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!


  1. 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).


  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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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