Dec 9, 2013

DIY: Lettered Christmas Pillows

Hello happy readers! Happy Monday to you all! I'm so excited to share a new Silhouette project with you today. In fact I have a ton of goodies to share including an awesome giveaway that will help one lucky winner purchase their very own Silhouette. That's right so stay tuned to the end and I'll dish the dirt on how to enter The Silhouette Challenge giveaway.

First things first let's talk Christmas! If your counting its 15 days and a wake up. This gal is enjoying every bit of it. What's not to enjoy when you have colors of red and green, the gleam of tinsel, the sound of holiday cheer, and the smell of hot chocolate? I love all the things that make up Christmas. I think I could live in the North Pole and be perfectly content. One ticket for the Polar Express, please! One of my favorite parts of the holiday is decorating the house. It has always been our family's tradition to decorate the tree on December first and this year was no exception. We spent Sunday evening decorating the tree, the house, and the couch. Yes the couch.

This year I decided to put my Silhouette to work by making some appliqued pillows for Christmas. I had in my mind to start with some sort of flannel and add some snowmen or reindeer appliques to them but while I was out gathering supplies I came up an even better idea {if you ask me} and even turned out to be one of the cheapest crafts I have ever done.

  • Fleece throw { the cheaper the better, I found mine at Wal-mart for $2.88}
  • Heat Bond fusible iron on paper { $2.97, I used half}
  • Silhouette machine
  • Christmas words designed in Silhouette Studio
  • Iron
  • Very Sharp Scissors


While I was at searching for some flannel fabric { slim pickens in the fabric department, try the sheets} I came across this guy...

A fleece throw for $2.88. I love throws, I have several I keep close by me at all times, but this one wasn't for cozy time. For a little less than three bucks I had enough fabric for two 20'' pillow covers.

I laid out the throw and cut four 22" inch squares. If you have never cut fleece before {like me} you'll need two things SHARP SCISSORS and patience. It's not like linen or cotton it rolls up after you cut it and trust me you can only hope for a straight cut. I fixed it in my sewing and trimmed up the seams but cutting ol' red was not the highlight of the night. Plus I realized out of the ten pairs of scissors I own not one of them are sharp.

Once I had my four squares {2 squares per pillow} I ironed them out and sewed three sides on the inside. I flipped it right side out and inserted my pillows {just to make sure they looked ok}. To my surprise they looked pretty darn good! ;)

So up to this point it is pretty much basic pillow it? Awesome...moving on!


Now for the Silhouette and appliqueing fun!

I decided to skip the typical snowman or Santa applique and do something a bit more modern. I love the look of text on a pillow so I played around with a few designs and finally settled on "Ho, Ho, Ho" and "Joy". I used the default font in Silhouette Studio and stretched it to fit.


I purchased Heat and Bond iron on interfacing and scoured my fabric bin for some remenants of white cotton.

I cut two pieces of interfacing and fabric about the size of normal printing paper. Fusible interfacing is really easy to work with. Especially the kind you iron on. Basically it's like paper with glue on one side. You layer the fabric and interfacing together {wrong side of fabric facing the sticky side of the the interfacing}.

IRON! Iron over the paper backing! The paper will adhere to the fabric.

DO NOT PEEL THE BACKING! Leave the backing on the entire piece of fabric. Now you should have a 8.5'' x 11'' piece of fabric with interfacing on it. 


Next, you will take the paper sized piece of fabric and place it on your cutting mat. I used my fabric blade on a 3 and cut fabric side up. I had a few problems with my cut because my cutting mat is less than sticky I had to tape my medium to the the sides of the mat which in all honesty didn't help much. So needless to say there were a few kinks here and there and a couple of places where the blade didn't cut all the way through. I really think if you have a sticky mat and a sharp blade you'll be fine on this project. I am defiantly going to pick up a new mat soon! Maybe 2 just in case.  Once I had my words cut out I went back the the ironing board and started placing them. Peel the backing off each letter. Placing the letters is trail by error and however you want to do it is fine. I centered my second "HO" and then added the first and third around it.

Once you have the letters positioned where you want them. Iron over them until the letters melt into the fabric. Be careful not to burn or move the letters while ironing.

STEP 5: Cover Your Pillow

After you iron on your words you can immediately use your pillow cover! Now, you can sew the last side of the pillow but for this case I just decided to leave it open a bit and tuck it under the pillow, since these covers aren't permanent and I can easily remove them in few weeks after Christmas.


This project took me about an hour from sew to finish and it was fairly easy. And it totaled less than $5.00 for two pillows. You can't beat that with a candy cane, right? And this is just one of the million billion things you can do with a Silhouette. If you want to see more Silhouette goodness check out these links from all of my friends from the Silhouette Challenge Facebook group.

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

  1. 2013 Snowman Christmas Card by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
  2. Christmas Hoop Art by Lil' Mrs. Tori
  3. Silhouette Nativity Advent Candle Box by One Tough Mother
  4. Christmas Party Photo Booth Props by unOriginal Mom
  5. Another Stenciled Tea Towel by Cutesy Crafts
  6. Silhouette Gift Tags by Rain on a Tin Roof
  7. Snowflake Pin / Ornament by Coley's Corner
  8. State Sign Couple Gift by It Happens in a Blink
  9. Mason Jar Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
  10. Merry Christmas Wall Decor by One Artsy Mama
  11. Deer Head Holiday Banner...featuring Santa's Reindeer by The Thinking Closet
  12. Restore your UGGS (with PAINT) by From Wine to Whine
  13. Monogrammed Snowflake Ornaments by Architecture of a Mom
  14. Christmas Countdown Sign by The Girl Creative
  15. Elf Chalk Sign: "The Best Way to Spread Christmas" by Weekend Craft
  16. Glittery Christmas Subway Art by The Turquoise Home
  17. Sketch Pen Labels by Sowdering About in Seattle
  18. Snowflake NOEL Sign by My Favorite Finds
  19. DIY Holiday Hostess Gift by Everyday Paper
  20. Folding Nativity Backdrop by Chicken Scratch NY
  21. Recycled Glass Jar Advent Calendar by Nearly Handmade
  22. Reindeer Card: Double-Sided Print & Cut by GetSilvered
  23. Personalized Block Ornament by Suburble
  24. Paper Medallion Christmas Tree by Create & Babble
  25. Mini Mid-Century Homes by Tried & True
  26. Glitter and Vinyl Minecraft Christmas Ornament by A Tossed Salad Life
  27. DIY Countdown to Christmas Refrigerator Style by My Paper Craze
  28. Reversible Recipe Holder/Block Frame by The Sensory Emporium
  29. DIY: Lettered Christmas Pillows by The House on Hillbrook
  30. Simply Charming Christmas Ornaments by Life After Laundry
  31. No Glitter was Worn by GiveMeAPaintbrush
  32. Make Easy Ornaments from Paper Circles by Bringing Creativity to Life
  33. Cutting Machine Embroidery Applique by Terri Johnson Creates
  34. "Believe" Christmas Banner by Daily Dwelling
  35. DIY Christmas Nativity Card by Pitter and Glink

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    1. These are great Stephanie! I always love your style. Plus, I love it when people find somewhat unconventional ways to get their materials. A fleece throw is a great solution to picking up fabric!

    2. Love your pillows! Great idea using the throw.

    3. I love these pillows! I wish I could sew..or even thread my sewing machine! LOL Someday I will figure all that out! Great job!

      1. I learned how to thread mine on youtube!! just watch and be amazed lol. and to me pillows are the easiest to practice on.

    4. Smart thinking using the throw! They look great! It's a nice pop of holiday spirit.

    5. Wonderful pillows! I love making holiday pillows!

    6. How cute! I love them at both ends of the couch like that!

    7. They add a great touch of Christmas to your decor. Using the throws was an inspired idea!

    8. I keep saying I'm gonna make some pillows - these are too cute! Ok, for real, I'm gonna make some pillows. You have inspired me :)

    9. Wow! I'm impressed you were able to do all this in an hours time! (I'm still a slowpoke on the sewing machine.) But what a great way to add some festivity to your decor that you can easily change out when the season passes. Brilliant!

      Thanks for participating in our December Challenge & Giveaway! You helped make it a huge success!


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