Add a little Christmas style to your sofa or bed with this Vintage Style Hexagon Christmas Pillow!
I have a fun Christmas in July project for you today!
Now, I know it’s crazy early to start Christmas projects. But the beauty of making Christmas projects in July is if you make all your fun new decorations early, then you can focus on making gifts or even just (gasp) relaxing during the holidays!
This cute pillow uses the new fabric line Christmas Kitsch by Anna Griffin and it has a really fun vintage style to it! There are a bunch of us that have come up with projects for this new line and we’re all sharing projects this month!
Amanda – Jedi Craft Girl – July 1
Tina – Emily Ann’s Kloset – July 8
Jen – Tie Dye Diva – July 15
Caroline – Sew Can She – July 22
Bev – Flamingo Toes – July 29
Andy – A Bright Corner – August 5
I really wanted to show off a few of the different fabrics so I thought it would be fun to make a pillow using some cute paper pieced hexagons!
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own!
- 6 fat quarters of Christmas Kitsch fabric
- 2″ Hexagon Paper Pieces
- 16″ square of lightweight batting
- 16″ pillow form
- 2 yards 1″ crochet lace
- DMC Pearl Cotton thread size 5 – white
Cut out fabric about 1″ larger than the hexagon paper pieces. You can really have a lot of fun with fussy cutting these – center the shape on the fabrics and pick out what you’d like to show!
Place the paper on the back of the fabric and fold down the first side. I like to hold it in place with a little clamp, but a paper clip works great too!
Fold the next side down and hand sew the overlapped area together with a couple small stitches.
Keep folding each side down and stitching the folded edges. You don’t need to cut your thread, just move to the next corner.
Repeat until all your edges are folded down. You don’t want to pull the fabric super tight or it will pucker later, but you want the edges to be nice and crisp.
Now you have a cute little paper pieced hexagon. So easy right??
Cut out all your fabrics and sew up all your hexagons. Once they are all sewn, line up the edges with the center hexagon and sew them together with small stitches. I do this from the back side of the hexagons, it’s easier to hide the stitches that way. Make sure you leave the papers in too.
Keep stitching until all of your hexagons are sewn together. Now you can carefully remove the papers. I use a little pencil in the hole in the center and pull the paper gently out. After you remove them all, press the shape.
Cut a 16″ square piece of fabric for the front of the pillow and a 16″ square piece of lightweight batting. Lay the fabric over the batting, then center your hexagons on top of that. Pin in place. Sew the shapes in place by stitching simple running stitches just inside each row of hexagons with your embroidery floss.
To finish the pillow, sew the cotton lace around the edges of the pillow front fabric. The lace should be pointing in towards the center and be 3/8″ from the edge. To make the back, cut two pieces of fabric 16″ wide and 12″ tall. Hem the bottom of one piece and top of the other. Overlap the pieces so the one with the hem on the bottom is on top and the two pieces together make a 16″ square. Lay the pillow front on top of the back, right sides together. Sew around all four sides, just inside the lace stitching line. Turn right side out and press.
The back of the pillow is an envelope style so you can easily change out the pillow cover.
Now pop your pillow form in and show off your new pillow! Or put your pillow away for a few months, but enjoy the fact that you have a cute new pillow to add to your decor and you won’t be sewing it in December!
I love the way the lace looks on the edge don’t you?
I hope you give it a try, it’s so fun to sew up!
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