Home Sweet Home Pillow

A Lillie Mae’s Crafts original design by Brenda Greenwalt


Home Sweet Home Pillow

Approximately 6-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches

Read through all directions before beginning.

For illustrations of the different steps and techniques as well as the stitches visit my "Stitch 'n' Stuff" page on my website at http://www.lilliemaescrafts.com



Material:  Muslin, material for pillow

Embroidery Thread:  Brown, red, blue, yellow, green


Mechanical pencil


Safety pin

Sponge brush or spray bottle (for stain)

Sunny window or light box

Paper towels and paper plates

Card stock (for tag)

For staining:  Instant coffee, vanilla extract, fragrance oil

For rusting:  White vinegar, peroxide, salt

Basic sewing supplies

Optional for staining:  Old cookie sheet, rags, waxed paper, glass jar with lid




Preparing Pattern:

1.  Print out stitchery pattern.

2.  Using a sunny window or light box trace stitchery pattern, including box surrounding it, on double layer muslin with a mechanical pencil.

3.  Using appropriate colored double strand of embroidery thread, embroider pattern using a simple backstitch for all.


Cheesecloth Bow:

1.  Print out cheesecloth pattern.

2.  Trace pattern on double layer of cheesecloth.



Stain both stitchery and cheesecloth bow.

1.  Combine ¼ cup instant coffee, 2 cups hot water, 2 Tablespoons Vanilla extract and ¼ teaspoon fragrance oil (Some of my preferred scents are cinnamon bun, sugar cookies, and vanilla) in a glass jar with lid.  Shake for few minutes until thoroughly mixed.  (See the supply list on back of pattern cover for some suggested places for purchasing fragrance oils.)  If the scent is not strong enough for your preference, add another 1/8 teaspoon of fragrance oil and continue this until the scent is to your liking.  However, I would suggest only adding 1/8 teaspoon of fragrance oil each time because if you add too much and the scent is too strong for you, you will have to start over. 

2.  Line an old cookie sheet with old rags and lay your stitchery here. 

3.  With a sponge brush or spray bottle, thoroughly coat your stitchery.

4.  Bake for 10 minutes at 200 degrees.  Check often as this can catch on fire.  If you have to bake longer, only bake at 5 minute increments and always KEEP checking the oven. 



1.  Print out the pillow pattern and trace on double layer material.

2.  Sew on traced lines, do NOT leave an opening.  Cut out about 1/4 inch from sewn lines.

3.  On the front cut a small “X” opening for turning, turn and press.

4.  Stuff your pillow, but do NOT overstuff, sew the opening closed. 


Finishing Pillow:

1.  Center stitchery over opening on front of pillow and using a running stitch hand sew stitchery to pillow.

2. Make a bow with the cheesecloth and either stitch or glue to left side of pillow.



1.  Print out tag on cardstock. 

2.  Spray with staining mixture.

3.  Stain as above and bake in 200 degree oven for 5 minutes.  Take the same necessary precautions as above.

4.  If not completely dry, remove from oven and let air dry.

5.  Cut tag out and with single hole puncher, punch hole where indicated on tag.


Rust Safety Pin:

1.  Combine the following in a large plastic container, 2 cups white vinegar, 1/4 cup peroxide, 2 T salt.

2.  Throw in the things you want to rust.  TIP:  Might as well stain several items since you’re making the complete recipe.  This recipe will nicely rust safety pins, jingle bells, or anything else you want to 'age' for your primitive creations.  The most important thing to remember about rusting is that you will want to buy the cheap brand of pins, safety pins, bells, ect. that you can find. The more expensive brands have a shellac coating on them that you will have to sand off before rusting. Makes sure they are NOT brass either -brass will not rust.  Do this outside away from children and pets.....the fumes are terrible!

3.  Let them soak 4 hours.

4.  Remove to paper towels and spritz with peroxide and spread salt on them.

5.  Let them sit about 2 more hours. You will have wonderfully rusty stuff! You can do pins, bells, scissors, and just about anything your little prim heart desires!

Note: Make sure you use a fairly large container for the job. I have an old gallon pickle jar I use. DO NOT put a lid on it. This stuff foams up pretty wicked, and the first time I ever made this mix, it made one heck of a mess. So learn from my mistake and get a big container.

Caution: Do this outside away from children and pets.....the fumes are terrible!  Do not throw the mixture down the sink- dispose of properly where no animal or child could come in contact with.



1.  Attach tag to cheesecloth bow with your rusty safety pin.


You're done with Home Sweet Home Pillow.  I hope you enjoyed making it as much as I enjoyed designing it. If you have any problems or questions at all, please don’t hesitate to email me or visit my "Stitch 'n' Stuff" page at http://www.lilliemaescrafts.com


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