I feel like I’ve been gone from blog land forever, since I had scheduled posts last week and then my computer broke and wasn’t fixed until last night. I will admit that it was pretty great to be without internet for a week!
It has snowed so much here and has been wonderful. I hate being cold, but as long as I can snuggle up in my house with my kids and some hot chocolate, I’m in heaven!
The beginning of this month you will see more posts than later on in December, though not as many as the last couple months. I’m just trying to crank out my ideas for the Season so that you can make them now and I can relax with my family later on. So expect things to slow down a bit later in the month!
After Abby from Sew Much Ado asked me to do a guest post for her Copy Cat Challenge, I looked at a lot of fun sites for inspiration. While I was browsing I came across this fun Christmas pillow from Pottery Barn. I’m unsure what the original cost was, since it is unavailable now, but I made it for probably under $5.00. I love the soft colors of the pillow and how it will go with just about any Christmas décor you already have.
**I have some pillows in my front room that are about 17”. To make the pillow covers, I just added an inch to that measurement. I cut one piece of fabric 18” x 18”, then two pieces for the back that were 18” x 13”. That way they overlap enough to cover the pillow. So it’s really easy to make pillow covers! Next time I will probably make the flower bigger or cover smaller pillows.
The fabric I used was found by the burlap in Joann. It wasn’t called Burlap, but it’s almost like it’s just a more tightly woven form of it. It’s got a great earthy appearance to it.
-Measure your pillow you want to make a cover for, and cut your fabric. See above paragraph with the ** for how to do this.
-I bought two fabric white poinsettia’s at Wal-Mart for a buck a piece. I made sure that I would be able to pull off the petals and use them. And I made sure that I would buy it if I ruined it in the process.
-Silver bells. (Are you singing what I’m singing?) I used 5 on my pillow.
Oh, and I apologize for the bad lighting for the tutorial pics. I did this in the late afternoon and the sun was going down fast!
First zig-zag or serge around all your edges. You don’t necessarily have to do this, but the fabric I bought frayed very easily and so I didn’t want to have problems with the seams coming undone while stuffing the pillow cover. And yep, I bought a serger! From CSN stores. I bought this one. It’s one that Sabra from Sew a Straight Line owns and let me borrow from time to time. So far I have loved it.
Take one of your smaller pieces of fabric and fold over the edge that will be in the middle of the pillow (in my case, it was one of the 18” sides of the 18” x 13” pieces). Fold if over 1/4” and then 1/4” again and sew. Repeat on the other smaller piece of fabric.
Remove the petals from the poinsettia that you have.
Now pin the petals onto the large front piece, onto the right side if your fabric has a right side. Just do one layer at a time.
After pinning a layer, follow the petal line and sew onto the fabric.
Pin on another layer and do the same.
And another layer.
Until you are done sewing on all the petals.
Sew on the bells, however many you’d like to.
Now take the smaller pieces of fabric and lay them, right sides facing the flower, overlapping them as the next 3 pictures show.
Sorry, I forgot the picture on this next step, but just pin and sew around the outside. Leave the middle seams open. Clip the corners and turn right side out.
Stuff your pillow in and that’s it! Very easy and quick project.