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WIP – Gift Wrap Pillow

I’m excited to show you one of the Christmas projects I’m working on as it’s turning out even prettier than I had pictured in my mind.

I managed to get a bunch of projects all cut out while we were in St. Catherines, ON for a contract that Dave was working on. Now that we’re back at our son’s place until the contract resumes Oct 15th, I’ve working on getting them sewed together.

The pattern calls for 2 fat quarters and you end up with two contrasting pillow tops or one pillow with contrasting front and back.

Photo of Christmas Bow Pillow - White Bow on Red Background

I photographed the pillow top with the red print bow and white background, on a dark grey sofa cushion so that it would show up better. The two pillow tops look like they are different sizes but they are both the same size.

Photo of Chirstmas Bow Pillow - Red print bow on White Background

I had 1/2 yard of the red print fabric and I always have several yards of Kona Snow on hand so after I cut out the first set, I cut an addition set as well. It took me one entire afternoon to sew all four pillow tops together. Now they need to be quilted and I need to decide… do I want to make two pillows or four!

I’m leaning towards making four pillows with solid colours for the back of the pillows. Dave thinks the red bow and white background looks more Christmasy while I prefer the white bow with the red background. If I make four pillows I can keep one of each and then have two more for gifting.

How is your Christmas crafting coming along?

Note:  The Gift Wrap Pillow pattern is a free pattern available from Venus De Hilo.  A link to the pdf of the pattern is e-mailed to you after you sign up to receive her newsletter.


  • Vickie Horsfall
    October 2, 2013 10:20 am

    These are so pretty! I usually take Christmas fabric and wrap my regular sofa pillows, with a tied bow on the back, to add some cheer during the holidays. I am working on a quilt to surprise my husband, can’t wait to share it. I hope you enjoy your visit with your son! ~Vickie

  • Cinnamon Vogue
    October 2, 2013 1:13 pm

    St.Catherines. Brings back memeories of picking up my brother from Ridley College down the road.

    I think I agree with you. The Red background is nicer and more Christmasy.

  • Kate
    October 3, 2013 8:22 am

    Your cushions are very pretty – I prefer the red background. Thanks for sharing the link … I know I’d like to try one of these.

  • wendy
    October 3, 2013 11:58 am

    Love them! Such a clever pattern. Go for four, you can never have too many cushions!

    Disclaimer: All husbands will disagree with this statement.

  • Celtic Thistle Stitches
    October 4, 2013 5:01 pm

    Go with four! They are both lovely.

  • marilyn
    October 13, 2013 10:39 pm

    These look amazing. Go for 4 pillows. I agree with you too that the red background looks more Christmassy.

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