Now I had no intention of making Christmas Pillows until I read Lynne’s post who writes at My Family Thyme on making pillows from napkins. She inspired me to make some Christmas pillows. Now we know this isn’t a new idea but I looked at the pillows on my couch and love seat and they are red but I thought I need new ones. Don’t you get sick of the same old stuff? I sure do. But I decided to make a Christmas Pillow as easy as one, two, three using a pillow cover & a placemat.
So off to Home Goods, I went and bought some napkins. I also went to Ross, nothing. Marshall’s lured me in with gorgeous Kate Spade tea towels. On to Pier One because I love their stuff and I ended up with the reindeer napkin rings. I know nothing to do with pillows.
Final stop Kohls and there on the floor was a red placemat in the shape of a poinsettia. I picked it up since I hate to see that and as I was going to put it back on the shelf it hit me! Last year I bought two white pillow covers at Michaels.
I stenciled JOY on one but never did anything with the other one. Oh, I have ideas and for the longest time, it sat on the table waiting for me. Then it got moved to the closet, the idea put on hold.
When I got home I dug it out of the closet and I went to work to create this easy Christmas pillow.
Step One – Pin Poinsettia Placemat to pillow cover
Step Two – Cut pieces of fusible iron on tape
Step Three – Put a towel on top of the placemat, Slip tape under and iron.
And The Drop Cloth Lives On In A Pillow
And The Dropcloth Lives On In A PillowWhen I was working on the upholstery for the Glorious Chair I was afraid the original piece of drop cloth that I stenciled would not work. I made another one a little larger but decided to go with the first one instead. And the drop cloth lives on in a pillow. I couldn’t just throw out the stenciled piece of drop cloth.
I stenciled it the same way I did when I showed you how I did the upholstery.
To make the pillow I drew out a pattern. It is just a square for a 14 inch insert and added 5/8 inches for the seam. I cut the stenciled piece of drop cloth and a plain piece of drop cloth for the back.
I really like using drop cloth for projects, I think you know that. It is an inexpensive alternative to material and it can be dressed up.
And that is exactly what I did. Not only does the gold lettering dress it up but I added a ruffle to the pillow. I measured 3 inches along the hemmed edge of the drop cloth, cut it a little and ripped it.
Using the longest stitch on the sewing machine, I sewed along the length of the 3 inch piece of material. Take the thread and gather it. I started at one corner and pinned it all around the front of the pillow.
Then I started sewing the ruffle to it. I didn’t start sewing at the corner. I left a little bit of extra fabric to finish off the ruffle. I adjust the ruffle so the gathers aren’t bunched in some places as I sewed.
When I got to the starting corner I had some extra material. I wanted to finish the seam by sewing the wrong sides together, trim the excess fabric and then sew the right sides together.
Once the ruffle was sewn on, I changed over to the zipper foot and sewed a 14 inch zipper on the bottom of the pillow, starting with the ruffled side and then the material for the back. You can also do the envelope style. I like putting in a zipper because I can use either side of the pillow. One day it can be plain and the next day the pattern can show.
Now sewing the other three sides was tricky. I started with the side where the zipper opens (I went back to the regular foot). Before doing that pin the ruffle to the pillow so it doesn’t get caught up when you sew the sides. I sewed the side where the ruffle was sewn in order to use that seam as a guide.
Once the pillow was sewn, I turned it right side up and put in the insert. It looked good. Then turned it inside out and trimed the corners off so the corners would lie flat. Final step, put the insert back in and zipped it up.
To end this saga of the drop cloth that lives on in a pillow, I tried it out in the Great Room, Master Bedroom and Guest Room. It looked good where ever I put it. Right now it is living in the Great Room.