Lace Heart Embroidered Pillowcase


Project Overview

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and this elegant, feminine pillowcase would be such a welcome gift for the special girl or woman in your life - or, just as a beautiful addition to your home. Martha Pullen is certainly the world expert on elegant heirloom sewing. Don't forget that we now have Sulky 60 wt. PolyLite in 36 solid colors and 24 multi-colors, which is the perfect thread for heirloom, wing-needle work.

About the Artist

Martha Campbell Pullen - Huntsville, AL

Martha Campbell Pullen

Martha is an internationally-known lecturer and author in the Heirloom Sewing field. She received a degree in speech and English and a Ph.D. in educational administration and management from the University of Alabama. Her love of sewing and children's clothing encouraged the opening of Martha Pullen's Heirloom Shop in Huntsville, Alabama, August 1, 1981. Two months later, she opened the wholesale division. She has presented workshops on French Hand Sewing by Machine throughout the United States, Australia, England and New Zealand. Books she has written and published include: French Hand Sewing By Machine, a Beginner's Guide; Heirloom Doll Clothes; Bearly Beginning Smocking; Shadow Work Embroidery; French Sewing by Machine: The Second Book; Antique Clothing; French Sewing by Machine; Grandmother's Hope Chest; Applique Martha's Favorites; Heirloom Sewing for Women; Joy of Smocking; Martha's Sewing Room; Victorian Sewing and Crafts; Martha's Heirloom Magic and Martha's Attic. Martha is also the founder and publisher of a best-selling magazine Sew Beautiful, which is dedicated to heirloom sewing. She has a television series for public television, entitled "Martha's Sewing Room".


  • Sulky Tear-Easy™ Stabilizer
  • Sulky Solvy™ Stabilizer
  • Sulky 30 wt. Rayon Threads
    1001 - Bright White
    1115 - Light Pink
    1108 - Light Mauve
    1077 - Jade Tint
  • Sulky White Bobbin Thread
  • 1/2 Yard of Swiss Batiste
  • 2/3 Yard of 3/4" Insertion Lace
  • 1-1/4 Yards of 3/4" Lace Edging
  • 1-1/4 Yards of 1-3/4" Lace Edging
  • 6" x 6" Piece of Organdy
  • Starch
  • Glass Head Pins
  • #100 Wing Needle
  • #60 or #70 Regular Machine Needle
  • Stuffed Pillow - 12" x 16"


  1. Cut a piece of Swiss Batiste 17-1/2" x 25". Starch and press. Fold the fabric in half to measure 17-1/2" x 12-1/2". Trace the lacy heart template in the center of the lower half of the fabric.
  2. Shape a 24" piece of insertion along the inside of the temple lines to form a heart using the following steps:
    1. Place the pillowcase batiste fabric on a fabric board (a board that can be pinned into and ironed on) or an ironing board. Start at the bottom of the heart with a short lace tab extending beyond the template lines. Place pins at point "A" and "B". Pin the outside edge of the lace insertion along the template lines.
    2. At the upper point in the heart, place a pin at "C" and a pin at "D". Fold the lace back on itself and repin "C" through both lace layers.
    3. Continue around the heart pinning along the outer edge.
    4. The inside edge of the lace will be floppy. Pull the very top thread in the lace so that the lace will lay flat against the fabric.
    5. At the bottom point, where the lace criss-crosses, place a pin at "B" through both layers at the bottom point. Starch and press. Repin the lace heart to the fabric.
  3. Cut a piece of Tear-Easy larger than the lace heart and place it under the fabric behind the heart. Baste the heart in place along the outer edge of the lace. This stitching also bastes the Tear-Easy in place. Gather 1-1/4 yards of 3/4" lace edging by pulling a thread in the straight side of the lace. Butt the gathered lace to the outer edge of the heart lace. Turn the cut edges of the lace under at the lower point of the heart. If desired, baste the gathered edging in place. Thread the top with Sulky 30 wt. #1001 White and the bobbin with Sulky White Bobbin Thread. Using a built-in machine entredeux stitch, stitch the outer edge of the heart and the gathered lace edging with a wing needle.
  4. Carefully trim the fabric and Tear-Easy from behind the lace heart. Stitch the lace miters in place using a small zig-zag. Trim the excess lace tabs from behind the lace heart at the miters. Set pillowcase aside. 
  5. Put two layers of Sulky Solvy (or one layer of Super Solvy) behind the square of organdy. Stitch rows of machine feather stitching 1/4" apart on the entire piece of organdy.
  6. Put a piece of Tear-Easy under the organdy and stitch a machine monogram in the center of the organdy, making sure that the monogram fits within the heart opening. (Sample was done with Sulky 30 wt. #1115 Light Pink, #1108 Light Mauve and #1077 Jade Tint.) 
  7. Pin the organdy piece in place with the monogram centered inside the heart. Stitch the inside edge of the lace heart to the organdy using a wing needle, Sulky 30 wt. #1001 White, and a machine pin stitch (length: 2.5, width: 2.5).
  8. Trim the excess organdy, Tear-Easy, and Solvy from behind the lace. Soak the pillowcase top in water to remove the remaining Solvy.
  9. Cut a 25" piece of entredeux and 1-1/4 yards of 1-3/4" edging lace. Trim one fabric edge of the entredeux completely away. gather the edging lace to fit the entredeux. Butt the gathered edging to the entredeux and zig-zag (length: 1.0, width: 3.0).
  10. Place the entredeux/lace strip to the 25" side of the pillowcase, fabric edge of the entredeux to the cut edge of the pillowcase. Stitch the entredeux/lace strip to the pillowcase with a straight stitch that is placed next to the ladder of the entredeux. Trim the seam allowance to 1/8" and overcast the seam allowance with a zig-zag. 
  11. Fold the pillowcase in half, right sides together, matching the cut edges. Stitch along the two open edges of the pillowcase, using a 1/4" seam allowance. Overcast the seam allowance using a zig-zag or a serger.
  12. Turn the pillowcase to the right side and press.

For the patterns we are providing them as downloads from the browser below. You may click each image and then print the pattern that appears or you may save the images to your local hard drive.

The patterns are scaled to fit on an 8-1/2" X 11" piece of paper, though they might have to be rotated. If you wish to use a larger size, you can scale them up appropriately in your print dialog box or print them out as provided and enlarge them by some other means (copy machine, projector, local blueprint shop etc). 

If you wish to save to your hard drive proceed as follows: 

PC users - right click on each image and select "save this image as..." in the pop up menu. 

Mac users - control click to bring up the popoup menu and then select "save this image as...".

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