Happy December Friends! Today’s project is easy-peasy but loaded with potential. It’s a very easy, no-sew way to make your very own DIY Christmas pillow covers.
My examples are pretty tame, but at the bottom of the post, I show some additional inspiration from around the web to light up your imagination. I will definitely be making more of these pillows.
DIY Pillow Projects
No-Sew Holiday Project
Because this project requires no sewing, it is great for kids and adults of any age.
Decorate your house for the holidays or make for a meaningful gift.
Make your pillows tiny or humungous. Have fun! This is a great way to customize your space and express your creativity.
Free Christmas Clipart
I’ve created a holiday graphic template. Just subscribe to get full access to this one and all the project downloads, any time. Then, download and print the template PDF to create holiday pillows.
You can also design your own art for any time of the year! Consider a message, a silhouette of your child or pet, or a personal monogram. Make something meaningful for yourself or to use as a gift.
Below is a list of the supplies you will need for the project. I have also listed buying ideas and sources.
Pillow Cover Materials
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Pillow or Cushion Cover Ikea
Fabric for appliqué
Fusible Web Heat N Bond
Free PDF (if you subscribe) or
Create your own Artwork
Scissors sewing & paper varieties
Pillow Form not pictured
Thread or Embroidery Floss topstitching
If you subscribe to my newsletter, you can access all of the free downloads, including the pillow art below. Then, use it as a stencil for the appliqués.
Choose the size of the pillow and pillow cover you would like to use. Next, select the artwork for the appliqué and the fabric you’d like to use for it.
Determine the size of the artwork depending on the size of your pillow. You may need to enlarge or decrease the size of the drawing on a copier.
Measure the final height and width of the appliqué pattern; that is the amount of fabric you will need to purchase.
I purchased a 26 x26 inch Gurli cream pillow cover, a down pillow insert (both from IKEA), and one-half yard of plaid fabric for the appliqué. There was more than enough plaid fabric leftover.
“You have exactly one life in which to do everything you’ll ever do. Act Accordingly.”
– Colin Wright
Instructions for Pillow Cover
A step-by-step guide is below. It’s a very straightforward and simple process. Just gather all of the tools and have everything ready to go.
1 Create your own artwork or subscribe to my site to download the appliqué art.
Size the drawing to fit your pillow cover. You may need to reduce or enlarge it on a copy machine. Cut out the pattern with paper scissors.
2 Prewash your appliqué fabric, hang dry, and press flat. Position the pattern on top of your appliqué fabric.
3 Using your sewing scissors, cut out the design, carefully following the perimeter of the pattern.
4 For an extra personal touch, you could also topstitch the appliqué or use creative stitches around the perimeter before you iron it on your pillow cover. This is optional.
5 Be sure to use the correct fusible webbing for your fabrics and carefully follow the directions on the package. (I used Heat N Bond. affiliate link) Next, cut out the webbing.
When the appliqué is ready to apply to the pillow cover, position the design where you would like it on the pillow form. Press with a hot iron. Again, be sure to follow the package directions closely for the best results!
6 Stuff your pillow cover with your pillow insert. Decorate and enjoy!
Embellish or Personalize Your Pillow
Another creative detail you can add to personalize your pillow even further is to topstitch around the appliqué before you attach it to the pillow cover.
Have some fun and make it your own! Choose a matching or contrasting thread, sewing thread, or embroidery floss.
You can keep it simple, using a straight stitch with a sewing machine as in the example, or take it a step further and hand stitch with decorative embroidery stitches, for example a blanket stitch.
The stitching will give the illusion that the appliqué is sewn right on to the pillow. Cool, hey?
Christmas Pillow Ideas
The pillowcase ideas below could be created exactly the same way, using the tutorial above. Don’t you LOVE the frayed edges of the peace sign pillow! ❤️
Let me know if you make a pillow project of your own in the comments below. I’d love to see it.
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