Boudoir Pillow

Created By:

Milinda Stephenson of Milinda Sews

Skill Level: Intermediate

"I love opening my great grandmother's cedar-lined hope chest and examining the delicately embroidered baby clothes. Because I love the embroidery and I have neither the time nor the patience to recreate it by hand, I like digitizing similar designs using my MBX software.

I wanted to recreate what the September 1916 Needlecraft magazine calls a "boudoir pillow". It looks very much like the pram pillow embroidered by my grandmother in 1916 for my uncle. 

My version is a bit sturdier and is embroidered on a heavier weight cotton. By using a wing needle in the machine embroidery process, I was able to emulate my grandmother's hemstitching. 

My pillow was embroidered on the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000 using the grand hoop." - Janome Artisan Milinda Stephenson 

Janome Supplies Required
  • Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000, 14000 or 12000
  • Two pieces of cotton fabric - 20" x 15" for the pillow's front and back (pillow front piece needs to be starched and pressed).
  • One machine embroidery needle
  • One wing needle
  • Embroidery thread
  • Wash away stabilizer

Click here to download the .JEF file.

Step 1:

  • Hoop starch and press the 20" x 15" cotton along with stabilizer.
  • Using a regular machine embroidery needle, sew color 1 - white embroidery.

Step 2:

  • Change to the wing needle and sew color 2 - hem stitched outline.

Step 3: 

  • Lay the second 20" x 15" over the hoop and stitch color 3 - sew down stitch for the pillow back.
  • Remove it from the hoop. Turn right side out and remove the stabilizer.


  • You may simply stuff the pillow with fiberfill and hand sew the opening closed.
  • You may also add a ruffle: Prior to step 3 and sewing color 3, create a ruffle on your sewing machine or serger and tape around the outer edges of the hemstitching with the outside of the ruffle facing in. 
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Average 4.0 | 4 Reviews

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

I like the concept, but the directions are "sloppy." Nowhere in the supply list does it mention the felt or the batting (how much?). Also, I would never use a high loft batting in a placemat, or a table runner, as I think that it would be too unstable for a glass. The next time I make these, I will cut out the batting (I use flannel) and spray baste it to the wrong side of the Dresden plate before I put the Dresden plate on the felt to cut out. I have not yet washed the finished placemat, and am hoping that the single layer of felt does not curl up, or become distorted after washing/drying.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

I made this today but your cutting directions need to be changed. You only need 4 of color 1 and color 3 4.5 squares for the triangles. Also the inner border, you only need 2 cuts as WOF is long enough to cut each in half to fit the sides.

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