12/12/11

A Crafty How To: Christmas Pillows

I have always heard about the power of new throw pillows, but honestly, I don't change mine out that often. I have been known to rotate them from couch to various chairs. But I have had these turquoise pillows for almost 2 years.


 This year while browsing at Pottery Barn, I noticed that along with their usual Christmas decor, they were showing a ton of "Christmas" themed throw pillows. What a fun way to spruce up the old couch for the holidays right?

Photo via PotteryBarn.com

I was temped to buy some in the store, but I had a vision of black and white tartan plaid- which they did not offer. So I zoomed off to Hobby Lobby and bought a few yards of the plaid and some white duck cloth too. I  scoured the internet for a good 'envelope pillow case' pattern. Something easy and quick. These pillows are seasonal, so while I want them to hold up, I wasn't wanting to start sewing zippers in the cases. I found a great tutorial on about.com. Very simple instructions- definitely check it out for all the details. But basically with some fabric, thread, and a few measurements you can create new pillow covers.


I used the duck fabric to create ruffles and then I hot-glued (yes hot glued) them to the pillow cases.


 I also created a few rosettes with the same fabric and a bit of burlap. What fun is a craft without burlap?!


I even made a 'knock off ' of that Pottery Barn sock pillow I told you about last month. I cut up an old sweater and sewed little socks. Then add a ruffle of the plaid around the cuff. Finally I hot-glue the socks and a bit of jute twine to the top.


Finally I use the remainder of the duck cloth to sew one last pillow cover. Then I used a stencil to paint "LOVE", "PEACE", and "JOY" on small rectangles of the fabric. And I hot glued the words to the pillow cover. This might be my favorite one- it a nice contrast to my fancy wing back chair. My five year old likes it because she can read all the words :)




I think the throw pillows really do add an extra layer of interest to my Christmas decor. The black and white theme ties in with my neutral burlap stockings and the striped ribbon accents on the wreaths and table-top trees. It might be hard to go back to my turquoise pillows come January!


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-December Giveaway: Win 30 free photo cards from Mixbook- perfect for writing 'thank you notes' after the holidays. Click here to enter

-Stop by Remodelaholic--  I am so excited my post about "Creating A  Unique Home" will be featured on Monday, December 12th. That site is full of amazing ideas for anyone who suffers from the "DIY"bug.

-Christmas is a fun time to share ideas, stop by these great blogs to find more creative ideas for creating cozy decor in your home.
-The Inspired Room
-Home Stories A to Z
-Tatertots and Jello
-Serenity Now
-Under the Table Dreaming
-Tidy Mom 
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