A Beautiful Piece of Needlepoint Makes a Gorgeous Pillow!

Make a Pillow with a Needlepoint Piece from a Stool

This needlepoint piece is gorgeous and actually started out as the seat on a small stool that I purchased at my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore for $10. I wasn’t all that crazy about the design of the needlepoint piece on the stool, and thought it would make a better pillow. Let me show you how to make a pillow with a needlepoint piece…

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Supplies:

  • A pillow form the same size as the piece being made into a pillow
  • Rotary cutter, mat, and ruler
  • Fabric to use as a back and piping for the pillow
  • Filler cord for the piping
  • Contrasting thread

I removed the needlepoint piece from the stool – and of course, failed to photograph it! The piece is most likely wool, so I washed it by hand and let it air dry. I lightly pressed it with an iron to remove the wrinkles, then measured the overall size of the pillow. I noticed that the piece is not exactly square!

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I cut a piece of fabric for the back at the same size as the needlepoint piece.

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I cut a few strips of the fabric on the bias to make the piping. I like to cut my bias strips 1-3/4″ wide which gives me enough room to add the filler cord plus a generous seam allowance. I sewed the strips together end to end, then sewed the filler cord inside the bias strips.

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I sewed the piping to the backing fabric first, then sewed the backing fabric to the needlepoint piece to create the pillow. I left the bottom portion open so that I could slide the pillow form in, then I sewed the opening closed by hand.

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I love this piece so much better as a pillow! Now I want to keep it, where I really didn’t care for it before…  I like the way it looks on one of my outdoor chairs by the fire pit…

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It also looks fabulous on my chair with the wood grain fabric!

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