Welcome to day 4 of the Sew Seasonal Blog Hop!
Kristy at Quiet Play and Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts have teamed up to bring you 25 (FREE!) Christmas-themed block patterns to help put you in a Christmassy mood and get you started on your handmade holiday projects. Stay tuned for the end of my post, because there are a LOT of prizes to be won!
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My block is a paper-pieced Santa hat. I love paper-piecing and I’ve said this before, but if you can count to 10 and sew a straight line, you can paper-piece.
As you can see, I couldn’t stop at just one block. They are each 5″ square and SO adorable.
I need Christmas pillows to go with my Christmas quilt, so I now have one done!
Have you ever made a pillow? If not, I’m going to give you a quick tutorial on how I make mine. Making pillows is a cheap, fun, way to redecorate your home. They are literally made of scraps, can be sewn in a couple hours, and are SO much nicer and cheaper than store-bought pillows.
First, you need to make your pillow front. It can be one piece of really amazing fabric, or pieced, like a quilt. I suggest you get working on some of Kristy and Alyce’s blocks!
I am using a 20″x 20″ pillow form, so I made a 19″ x 19″ square (I like my pillows to be overstuffed and full).
Next, make a quilt sandwich by layering your 19″x19″ square, a slightly larger piece of batting, and a piece of muslin, or other plain cotton (I use muslin because it is cheap and I have a bolt of it.)
Quilt as desired and true up the sides.
The front of your pillow is done! Now on to the back:
Cut 2 pieces of backing fabric: one 19″x 11.5″ and one 19″x 14″
Cut 2 pieces of muslin the same sizes (19″x 11.5″ and 19″ x 14″)
Lay the 19″x 14″ backing and muslin with wrong sides together and hem along one 19″ side.
Cut a strip of fabric 19.5″ x 2.25″ and iron in half along the long edge.
Place 19″x 11.5″ backing and muslin wrong sides together and sew folded strip to one 19″ side using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Fold over and top stitch.
Now you are going to assemble your pillow.
Lay your pillow front on table with wrong side up and lay your larger backing piece on top of it, lining up the bottom corners.
Lay smaller backing piece on top of larger, so that you create an overlap. Pin around outer edges and machine stitch all pieces together using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance.
Cut 2.25″ strips of binding, sew binding around edges and you are done! You bind it the exact same way you bind a quilt.
I just stuff with the pillows that are already on my couch. That way, I can fold up the Christmas pillowcases for easy storage the rest of the year.
It looks pretty sweet with my Christmas quilt!
Now get sewing, so that you can join in on the linky party on November 30th! Also, be sure to check out Erin from Missy Mac Creations for the other project on today’s blog hop.
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