Embroidered patchwork pillow

November 1, 2022

The surface embroideries make this patchwork  pillow look luxurious and yet it is so easy to make! Mix jewel colors for extra glow!

Finished size  20x20” (50x50cm)

  • Embroidery files with all over design, we used this Design or you can search Smocking or Fabric Decorator for similar designs.
  • Linen fabric in different jewel colors, 13 pieces 10”x 6” (25X15cm) for the pillow front
  • Coordinating embroidery thread
  • Linen fabric for the back, one piece 21” x 21” (52x52cm) and one piece 2” x 21” 52x5cm
  • Zipper  16” (45cm)
  • Cut-Away stabilizer
  • Sewing thread


Open mySewnet Software and set the Hoop Size to 150x240mm

Go to File, Insert  and choose the embroidery you want. Click on Resize, the handles on the embroidery will turn blue, click on Properties

Deselect proportional and use the percent arrows to get the embroidery size as close as possible to width 4” (10cm)and height to 8” (20cm). Then click ok.

Click Center in Hoop

Go to File, Export and Save the file. Repeat with all the other files.

Stitching out the embroideries

Hoop Cut-Away stabilizer in the hoop. Place one linen piece right side up in the hoop. Stitch out the embroidery Repeat with all linen pieces, use the different designs you prepared earlier Cut out the designs with a ⅜ ” (1cm) seam allowance. The rectangle will be 4 ¾” x 8 ¾” (12x22cm)

Layout and sewing together


Arrange the rectangles according to the layout below. You need to cut one of the rectangles into a square 4 ¾” (12x12cm) . Of course you can arrange the blocks in many other ways, this is just an example.


Sew the blocks together in sections pressing the seam allowances open as you go.



The finished block will look like this: 

Sewing the Pillow

Sew the large and small back pieces together with a ⅜”  (1cm) seam allowance. Stop sewing 1 ½” (4cm) in from each side, leaving an opening for the zipper. Press the seam open.


Turn right side up,  place the zipper under the opening and stitch in place


Measure the back, and cut it to the same size as the front piece. 21x21” (52x52cm) Open the zipper halfways.This is important because it is through this opening you will turn the pillow case right side out after sewing it together. Pin the front and back right sides together, then sew around the edges using a ⅜”  (1cm) seam allowance. Turn right side out, press.