Saturday, November 27, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree….pillow

Christmas  Tree Pillow.  I got up early Thanksgiving morning before anyone else got up and went straight to my craftroom.  The best quiet time of the day!   I made this little pillow using scraps of fabric that I had left over {from making Halloween costumes in past years!}  Another FREE-2-ME project!!! Yippeee

Chrismas Tree Pillow DIY

Felt Christmas Pillow

Pillow Instructions

Christmas Pillow Supplies

I made a 2” circle template from the back of a cereal box and cut out a LOT of circles from four different shades of green felt!  I used felt because it’s what I had on hand plus I knew the material wouldn’t ravel!

The shears I’m using are called pinking scissors.  I thought it would add texture and depth to the “tree” and hide any imperfection from my cutting!  If you have never seen pinking scissors before, they create a  zig-zag edge and they can be found in most notions department.

Christmas Tree Pillow outline

I cut out 2 16x16 squares of velvetish (is that a word?) material.  I don’t think it’s actual velvet?  Just something I picked up out of the remnant bin a few months back.  I also cut a quick template to decide how big I wanted my tree and trunk.

I outlined the tree and trunk template with a disappearing ink pen.  This pen writes in purple and will fade away in time.

Christmas Pillow using eyelet stitch

Back in the day I managed a sewing store and bought this big fancy shmancy sewing machine.  I thought it would be fun to use some of the features, like the eyelet stitch.

The nice thing about this stitch is that it locks in the stitch with a knot and cuts the threads when it’s done.   All I have to do is press the green button and away it GOES.

**You could easily do this with a back and forth running or zig-zag stitch.

Sewing a Christmas tree pillow

Set the felt circle down on the right side of one pillow square and place the presser foot down in the center of the circle and sew.

Lift the circle that you just sewn up and lay the next circle half way over the circle you just stitched. {like in the photo above}

Mix your shades of green as you go along.  I used the lightest color of green sparingly compared to the darker greens.  This is just my personal preference.

Making a Christmas tree Pillow

I thought I would  stitch the circles in rows starting at the bottom of the tree but thought it might end up looking too perfect.  I opted to stitch a row of circles around the outside edge and then fill in the center.

Christmas Tree Pillow with felt

When it’s all filled in go through and clip any long threads.  I had some circle that stuck out more than others so I simply gave them a trim with the pinking shears.   

pintuck Christmas Tree pillow

Time for the trunk of the tree.  I thought I would have some fun and add a little texture instead of just a plain brown appliqued square tree trunk. I’m using a brown fleece material, only because it was a darker brown than what I had in felt.  Cut the brown fabric twice the width that you want to end up with.

I created the trunk using a bit of a pin-tuck treatment.  Fold over the material and sew on the edge of the crease.  The farther you sew away from the crease the large the “pin-tuck” you will create.  No need for pins or pressing, I just eyeballed the creases. 

Pintuck technique Christmas Pillow

Practice and you will have it down in no time!  You can see my first few I did (on the left)  looked ununiformed but they got better each time.    Lay the truck pattern over the best pin-tucks and cut out. 


Sew the trunk on the pillow front slightly under the green circles center of the tree with a wide zig-zag stitch.  Set the zig-zag length down low, so the stitches are close together but still sew in a forward motion.  ****If you turn you dial down to zero it will stay in one place, that’s not what we want.

Christmas Pillow simple bird

I cut out a simple pattern of a bird and appliqued it to the top of the tree just like the tree trunk.

DIY Christmas Tree Pillow design

Sew up the pillow by laying the 2 16x16 squares right sides together and sewing around all the sides but leaving a small opening on one side,  turn right side out, stuff the pillow, and hand stitch the opening close.

To get nice crisp corners, cut the material off at the corners as close to the thread on an angle (see photo above) without cutting the threads.

DIY sewn Christmas Tree Pillow

Admire. Admire. Admire.

Christmas tree pillow close up

Close up of the satin applique stitch and pin-tuck detail.

Simple red bird sewn on pillow

Is this my partridge in pear tree?

DIY Christmas Pillow

Christmas Tree Pillow

I got to thinkin’…..

Hey all you non~sewers

you could probably make this pillow by adhering the circles with fabric glue onto a solid readymade pillow!




  1. I am so very impressed!! That looks like a lot of work to me! I just love how it turned out!

  2. Carrie,
    Your pillow is adorable. I'm not only impressed by the way it turned out, but by your tutorial too! I am not a sewer, but you explained it so well with pictures that I thought for a moment...HEY, I can do that! lol!

    Very nice job! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Hugs and Love,

  3. Carrie, I love this pillow!!! And thanks for the no sewer suggestion, as that would be me!

  4. That is so adorable. I need to get back in the craft room and work on some more projects. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Very fun - I love all the texture you created for this.

  6. Love love love your pillow! If I ever find time I will have to make one! Thanx for sharing.

  7. That is so cute!! Very creative Carrie!!

  8. So, so, SO cute!! Maybe I can start working on one now for next year. Ha! (I own a sewing machine. Own. I don't have a clue how to use it! :)

    Great tutorial and adorable pillow!

  9. Just too cute. Thanks for the tutorial! Terry

  10. Wow! This is amazing and looks so simple to make. Wish I had time to bang one out this year. It certainly would make a great gift.

  11. This was featured today over at Today's Top Twenty! I'd love if you stopped by! :)


  12. This is so pretty! You're very creative!

  13. That is amazing! I love the bird especially. And thanks for the tip to non-sewers!

  14. Oh my Gosh! This is too adorable! I love the texture of the circles to make the tree! Hope you will share with my Pink Hippo Party @

  15. sitting here about to cry because I can't SEW! must learn. I will try your nonstitch version...

  16. This ROCKS! I will feature this at Grab my "Featured" button.

  17. I love these! You did a great job! Would love for you to visit me and link up to Made with Love Monday at Sew Chatty!

  18. I was just looking through crate and barrel and saw this pillow! I was like I have to make that, so thanks for getting it figured out so I don't have too! Yours turned out darling!

  19. I love it I may do this in a NO-SEW project.....

  20. I really like this, thank you for sharing,Amy

  21. The cute factor here is outta control! Love if only I knew how to handle my sewing machine ;) I made my first hand-stiched ornament this steps right?

  22. This is just beautiful! I love it and your wonderful tutorial! I featured this on my blog today!

  23. Hey --
    This is glorious! I featured it today at A Crafty Soiree

    Thanks for sharing it! Malia

  24. This is the post I used for the sidebar pay it forward feature!

  25. lovely festive pillow! a great way to use little scraps of felt (of which I have a TON)! thanks so much for the great tutorial!

  26. That is ADORABLE! Excellent tutorial too!
    You should come link this up to my weekly Thursday Making It With Allie Link Party! I think it would make a Fabulous addition!

  27. Carrie - I love this! I wish I would save more scrap fabric than I do, and need to be more patient with remnant bins, clearly! It is funny, you typed "truck" in most places instead of "trunk" - I looked twice for a truck. How silly is my brain. lol Thanks so much for sharing this - a wonderful Christmas gift idea!

  28. This is so cute! I featured it over at my Christmas party at Sassy Sites! Come by and check it out. Don't forget to grab a featured button!! :)

  29. LOVE your pillow!! Even the tree trunk is adorable. :)

    Oh...and cute blog header too!

  30. I was just happy that I found your inspiring and creative blog.
    The cushion is wonderful!
    Kisses,Zondra Art

  31. I love this project too! You're going to keep me busy with projects - I better stop reading your blog ;) Thanks for sharing a GREAT tutorial!

  32. I featured this cute thing on my blog today

  33. I saw this pillow on Crate and Barrel and totally thought about making it. I haven't yet which means that I probably won't this year.

    Yours turned out fabulously! So cute! And a fabulous tutorial!
    Visiting from a girl and a glue fun.

  34. This tree pillow is soooooo cute! I love it!

  35. Beautiful pillows. Thanks for sharing the photos and directions.



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