Newton Pillow

People of all ages will love this adorable pillow! Make it as a gift, and smiles are guaranteed when Newton and his friends emerge from the wrapping paper.



  • OESD's Newton by Leslie Clark #78610
  • OESD Ultra Clean and Tear Stabilizer
  • Temporary Adhesive Spray
  • Isacord Embroidery Thread
  • OESD Bobbin Thread
  • 2-1/2 yards of 7/8” wide white eyelet trim with openings for ribbon insertion
  • 2 yards of 2” wide white gathered eyelet ruffle
  • 3-1/2 yards of 1/4” to 3/8” wide blue ribbon. (To make a wider bow, we used 5/8” wide ribbon folded in half lengthwise)
  • Minimum 16” long invisible zipper to match blue fabric
  • 12” x 16” purchased pillow form
  • Newton the Lamb fabrics by Clothworks shown in the photographs as follows:
    • From the blue fabric, one 12” x 8” piece (or large enough to fit your hoop) and two 8” x 18” pieces.
    • From the lavender polka dot fabric, two 3-3/4” x 11-1/2” strips and two 3-3/4” x 13” long strips.



For the center embroidered “window” use the minimum 12” wide x 8” high piece of blue fabric. Lay out designs either by using templates for the individual designs and marking the vertical and horizontal center lines of each directly on the fabric or use your software to easily combine the designs so that they will all fit inside your hoop. (A 6” x 8” hoop was used for this project.) Using temporary adhesive spray, adhere two layers of OESD Ultra Clean and Tear stabilizer to the wrong side of the fabric, hoop and embroider the designs. See the diagram for placement of designs.



NOTE: Use ½” seam allowances throughout this project unless otherwise noted.

Remove excess stabilizer from the embroidered piece and press well. On the front of this piece, with a wash away marker, draw an 11-1/2” wide by 7-1/2” high rectangle, keeping the design centered. Cut fabric along these lines.

Lay out the embroidered rectangle and the four 3-3/4” wide lavender polka dot strips as shown in the photo. Sew the two horizontal seams for the three center pieces first, press seams open, then attach the two side pieces. Press seams open. This is the pillow front and will now be treated as one piece. It should measure 17” wide by 13” high.

Using a bodkin, weave the ribbon through the openings in the eyelet trim. You will have approximately 36” more ribbon than trim. DO NOT CUT the trim or ribbon yet. Beginning at one edge of the pillow front, pin the top horizontal piece of trim in place along the seam line, extending to the opposite edge, with about a 1/8” overlap into the blue embroidered “window”. Pull up an 18” long loop from the excess ribbon at the center for the bow. Using a straight stitch and white or invisible thread, stitch along each edge of the trim. Cut the excess length once the trim has been attached and before continuing to the next step.

Stitch the remaining trim along the bottom seam as above and extending to each edge, then along each side seam, omitting the ribbon loop step. Set this piece aside and reserve the excess trim for the next step.

For the pillow back, install the invisible zipper following manufacturer’s instructions to join the 18” long sides of the two 8” x 18” pieces of blue fabric. Pin the remaining eyelet trim with ribbon weaving along one side of the zipper as close as possible to the opening. Pull up an 18” long loop from the excess ribbon at the center for the bow. Stitch down both sides of trim in the same manner as the pillow front.

With the eyelet trim centered, trim this piece to measure 13” high by 17” wide.

Baste the ruffle to the edge of the pillow back ½” from the edge. Force extra fullness into each corner to allow for more even gathers when turned right side out.

With right sides together, pin the pillow front to the pillow back along the edges. Make sure the ruffle (especially at the corners) and the excess ribbon is tucked inside and the zipper is partially open. Stitch the seam using the previous stitching as a guide.

Turn right side out, open the zipper and insert the pillow form. Cut the ribbon at the center of the 18” loops tie a pretty bow and trim ends as desired.

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