Joy Applique Christmas Pillow

Hey everyone! I'm Jennifer from Ellison Lane and I'm excited to be guest posting here today! I love Christmas and as soon as Halloween is over I am itching to turn on holiday music! I try to hold out until Thanksgiving but sometimes I have to give in early. ๐Ÿ™‚

Joy is definitely the word that embodies the holidays for me. Joy on my children's faces, joy in the time spent with family and friends and joy in the blessings I've been given.

It's always fun to work on new holiday projects each year and a pillow is the perfect way to add something fresh to your holiday decor. This one comes together quickly and is super easy to customize!

joy pillow from ellison lane

16″ x 16″ finished Christmas pillow


1 Fat Quarter of Green Printed Fabric

1 Fat Quarter of Red Printed Fabric

1 Fat Quarter of Solid Red Fabric

Heat-n-Bond Lite

Glue Stick

68″ of Red Ribbon

Red Embroidery Thread or Hand Quilting Thread

Red Machine Thread

18″ x 18″ 100% Cotton Quilt Batting

16″ x 16″ Pillow Form

Basting Spray (optional)

Microsoft Word and a Printer (optional)

Rotary Supplies and Paper Scissors


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1. Using Microsoft Word, choose a font you like and change the size for “J” to 700 and for “O” and “Y” to 300. Print the letters and cut them out. (I used Gill Sans Ultra font.)

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2.Trace the letters onto the smooth/back side of Heat-n-Bond Lite. Be sure to place the J right side down so you are tracing it backwards as it will reverse when you place it on the pillow.

3. Fuse the Heat-n-Bond Lite to the wrong side of the red fabric. Once cool, cut out the letters and set aside.

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4. Cut a 17″ x 17″ square of green fabric. Fold in half and in half again to find the center. Peel the paper backing from the letters, center them on the fabric and fuse the letters to the fabric.

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5. Use a tight zigzag stitch and sew around the edges of the letters. Leave long threads at the beginning and after locking your stitches when you finish, use a pin to pull the threads to the back of the green fabric out of sight. Tie the threads in a knot.

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6. Spray the batting lightly with basting spray (this is optional.)

7. Place the pillow front on the batting and use embroidery thread or hand quilting thread to stitch around the letters.

8. Cut (4) 17″ pieces of ribbon.

9. Swipe the back of the ribbon with the glue stick and press onto the pillow front, 2″ up from the bottom. Sew along both sides of the ribbon with red thread.

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Repeat for the other 3 ribbons, sewing on the top next then the two sides. Each ribbon should be 2″ in from the side. *Make sure your fabric is smooth when you sew on the ribbon.*

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10. Cut a 17″ x 17″ square of red fabric for the back. Trim the excess batting from the front of the pillow.

11. Place the front and back, right sides together and pin. Leave a 9″ gap for turning along the bottom. Sew around all sides with a 1/2″ SA, backstitching at the opening of the gap.

12. Clip corners, turn right side out and poke out corners with a blunt turning tool and press. Stuff your pillow with a 16″ pillow form and hand sew the gap closed using the ladder stitch.

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Enjoy your new festive pillow!

Looking for more holiday sewing projects? Check out 7 more holiday home decor tutorials on my blog.

Want to learn 8 tips and tricks plus 8 new patterns for making beautiful pillows for your home? Pick up my Make It Pretty: Pillows pattern ebook!

Thanks Deby for having me! Happy Holidays everyone!

xo, Jennifer

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Introducing Jennifer from Ellison Lane

Jennifer Mathis is a designer, modern sewist and blogger. Her passion is designing and creating things that are both beautiful and useful. She is the founder and host ofย Sew South, a modern sewing retreat and the co-author of Make It Pretty: Pillows. Jennifer's work has been featured in several publications and you can find her patterns, tutorials and inspirations at Ellison Lane and on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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130 Responses to Joy Applique Christmas Pillow

  1. lmurley2000 says:

    I love watching Christmas movies that gives me joy

  2. jackhandy119 says:

    eating all the good food brings me great joy

  3. Julie Smith says:

    The thing that brings me the most joy this season is seeing everyone in a giving spirit! I wish that spirit lasted throughout the year!

  4. Cindy B says:

    Christmas music and snow bring me joy!

  5. Stephanie Harris Olmsted says:

    Spending time with my family gives me joy.

  6. Kelly says:

    Being with my family brings me joy ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. opalnera says:

    music & people’s smile bring me joy….
    not only in this period, but always!!

  8. Emily Thompson says:

    Christmas Music… its SO full of joy!!!

  9. My family and the music!

  10. Ayesha says:

    enjoy with family and friends

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