Written by: Cathy Carroll; Vintage, Paint and more...
Not everyone thinks of pillows as their go to
But, pillows can be the one thing that adds that
simple elegant touch of color
that is needed to carry off your decorating theme.
I love pillows.
They are so versatile, add so much texture and color,
can be changed out in an instant.
They are one of my favorite go to decorator touches.
So, I couldn't have a Christmas handmade series without including
these versatile elements.
If you have been reading my blog for very long
you know by now that
drop cloths are my go to fabric for most everything I sew.
Where else can you find so much fabric that is so versatile itself,
easy to work with - that can be sewn, painted, glued, or what ever
you are wanting to do for such a small price.
I use the ones from Lowe's - I get a 6'x9' cloth for about $10.
And I can make this thing go a long way.
But, for Christmas I like to add a couple other elements
to the mesh.
Good will sweaters in whites and creams
Perfect winter texture fabrics that add to the natural beauty of the drop cloth
to make beautiful pillows.
The first pillow is actually a pillow cover.
I like to invest in a few really good pillows then make all
sorts of pillow covers to change them out for the seasons.
This one is made from my favorite drop cloth
(what else would I use?)
Then a drew a wreath circle lightly on the top portion.
I then cut out leaves from a piece of white felt.
( I just free handed a leaf pattern)
I cut 55 but you may take more or less
depending on the size of your pillow
the size of your leaves.
Now, I sewed mine on by hand because I did it while
watching TV or helping Miss A with her homework.
You can by all means do this on the machine much quicker.
Then I just sewed little "clusters" of red buttons
on to resemble the red berries.
That's it - you have a pretty little pillow cover for Christmas.
This one is also made from drop cloth and is a pillow cover.
I love this size pillow
for my chairs.
I then used a sweater from Good will for the little stockings.
I used a small stocking as a pattern and cut out three stockings from the
bottom edge of my sweater.
Then again I sewed them on by hand in a random style not a straight line.
I left the tops of the stocking open.
I sewed a long piece of twine on the top that I looped
made it look like the stockings were hanging from it.
The sweater stockings keep my neutral color theme
add lots of texture.
I think these are my favorite pillows.
Next , behind the stocking pillow is a sweater pillow.
I used the top portion of the sweater left from the stocking pillow
to make this one.
I did not make a cover but actually sewed this as an individual pillow.
I made a separate small pillow and inserted it into the
sweater casing and sewed it shut.
I love this little pillow and so do my grand kids.
They call it the "soft" pillow - it is quite soft.
But, it also adds lots of texture.
So, you can see
pillows add an element all their own -
color, texture and softness
without being too obvious.
Think you may be adding a few to your decor this year?
Will you try making your own - a simple project
that takes very little time and is quite
with a big impact.
This is part of the
"A Handmade Christmas Series."
You can find
A Handmade Christmas - Trees here
A Handmade Christmas - Wreaths here.
You will not want to miss any of the posts so come back often
and see what we have added.
Also I will be posting the tutorials on some of the
projects you read about in this series.
my Christmas boards on Pinterest
where you will find all kinds of inspiration.
Until next time
have a great day and get out there and create
something you love.....
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