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Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Pillows

 Over the weekend I made several Christmasy pillows for my mom. I've had the fabric for awhile and finally made a trip to Ikea this week to pick up pillow forms.

I made this Peace On Earth pillow.


The front is made with a piece of canvas. I used a freezer paper stencil to paint the lettering. It amazes me how crisp the paint comes out, no smudges!


While I waited for the paint to dry, I used my serger to cut some upholstery strapping in half.


I ended up with this.


I pinned the strapping all the way around the front piece of the pillow and stitched along the edge.




I used red and white striped canvas for the back. Like the poinsettia pillow, I made these covers so they could be easily removed. Pin both back pieces and stitch down.


Turn right side out and stuff with the pillow!


I also made a simple plaid pillow using the same technique. Instead of painting lettering on the front, I stitched a piece of upholstery webbing down the middle before I attached the back panels.



I'm sure you've seen these around blogs and even in stores. I recycled an old red sweater to make this one.


I love the knit texture and making it was so easy. First lay out your sweater and place your pillow.


I wanted to use the finished edge on the bottom of the sweater so I lined the pillow up at the corner. Then cut out your square and stitch the sides, leaving the bottom open.


I stuffed the pillow inside and covered the open edge with an extra strip of the sweater. I stitched a few pieces of red ribbon to act as ties for the open edge.

You could easily sew the edge closed, but I liked the added interest of the ribbons.

Lastly, I made a little striped NOEL pillow to throw in with the others.

I love that they are all so different, but have something in common. That's what makes them work together without being too matchy.

Are you working on any holiday sewing projects?

7 comments:

  1. Oh...I love every one of these pillows! Well done! I'm just discovering your blog for the first time through "At Home with K's Link Party"...and I'm loving it.

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  2. I love the use of the fabric strapping you did! Great job on all the styles! I really need to practice sewing. LOL

    I just featured you pillows on my Facebook page!

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  3. Love these - great color combinations :)


    Love for you to share it at my linky party here: http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2011/12/made-by-me-10-linky-party-and-features.html

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  4. LOVE that sweater pillows!! so cozy looking!!
    Thanks for linking up!

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  5. Gorgeous pillows! Love the sweater one with the ties! I'd love for you to link up to my Feature Friday Linky Party

    http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com/2011/12/feature-friday-linky-party_15.html

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  6. oooh I LOVE pillows...and yours are so cute!!

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

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  7. Lovely pillows. I would love to invite you for the christmas pillow linky party in my blog. Please do come and join the party with your pillow. Thank you

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