• Stacey Harp

Christmas Pillow Perfection

I love Christmas. I mean, REALLY love Christmas. And I also love Christmas decor.

I love when it begins to appear in the stores (even though it seems to start in August now). I love seeing all of the colors and sparkles. I love seeing the new trends and patterns. Side note – Did you know that there are people out there who actually choose themes each year and change their decor?!? I just learned this and I am so impressed with their creativity and their dedication, because I would NOT be able to part with my decor from the year before!

The one thing I don’t love about Christmas decor, however, is the price.

Holy Moly! Some of those price tags could bring on a mild heart attack.

Fun and festive pillows at the store ... but I just can't justify that price!

But in the name of continuing my love affair with Christmas decor, I put on my crafty hat (it’s got glitter and beads, of course!) and decided to see what I could make on my own.

Thankfully, there are hundreds of Christmas decor DIY videos on YouTube and countless blogs; so inspiration abounds. (Seriously, if you have 5 minutes to waste – well, more like 5 days – search YouTube. You will be amazed!).

I hit Christmas DIY pay dirt and it paid off big time!

In the spirit of the holiday season, I’ll be sharing some of my projects with you over the next several weeks. (A few snapshots are already up on our Facebook page, in case you just need some quick inspiration.) So make sure you keep checking back. But here’s one to get you started – Christmas pillows!

There is no easier way to decorate and get you in the Christmas spirit than a few strategically placed Christmas pillows on your couch. Then, all you need is some hot chocolate (spiked or not – your choice), a cozy blanket, and a Hallmark Movie and BAM! It’s Christmas!

But dear Lord, are those store bought pillows expensive!

I was in Target the other day and their pillows START at $19.99! Starting price!!! No, thank you.

So I went with Plan B...

Target Dollar Spot had fabric gift sacks this year that were pretty large (I forgot to measure but I think they were about 12” x 10”) and in really nice plaid fabrics or canvas with really cute designs silk screened on them. (For those who are unfamiliar with Target Dollar Spot, it’s the shelving located inside the front door with seasonal items that usually cost anywhere from $1 to $7.) These bags were $3 each and the perfect size for a pillow. I bought 5 of them!

$3 each? Seems like a no brainer ...

Because these were gift bags, three of the sides were already nicely sewn. (BONUS!) I simply cut off the drawstring closure, added some poly-fil stuffing until it was stuffed to my liking, then folded in the cut edge a little (about a quarter of an inch) and whip stitched it closed.

You will want to take your time and make your stitches neat, especially on the silk screened ones, because your seam will be at the top of the pillow.

Now I know some of you are saying, “but I can’t sew, so I can’t make these.” Not true. Because you only need to worry about one side, you could easily follow all the steps above and simply, use hot glue or fabric glue instead (just make sure your glue line is very straight).

Voila! You’ve got your own fancy Christmas pillow for about $6 each!

Now get to Target (or your other favorite bargain store) before all the fabric gift bags are gone!

These look just as good (Dare I say even BETTER?!?) than those pricey ones in the store. And SO easy to make!

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