If you’ve been following my stories, you know I have a soft spot in my heart for other people’s unfinished projects. Because I love to create, I know the love and time that people have put into projects. I found this needlepoint piece at a garage sale. (There were more needlepoint pieces purchased at the same time — there will be more projects in the future!) I enjoyed finishing a needlepoint pillow from this lovely work from another maker.
Needlepoint pillow finishing can be a fun and creative home dec project.
How to self finish a needlepoint pillow?
There are so many ways to finish a needlepoint pillow yourself. If your needlepoint piece is exactly the right size for the pillow form, all you need to do is sew the backing to the needlepoint – use my technique above by putting the needle point side up when sewing so that you can make sure that there is no gap and the needle point canvas showing through. Again, leave the opening to insert the pillow form and whipstitch the opening closed.
How to finish a needlepoint pillow with piping
When I use the needlepoint for the full top, I like to add some piping or upholstery trim to the outside edges. That can be easily added by inserting when sewing the needle point to the fabric. See our article on how to make piping.
Can I attach a finished needlepoint piece to an existing pillow?
Yes! To attach a finished needle point piece to a ready-made pillow, trim the needlepoint canvas to 1/2-inch. I like to zig-zag stitch or serge around the edges to secure them. Press the canvas to the back of the needlepoint so that none is the canvas is peeking out on the right side. Center your needlepoint on your pillow and hand appliqué the needlepoint to your pillow.