Today I am sharing a DIY Easter craft pillow. Learn how to make a Free Stich Embroidered pillow with carrots.
When my girlfriends and I decided to do a post about an Easter Embroidery craft, it took me about a second to decide to use free stitch embroidery. I had always wanted to make something with carrots and this DIY Easter Craft pillow looks exactly like I hoped it would.
My Easy Free Motion Embroidery Pillow.I know what you are thinking. Easy?
But this is not hard. Painting the carrots is really simple and I show you exactly how to do it. The embroidery is free motion, which means you get to move the fabric in any direction.
How to Make a DIY Easter Craft Pillow
And messy is good. If you look closely you can see I sewed the outline of everything twice and none of the stitches match.
And if you don’t sew, you can use a permanent thin marking pen to outline the carrots!
How easy is that?
And can I just saw that I love this pillow?
What is Free Motion Embroidery?
Free motion machine embroidery is a type of sewing that you do on a regular sewing machine but you can move the material in any direction while sewing it on your machine. Normally when you sew, the machine automatically moves the fabric forward. When you sew free motion embroidery, you get to move the fabric so you determine exactly where you want to sew. You can move sideways, forward, backward and create any shape you want. All you need is a quilting foot.
The free-motion quilting foot, sometimes called a darning foot, is designed so that the sewing machine needle passes through a small ring on the foot. Instead of hopping, these feet float over the fabric without providing pressure. The Foot releases the fabric when the needle is in the up position, allowing you to move the fabric freely.
All you need is thefree motion foot for your machine. This foot may vary based on tour type of machine but I linked a “universal” one.
I read a lot about lowering the “feed dogs” on your machine when stitching free motion embroidery.Feed dogs are the little teeth on your sewing machine that feed your fabric evenly through the machine. These teeth are extremely important because they help us produce perfectly spaced, even stitches whenever we sew garments, piece quilts, or applique shapes on our machine. Most people recommend that you lower the feed dogs for free motion embroidery.
For this pillow, I lowered the feed dogs using a lever on my machine. But I did have some problems with breaking threads and tension. Next time I think I will leave the feed dogs up and use aSupreme Sliderinstead.