Patchwork Christmas

Making a patchwork pillow cover has been on my December to-do list…and I’m glad (and amazed) I got it done with 2 weeks to enjoy it! 
I was feeling mighty ba-humbug a few mornings ago…for no reason…just feeling bleh. So I got my grouchy self ready, cleaned my house, and sat down at my sewing machine.  After a few minutes I felt a hundred times better.   A clean house + a little sewing time makes all the difference.
The pillow cover is made with 2 1/2″ squares…100 squares (10 x 10) makes a perfect 20″ pillow cover.  I strip pieced the squares (sew 2 1/2″ strips together…then cut the strip sets into 2 1/2” strips) so despite its appearance its actually a really fast project. 
With the scraps we decorated dollar store ornaments using Modge Podge (I saw the tutorial here). 
It was a huge mess…
…but they loved it and it’s sure fun to have boys that love to craft with me!

40 Responses to Patchwork Christmas

  1. ~Lindsey December 15, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    I love it!

  2. Elsa December 15, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    It's amazing what a clean house and a little fun sewing can to for the spirit!
    Love the pillow and the ornament ~ especially with your sweet children in the photos!

  3. marysza December 15, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    ahhh this pillow case is just perfect! :)

  4. evaj December 15, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    So beautiful!!Evaj

  5. Júlia December 15, 2012 at 2:14 pm #


  6. Jocelyn December 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    So maybe I'd feel better if I cleaned my house?! :) Love your pillow-patchwork is my favorite! So colorful, simple, & happy. And the ornaments may have been messy but the one you showed is beautiful! I'll have to remember this project for my niece & nephew… my sister's house, of course! :) Have a great weekend.

  7. Nailaa December 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    very very nice :D

  8. Vickie @ Ranger 911 December 15, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    I've been a follower of your blog for a while, but I don't comment very often. Your quilts and pillows are amazing and I hope to tackle a few more of my own in the coming year. I made the sprocket pillows you featured at the 35th Ave. for my daughter and she loves them!

    Thanks for making it all so easy with your simple instructions!

    *Please feel free to stop by to enter my Red Cross themed Christmas giveaway going on right now. The winner will be picked tomorrow!


  9. Missy Shay December 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    I love the pillow and the ornament, what a great idea! I'll have to make those for presents next year!

  10. Mama Bell December 15, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    Thanks for the info on the pillow. . .very cute pop of Christmas cheer and seems fast and easy. The best part is the picture of those darling little boy hands holding the ornament!

  11. Sofia December 15, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Beautiful pillow!

  12. Lynda C. December 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    Pretty color combination.


  13. diane December 15, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    looks like a day well spent

  14. Svetlana December 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    so sweet!!! the pillow as well as the baby.

  15. Lucy @ Charm About You December 15, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    gorgeous cushion! The decoration looks great too :) and having fun with the kids is always good. I totally agree, cleaning and sewing always restore me!

  16. Kate December 16, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    I do love that cushion!

  17. Ellyn December 16, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    saw this this morning and had to make one. Like, now. it's done! My quilting is not as pretty as yours (wonky kinda-straight line quilting) but I am happy with it! Thanks for the lovely idea

  18. Dana Lynne December 16, 2012 at 1:14 am #

    I love the pillow and the ornament! Forget the clean house *grin* I'd rather just get sewing!

  19. Melia Mae Quilting December 16, 2012 at 1:38 am #

    I just love your patchwork pillow! That is really really cute! I will have to try that for next year! Too much to do yet this year.

  20. Val December 16, 2012 at 5:47 am #

    What a cheery Christmas pillow. That strip method is great. I really like the covered bauble.

  21. Cathy December 16, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    Sitting at the sewing machine does restore ones sanity!! Love the decorations and your pillow!!

  22. sandi s December 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    I love your pillow. I am trying for some machine time today. I loved the Christmas quilt you showed recently also.

  23. DebbieS December 16, 2012 at 5:02 pm #


  24. Katy December 16, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    That's what I plan to do with my leftover Joy/Kate Spain scraps – a pillow (maybe your sprocket pillow?:) and a fabric banner (I make happy birthday banners all the time, but just started branching out into seasonal and holiday banners too!).

  25. Live a Colorful Life December 16, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

    What a sweet pillow project, and the decorations too–worth the mess. Sometimes making memories is just a messy thing…

  26. Laura Lane December 16, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    I love how your pillow turned out. Baby's pretty cute, too!

    Christmas blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage!

  27. elletaylor December 16, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    Love it!! Maybe next year…..I just finished a Christmas version of your star blocks!! It turned out great and it is now at home on my couch!!

  28. Mego December 17, 2012 at 1:49 am #

    Well at least it was Mod Podge…my daughter's into the glitter!!!

  29. Chenille Cottage December 17, 2012 at 6:16 am #

    Congratulations on finishing with time to spare! I wish I was in the same boat as you…Still lots to do before Christmas morning!

  30. themissymom December 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    Messy projects are the best!

  31. Logan Marriott December 17, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

    So cute! I just love getting those last projects done in enough time to enjoy before Christmas!
    I just finished a Christmas project as well, a quilt. So excited for it! Check it out at

  32. Di~ December 17, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    Darling pillow, Allison! ornament too. I already have 6 Christmas pillows, otherwise I'd be in there sewing one up just like yours…right now! I should do a blog post with my Christmas pillows, but since getting a new computer, I don't know how!!! Are you heading up to Ashton during the holidays?

  33. Lorri December 18, 2012 at 12:25 am #

    So cute! I made one this week also and it had been on my list since last year..Merry Christmas

  34. Altax December 18, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Awesome!!! It looks great.
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  35. Lindsay_Loris December 18, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    I love this – these colours are so bright and fresh too:). I'm finding it hard to work out how you pieced it though – can you give me a simple run through? Do you make the strips into sets of 2 then join them to make sets of 4 and so on? Sorry if it is a dizzy question! *blush*

  36. susan December 19, 2012 at 1:03 am #

    love the pillow and ornament. such a cute project!

  37. susan December 19, 2012 at 1:03 am #

    love the pillow and ornament. such a cute project!

  38. amandajean December 19, 2012 at 2:52 am #

    LOVE your patchwork pillow cover!!!! I do love me some 2" squared.

    Sewing time and a clean house are a perfect match. That's what I call guilt free sewing!!! Hurray for that!

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