This post has been so fun to write because it combines three of my favorite things: Christmas, friends, and DIY.
Last week, I had four girlfriends over to make Christmas pillows. We used nothing but cheap pillow covers and sharpies, and we came out with gorgeous, seasonal, decorative pillows. Even better, we had SO much fun while our 10 children ran amuck… We thrive on chaos here. 😉
We used two different kinds of pillow cases. First, I bought as many of these from Ikea as I could find. For $3, you really can’t go wrong! But, unfortunately, they didn’t have as many as I hoped, so I made a few from drop cloth (left over from my smocked curtains in my living room). I made easy, envelopes and was able to crank out three covers in about 15 minutes. Truly. If you want a great tutorial for envelope pillows, visit my friend Krista here. 🙂 The drop cloth ones were not quite as “finished” looking as the store-bought ones, but I love how they turned out, too.
I love all the creativity that my friends exhibited. Because I was busy sewing those extra pillow cases last minute, I limited myself to some simple silhouette designs (which I simply found via google images, printed out, cut out, and traced around… then I filled them in to the desired degree – couldn’t be easier!).
Several of my friends wanted script, though, and the great thing about these off-white pillow cases is that you could trace your font if so desired. We cut butcher paper to the same size as the pillows, made mock-ups of our designs, and then inserted them into the cases to trace for the final result. They turned out so beautiful!
And another friend made a monogram (which could be used year-round, of course!), but I don’t have picture, unfortunately. The next ones I want to make are these Silent Night Holy Night ones… Aren’t they fabulous?
You’ve got to see a close-up of these.
Guess I need to make another run to Ikea and pray they have some more pillow cases! What do you think? Any other great, embarrassingly easy holiday projects? Do share!
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