TWENTY THURSDAYS ‘TILL CHRISTMAS // Ornament Pillow MIY

19 thursdays to go! 

I saw this pillow on Pinterest and I immediately knew I needed to make one.

Anthropologie heart pillow

My only problem was that I didn’t want to have hearts on my pillow. So I racked my brain and came up with what I think of as a sneaky Christmas decoration. I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of decorations that are festive, but not overwhelming so that you can keep them out in that weird time between Christmas and New Years without feeling like your home is purely decorated for Christmas. What I came up with was a holiday inspired pillow with antique Christmas ornaments!

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In case you were wondering, I did this MIY from my brother’s house in Atlanta while I was visiting him for the Haven Conference. While this is not my 100 year old home, it still works and shows the versatility of the piece!

As I stated above, I found a great DIY posted by Endlessly Inspired but after reading it, I knew I had to simplify it.

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So how did I make it easier? I used pillows that I bought at Homegoods instead of making them myself!

The pillows came in a set of two and cost less than $10.00 each. I just bought them this week so they probably still have them in stock! Just make sure that it has a zipper before you buy it… this is key! The opening also needs to be pretty large. Like almost all the way across the entire end. (You will need access for sewing.) The pillow I purchased was a linen/burlap type fabric with a cute edging.

Okay… let’s get onto it!

W H A T    Y O U ‘ L L    N E E D:

  • A pillow (ready made with a zipper)
  • 1/2 yard linen fabric for ornaments
  • Contrasting thread (I used a tan color but red or green might look nice!)
  • Fabric Glue (I bought the kind that washes out when laundered called Aleene’s No Sew Fabric Glue))
  • Pins
  • Pattern downloads

S T E P    B Y    S T E P: 

STEP  #1

Remove the pillow filling and prewash and dry both the pillow and linen fabric.

STEP  #2

Iron to ensure they are flat.

76A7DF1F-F4AE-4990-8500-F3BECDF14AA9STEP  #3

Using the patterns provided, cut out as many ornaments as needed to cover your pillow. I used an 18″ x 18″ square pillow and cut 50 ornaments. Fold over the fabric and cut two at a time. I used 16 large ornaments and the rest were medium sized. But it’s up to you.

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STEP  #4

Lay the ornaments out on the pillow as you cut each one out. Be sure to place them very close together. I even had a few overlapping.

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STEP  #5

Next, place the fabric glue about 1/2″ from the edge. Don’t put the glue near the edge because you want the edges to eventually unravel. Also, you don’t need a lot of glue. Flip over each one and press gently on the pillow to adhere the glue.

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Let the glue dry for at least an hour.

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STEP  #6

Sew around the edges of all of the ornaments. I used a sewing machine but you can also hand stitch. (I knew the machine would be faster.) Be sure to backstitch so the thread doesn’t come loose. Also, be careful not to catch the backside of the pillow when you are sewing.

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When completed be sure to trim all of the threads.

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At this point, you may want to put the pillow back in the washer and dryer to get a more weathered look. I didn’t have enough time but I may still do it. I can’t decide because I like my pillow so much already!

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And that’s it! I really love the way this turned out.

What do you like when it comes to decorating for Christmas? Are you bold and bright or more subdued and basic? Do you go all out or add a few touches here and there? 

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