Thursday, June 8, 2017

Patriotic Dresden Pillow

Thursday, June 8, 2017
**This post is a partnership with Nancy's Notions all opinions are my own
Patriotic Dresden Pillow

I am so excited to share with you this Patriotic Dresden Pillow.  I was sent a dresden ruler from Nancy's Notions and decided it was time to start adding some accessories to my front porch, and a pillow for my prized chairs built for me by my dad more than 15 years ago would be a great place to start. The hardest part was choosing fabric. Sometimes you hang on to fabric for a while waiting for just the right project to come along. That happened to me with the Doodlebug Designs Star Spangled fabric bundle. I've had it for 3 years now just waiting for the right thing, and this project was the winner.
Would you believe I've never made a dresden plate before? They always intimidated me with their angles and applique. But, they are actually pretty easy and fun and with the instructions that come with the ruler, even a first time run at them can be successful!
dresden plate applique with patriotic fabric
I love every single print in this fabric line! I'm excited to finish up the second pillow so I can put them out on my porch.
patriotic dresden pillow on front porch
I'm liking where this is going!

Some notes on the finished pillow:
I used a 20" pillow form and put a hidden zipper closure on the back. I used the 7" measurement on the ruler- it's so nice that you can make tons of different sizes with just the one ruler.
use finger creases to center dresden plate on pillow front
To center the dresden plate on the pillow front, I just folded the background fabric into quarters and finger pressed creases on the folds, then I lined up the points of the applique with the creased lines, quick and easy! I did the same thing when positioning the center applique circles. ;)
use edge stitching to applique the dresden to the pillow front
I used a simple edge stitch to attach the applique to the pillow front, but you could use any of the recommended stitches in the book that comes with your acrylic ruler.
colorful chair with patriotic dresden pillow
I had a lot of fun using this ruler and I thought the book that came with it was very helpful and informative. I referred to it often when making this pillow. I will definitely be using the ruler again with future projects!
If you'd like a more detailed tutorial on how I constructed the pillow, let me know in the comments, I would be happy to help.
xoxo,
Amy

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