Using a real leaf as a template and a simple embroidery stitch, you can make this simple pillow.
Cut two pieces of fabric an inch longer and wider than your pillow form. Our pillow form was 18x18 inches, so we cut two 19x19-inch squares. On one piece, trace leaves using a water soluble marking pen.
Using the embroidery hoop, floss, and needle, begin stitching around the leaf shape. We used a split stitch: Start with one straight stitch, then bring your needle up through the underside of the fabric to split the strands of floss in the original stitch. Continue until you've stitched around the entire shape.
Using embroidery floss that is a shade lighter, place a second row of split stitches just inside the original to create a thicker outline. Follow the same instructions as in Step 2. Repeat for all leaf shapes on your pillow. When finished, sew the embellished square to the plain square to create a pillow cover.