FELT Christmas Projects: DIY Applique Pillows

Once again I’d like to share with you some projects that I made SOLELY with fabric that was donated to us and, what else, felt.


Why the sudden kick with felt, Laura, I can hear you ask….

Well, I’ll tell ya. I don’t know where or from whom it came but we had stacks and stacks of felt in our store.

This is not even the 1/4th of it!

It was just sitting in our sewing room cabinets for years…, like, years because I didn’t know what to do with it. I thought it was ridiculous to have all this free stuff just laying around and not utilize it. I made it my Christmas Mission to get rid of it all πŸ™‚

I had seen these Reindeer silhouette pillows all over the place (on pinterest, where else?). I have a problem, you guys… #PinterestJunkie So, naturally I decided to copy it. That’s all I do… I just copy things. I should’ve named my blog “The Lazy Copycat”.

Using our white felt, I cut out a Reindeer head and appliqued it to some awesome flannel fabric, again, that was donated to us.

I spent hours looking for this silhouette! …and I can’t remember where I found it… 😦

To the lovely blogger who had this printable silhouette, thank you! I’m so sorry I suck and can’t give you credit for it 😦

The pillows in my living room are 20 X 20. So, I cut this flannel fabric 20.5 X 20.5. I appliqued the Reindeer with a straight stitch around the antlers and a true applique stitch around the neck.

It looks lovely next to my Poinsettia Pillow, no? πŸ™‚

Because I have TWO sofa pillows, I made another one. This time I decided to do “JOY” and free handed my own font.

Yes, I did free hand the J and Y… the snowflake is another template I found online.


I was hoping to find a HUGE template for the reindeer and snowflake and I just couldn’t find one. These are still a bit small but I am happy with the overall look.

I did a simple straight stitch down the middle instead of around the edges

For the letters I did a true applique stitch


For the back of my pillow cases, I always use the Envelope method: Basically, I cut two pieces of fabric 20.5 inches long (Because that’s the length of my pillow, plus an extra half inch for seam allowances) and I cut the width just wider than half of the pillow. Since my pillow is 20 x 20, I cut them about 12.5 inches wide.

HemΒ one of the length wise raw edges on both pieces, than layer them on top of the front of the pillow (right sides together). The two smaller pieces of fabric will overlap (with the hemmed edges facing each other). Sew around all four sides of the pillow case.

Turn it right side out and fit the pillow form through the gape in the back.

I can do this process in my sleep so I never remember to take any pics… I think I have pictures with this pillow tutorial.


I made the middle pillow from an old sweater πŸ™‚ #PillowPalooza!


In case you didn’t pick up on it, I LOVE making pillow cases. It’s a really easy (and cheap!) way to redecorate your living room.

This year I was fortunate enough to hit pay dirt and get all my Christmas fabric and felt for free.

These pillows cost me nothing.

I hope you’ll stay tuned for my next two FELT Christmas Projects. I promise you that they’re NOT pillows πŸ™‚


5 thoughts on “FELT Christmas Projects: DIY Applique Pillows

  1. I love sewing projects with felt and yours are just gorgeous. PS I love Pinterest too. Not quite junkie status but getting there. I have been searching for a pair of felt slippers – any suggestions?

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