Sleeping in a freshly made bed is one of life’s little treats, so why not upgrade the experience with this beautiful DIY embroidered pillowcase tutorial by Amanda Bryde. Decorative hand-stitched florals make everything better.
Use them to give a tired set of linen a new lease of life, or to fancy up a plain set and give your bedroom a sunny spring vibe. Amanda’s template for her DIY embroidered pillowcase design is in issue 96 and is easily customisable – to go all out, repeat it along the top of a duvet cover and make yourself a matching set.
If you prefer a quick-stitch option, lift elements of the design and stitch as small accent motifs in the corner of a pillowcase instead. If you’re new to embroidery check out our embroidery for beginners guide and pick up everything you need from our embroidery starter kit round-up.
- White cotton pillowcases
- Erasable fabric marker
- Embroidery hoop
- Embroidery thread – we used DMC Stranded Cotton in:
- Tapestry needle
For a complete guide to every stitch used in this tutorial head to embroidery stitches library.
DIY embroidered pillowcase tutorial
You Will Need
Embroider the stems of the blue and olive foliage using backstitch. For the blue foliage, add the dots using French knots, and for the olive foliage, fill in the leaves using satin stitch.
Once you’ve completed this section, move your hoop down onto the next section of the pillowcase and repeat Steps 2-6. It’s better to leave an unstitched gap in the design so you aren’t tightening the hoop over the top of your stitches for too long. Once you’ve worked your way down the length of the pillowcase, you can go back and fill in these gaps.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this DIY embroidered pillowcase tutorial. If you’re looking for more embroidery projects to get stuck into, check out our summer bee embroidery pattern and our DIY brooches tutorial.