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snowflakes (and a mini-tutorial)

What’s more Christmasy than snowflakes?  I was strolling through target the other day and saw some cute snowflake pillows – simple and modern looking.  So I was all excited to write up a little tutorial for this quick project, and then I saw Amy‘s post the other day with her snowflake pillow tutorial from last year.   Darn, she beat me to it.  Anyway, it’s about the same concept as the pillow I was going to make.  I’ll just give you a rundown of what I did and give you a snowflake template for you to make your own!
{makes two 18″ pillow covers}

3/4 yard red felt
2 sheets cream or off-white felt, or 1/2 yard (you’ll have a lot leftover if you buy yardage)
snowflake template

Cut your snowflake using the template:

I printed the snow flake on my printer, then laid the paper on top of my felt.  Using and exacto knife I cut on top of the lines of the snowflake.  Lift the paper off the felt and re-cut any lines as necessary if you missed any spots.  I used my 28mm rotary cutter and it worked well to trim off the excess. 
Cut your pillow cover pieces:
Cut two pillow top pieces 18″ by 18″, cut 4 backing pieces (for an envelope style closure) 12″ by 18″.
Sew the snowflake onto the pillow top, it’ll stick nicely since it’s felt on felt. Yes, it’s a lot of small stitches and turning, but it really isn’t too bad. Just take your time and stitch about 1/8″ away from all raw edges.
You wouldn’t have to finish the edges of the felt if you didn’t want to since felt doesn’t fray, but for the envelope back pieces I just turned mine over by 1/2″  on one of the long edges and sewed it down, do this for each of the four backing pieces.

Sew pillow together.  Place pillow top piece RIGHT side up on your work surface.  Place both backing pieces RIGHT side down on top of the pillow top piece.  Pin and sew along entire perimeter using a 3/8″ seam allowance. Clip corners.  Turn right side out, stuff in your pillow form and go find a spot to cozy in with it at your couch.

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39 Responses to snowflakes (and a mini-tutorial)

  1. sue niven 12.03.2010 at 8:08 am #

    wonderful, I just love it!

  2. crafterhours 12.03.2010 at 8:25 am #

    Aw, these are great! So festive! I really like your chair too.

  3. lies 12.03.2010 at 8:27 am #

    They’re great, I love them!

  4. Admitted Fabricaholic 12.03.2010 at 8:36 am #

    gorgeous, love the simplicity of modern feel to it

  5. Cate 12.03.2010 at 8:56 am #

    Those are so stunning! I’m completely in love with snowflakes at this time of year too (ignore the weather…snowflakes are festive!!)
    I made some xmas ornaments along the same theme (if you’d like to see them…)
    have a great weekend

  6. Pinkadot Quilts 12.03.2010 at 9:17 am #

    I really like your pillows and the “people” in the header are adorable!

  7. casserole 12.03.2010 at 10:30 am #

    I’m loving the big bold snowflake applique!! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


  8. sewtakeahike 12.03.2010 at 10:39 am #

    lovely, Anna! I just love red and white together!

  9. Solveig 12.03.2010 at 11:20 am #

    Great!Lovely! Thank you for sharing!

  10. Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home 12.03.2010 at 11:58 am #

    LOVE these. Thanks for sharing! I might have to do a couple of these.

  11. Tezzcan 12.03.2010 at 12:11 pm #

    Cool, Thanks for sharing.

  12. carey 12.03.2010 at 12:42 pm #

    so cute! i love them!

  13. Katie@a mom, a wife, and a me 12.03.2010 at 12:57 pm #

    I love these …. I need these…. im going to go buy felt right now!! Thank you so much… my two favorite things, red and snowflakes!!

  14. Little Bluebell (Adrianne) 12.03.2010 at 1:47 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing. These are really cute!

  15. amy smart 12.03.2010 at 2:04 pm #

    Turned out SO CUTE!

  16. Good Morning PitLane 12.03.2010 at 3:17 pm #

    It’s so lovely!!! :)
    I’d like to make something like this!

    Thanks for sharing!


  17. amylouwho 12.03.2010 at 4:01 pm #

    So cute! I have a tree skirt that needs some snowflake love!

  18. Lisa 12.03.2010 at 5:36 pm #

    These are really pretty! I wish you could see these decorations I have. They’re felt storage boxes and coasters and they look almost identical to your pillows with the white snowflake on red!

  19. Kari 12.03.2010 at 6:11 pm #

    LOVE IT!!!

  20. jayayceeblog 12.03.2010 at 6:29 pm #

    The snowflake pillows are so beautiful. I’ll bet mini pillows would be really cute ornaments!

  21. Cary 12.03.2010 at 9:29 pm #

    I love your chair and RUG — and pillows, too, of course! Beautiful work.

  22. CraftCrave 12.04.2010 at 12:36 am #

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [04 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  23. Christina 12.05.2010 at 1:00 am #

    So cute! Great job. I love them!

  24. Emily Elizabeth 12.05.2010 at 2:41 am #

    I love decorating with snowflakes, because I feel they can still be left out after the rest of the Christmas decorations are put away. Just lovely!

  25. CraftCrave 12.08.2010 at 12:13 am #

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [08 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  26. Laura 12.08.2010 at 11:43 am #

    I went looking for this very thing, and here you are with it all packaged up for Christmas. Thank you so much! I already have the felt – gonna go stitch it up. I’m doing mine with turquoise felt
    (living room decs are in the turq color pallette), and enlarging the snowflake so it’s off center, and only part of it will be shown on the upper left quadrant of the pillow. Thanks again. Merry Christmas!!!

  27. Ashley Pichea 12.11.2010 at 12:36 pm #

    Thank you SO much for sharing this template! I need to make a snowflake tree skirt this week, and this will be perfect!!

  28. Suz 12.12.2010 at 12:50 am #

    Hi love them…just been cutting lots of paper snowflakes for a Christmas window and thought a white felt one applied to a cushion would be great and here it is lol….found on Google this morning
    adding a link to my blog hope that’s ok?
    Thanks for sharing
    Hugs Suz x

  29. Aimee 12.23.2010 at 10:26 am #

    LOVE this! I featured you here.

  30. Isabelle 01.02.2012 at 6:02 pm #

    I made 4 of the cusion covers this Xmas and absolutely love them…
    The only problem is that the pen used to mark the white snowflakes shows a bit but it is not a major problem…
    Thank you so much for sharing it.

  31. Heidi Szczepanski 11.08.2012 at 3:31 pm #

    Very pretty. I love everything red and white for Christmas!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Buy Here Pay Here

  32. claire 11.24.2012 at 3:25 pm #

    I love this! What an awesome punch of holiday color!

  33. Bonita 11.27.2012 at 5:28 pm #

    Just letting you know I linked to this post in my Snowflake Unit Study.

  34. Linda Bobo Reddoch 10.15.2014 at 12:09 pm #

    I LOVE this! I am so (sew) doing this. haha
    Question. I’ve seen felt snowflakes already cut out, and was curious if I could use one of those instead. I am not good at cutting out such detailed, intricate sections as in the middle of the snowflake.
    Can’t wait to show this project to my sister!

  35. Linda Bobo Reddoch 10.15.2014 at 12:14 pm #

    That would be gorgeous too on black felt. The white snowflake on black..


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