Hope you are all enjoying the projects for Creative Carousel this time around. Yesterday the Lolly Jane girls showed us how to make some adorable Baker's Twine Ornaments.
I actually have bucket loads of Christmas decor. But every year I find new awesome projects that I just have to make. What can I say, I love decorating for Christmas!! One thing I don't have is Christmas pillows for my living room couch. So I knew just what I needed to make for this collaboration. By the way, have you seen how many gorgeous Christmas pillows there are out there? It was seriously hard for me to pick one. I think I'm going to have to make a few more. But first things first. I found this pillow on the Pottery Barn website.
(photo from Pottery Barn)
Thought it was lovely. But I wanted one that looked a little more festive. Plus I knew that since it would be going on my chocolate brown leather couch, it needed a pop of color. So I decided to make my own. This is what I came up with:
I love how it turned out, but I wish I would have made the wreath a little smaller. I have adjusted the instructions so that it doesn't go so close to the edge.
Pottery Barn Knock Off Christmas Pillow
What you need:
About 1/4 yard of green felt (or color of your choice)
One 16" pillow form and a pillow slipcover (or you can just make a pillow)
Buttons, pom-poms, or other embellishment for berries
Sewing machine and thread
Cut a whole bunch of leaves out of felt. My leaves were approximately 2 inches long, and I used about 80 of them. They do not all need to be exactly the same size.
Now it's time to add that little vein to the leaf. Totally optional step, but I think it adds a lot to the look. You can hand stitch the line but I used my machine. Here's how I did it:
Pick a thread that is slightly darker than your felt. Place your needle close to the back of the leaf. It can't be right on the edge or it bunches up when you start stitching.
Sew about 2/3- 3/4 of the way across the leaf.
Now use your reverse button and stitch backwards all the way to the end of the leaf.
Leave about 1" of thread at the end.
Repeat the process until you have all of the leaves done. It's probably a good idea to have snacks on hand. It takes awhile. I ate chocolate, but you can use your weapon of choice.
For this next part, I'm going to tell you how I wish I would have done it. Take a dinner plate and place it in the middle of your pillow fabric. Trace around it to make a circle guide for the wreath. I didn't think my plate was big enough, so I traced around it 1" out. That was a mistake. I think my pillow would have looked better if the wreath wasn't so close to the edge. So don't be like me. Just trace the dang plate!
Now you are ready to form your wreath. Here is where that 1" of extra thread on the end comes in handy. Rather than tying knots in all of them, just fold the threads over to the back and add some hot glue.
Now flip it over and attach it to your pillow. I worked from left to right so I could cover up the end of the first leaf with the second and so forth.
Keep adding leaves, using your pencil line as a guide.
I went all the way around my circle adding the two layers.
Then I went back and filled in the center.
Pottery Barn used pom poms for their wreath, but I didn't like the color of red pom poms I found, so I decided to use buttons instead. You can use whatever you like. I simply arranged them how I liked, then went back and attached them with a bit of hot glue.
Now all you gotta do is put in your pillow form, and you're all done.
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