Welcome to the third day of our Home for the Holidays blog hop!
This week, our focus will be on throw pillows--a fun and often overlooked way to add some holiday joy to your home! Next week we'll have a variety of small sewing decor projects, so be sure to stop by each day!
We think you'll enjoy the tutorials this week--including possibly new-to-you techniques. One of the great things about pillows is that by creating envelope-style or zipper pillows (we'll show you both methods), you can switch them out with your regular throw pillow covers for a quick and easy holiday decoration (and they don't require much storage space the rest of the year!).
You can leave this Snowflake Pillow on the couch all winter long! The pillow uses a reverse applique technique--no worrying about the darker background fabric showing through the lighter snowflake fabric. We have a few different snowflake templates to choose from, including the one shown here. Imagine a couch full of snowflake pillows using the blue and white Season's Greetings prints--your own Winter Wonderland! This pillow measures 14" square.
1 fat quarter of blue snowflake plaid
1/2 yard of white snowflake print
14-1/2" square of fusible web
14" square pillow insert
Blue snowflake plaid:
One 14-1/2" square
White snowflake print:
One 14-1/2" square
Two 10-1/2" x 14-1/2" pieces
We've created four different snowflake patterns that you can use. Our tutorial uses #2; you can see all four designs:
Download the pdf containing all four designs here; then print whichever you'd like to use.
Make the Pillow
Step 1: Tape the two pattern pages together along the dotted line as indicated. Mark the center line in both directions on the 14-1/2" square piece of fusible web. Layer the pattern under the fusing side of the fusible web, aligning the dotted lines with the drawn lines. Trace the snowflake half onto the paper side of the fusible web. Rotate the snowflake pattern and trace the other side as well.
Step 2: Following manufacturer's directions, fuse the fusible web square to the wrong side of the 14-1/2" blue snowflake plaid square.
Step 3: Cut out the snowflake shape, leaving the negative space around the design as shown.
Step 4: Fuse the blue snowflake outline to the 14-1/2" white snowflake square. Tip: Align the two squares and then quickly press down the points near the center just to get them in place. Then, working from the center out, press the directed amount of time with the iron to adhere the entire square.
Step 5: Use a decorative stitch of choice to secure the applique edges (we used a zigzag stitch and silver thread).
Step 6: On each of the 10-1/2" x 14-1/2" white snowflake pieces, fold one long edge over 1/4" wrong sides together and then fold over another 1/4". Topstitch to secure the hemmed edge.
Step 7: Lay the pillow top right side up. Lay the two back pieces on top, right sides down, so the raw edges line up with the pillow top and the hemmed edges overlap in the center. Pin in place.
Step 8: Sew around the outer edge of the pillow using a generous 1/4" seam allowance. Turn pillow right side out and stuff with a 14" square pillow insert.
See the entire Season's Greetings collection here.
Check out each day of our Home for the Holidays Hop!
Day 1: The Ho Ho Ho Pillow