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My own snowflake pillow

Snowflake pillow at The Crafty Quilter

I have been busy making pillows and pillowcases.  I mentioned the snowflake pillow at Pellon Projects in my last Sew Thankful Sunday post and I just had to make one of my own.  I love how it turned out!

Snowflake pillow at The Crafty Quilter

The hardest part was cutting out the snowflake.

Snowflake pillow at The Crafty Quilter

If you plan ahead, you can do this part while watching TV and it’s much less painful!

I used leftover Hobb’s Heirloom (80/20) batting for my snowflake and I fused some lightweight interfacing to one side of the batting to give it more stability.  Then I used Heat ‘n Bond lite to transfer the snowflake design onto the batting, cut it out and fused it onto my background square.

Here’s a look at how I came up with my snowflake design.  I borrowed from Martha Stewart’s tutorial here.

Snowflake pillow at The Crafty Quilter

I then decided to transfer the design onto tissue paper because I wanted to change the design a little and the copy paper was a little too thick to fold and cut accurately.  Then I traced this onto the paper side of my fusible web:

Tissue snowflake from The Crafty Quilter

Here it is cut out and fused onto my background:

Snowflake pillow at The Crafty Quilter

My background fabric has three layers:  muslin on the bottom, fusible fleece in between and cotton fabric on top.

Snowflake pillow at The Crafty Quilter

Next, I stitched the snowflake down using a walking foot and thread to match the snowflake:

Snowflake pillow at The Crafty Quilter

Snowflake pillow at The Crafty Quilter

Then I added the quilting using free motion loops and “snowflake holly”:

Snowflake pillow at The Crafty Quilter

Snowflake pillow at The Crafty Quilter

Snowflake pillow at The Crafty Quilter

Then I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be cute with a button in the middle of each snowflake?”  Of course it would!

Snowflake pillow at The Crafty Quilter

So that’s all the pillow front, but the pillow back is just as cool!  I used this fantastic tutorial from Amy DeCesare of Amy Made That! (she also designed the original pillow) which shows you how to make a hidden zipper in the back.  I’m so glad I did it and it’s so easy!

Snowflake pillow at The Crafty Quilter

And it’s especially helpful to hide my uncoordinated color (orange) zipper:

Snowflake pillow at The Crafty Quilter

I’ll be using this zipper method from now on.  Thanks Amy!

And here is my pillow on top of my finished “Paris in the Fall” block of the month quilt!

Pillow and quilt at The Crafty Quilter

I’m not sure if it’s going to stay there, but the bed needed another pillow so that’s where it will be for now.

And my other pillow from a leftover quilt block is next to it:

Snowflake pillow at The Crafty Quilter

I’ll give more details and pics later of the quilt and some of my other red and white Christmas decorations.  Hopefully, I’ll have another pillow finished by Christmas.  As I type that, I’m thinking “Seriously? Who are you kidding?”  I’m only having 30 relatives over for dinner on the 23rd and then brunch at our house on Christmas Eve.  Who needs sleep? lol!

Happy Holidays!



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  1. Hi. Do you use a long-arm to do the beautiful quilting on your snowflake pillow? How could I do something similar or simpler, =) without a long-arm?

  2. I love this idea. My granddaughter was here one day and I showed her how to make snowflakes with paper. I should let her do this project. She loves to play on my sewing machine.

  3. Really hatsoff to your snowflake Pillow idea and thanks for clear directions for making snowflake pillow.Thaks once again

  4. Iam not so savvy with all this computer stuff, but happened on your site. So glad I did…..you creations are stunning.

  5. I’ve been making cushions the same way for the last 20 years (cripes!) – an overlapping envelope back with a contrasting band. Today I have made a special pair of cushions and decided to try the tutorial you linked to to add a zip. All I can say is that I am never doing it any other way from now on!! Thank you!

  6. Julie, the snowflake pillow turned out beautifully, I’ll work on one for next year, which undoubtably means starting it on Dec. 1st.
    Merry Christmas!

  7. This is just lovely – the design, the quilting, the colors. I will have to look at having a go at a couple of these (for next year!). The whole bed looks beautiful.

  8. I am squealing with delight! Your pillow is so pretty, and I love every detail! I’m going to have to make a whole flurry of them, hoping to get one quite as sweet as this one!

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