snowflakes (and a mini-tutorial)

12.03.2010


What's more Christmasy than snowflakes?  I was strolling through target the other day and saw some cute snowflake pillows - simple and modern looking.  So I was all excited to write up a little tutorial for this quick project, and then I saw Amy's post the other day with her snowflake pillow tutorial from last year.   Darn, she beat me to it.  Anyway, it's about the same concept as the pillow I was going to make.  I'll just give you a rundown of what I did and give you a snowflake template for you to make your own!


{makes two 18" pillow covers}

3/4 yard red felt
2 sheets cream or off-white felt, or 1/2 yard (you'll have a lot leftover if you buy yardage)
snowflake template

Cut your snowflake using the template:
I printed the snow flake on my printer, then laid the paper on top of my felt.  Using and exacto knife I cut on top of the lines of the snowflake.  Lift the paper off the felt and re-cut any lines as necessary if you missed any spots.  I used my 28mm rotary cutter and it worked well to trim off the excess. 

Cut your pillow cover pieces:
Cut two pillow top pieces 18" by 18", cut 4 backing pieces (for an envelope style closure) 12" by 18".


Sew the snowflake onto the pillow top, it'll stick nicely since it's felt on felt. Yes, it's a lot of small stitches and turning, but it really isn't too bad. Just take your time and stitch about 1/8" away from all raw edges.

You wouldn't have to finish the edges of the felt if you didn't want to since felt doesn't fray, but for the envelope back pieces I just turned mine over by 1/2"  on one of the long edges and sewed it down, do this for each of the four backing pieces.

Sew pillow together.  Place pillow top piece RIGHT side up on your work surface.  Place both backing pieces RIGHT side down on top of the pillow top piece.  Pin and sew along entire perimeter using a 3/8" seam allowance. Clip corners.  Turn right side out, stuff in your pillow form and go find a spot to cozy in with it at your couch.

33 comments :

  1. Aw, these are great! So festive! I really like your chair too.

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  2. gorgeous, love the simplicity of modern feel to it

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  3. Those are so stunning! I'm completely in love with snowflakes at this time of year too (ignore the weather...snowflakes are festive!!)
    I made some xmas ornaments along the same theme (if you'd like to see them...)
    http://keepcatebusy.blogspot.com/2010/10/day-27-doves-and-snowflakes.html
    have a great weekend
    xxxCate

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  4. I really like your pillows and the "people" in the header are adorable!

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  5. I'm loving the big bold snowflake applique!! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-christmas-pillow-with-snowflake-applique/2010/12/03/

    --Anne

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  6. lovely, Anna! I just love red and white together!

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  7. Great!Lovely! Thank you for sharing!

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  8. LOVE these. Thanks for sharing! I might have to do a couple of these.

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  9. I love these .... I need these.... im going to go buy felt right now!! Thank you so much... my two favorite things, red and snowflakes!!

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  10. Thanks so much for sharing. These are really cute!

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  11. It's so lovely!!! :)
    I'd like to make something like this!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Ilaria

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  12. So cute! I have a tree skirt that needs some snowflake love!

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  13. These are really pretty! I wish you could see these decorations I have. They're felt storage boxes and coasters and they look almost identical to your pillows with the white snowflake on red!

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  14. The snowflake pillows are so beautiful. I'll bet mini pillows would be really cute ornaments!

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  15. I love your chair and RUG -- and pillows, too, of course! Beautiful work.

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  16. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [04 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  17. So cute! Great job. I love them!

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  18. I love decorating with snowflakes, because I feel they can still be left out after the rest of the Christmas decorations are put away. Just lovely!

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  19. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [08 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  20. I went looking for this very thing, and here you are with it all packaged up for Christmas. Thank you so much! I already have the felt - gonna go stitch it up. I'm doing mine with turquoise felt
    (living room decs are in the turq color pallette), and enlarging the snowflake so it's off center, and only part of it will be shown on the upper left quadrant of the pillow. Thanks again. Merry Christmas!!!

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  21. Thank you SO much for sharing this template! I need to make a snowflake tree skirt this week, and this will be perfect!!

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  22. Hi love them...just been cutting lots of paper snowflakes for a Christmas window and thought a white felt one applied to a cushion would be great and here it is lol....found on Google this morning
    adding a link to my blog hope that's ok?
    Thanks for sharing
    Hugs Suz x

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  23. I made 4 of the cusion covers this Xmas and absolutely love them...
    The only problem is that the pen used to mark the white snowflakes shows a bit but it is not a major problem...
    Thank you so much for sharing it.
    Isabelle

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  24. Very pretty. I love everything red and white for Christmas!
    Thank you for sharing.
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  25. I love this! What an awesome punch of holiday color!

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  26. Just letting you know I linked to this post in my Snowflake Unit Study. http://www.zujava.com/snowflake-study

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