Let It Snow Holiday Pillow Tutorial

Hello Everyone,

It’s December, AGF’s favorite month of the year! Holiday music is playing and we are full of happiness and cheer! For those of us that sew, we love to make handmade gifts for our friends and family because it makes our present extra special and one of a kind. We created the Let It Snow Pillow featuring Blithe fabric and our Outland Yarn Dyes. Anyone on your holiday gift list would absolutely love to receive this holiday themed pillow. The luxurious feel of our yarn dyes mixed with embroidery details and BERNINA’s stitched letters makes this pillow so fun to make and to display in your home!

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Since there is nothing like receiving a homemade gift from the one you love, we wanted to have a FABRIC GIVEAWAY! See details at the bottom of this post, and good luck!

Finished Pillow Size: 20″ x 20″

Materials to make the Let It Snow Holiday Pillow

Fabric A– DEN-OYD-6004- 3/8 yd
Fabric B-DEN-OYD-6000- 1 1/4 yds
Fabric C-BLI-75601- 10″ square
Fabric D-BLI-85610- 10″ square
Fabric E-BLI-75602- 10″ square
Fabric F-BLI- 75610- 10″ square

Cutting Directions

Two (2) 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ strips from Fabric A
Two (2) 2″ x 4″ strips from Fabric A
Two (2) 2 1/2″ x 6″ strips from Fabric A
One (1) 3″ x 6 1/2″ strips from Fabric A
Two (2) 3″ squares from Fabric A
One (1) 2 1/2″ square from Fabric A
Four (4) 4″ squares from Fabric A
Four(4) 3″ square from Fabric A
Four (4) 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ strips from Fabric A
Two (2) 1″ x 2″ strips from Fabric A
One (1) 5 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle from Fabric A
One (1) 4 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ rectangle from Fabric A

Two (2) 2 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ strips from Fabric B (top and bottom border)
Two (2) 2 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ strips from Fabric B (side border)
Two (2) 24″ x 20 1/2″ rectangles from Fabric B (backing)
One (1) 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ strip from Fabric C
One (1) 1 1/2″ x 4″ strip from Fabric C
One (1) 2 1/2″ x 6″ strip from Fabric C

Two (2) 4″ squares from Fabric D
One (1) 3″ square from Fabric D

Two (2) 3″ squares from Fabric E
One (1) 2 1/2″ square from Fabric E

Two (2) 4″ squares from Fabric F
One (1) 3″ square from Fabric F

Other Materials Used

  • Sewing machine (we use a BERNINA 350 PE)
  • Reverse pattern foot #1/#1C/#1D
  • Open embroidery foot #20/#20C/#20D
  • Walking Foot #50
  • Fabric Marking Pen
  • Clear Ruler with 45 degree
  • Batting
  • Embroidery thread and needle
  • Aurifil Threads Used:
    • #2021-Natural White
    • #2132-Tarnished Gold

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Note: We found it incredibly helpful to label our white yarn dye pieces to help with any confusion during the sewing process.

Step 1: Creating the Half Square Triangles

Take all of your square pieces cut in Fabric A and draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the fabric from one corner to the other with a fabric marking pen. Match up all of your squares from Fabric A to the corresponding squares from Fabric D, E, and F. Place right sides together. Pin together if necessary.

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Sew 1/4″ on each side of the line chain piecing all your HST’s (half square triangles). Sew on one side of the line and then the other. Clip thread and press HST’s as desired.

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To square off your HST’s take a ruler with a 45 degree line and match the 45 degree line up with the seam line. Using a rotating cutting mat works great because you can trim two sides, then rotate the mat and trim the other two sides without moving your piece! Repeat this process trimming your HST’s to 2″, 2 1/2″ , and 3 1/2″.

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Step 2: Assembling the Pillow 

Sew two 2 1/2″ HST’s together and then sew on each side a 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ strip. Then sew two 3 1/2″ HST’s together for the second and three row of your first tree. (Follow picture below)

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Repeat this same process with the other F/A HST’s and 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ strips from Fabric A to create another tree!

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Repeat this same process with your HST’s from E/A and your 1″ x 2″ strips from Fabric A.

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To create the tree trunks sew a 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ strip from Fabric A to each side of a 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ strip from Fabric C. Sew this trunk to your first tree.  Sew a 2 1/2″ x 6″ strip from Fabric A to each side of a 2 1/2″ x 6″ strip from Fabric C. Sew this trunk to the third tree. Sew a 2″ x 4″ strip from Fabric A to each side of a  1 1/2″ x 4″ strip from Fabric C. Sew this trunk to the second tree.

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Next sew a 5 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle to the top of your first tree, a 4 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ strip to the top of your second tree and a 3″ x 6 1/2″ strip to the top of the third tree. Sew all your trees together.

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Sew a  2 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ strip from Fabric B to the top and bottom of your pillow then sew a 2 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ strip from Fabric B to the sides of your piece. Your pillow top is complete and now it’s time to add the hand-stitched embroidery and decorative lettering.

Step 3: Finishing Details

Place a piece of batting behind your pillow top and quilt as desired! We echoed the background pieces with coordinating thread. Using your walking foot works great for this part, it allows you to quilt over the batting and pillow top with ease.

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Draw big and small stars and snow flakes with a  fabric marking pen. Following your hand drawn designs stitch using embroidery thread!

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To program the letters you would like click here to learn how. We stitched “Let It Snow” but feel free to stitch any words or use any decorative stitches you would like! We like to use my open embroidery foot for this part.

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Step 4: Envelope Backing

The last step is to take both 24″ x 20 1/2″ rectangles and fold in half with wrong sides touching and stitch two lines 1/4″ and 1/2″ away from the folded edges. Place both pieces right sides together on top of each other to the top of your pillow top. Stitch all the way around your piece at 1/2″ and clip corners at seam allowance! Flip your pillow through to the right side and place a 20″x 20″ pillow form inside!

 

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Happy Holidays,

AGF

Art Gallery Fabric’s December 9 Gift for You

One lucky winner will receive a fat quarter bundle featuring Blithe fabrics and Art Gallery Fabric’s soft outland yarn dyes! Have fun creating this holiday themed pillow or other gifts to give away this holiday season with this bundle!

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All you have to do is post a comment below answering the following question:

What is your favorite Holiday movie?

A winner will be chosen at random on December 10, 2016 and announced the following week!

Good luck!

The contest is open for comments until December 9 at 12:00 midnight Central Time. Click here for contest rules.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Projects: home décor, pillow
Techniques: patchwork, quilting

194 thoughts on “Let It Snow Holiday Pillow Tutorial

  1. It’s A Wonderful Life! I have seen it probably 200 times & can recite quite a bit of it. It displays the amazing power of love and inspiration.
    To me there is no greater gift than when someone tells me how seeing my artwork or reading my book(s) have inspired them to try something new. We may never know just how many people we influence.

  2. The Griswold’s Christmas movies. Home for the holiday and all the vacation trips I am Griswold (maiden). It is big laugh when we all get together. The pillow is very pretty in blues.

  3. I enjoy all Christmas movies. They are usually pretty sappy but that is what I need to watch this time of year. BTW lovely pillow, but not for this year will have to save for next year. Not enough time!!

  4. White Christmas! I watch it every year, usually after the first significant snowfall of the season, and it just gets better and better. The Holiday comes in as first-runner-up…I’m a sucker for a good love story!

  5. “White Christmas”
    Wonderful songs, fantastic dancing, beautiful costumes, great stars, lovely setting. Sure the story line isn’t “deep”, but the movie makes you feel good and pays tribute to those who fought for our freedom, sacrificed to save the world from tyranny.

  6. I have two favorite Christmas movies. “It’s a Wonderful Life” is my all time favorite movie to watch during the holidays. I started watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” as a child and I haven’t missed it once. The “Christmas Story” is also a must watch for me. This movie was my grandson’s favorite and when he was young we watched together. We still do, him in spirit, and me with the sweet memories.

  7. My favorite movie is “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and my favorite part is when Linus tells the Christmas story. Always reminds me to remember the true meaning of Christmas in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

  8. What a great pillow and tutorial! I am a White Christmas fan when it comes to real people movies but when you throw in the animated films I can’t even to begin to make up my mind ; ) Thanks for the chance to play!

  9. Overall my favorite Christmas movie is White Christmas. My favorite adult Christmas movie is Die Hard where the bad guys lose, the good guy wins and it ends as a happy Christmas. I just love this pillow in these fabrics. I hope Santa picks me to win.

  10. Before answering, I checked a list of holiday movies. There are a lot I haven’t seen, so who knows. But I do really like an oldie that I found recently and that is “The Bishop’s Wife”. Guess I’m going to have to queue up some holiday movies soon and get up to date.

  11. This is a great looking pillow cover! Once I get a large quilt done for a Christmas gift, I may start this as it’s perfect for the winter season. My favorite Christmas movie is one that makes me laugh every single year and it’s Christmas Vacation.

  12. Charlie Brown’s Christmas. I love how genuine and heartfelt the story is.
    My kids went to the same high school as Charles Schultz and every year we all exclaim “that’s our auditorium”

  13. Beautiful pillow! We just moved back to the mountains after living 10 years in the SW desert so I am making this to celebrate having mountains and trees again!? My favorite “holiday movie” is a classic – “Christmas Vacation” The Christmas season doesn’t start until I watch it.

  14. I have this thing – I just cannot read a book more than once nor can I watch a movie more than once – often when checking out books, I read the first two or three pages and instantly know that I have read the book before – it may have been 30 years ago, but I can tell you the entire story. Therefore I have no “favorite” chirstmas movie – I do love watching all the new Hallmark movies each year.

  15. I enjoy all the classic holiday movies, but “White Christmas” is my favorite.
    The Let it Snow pillow made in Blithe fabrics will make a lovely gift, maybe sewn while singing along with the White Christmas foursome!

  16. It’s hard to pick just one movie! I am a sucker for the Hallmark Channel movies. Love “It’s a Wonderful Life”. And I find “Scrooged” with Bill Murray hilarious!

  17. Without a doubt, National Lapoons Christmas Vacation! Every year, my family watches this and we just laugh and laugh. I am known as a Grisswald for all the decorations I do! ?

  18. How can I pick just ONE movie! That would be like trying to pick ONE fabric that is my favorite….
    These are my favorites:’The Polar Express,’ ‘We’re No Angels,’ ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol,’ ‘Joyeux Noel,’ ‘Gremlins, ‘The Santa Clause,’ ‘Bad Santa,’ ‘The Shop Around the Corner’ (1940), ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Love Actually,’ ‘The Bishop’s Wife,’ ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas,’ ‘Holiday Inn’ (1942)’, ‘A Christmas Carol,’ ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,’ ‘Babes in Toyland,’ ‘Home Alone,’ ‘Christmas in Connecticut,’ ‘Elf,’ ‘White Christmas,’ ‘Scrooged,’ ‘Miracle on 34th Street,’ ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ ‘A Christmas Story’

  19. My favorite Christmas movie is “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” . I absolutely love this movie and the message, Believe.
    Great idea to sew the text around the border of the pillow.

  20. My favorite grown up movie is “It’s a Wonderful Life”, and my favorite kid at heart movie is “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”. But they are all so much fun to watch with the ones I love!

  21. My favorite movie is “Miracle on 34th Street”.. such a great classic movie! Love the pillow tutorial. I am just now getting around to making covers for the pillows on our couch for the holidays.

  22. I just LOVE when you all do the Christmas countdown- it is my favorite time of the year and I just love the creative projects!!! You give me such great inspiration and creativity!!!!! Fav holiday movie is “Love Actually” and thank you for all you do for us year round!!!

  23. I enjoy watching The Polar Express with all 17 of my grandchildren We pop a big bowl of popcorn, toss pillows on the floor, then watch with young and old alike.

  24. Every year I work through a pile of Christmas movies — while I’m baking for friends and neighbors, wrapping gifts, writing Christmas letters in our cards. I love so many — but I guess I’d have to pick White Christmas — as it is the one Mom, my sisters and I would stay up after Christmas Eve service to watch on TV. We knew Christmas morning started early with kids, and all that had to be done to host the extended family of 30 or so folks. But every year, we stayed up to watch it again. Now I have it on DVD and also can watch it on Netflix, so it’s whenever I’m in the mood for my holiday tradition.

  25. Charley Brown’s Christmas. I think someone special made Linus his balnket. Did you notice when he was reading the Christmas story he drops his blanket after he says “Do not be afraid…” This movie reminds me of the true meaning of Christmas.

  26. My husband, four children and I watched Christmas Vacation in a very small hotel room one Christmas Eve while visiting London many years ago. For sure, that special evening and hilarious movie will never be forgotten. Your Let It Snow Pillow is beautiful, using that gorgeous fabric allows you to use the pillow through February.

  27. I love “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” since it was first shown in 1965 I believe. I decorate my Christmas Tree every year watching this movie. My little tradition for the last 50 years.

  28. There are just some projects that spark the holiday spirit and “Let It Snow Pillow” sure sparked my holiday creative spirit. This project really spoke to me. Thank you! 🙂

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