Thread Drawing Skeleton Pillow

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During class I often hear how my students are afraid to draw with thread and I feel like that train of thinking really holds them back. So, today’s project is all about stepping outside of the proverbial box and doing some thread drawing.  I’ll show you just how easy it is to take any type of artwork and transform it into thread.

Take the guess work out of thread drawing with these simple sewing tips and tricks.

 

Thread Drawing Basics

This technique is for all levels.

Skill Level- 1 1/2 Buttons

1 plus buttons

To start with, allow yourself the freedom of tracing. That’s right, find a design you like and trace it. For my Halloween inspired skeleton pillow, I used this image from The Graphics Fairy.

Take the guess work out of thread drawing with these simple sewing tips and tricks.

Additional Supplies & Tools:

*Note that this project can be made in any size to fit your pillow form. Not only will the layer of batting act as a stabilizer for the fabric scraps but it will help maintain a smooth outlook on your pillow. I add this to all of my pillow covers to extend their use.

Prepwork:

Print and tracing your design of choice onto the wash away stabilizer. You can see in the video that I used a sharpie marker but you might want to try an erasable marker to prevent color transfer. While this step is important, it is not mission critical to trace every little detail. You can add them in while sewing.

Transfer your drawing to wash away stabilizer and take the guess work out of thread drawing. Awesome tips for this type of sewing.

Cut fabrics as follows:

  • center panel 13″ square; sub cut 10 1/2″ x 12″ after free motion thread drawing
  • cut 2 orange 1″ x 10 1/2″ rectangles
  • cut 2 orange 1″ x 12″ rectangles
  • cut 2 black 4″ x 11″ rectangles
  • cut 2 black 3″ x 18″ rectangle

Sewing Instructions:

Place wash away stabilizer on-top of center fabric and pin in place to secure. **Depending on the weight of your fabric, it can be helpful to apply an additional layer of fusible stabilizer to the back side of fabric. Check with your manual and adjust your machine for free motion stitching; this includes dropping the feed dogs. With contrasting thread, begin to stitch over your design. This drawing will make it easy for you to follow. I like to sew my design in sections; stopping every once in a while to see where I would like to add additional detailing.

Take the guess work out of thread drawing with these simple sewing tips and tricks.

Once happy with the thread drawing, submerge the fabric panel with stabilizer into a water bath; agitate as needed. Once the stabilizer has dissolved, dry fabric. Using 1/4″ seam allowance, join pieces together as sketch.

Wow, these tips and tricks take the fear factor out of thread drawing and I love how this Halloween pillow turned out!

Add desired top stitching and trim.

Transfer your drawing to wash away stabilizer and take the guess work out of thread drawing. Awesome tips for this type of sewing.

Determine and attach your backer fabric with closure method of choice; trim corners and turn right side out.

Take the guess work out of thread drawing with these simple sewing tips and tricks.

 

Slip pillow form inside cover and find the perfect spot to showcase your handy work!

Thread Drawing Video

Here is a quick video of my process.

You see, once you take the fear of drawing out of the process, thread drawing is really easy. Now, if you live in the local Charlotte, NC area and are ready to step outside the box again, I’ll be teaching a few free motion classes with Modern Craft Collective and would love to see you there.

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**Special thanks to Fairfield World for their continued support of The Sewing Loft. Working with their products is a pleasure!

 

 

 

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