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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?


  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.

  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!

  3. Love these - great color combinations :)

    Love for you to share it at my linky party here:

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

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

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

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

  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