New Pillows for the Holiday

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!

Sweater Pillow

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!

To complete this project you need a pillow, a sweater, scissors, a sewing machine, thread and a needle. The hardest part of this project for me was hand sewing it closed.

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).

1. First I cut the sweater to be about and inch wider than the pillow I was using.

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 decided it needed something so I embellished it with a broach.

Christmas Pillow

To make things easier for me (and less frustrating), the second pillow I made was an envelope pillow. I provide instructions on how to make one of those here and here.

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.

Embellishing the pillow:

  1. 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.
  2. Then I filled it in with a fabric marker. I placed cardboard between the layers to avoid any bleed through.
  3. I cut shapes out of felt and sweater scrap to form a tree.
  4. I used fabric glue to glue them onto the pillow cover.
  5. 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.

Thank you for visiting. I invite you to leave any feedback or questions in the comments. Happy Holidays!

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9 comments

  1. Crystal says:

    Oh my gosh! Those look amazing. I was looking at a sweater pillow at Pottery Barn last week and thinking how much I loved it but didn’t want to pay their prices. I remembered seeing Centsational Girls and thought I should hit up the Goodwill. You go girl! Love your Christmas crafts!

    • guyerfamily says:

      Thanks Crystal!! I’m sure it won’t be long before our dog destroys the sweater pillow. She is loving laying around on it. I even caught Jacob sleeping on it the this morning. So I guess you can say it was a hit although I intended for it to be more decorative. I’ve been enjoying trying out your recipes. My friend loves your site and raves about the Buffalo Chicken dip so I think that is what I’ll be trying next.

  2. Tara says:

    I saw your pillows via Censational Girl and I love them! I really like the Ballard Designs pillow and you did a great job recreating it. I’m a little disappointed I already have my Christmas pillows made now!

  3. Jennifer says:

    Cute, cute, cute! I bought some blank pillows with the intentions to decorate them but haven’t figured out what I want to do yet. Thanks for inspiring me although I wouldn’t trust myself trying to write words with a marker!

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