Bobbie used lovely blue cotton for the pillows, and decorated them with
Cutwork Butterflies embroidery designs, embroidered in lighter thread tone. Scroll down to see close-up photos, and read instructions for this project:
Instruction for a pillow:
Cut 58" x 18" piece of fabric, with 1/3 inch seam allowance. Embroider cutwork butterflies on the edge of future pillow (remember that 6" must be reserved for the inside part of the pillowcase, that will cower the pillow edge). When butterflies are finished, sew the pillow. Finished!
And here is a detailed instruction for embroidering the cutwork butterflies:
Hoop your fabric together with heavy duty water soluble backing under it. Embroider the first thread. It will outline all the areas where fabric should be cut out to make cutwork holes:
Remove the hoop (do NOT unhoop the fabric. Just slide off the hoop out of your machine).
Cut out the fabric inside outline areas, using very sharp applique scissors. Cut as close to the edge as you possibly can, without damaging the stitches or water soluble backing. The backing must remain! Then, insert the hoop back, and embroider the rest of design. If you want more than one design, like on these photos - repeat this script with all of them.
Here's a ready closeup photo:
And here's how these wonderful pillows look together, when ready: