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Handmade Christmas Pillows Plus Free Cut File

Nov 27, 2016 By Kim Byers
Handmade Christmas Pillows Plus Free Cut File

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Every year I add handmade Christmas decorations to my ever growing collection. My idea is that someday when my boys are grown, I’ll give them some of our little family treasures to start their own Christmas decoration collections. This year, I’ve already made several things, but I think my favorites so far are these handmade Christmas pillows. Hi! I’m Kim Byers of The Celebration Shoppe. Let’s get crafty and I’ll teach you how to make your own!

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We’ll start with a vintage truck Christmas pillow. You’ve likely seen a similar design in many of the home décor stores. This is my take on the pretty pillow using lovely Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores plaid and gingham fabrics and Cricut foil iron-on.

First, let’s hop over to your local Jo-Ann for a few supplies:
• 2/3 yard Red Fabric (poplin, a sturdy cotton)
• 2/3 yard Red Black Plaid Fabric, cotton
• 1/4 yard Black and White Gingham Fabric, cotton
Cricut Foil Green Iron-on
Cricut Foil Bronze Iron-on
• Cricut White Iron-on (available in-stores)
Cricut Explore Air 2
Cricut Weeding Tool
Cricut Standard Cutting Mat
Cricut Design Space
Elmer’s Xtreme Glue
Red Thread
• 2 Invisible Zippers, 12-14 inch
Piping, 2 packages
• 2 Pillow Forms, 18”
Iron & Pad
Ruler
Scissors

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For the full tutorial on how to sew the 18×18 pillow covers with invisible zippers and piping, including pictures of the step-by-step, hop over to my Valentine cross-stitch pillow tutorial. But before you sew your pillow, let’s cut our fabric and embellish it!

Easy instructions:
1. Cut base pillow fabric – using a clear ruler, cut 19×19” squares. I chose to make my pillows two sided. If you’d like to do the same, cut one 19×19” red and one plaid per pillow.

2. Design – open my project in Cricut Design Space, make any adjustments to size or add text if you’d like, keeping the finished 18×18 size of the pillow in mind.

3. Cut foil and white iron-on – cut each element of the truck and tree, remembering to flip the design for iron-on.

4. Cut truck fabric – iron the truck outline foil onto the gingham fabric, and fussy cut out the design.

5. Glue – measure for the center of the pillow and using fabric glue, glue the truck to the pillow. Allow to set for five minutes.

6. Iron – place the tree on the truck, angling it up slightly and trim off a corner that would be “inside” the truck. Do this same for the snow on the tree. Iron each element on individually, allowing the fabric to cool for 3-4 minutes between layers.

7. Sew pillow – follow the directions in my Valentine cross-stitch pillow tutorial.

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Now let’s make a Dashing Through The Snow pillow! All the materials are listed with the first pillow and you’ll need to follow the same pillow tutorial for sewing up your pillow, but before we get to sewing, let’s embellish our fabric.

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1. Cut base pillow fabric – using a clear ruler, cut 19×19” squares. I chose to make my pillows two sided. If you’d like to do the same, cut one 19×19” red and one plaid per pillow.

2. Design – open Cricut Design Space, and upload my free cut file. It will be in two pieces so that you can cut two colors.

3. Cut foil and white iron-on – cut each element, remembering to flip the design for iron-on.

4. Iron – place each layer on the pillow, making sure to center the design, and iron.

5. Sew pillow – follow the directions in my Valentine cross-stitch pillow tutorial.

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Download Free Cut File, Two Layers

Looking for more fun and easy Christmas crafts, try my DIY Chalkboard Countdown to Christmas, my Photo Transfer Christmas Ornaments, or my Snowman Christmas Wreath. {link to recent post}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate with Jo-Ann!

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