With Christmas around the corner it is time to get cozy at home! Creating a custom Christmas look at home with textiles is fun and easy to do with a sampling of fun winter fabrics and a few basic sewing tips!
Here we are making a winter blanket and pillows that will look great displayed and instantly cozy up the living room all season long!
DIY Christmas Pillows
To make the Christmas pillows you will need:
-1/2 yard fabric per color
-1/2 yard mesh fabric per color
-pillow form (we used 16” pillows for the square ones and a 16”x 34” for the long one) OR cotton batting
For the square pillows:
1. Cut fabric.
-For the square pillows we cut (2) 18”x18” pieces of fabric. A front piece and a back piece.
-Find a pillow size you like and add 1-2” to the length and width. If using larger pillows than we specified double check you have enough fabric.
2. Cut mesh fabric in a fun shape that fits on the pillow front.3. Pin the mesh fabric in place and start hand sewing it in place with the needle and yarn. We just used a basic stitch but you can get as creative as you want. Stitch all around the shape but make sure to leave about a two inch opening so you can pour sequins in between the layers. Add horizontal stitches equally spaced with sequins sandwiched between each stitched row for the tree or stitch around the points for the star. When you reach the top finish the stitching and knot the yarn together on the back so the stitches don’t come undone.4. Place the top pillow piece (with the mesh embellishment) on a flat surface and the back pillow piece on top, lining up the edges. The pillow will be inside out. Pin all along to keep the pieces together. If using a pillow form sew 3 sides together with your sewing machine with 1/2” seam allowance. Turn it right side out, slide your pillow form in and hand sew the bottom edge closed. If using cotton batting sew all 4 sides together (with 1/2” seam allowance) leaving 5” unfinished. Turn the fabric right side out, fill with batting and hand sew the bottom edge closed.For the long pillow:
1. Cut the fabric:
-For the long pillow we cut (2) 18”x36” pieces of fabric. A front piece and a back piece.
Cut the mesh fabric the same size (18”x36”)
2. Lay the mesh fabric on top of the front piece of fabric. Pin together along the edge and a few in the middle to keep the fabrics together.
3. Hand-sew star shapes with a needle and yarn randomly spaced on the fabric. Add sequins to the tops of each star by poking the needle through the center of the star from the back of the fabric, thread a piece of sequin, tie a knot, thread the yarn back through the sequin and center of the star. Pull both tails of the yarn so the knot pulls the sequin against the star. Knot the back and repeat for all.
4. Place the top pillow piece (with the mesh embellishment) on a flat surface and the back pillow piece on top, lining up the edges. The pillow will be inside out. Pin all along to keep the pieces together. If using a pillow form sew 3 sides together with your sewing machine with a 1/2” seam allowance. Turn it right side out, slide your pillow form in and hand sew the bottom edge closed. If using cotton batting sew all 4 sides together (with 1/2” seam allowance) leaving 5” unfinished. Turn the fabric right side out, fill with batting and hand sew the bottom edge closed.Flannel Christmas Blanket
To make the Christmas blanket you will need:
-2 yards flannel
-1/2 yard coordinating fabric in a solid color
-2 yards fringe
1. You will be making a 1/2” binding to sew along the edge of the flannel fabric. Cut coordinating fabric in 2” strips.
2. Sew the ends together using 1/4” seam allowance. Continue sewing all the strips together until you have one very long length of fabric.
3. Fold the strip in half and iron the fold to create a seam.
4. Open the strip and fold the raw edge of each side in toward the seam and iron along the edges. Iron the strip closed along the first seam again. You now have a 1/2” binding.
5. Slide the edge of the flannel between the binding folds and pin in place. At the corners, finger press the binding so that it turns the corners at a 45-degree angle.
6. Start sewing (1/4”) at one corner and work your way around the whole blanket till you reach the starting corner.
7. Pin fringe on both ends of the blanket on top of the binding. Sew in place.
Enjoy making the house cozy and comfortable this winter with personalized pillows and wonderfully soft throws.