Christmas Ornament Pillow



First, I must give credit to whom credit is due for inspiring me to create this project!

Jen, over at Tatertots & Jello, posted this fabulous painted ornament pillow tutorial here...


First, I found a pillow that I could use as a “form” and measured it -

It was 17″ square…I then added 2″ for seam allowances…

Next, I cut out 2, 19″ squares and pinned them

(right sides) together, leaving one end open…






This photo shows how I finished the “open” edge by folding over the unfinished edge & pinning…




And here’s what the open edge looks like after I stitched it….




Next, I ironed the seams so that they would lay flat…





Here, I’ve turned the case right side out and ironed it nice & flat…

now you can see the nice finished edges of the opening to the pillow  case.

I decided that I wanted to make a pillow case so that I can re-use the pillow

that I will insert into my holiday case…





Here’s the pillow inserted into the case….





Here’s what I will use to close up the open end my pillow case temporarily…





Now onto the creative part of the project!

Notice I’ve pinned the opening closed so that I can get an accurate idea of what the pillow will look like in it’s finished state.

I then eyeball & loosely measure the approximate center on the front of the pillow and

use a plate to mark where I will draw my ornament….






Next, I remove the pillow from the case and double check my measurements now that the case is nice and flat….





Here you can see how I traced the circle with a pencil…..






Here are the items I will use to create my ornament –  I might change my mind on the ribbon though!

Jen at Tatertots & Jello gave the great tip to add some fabric painting medium to regular acrylic paint

(that you can find at any craft store) and viola, you now have inexpensive fabric paint!…






It took 3-4 coats of paint to get the desired result….





Now it’s time to start playing with the ribbon & rick rack…I

did a little bit of measuring and a lot of eye-balling to lay the rick rack where I wanted it…






The edges of the rick rack started to fray when I cut it,

so I just brushed a little clear nail polish on the ends…





Next, I glued a strip of black & white ribbon down to the top of the ornament and

attached a matching bow with more hot glue…






With a close up view you can see that not everything is perfectly straight….but,

when you look at the final product sitting beautifully on your couch, it really doesn’t matter does it???




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16 Responses to Christmas Ornament Pillow

  1. Dawn says:

    so cute! love the pillow-i have that tutorial in my Christmas folder

  2. I saw that pillow tutorial at jen’s too. Your’s turned out super cute!! I’ve never heard of using clear fingernail polish to keep stuff from fraying. I always melt the ends. Great tip!

  3. Paula says:

    Cute project! These would make great gifts, too. I’m visiting from Amanda’s party.

  4. You did a GREAT job!!! I think the ric-rac looks wonderful. :) Cute cute project! Thanks so much for linking to my party. I hope you’ll come back again soon. :)

  5. Laurel says:

    You can never have too many pillows – especially cute ones! Nice job!

  6. Kelli says:

    Adorable! And clear nail polish…so smart! I never thought to add that to my ribbon to keep it from fraying!

  7. So festive & pretty. I love the tutorial and the velcro closure. Very simple process with the cutest results. Thanks so much for linking with air your laundry Friday!


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