At this point, you may decide you like your design how it isandjust sew it upandgo have a latte.

Or, you can choose to add the state name like I did. In that case, print out your state name in a sizeandfont you like. I used a font called League Script #1 that I found at this site, which is a great place to find free fonts.

You’ll need to make a pattern for your stitching by tracing the state name onto your fabric. In order to do this, I printed my “tennessee” out in a mirror imageandthen traced the name onto the back of the pillow top. I did this so my pencil tracing wouldn’t show thru my stitches on the front. If your fabric is thick or dark, you can tape the patternandfabric onto a window to get a good tracing.

Once that’s done, you’re ready to stitch! Yes, I mean with an actual needleandthreadandembroidery floss. You can do this! Thread your needle with at least 3 strands of the flossandstart sewing over the pattern. Remember, using short, spread-out stitches on the back will give you longer stitches on the front.

When you’re done, the only thing left to do is sew up the pillow!

And now my sofasandchair have all new pillowsandmy sort-of major family room makeover is done.

I also made an “R” pillow with the freezer paper stencil method we talked about on Monday.

Here they all are, once more…

And not only do the pillows add a little style to the family room, they’re cozy too, as demonstrated by Lola.

You can catch a recap of the week of pillows by clicking hereandhere. And find lots more pillow inspiration by checking out my Throw Pillow Link Party here. Link yours up as well from now thru Monday.