My son asked me why I was making all our Christmas decorations this year when I didn’t make them last year. I wasn’t sure of the answer. I have always enjoyed crafting but I guess I took an extended break when I was pregnant with Lily. That and the blog helps keep me accountable. Now I usually have 2-3 crafts going at all times.
This weekend I made a couple of pillows. I have been wanting to do this for a while but haven’t had a free weekend. During nap time on Sunday I knocked these out!
The first one was a sweater pillow. I pinned the idea months ago and Centsational Girl recently made one which further ignited my desire to do this. I’m glad I did because I love it! It’s so soft and comfortable!
I purchased the sweater for $3 at Goodwill. Ideally it’s best if it not a v-neck but this was the color I wanted and it was soft so I was hoping I could make it work. The pillow insert was a pillow I had and the seam was starting to rip apart. This was perfect! I planned to use the filling for the new pillow and that would allow me to modify the size if needed (given the v-neck restricted the size of the pillow cover).
2. Turn the sweater inside out and sew the long sides of the pillow together. I left about 6-8 inches open so I could stuff the pillow.
3. Turn in right side out and stuff the pillow. I include this because believe it or not I stuffed it inside out.
4. Lastly, I had to hand sew the pillow closed. This is the first time I sewed an enclosed pillow so this part was challenging for me (and definitely imperfect but I’m okay with it).
I used a muslin material that looks a lot like linen but is less expensive. I also used felt pieces, a fabric pen, fabric glue, a small piece of ribbon and a scrap piece from the sweater pillow above.
A pillow from Ballard’s Design was my inspiration.
- I printed Joyeux Noel (which means Merry Christmas) using Microsoft word to use as a template. I selected Century Schoolbook font. I traced the words using a pencil.
- Then I filled it in with a fabric marker. I placed cardboard between the layers to avoid any bleed through.
- I cut shapes out of felt and sweater scrap to form a tree.
- I used fabric glue to glue them onto the pillow cover.
- Lastly, I stuffed the pillow into the cover.
Of course it’s not an exact replica but it’s also only a fraction of the price. It was approximately $8!
Be sure to check out the other Christmas crafts.
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