Monday, November 14, 2011

Holiday Garland Pillow Tutorial : :

Holiday Garland Pillow Tutorial

Today's tutorial is for a simple festive Christmas-y pillow cover -- A Holiday Garland Pillow. This pillow was completely inspired by my love for garland. Using multicolored cuts of wool blend felt with scalloped edges and colorful ric rac to connect them, I created this pillow thinking it’ll be the perfect decoration to welcome another year of handmade goodness!

What you'll need : :
  • 1 - Pillow Insert measuring 12" x 16"
  • 1 - piece of quilting weight fabric or wool blend felt measuring 13" x 17"(today I'm using this fabric)
  • 25 (give or take) pieces of wool blend felt cut into circles or the shape of your choice in festive holiday colors (to create my felt shapes I used my GO!Baby fabric cutter and this flower die)
  • 1 package of ric rac cut into 5 - 18" pieces
  • 2 - 9" x 12.5" pieces of fabric for the back of the pillow (today I'm using this fabric)
  • Sewing pins
  • Sharp scissors or a rotary cutter/mat set
  • Note * Click on any of my images for a larger picture 

Creating the Garland Pillow Top : :

1. Using the wool blend felt colors, cut out 25 or so pieces in a variety of sizes. I am using a scalloped circle shape. Circles, triangles, ornaments, and Christmas light shapes are some other ideas that would work great, too 2. On the 13"x17" piece of fabric or felt, layout your felt pieces in five rows of five pieces, spacing them evenly, alternating sizes throughout each row

cut out stack in Christmas colorslayout

3. Place the ric rac strip on the center of each row and carefully pin the ric rac through the felt shape and the felt or fabric pillow top 4. Repeat with all five rows


5. Carefully sew down the center of each ric rac strip, removing pins as you go, to attach each strip of ric rac and felt piece to the pillow top 6. Once finished, use a ruler to square up the pillow top to measure 12.5" x 16.5" 7. Choose a coordinating fabric for the backside of the pillow. Cut two pieces measuring 9" x 12.5"


For instructions on finishing the envelope style back, please see my Quilted Stripes Pillow Tutorial here. The directions needed can be found in the "Sewing Pillow Together" section of that tutorial.

Envelope Style Back

Insert the pillow form and Voila! You're done! :)

Garland Christmas Pillow

I had a lot of fun making this pillow, first with all felt and then with combining fabric and felt. I hope you do to!

Garland Christmas Pillows

And now... we have our Fab Felt Workshop and Felt Stack Giveaway WINNER! 

First, I want to say a big THANK YOU to Craftsy for offering such a fun prize!! Thank You to all of you who entered, I'm so glad you all liked our Giveaway!! From the 644 entries that came in before 10 pm, Mr. Random says our lucky winner is comment #418, Kristie!!! I hope you enjoy your winnings!! Both Craftsy and I will be in touch.

Wishing a wonderful new week to all!!! 
Be sure to let me know if you give my tutorial a go!


  1. This is so cute! I saw a stocking in the land of nod catalog that looked just like that and I knew I had to copy it for little Elsie's Christmas stocking. A matching pillow might be necessary!

  2. Woohoo! I can't believe I won the felt. I am so excited. I see a felt garland on our fireplace this year. Thanks!

  3. Kristie -- Pretty please email me at, you are a no reply commenter. Thank you and Congrats!!

  4. Jessica -- I just went and looked in my Land of Nod catalog and sure enough -- you're right! That must have snuck into my brain without me realizing it!!! Yes, I think a matching pillow to your stocking is very necessary! :)

  5. Congrats to Kristie!!
    Great tutorial, Maureen! Your projects always look simple and easy!

  6. i love it! i love the Land of Nod stocking, too. isn't that funny how certain pieces can inspire us, sneaking into our crafter subconscious without us even realizing it? your version is awesome!

  7. Such a sweet pillow! It looks like a very straightforward tutorial! Thanks for sharing, Maureen!

  8. so so so cute! I will make this for sure! my daughter inlaw loves dots and might make her one in circles.. they look so easy to make I'd make a few more! thank you for this tutorial!
    Congrads to Kristie!

  9. This is a super tutorial, Maureen!! Thanks bunches for sharing it with us. :D

  10. Love this pillow and you make making so clear and easy!!!

  11. This looks fun and easy! Thank you for sharing it!

  12. I just added this to my Holiday Gift Tutorial Guide! I hope you don't mind~ Thanks for the amazing idea!

  13. Beautiful pillow, I certainly need to get some felt :)
    Thank you for the tutorial!


  14. Hey Maureen, I am thinking of making some felt pillows for my home and I have a bit of a funny question. How does the felt on these pillows wash? I don't typically prewash my cottons and I'm just curious as to whether I'd be able to stick a pillow with the wool on quilting cotton in the washer or if I'd really need to handwash something like this.

    Anyway, thanks for any insight :) xox

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