Introduction

This project can be completed using a store-bought pillow cover, but a flat piece of fabric works best, as it fits easily into a sewing machine. After you embellish the fabric with leaf patterns, you can use it to make a pillow cover.

materials

  • Card stock

  • Felt

  • Disappearing-ink pen

  • Fabric shears

  • Fabric

  • Pins

  • Sewing machine

steps

  1. Download a leaf template, resizing as desired, and print onto card stock. Cut out template. Lay template on a piece of felt; trace with a disappearing-ink pen. Cut out leaf with fabric shears. Using dotted lines on template as a guide, draw center vein and radiating veins on felt leaf with disappearing-ink pen.

  2. Position felt leaf as desired on fabric (we used linen), securing with straight pins. Using a sewing machine, stitch along marked center vein, working from bottom of stem to tip of leaf.

  3. Starting at 1 leaf point, stitch along radiating vein until you reach center vein. Then pivot fabric, and continue stitching from center vein to opposite leaf point (sewing a V across leaf). Repeat at remaining radiating veins.

  4. Add additional felt leaves as desired, following steps 1 through 3. Use the completed fabric as the front panel for a pillow cover.

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