Have you ever gone to Hobby Lobby and seen all and I mean ALL of their Christmas decorations and like, wanted all of it? Yeah, me too. I mean, how cool would it be to be rich and be able to change ALL of your household items to match the holiday? I'm pretty sure my mom is close. I am working my way there ;). So I've been seeing all of these cute Christmas-y pillows but haven't felt committed enough to buy any, besides the fact that I have enough throw pillows and would it be justified to only use them 1 maybe 2 months out of the year? So I decided to make some pillow cases from matterials I had on hand instead!
When we bought our couch, although I loved the couch I wasn't crazy about the throw pillows it came with so I made some envelope pillow cases to match my taste better.
I made the script pillow cases you see on both sides :)
They were fairly easy to do so I used the same pattern for these Christmas ones.
For this project you need-
-a plain, canvas like material
-iron on adhesive
-embroidery needles -embroidery hoop
-glitter glue (optional)
-iron on decals (optional)
Start by measuring the pillows you are going to use with a measuring tape and add about a half an inch to each side. The front square of my pillow cases were 19X19 inches
Cut out 2 of these squares using their measurements (for 2 pillows). My pillows already had a design on them and I wanted to make sure it didn't show through so I doubled up with 2 squares per pillow for an extra layer.
For the back you will need 2 rectangles. Cut them the same width as your pillows, but height wise so that they will overlap about a couple of inches when sewn together. When overlapping the two pieces together should be the same height as the front square (This will make more sense towards the end). My rectangles measured 19X 10.5 inches and 19X 14.5 inches.
Now we have kind of a candy theme going on with our Christmas decor so I chose to paint a candy stripe pattern on my main square. You could change this up however you want or just forgo this step altogether and use a patterned material. I did this because I was just using what I already had on hand, and I like the hand painted look.
I like my Christmas decor glittery so I added some colored glitter glue to spice it up a little.
Next, I got my reindeer silhouettes by simply googling "reindeer head silhouettes" and printing. I had also considered doing cardinal, penguin, or polar bear silhouettes but liked the matching of the doe and buck.
Cut out your silhouettes. Then cut out your iron on adhesive paper and material in a matching rectangle or square that your silhouettes will fit on. Follow the instructions of the iron on paper and iron the paper onto the material.
Trace your silhouettes onto the paper then cut out your shapes.
How cute are those!
I laid out my reindeer onto my material and though I really liked them I felt they needed a little something more so I went rummaging through my craft stuff. I often pick up iron ons or scrap buttons and so on when I'm at the thrift store and had found these glittery bows a few years back. Finally, they have a purpose! I cut them to size for my buck a bow tie and my doe a hair bow.
If you do have any decals such as these you want to add as well, leave them your for your last thing to iron on so you don't mess up the silhouettes. So go ahead and iron on the silhouettes to the middle of your squares and then iron on the decals.
At this point, though your silhouettes are attached, they are not very permanent. I decided to embroider-stitch around them. If you have confidence with a machine you could use that as well, but for now, I'm just good at sewing straight lines for pillows.
I just used a simple backstitch, which you can learn to do by clicking here.
Ta-da! Embroidery finished! Now iron all of your pieces of fabric to get them ready to sew together.
Take your two smaller rectangles and pin down an edge length wise.
Sew this edge down. When I cut my material I cut it so that my larger rectangles had the selvedge as an edge so that I didn't have to sew another edge.
Now lay out your pieces to pin it together.
As I said earlier, I cut two large squares because I knew the pattern of my existing pillows would show through the pillow case, so I started by putting my inner layer down. Then put your outer piece face up on top of the inner layer.
Then place your smaller rectangle on top upside down with the finished edge towards your silhouette piece.
The final layer is the larger rectangle. Try to match up the pieces the best you can and start by pinning the corners down and then where your edges of the rectangles are like pictured below.
It's important to pin those parts first so you don't pull the layers too far as you pin. Continue putting lots of pins in place. Lots and lots! There are several layers here and you want them to line up well when you sew them together.
Now, sew your pieces together! Like I said, not much harder than sewing a straight line.
Now you are ready to turn your pillow case right side out
Stuff your pillows in and your done!
I'm so in love with them! I feel like I now need a white faux fur throw blanket to go with them, can't you see it?
I may keep them out until February. They could be Valentine's-y right?
I hope you enjoyed this DIY! A Merry Christmas season to you all, and may many Christmas crafts be in your future!