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Monday, October 24, 2011


One of the easiest ways to decorate for the holidays is to find simple projects that accent your existing décor, rather than totally making over your home. These accent pillows are just that. They’re made with fabric cocktail napkins, Christmas print fabric, and iron-on adhesive and can be made in an hour or so. Make them for yourself or as gifts for others. -- AP


Materials (for each pillow):

two fabric cocktail napkins
pre-printed Christmas fabric in a motif to coordinate with napkin and fit size
double-stick permanent no-sew fabric adhesive
iron and pressing cloth
basic sewing supplies
beads or other embellishments (optional)

1. Peel off paper backing and apply adhesive to wrong side of printed motif.

2. Carefully cut out motif.

3. Peel off second sheet of paper. Position motif centered on front of one napkin. Cover with pressing cloth. Following manufacturer’s directions for temperature and time, iron motif to secure.

4. If desired, glue or hand stitch beads or other embellishments to pillow top.

5. With wrong sides together, pin pillow top to remaining napkin. With a 1/2” seam allowance, machine stitch around outer edges, leaving small opening for stuffing. Stuff pillow with poly-fil. Pin opening closed and machine stitch.

How many of you make holiday gifts? Let's hear from you. Post a comment to enter the drawing for a book from our special Wednesday guest this week. -- AP


Liz V. said...

I've done fruit baskets but never crafts. Your pillows are very nice, though, and I might try.

Dru said...

Your pillows are nice. I make small quilts to give out as gifts for the holidays.


Thanks, Liz and Dru. Let me know if you try this project.