There is something about a handmade Christmas. It’s a tradition in my family for many generations and I love the heirlooms that have been passed down to me. This simple pillow could easily fit in that category. With simple, natural materials such as wool felt and felted wool pom poms, and a bit of hand sewing, it has a rich, timeless style that is also quite current.
Make for your home, as a gift, or teach your children how to sew with this simple project. Felt means it’s a fuss-free finish and the hand sewing is as basic as it comes.
Materials for the Felt Christmas Tree Pillow
- Template for the tree applique available here: Tree Applique Template
- 1/2 yard high quality felt in red
- 1/4 yard high quality felt in green, or a scrap large enough for the tree template
- 13 felted wool pom poms (available on Etsy) in a variety of colors
- Coordinating thread for sewing and hand stitching
- Hand sewing needle
- Stuffing to fill an 16 inch pillow
- Your sewing machine. I sew on a BERNINA 580
Intructions to make the Felt Christmas Tree Pillow
Step 1: Prepare and Cut Out Your Pattern
Download the Tree Applique Template file and print it at 100% (no scaling). Trim and tape together the pattern, then cut out the tree shape.
Place the tree shape on the fold of your green felt and cut one.
Cut out two 16 inch squares from your red felt, one for the pillow front and one for the pillow back. Be sure to get a really clean, straight cut as there will be no hemming.
Step 2: Stitch on the Tree Applique
Place the tree in the center of one of your felt squares and pin in place.
Using the #6 stitch on your BERNINA sewing machine, with a stitch length of “5”, stitch the applique in place close to the edge of the tree shape.
Step 3: Handstitch the Pom Poms
Arrange the pom poms on the pillow front to your liking.
Once you have them where you like them you can use straight pins to mark their position and then place the pom poms in a line in the order you had them on the tree from top to bottom.
Thread a hand sewing needle with a doubled length of thread, double and knot at the end so you can stitch with four strands. Bring the needle up from the back side of your pillow front in the position of a pom pom. Push the needle through the center of the pom pom.
Push the needle back down through the pillow front underneath the pom pom, close to where the needle came up, making a short diagonal stitch like one leg of an “X.” Now bring the needle up underneath the pom pom on the opposite side of the original stitch and insert the needle down through the center of the pom pom and through the back, completing one half of the “X.” Bring the needle up under the pom pom at the top of the other half of the “X”…
…and insert the needle down through the center of the pom pom. Bring the yarn up under the pom pom on the opposite side and insert the needle down through the center of the pom pom to complete the “X.”
Repeat with all the pom poms to decorate your tree.
Lay the pillow front on top of the pillow back, wrong sides together and pin.
Using the #6 stitch on your BERNINA sewing machine, with a stitch length of “5”, stitch around the edge of the pillow on all sizes using a .5 inch seam allowance. Leave a 3 inch opening for stuffing the pillow.
Stuff the pillow and stitch the opening closed.
Now place the pillow on a couch or bed to warm up your interior for the holidays.
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