I was wanting some more graphic, modern-looking Christmas throws and had an idea.The story of this pillow starts here, funny enough.
I made this Halloween costume last year and had a much easier time sewing on the felt cross of St. George to the knight tunic than I thought I would. So as I was pondering my new pillow design, I remembered I had plenty of supplies left over from Halloween and decided to put them to use.
Also needed for finishing: stuffing (or pillow form) and backing fabric.
The canvas works really well - gives the throw pillow stability and shape. I used the cheap flannel this time. Usually I prefer wool, but the cheap stuff works really well for this project. (And, knowing these pillows will probably end up serving as a path over 'hot lava' or elements of various couch forts, I'll panic less knowing that these pillows weren't that costly.) I would also suggest HeatNBond on the heavier side. I used a light-weight one and it took some effort to get it to work with the heavier felt and canvas.
Here's the fun part: To start, cut your own snowflake. May I recommend a really simple pattern. It's much easier to cut and sew the felt if you don't have too many curves or windows. This is the snowflake I cut for the pillow above. I used an 8 1/2" square piece of paper, folded into sixths.
Once the snowflake is cut out and you're happy with the design, trace it onto the HeatNBond paper side.
Cut out the snowflake.
Fold the square into fourths (creasing the folds) to find the center and stick in a pin.
Peel the paper from the back of the snowflake, fold into fourths and find the center.
Match the centers, using creases to line-up the points of the snowflake. Press the snowflake, adhering it to the canvas, careful to keep it centered and flat. (I used the smooth side of the canvas.)
Using coordinating thread, top-stitch around all the edges of the snowflake to give it a finished appearance and to permanently secure the snowflake to the canvas.
Choose a cute, coordinating backing fabric and cut it the same size as the canvas top. Put right sides together and sew around all edges, leaving an opening big enough to stuff the pillow when turned right side out. Hand sew opening together after sufficiently stuffing the pillow.
This is such a quick project. I made three pillows in one evening. And you don't have to stop at snowflakes! I found some felt in shades of green that I liked and tried something else. Have fun. Be creative. And send me pictures if you make anything fun!
I couldn't resist showing the holly pillow backing fabric, because I love it so much. Cute little retro-kids from Michael Miller.
And finally, while I was taking pictures, my three-year-old wanted to share his nice airplane sculpture with all of you.