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Canvas Corp Embellished Pillow Covers

Designer Jenn Luce embellished the versatile Canvas Corp pillow cover samples featured in the Hot Stuff column in the Spring 2012 issue of Quilts and More magazine. Jenn shared the details on how she made each pillow cover so you can re-create the looks.

Valentine’s Day Square Pillow Cover

Tuck a love note into the canvas envelope, and give a custom-made pillow to your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day.

  1. Trim the 12” square cotton zebra paper to 10” square and the 30x36” burlap sheet to 11-1/2” square. Hand-stitch the zebra paper to the burlap with red embroidery thread and a straight stitch. Glue the burlap to the center of the 14” square canvas pillow cover.
  2. Glue the 5x7” canvas envelope 2” from the top edge and 1” from the left edge of the cotton zebra paper.
  3. Top a red fabric flower with circles cut from black-and-ivory diamond paper and black paper or cardstock. Jenn cross-stitched the black circle with red embroidery thread before adhering it. Glue the red fabric flower to the bottom left corner of the envelope as shown in photo, above.
  4. Trim the 12” square damask paper to 1-7/8×2-3/4.” Stitch “XOXO” using red embroidery thread at the bottom right edge of the paper. Trim an “Amore” sentiment from the Love, Amoure, Amore scrapbooking paper, and glue it to the damask rectangle. Glue the damask rectangle to the canvas envelope.
  5. Cut a heart from the love script scrapbooking paper, and glue it to the envelope flap.
  6. Trim a “Love” sentiment from the Love, Amoure, Amore scrapbooking paper. Poke two small holes into the tag with a needle or a paper piercer. Thread a 5” length of red embroidery thread through the holes, and tie a bow. Glue the tag to the heart.

SOURCES (Click on the links below to purchase the items needed for this pillow.)




Interchangeable Rectangle Pillow Cover

The clothespins of this design make it possible to switch out the burlap flags seasonally for affordable holiday home decor that doesn’t take up much storage space.

  1. To embellish the 10x18” pillow cover, glue four mini clothespins 2-1/2” from the top edge and 4-1/2”, 7-1/2”, 10-1/2”, and 13-1/2” from the left edge, so that the embellishments appear evenly spaced and centered on the pillow cover. Jenn likes to use Beacon Adhesive Fabric-Tac when adhering embellishments to the canvas pillow covers.
  2. Add a row of hand stitching along the top edge of four burlap flag shapes using pink embroidery thread.
  3. Glue 2x2” corrugated tiles (cut to size), canvas flowers, and green pompom trim to 2x2” stretched natural canvases as shown in photo, above. To make the canvas flowers, stack five circles cut from canvas paper in graduated sizes and secure them with a cross-stitch made using embroidery thread.
  4. Glue prepurchased mini canvas squares to the remaining burlap flags. Cut birds or other shapes from canvas paper. Jenn embellished her birds with French knots and wings cut from canvas paper. Glue mini clothespins to the mini canvas squares and clip the birds to the squares.


To modify the pillow cover for Valentine’s Day, Jenn embellished burlap flags by trimming 3” square printed letters from scrapbooking paper, gluing them to the burlap flags, and embellishing them with French Knots. She added a line of hand stitching using red embroidery thread. Make a set for every season!

SOURCES (Click on the links below to purchase the items needed for this pillow.) 

To learn more about these products, visit Canvas Corp’s website. Get more ideas for using canvas pillow covers and other Canvas Corp products on the Canvas Corp blog. 

Patch-It by Marcus Fabrics

As much as we love the look of intricate projects, sometimes a quick quilt is just the ticket. We’re intrigued by the Patch-It concept by Faye Burgos for Marcus Fabrics because it combines the best of both worlds. Cut up these fabrics containing preprinted squares, and then sew them back together to get a scrappy and intricate look quickly and easily! Or, leave them as is for a quick “cheater” patchwork quilt.

In the Hot Stuff column of the Spring 2012 issue of Quilts and More, we show readers how to use CS Designs’ Lil’ Twister tool with the 5″ preprinted squares of the New London Patch-It print, available in two colorways. Click here to download the free pattern from Marcus Fabrics for more ideas.

The newest Patch-It Print from Faye’s Railroad Ties collection, contains 3″ preprinted squares that can be used with the Primitive Pinwheels 2-1/4″ tool from Primitive Gatherings. Find out more about the Railroad Ties collection by visiting Marcus Fabrics.

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The Binding Tool Tutorial

Do you struggle to create binding with perfect angled seams without bulk?  The Binding Tool, a product from TQM Products, makes the task easy. We recently featured this handy product in our Hot Stuff column. See our review in the Winter 2011 issue of Quilts and More (available in quilt shops and on newsstands November 8) and get the complete tutorial below.

1. Leave a 12″ opening and 10″ tails when sewing on your binding. We used pins to help mark the opening before stitching.

2. Butt the tool up to the left edge of your binding where the stitching ends. Transfer the marked line onto the binding.

3. Open up the binding and line up the marked line on the tool with the marked line you just made. Using a rotary cutter, trim around the tool.

4. Rotate the tool and butt it up against the right edge of your binding where you stopped stitching. (Note: Do not flip over the tool.) Transfer the marked line as you did in Step 2. Open up the binding, line the tip of the tool on the marked line, then trim with a rotary cutter.

5. Open up the bindings ends and line them up using the pressed line as a guide. Hold the two ends in place with pins.

6. Stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

7. Press the seam and stitch the binding to your quilt for a smooth-looking edge without any bulk.

Watch a video on how to use the tool here. 

What other tips or tools do you use to make binding easier?