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Embroidered Temple Pillow

My best friend is being sealed in the beautiful Las Vegas LDS temple this weekend. To celebrate the event, I made her a throw pillow with the temple embroidered on it.

I found this gorgeous cream fabric at one of my favorite stores, Home Fabrics, and used a shade lighter embroidery thread to outline the temple. The coordinating piping adds a finishing touch.

I started by printing out a line drawing of the temple and taping it to the back side of the fabric with masking tape. My fabric was pretty see-through, so it was easy to see the black lines on the front side.

Then I started embroidering. It took forever. Good thing I had a bunch of stuff saved on the DVR to keep me company. I went straight through the fabric and the paper. I used about three packs of thread.

When I was completely done stitching, I tore all the paper off the back. Because it was already perforated from all the needle holes, it came off pretty easily.

 A close-up of the embroidery:

The last step was to sew it into a pillow.

Because I used such luxurious fabric and piping, I think the end result is elegant. It would have a completely different look if I had used burlap, linen or cotton…more of a homey, country look, which would be really cute too. Depends on what you think the bride or groom would like!

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  1. hi Jennifer, i would love to do the manti temple and the salt lake temple for me and my mom. can you tell me where you got the template from so i can do it myself?

  2. That turned out wonderful! That temple is one of our faves! Thanks for linking up with us on "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" We hope to see you next week! -The Sisters

  3. Brittany--

    I did a Google image search and looked for a line drawing of the temple. When I found one I liked, I just printed it off. I bet you could find the temples you want to use by doing the same thing. Good luck!

  4. I really like the info on your site (it's awesome!) but the yellow text on white background is very hard to read. I couldn't find a way to contact you via email so I went through your comments (so don't worry about approving this comment).


  5. wow this is amazing, even more so because its the temple me and my husband were sealing in 2 years ago. would you be able to send me the link to the drawing you used. I would love to give this a try :)

  6. What a personalized gift. So beautiful. Just found your blog today through Pinterest. Looking forward to more of your Pinterest Tested posts too. Thanks for sharing.

  7. That turned out beautiful! Now I'm thinking about all the other designs that would work, and the different fabrics :)

  8. I was the lucky girl who got the pillow!! :) It's amazing!!! I love how she did Angel Moroni in the different thread so he has a bit more sparkle. It's amazing! I love the color pillow too, it's not bright white, it's more creamy and goes with my style. I LOVE it! I can't believe you spent that much time on me!! Thanks my dear friend!


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