This year I scaled back slightly with my Christmas decor. We’ve been so busy that I figured we would hardly be home to enjoy it anyway but I wanted to add some simple “Christmas charm” here and there. However, in the midst of a kitchen remodel, I didn’t want to spend a ton of money. So I hit up my stash of canvas painter’s drop cloth for the fabric and raided my pillow selection. I think a 9×12 drop cloth was $24.99 which is kind of a lot just to make one pillow but I’m telling you, the possibilities are endless with these!  For the pillow insert, I used a 16×16 pillow from Hobby Lobby. Originally $9.99 but i used my 40% off coupon. 🙂 If you have a pillow laying around that you are tired of, you can easily use that too!

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{Let me just start by telling you that it has been YEARS since I’ve used a sewing machine. Thinking back, I’m pretty certain the last time was in Mrs. Grotewiel’s 7th Grade Clothing & Textiles class.}

The first thing I did was cut two pieces of canvas to 18×18″ inch squares. Leaving me with an inch all the way around to sew my seams. pillow2

Next, I stenciled the front piece of fabric with black latex paint. I got this stencil from www.thestencilsmith.com or you can make your own. For stenciling I use light weight spray adhesive on the back of the stencil to make sure it doesn’t move. Once completely stenciled, I let the paint dry for about an hour.

pillow3Once the paint was dry, I turned the front and the back of the “pillow” so that they touched each other and pinned 3 sides leaving the bottom of the pillow case open for the time being.

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After a quick refresher from my Grandma on how to actually use a sewing machine, I sewed up the three sides I had just pinned and then turned the pillow case right side out so that my stencil was showing.

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I then put my pillow insert into the case and turned my bottom seams under and pinned them. (Using an iron on your seams before pinning helps a lot.) Once you have the bottom seam sewed shut, wa-laa! You have a pillow!

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Aside from waiting for the paint to dry, this project took me about 25 minutes from start to finish and is a perfect way to add a unique touch of decor to your home. I’m thinking I’m going to have to make a few more to keep out year round!

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