Fan Lace Decorator Pillow


A pillow with panache!

Materials Needed

  • Fan Lace Design
  • 12” x 16” pillow form
  • Fabrics:
    Pillow body & back:
    - One – 13” x 17”
    - Two – 12” x 13”
    Contrasting flaps:
    - One – 20” square
    - Two – 10” squares
  • Tassel
  • 2¾ yds. decorator insertion cording
  • Robison-Anton® rayon embroidery thread
  • All-purpose thread – 2 spools
  • Tear away stabilizer
  • Pintucking foot
  • 2.0 mm twin needle
  • Water soluble fabric marking pen




  1. Transfer the fan design to the smart media card and place the card in the machine.
  2. Select the Fan design.
  3. Select the Large Hoop Icon.
  4. Rotate the fan 180 degrees.
  5. Press the Combine Icon.
  6. Select Folder #10; select the first design of the second row.
  7. Rotate the floral pattern 270 degrees. Then move it using the Move Function, so that it fits in the lower right hand corner of the fan.
  8. Using a water soluble fabric marker, draw a line across the 20” fabric square, dividing the square in half diagonally (this will be the cutting line after the embroidery is finished).
  9. Mark another line parallel with one of the sides of the square, 6½” from the edge. Make another line parallel and 6½” from the other edge of the square (See diagram 1).
    Diagram 1
  10. Hoop the fabric, with tear away stabilizer underneath it, in the large hoop, lining up the cross marked on the fabric with the placement marks on the hoop (See diagram 2).
    Diagram 2
  11. Embroider the design using the Robison-Anton® embroidery thread.
  12. Remove the stabilizer when finished. Press.
  13. Trim 4” from each of the 4 sides.

Center Flap

  1. Cut the square in half diagonally, according to the diagonal line marked earlier on the fabric, creating two triangles.
  2. Remove the embroidery unit and set the machine for regular sewing.
  3. Select the straight stitch. Attach the zipper foot. Thread the machine with the all-purpose thread. Please note: all seams will be ½” unless otherwise indicated.
  4. Baste the cording to the two lower edges of the triangle with the embroidery, clipping the insertion at the point.
  5. With right sides together, pin the two triangles together, along the two lower edges. Stitch, leaving the top edge opens for turning. Clip corner, turn to right side out.

Side Flaps

  1. Cut the 10” squares of fabric in half diagonally.
  2. Attach the pintucking foot. Insert the 2.0 twin needle. Thread the machine with two of the same color threads. Insert the quilting guide and set it so that the guide is about ¾” away from the needles.
  3. Begin creating pintucks by sewing straight rows of parallel stitching, about ¾” away from one edge of one of the triangles (See diagram 3).
    Diagram 3
  4. Continue to sew more pintucks across the width of the triangle, sliding the quilting guide over to the previous row of stitching.
  5. Rotate the fabric and sew pintucks in the opposite direction of triangle, having the rows of stitching parallel to the other bottom side of the triangle.
  6. Create pintucks in this same way on one of the other remaining triangles.
  7. Even the triangles using a rotary cutter and ruler.
  8. Re-attach the zipper foot, Select the straight stitch and change the thread back to the all-purpose sewing thread.
  9. Baste the cording to the lower edges of each of the triangles.
  10. Sew, leaving the top edges open for turning. Clip corners. Turn to the right side out. Press.
  11. On a flat surface, lay the pillow body (13” x 17” fabric) face up.
  12. Place the two pintucked triangles; face up on top of the pillow body, raw edges even with the top edge.
  13. Place the embroidered triangle on top of the others.
  14. Slide the two underneath triangles so that they are evenly spaced under the top triangle (the edges will overlap the sides - see diagram 4). Pin.
    Diagram 4
  15. Baste the layers together across the top edge. Trim the over-hanging triangles even with the sides of the pillow body.

Pillow Construction

  1. Narrowly hem one 12” edge of each of the 12” x 13” pillow backs.
  2. Overlap the hemmed edges so that together they fit the pillow top.
  3. With right sides together, pin the back to the front.
  4. Stitch together by sewing around all four sides.
  5. Trim corners.
  6. Turn right side out.

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Compatible Machines

  • XL-6000 QUANTUM®
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