November 30, 2010

Poinsettia Pillow Tutorial

How was your Thanksgiving?!
I feel like I’ve been gone from blog land forever, since I had scheduled posts last week and then my computer broke and wasn’t fixed until last night.  I will admit that it was pretty great to be without internet for a week!  DSCF3665
It has snowed so much here and has been wonderful.  I hate being cold, but as long as I can snuggle up in my house with my kids and some hot chocolate, I’m in heaven!DSCF3668
The beginning of this month you will see more posts than later on in December, though not as many as the last couple months.  I’m just trying to crank out my ideas for the Season so that you can make them now and I can relax with my family later on.  So expect things to slow down a bit later in the month!

After Abby from Sew Much Ado asked me to do a guest post for her Copy Cat Challenge, I looked at a lot of fun sites for inspiration.  While I was browsing I came across this fun Christmas pillow from Pottery Barn.  I’m unsure what the original cost was, since it is unavailable now, but I made it for probably under $5.00.  I love the soft colors of the pillow and how it will go with just about any Christmas décor you already have.img28m
**I have some pillows in my front room that are about 17”.  To make the pillow covers, I just added an inch to that measurement.  I cut one piece of fabric 18” x 18”, then two pieces for the back that were 18” x 13”.  That way they overlap enough to cover the pillow.  So it’s really easy to make pillow covers!  Next time I will probably make the flower bigger or cover smaller pillows.DSCF3659
The fabric I used was found by the burlap in Joann.  It wasn’t called Burlap, but it’s almost like it’s just a more tightly woven form of it.  It’s got a great earthy appearance to it. 
You’ll Need:
-Measure your pillow you want to make a cover for, and cut your fabric.  See above paragraph with the ** for how to do this.
-I bought two fabric white poinsettia's at Wal-Mart for a buck a piece.  I made sure that I would be able to pull off the petals and use them.  And I made sure that I would buy it if I ruined it in the process.
-Silver bells.  (Are you singing what I’m singing?)  I used 5 on my pillow.
Oh, and I apologize for the bad lighting for the tutorial pics.  I did this in the late afternoon and the sun was going down fast!
You could choose different colors for your flowers of course!
First zig-zag or serge around all your edges.  You don’t necessarily have to do this, but the fabric I bought frayed very easily and so I didn’t want to have problems with the seams coming undone while stuffing the pillow cover.  And yep, I bought a serger!  From CSN stores.  I bought this one.  It’s one that Sabra from Sew a Straight Line owns and let me borrow from time to time.  So far I have loved it. DSCF3620

Take one of your smaller pieces of fabric and fold over the edge that will be in the middle of the pillow (in my case, it was one of the 18” sides of the 18” x 13” pieces).  Fold if over 1/4” and then 1/4” again and sew.  Repeat on the other smaller piece of fabric.DSCF3622DSCF3623
Remove the petals from the poinsettia that you have.  DSCF3625
Now pin the petals onto the large front piece, onto the right side if your fabric has a right side.  Just do one layer at a time.  DSCF3626
After pinning a layer, follow the petal line and sew onto the fabric.DSCF3627

Pin on another layer and do the same.DSCF3628DSCF3629
And another layer.DSCF3630
Until you are done sewing on all the petals.DSCF3631
Sew on the bells, however many you’d like to.DSCF3638
Now take the smaller pieces of fabric and lay them, right sides facing the flower, overlapping them as the next 3 pictures show.DSCF3632DSCF3633DSCF3634
Sorry, I forgot the picture on this next step, but just pin and sew around the outside.  Leave the middle seams open.  Clip the corners and turn right side out.
Stuff your pillow in and that’s it!  Very easy and quick project. 


  1. I totally have supplies sitting across the kitchen from me to make this. However, I think yours will be WAY easier than cutting up my felt. LOL!

  2. What a great idea. I have been trying to think of good ideas for Christmas pillow covers.

  3. Yours looks soooooo much better than the Pottery Barn version. I think yours is more classy.

  4. I would love to make one of these! This is the most beautiful pillow! I love this idea! Thanks for sharing and for showing the 'how to'! Hugs! ♥

  5. I agree with Rachelle that your pillow turned out WAY cuter! I love it!

  6. WOW! It's gorgeous!! What a great idea ~ thanks for sharing!

  7. This is so pretty! I like the floral petals better than the felt.

  8. Ah! As soon as I saw that pillow in the catalog I was all set to make it. Yay for not having to cut felt leaves! Thanks so much! :o)

  9. This is wonderful! A simple, great idea that would make everyone doubt it was handmade.
    Thank you so much for sharing! :)

    I'm having a giveaway at my blog, you're welcome to enter -


  10. It's so pretty and I love the bells! Thanks so much, I'll be linking. And Happy Birthday!

  11. Nagyon jó ötlet, gyönyörű a párna!
    Meg kell tanulnom varrni.

  12. This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  13. This is really beautiful! (And shhh don't tell, but I like it better than the inspiration...) Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial!

  14. This is such a pretty pillow! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


  15. The fabric you used is called Osnaburg and I'm completely obsessed with it.

  16. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your genuis!

  17. How lovely! I like the natural fabric you used, it really makes a classy pillow.

  18. Christie this is really beautiful, a must make. Thanks for sharing it!

  19. Hooray! You were featured today! :)

  20. I posted your tutorial on my blog today, and I used a picture, Hope it is ok. You can tell me if it is not and I will take it down.

  21. what a great idea! i have to try this soon =) do you have any ideas for an alternative product you can use aside from bells? i feel like they look nice but can get really noisy,

  22. look better than the Pottery Barn cushion. congratulationsssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!

  23. what a wonderful Idea !
    its really cute tutorial.
    Have a great day

  24. Whenever I see a sewing tutorial I think oh that's really nice but will never happen. But I can do this one, I just need to find a (pre)pillow hehe and take that flower apart...these are things I can do !!!! I thought you sewed the flower and all the veins! Whew for me!
    Thanks bunches for sharing this!
    Jackie P


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