DIY Christmas Pillow


DIY Christmas Pillow - The 2 Seasons

Instead of buying a new Christmas pillow as is my usual M.O., I decided to make one this year.  It was such a simple project that took less than 30 minutes.  My 91 year-old mother has a wealth of fabrics in her sewing room, and it’s kind of like shopping when I start looking through her stash.  I used this method for the basic pillow that I sewed out of painters’ drop cloth.  But first I used some green gingham, red and white ticking, and some red calico to construct a stocking applique.

DIY Christmas Pillow - The 2 Seasons

 I found a stocking template in an old Southern Living Christmas book from the 1990’s.  My mother has all of the SL Christmas books.  Then I used it to trace out a stocking on the ticking fabric, and I cut it out.  Then I cut out a a rectangle in the green gingham to fit the top of the ticking and sewed it on.  I did these steps first so the stocking would be completely made before attaching it to the pillow top.  I wanted the top of the stocking to be open so things like candy canes and small toys can be put in it.


DIY Christmas Pillow - The 2 Seasons

Once the stocking was constructed, I attached it to the pillow top with a zig-zag stitch.  The final step was to cut out a small rectangle using some red calico fabric.  I sewed up the edges with the right sides together.  Then I pulled it through so it would be the right side of the fabric.  I gathered it in the middle and tied it with some string and then sewed it onto the stocking. And that’s all there was to it.


DIY Christmas pillow - The 2 Seasons

We use the traditional red and green colors around here for Christmas, and I like the rustic quality of these country fabrics.  They fit right in with our cozy plaids.  The down pillow insert is a little too small for the pillow top, but I plan to fix that.  I wanted you to see the pillow while there is still time to make one.  I hope this inspires you to get out your machine and start sewing.


Take care.