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Christmas Project — make Painted Ornament Pillows

Ok, ok, I know it’s a little early for Christmas projects :)
I went on Studio 5 last week to talk about my Painted Halloween Pillows and thought it might be fun to make up some Painted Christmas Pillows too.
So I thought I’d share them with you in case you want to make some for the Holiday Season!

Here’s what I did: 

1. Figure out what size pillow form you will use. Cut out a piece of material 2 inches wider and longer than the form in whatever material you want to use. I used canvas for my Halloween pillows, but used colored duckcloth for the Christmas ones. It is very similar to canvas.

***Note — I made these pillows a little bigger than normal because I wanted to have a border around the entire pillow. So I made mine 4 inches larger on the width and the length than the pillow form. And then once I sewed the pillow together, I turned it right side out and then sewed a line around the outside of the pillow to create a border.

2. Now paint your ornaments. I found some different size glasses to use for the ornament shapes. I traced around the glasses using a pencil. I staggered the circles on the fabric. For the longer ornaments, I made a template out of cardboard and traced the ornament on the fabric.

3. I used DecoArt’s Fabric Medium to make the regular paint into fabric paint. I added a few drops to each of the colors and then painted the fabric.


4. After the paint had dried, I outlined the ornaments with a fabric pen. I also added buttons to some of the ornaments.

5. Then I drew a line up from the ornament to the edge of the fabric. Then I cut a piece of ribbon and used Liquid Stitch to attach it to the fabric.


6. I also made a bow out of most of the ribbons and attached the bow on the top of the ornament. I put a glass on top of the bow until the glue dried.

7. Then iron the ornament pillows to set the paint.


8. The last thing I did was sew the back on the pillow. I used an envelope enclosure. So basically, I took the size of the front, added 8 inches to the length and then cut that in half — so each side would have an extra 4 inches of material that would overlap.

For the Larger Ornament pillow —
** I basically did the same thing, except I used a plate for the ornament template and put ric rack across the ornament, attaching it with Liquid Stitch. I also added a ruffle. I made the ruffle 5 inches in width and then folded it in half. The length was 2 times the length of all of the sides of the pillow.
I also made another version of the pennant pillow that I can use everyday! And I added a few rolled flowers. (If you want to make some rolled flowers – check out my Rolled Flower Tutorial). If you want to make a Pennant Pillow — I made some pennant templates you can use!
Painted pillows are a fun project to do with your kids too!! I made them with my church girls’ group and we had such fun! Each girl made whatever she wanted. Hannah put the Eifel Tower on hers!
Have a Wonderful Day!!!
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  1. Prized Possessions says:

    I love the pillows! I made a sewn version of the single ornament pillow. I have photos of my pillows and links to your tutorial and blog in my blog post . Thanks for sharing these!

    Mary Ann

  2. My House of L says:

    Thanks for great idea…linked to your post from my blog!

  3. I love love love these pillows! I will be making some this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. This is so cute!! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


  5. I just got my Ballard Design in the mail and show this
    They just had the same idea on different fabric.

  6. this blessed nest says:

    it's a toss up of which i LOVE the most. the christmas pillows are outstanding! so adorable. of course i LOVE the bunting as well.

    i will go ahead & say this – i wont even be bashful about it…i am totally going to copy this & make some. they are wonderful!


  7. These are so fabulous! You are such a talented lady!

  8. I love this!!! I featured it on my blog I hope you can come by and take a look!!!


  9. Of course it isn't too early for Christmas…we're crafters. I got up this morning searching for Christmas ideas, and…voila!
    Thanks for the cute idea.

  10. It's NEVER too early for Christmas ideas! You chose my favorite color combo for xmas decorating too! Dang you…between the laundry that I now want to make over and now the pillows and a few more subway signs- I'll probably miss xmas, because I'll be too busy crafting! :0

  11. Good Time Charlie says:

    I love it! This was actually on my to do list for this afternoon….I was just about to kick myself off the computer because I had spent too much time browsing all these great ideas, then "bing" there was this adorable idea. Can't wait to get going. Thank you!

  12. I love these pillows such a great idea. I am going to have to try this and when I do Ill share a picture with you from my blog. I am a new follower and love everything I have seen so far can't wait to check out more.

  13. Jen – These are just too CUTE! I LOVE them.

  14. Amy Miller says:

    Hi Jen! ADORABLE :) Quick question, on your everyday pillows – the smaller pillow — what fabric is that you used for the base? I have been trying to find something similiar but haven't had any luck. THANK YOU!

  15. MaryJanes and Galoshes says:

    Love the ornament with the poms on it, how fun! You make such great pillows, I need to remember to do more of that.


  16. meganluttrull says:

    I am so glad to see a non-halloween post! We don't decorate for halloween (we do trick-or-treat, just not that into the holiday). I have been waiting anxiously for October to end so I could engross myself in wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas ideas! Thanks for the sneak peek!!!!

  17. kami @ nobiggie.net says:

    I love these, Jen! I would love to make some of these!

  18. Those are BEYOND cute!!!

  19. Shel at Dreamy Nest says:

    These are so stinkin' cute! I love them. They're really gorgeous.

    Thank you for sharing the tutorial. I may have to try my hand at these this Christmas. I love them all.

  20. Mormishmom says:

    I love these! I'm afraid to paint though! LOL

  21. wow, great! thanks for the post! i always have such a hard time deciding whether to spend my time on crafts or baking during the holidays. but my problem has just been solved! i found this great place, Ruths Brownies and they're great! they are shipped fresh from the oven and baked to order AND right now they are having this awesome sale…everything is 15% off until Oct 31 and they have great sales monthly. just wanted to share with any fellow time-challenged readers. now i can focus my energies on these super cute pillows! thanks for the post!

  22. Girl!!! I'm working on my own version of a painted pillow! I'll e-mail you the finished project, I can't put it on my blog yet cuz I am giving it to someone who reads me. LOL
    It's not going to be as cute as yours though!

  23. These pillows are amazing! I'm loving your blog…I'm your newest follower from lovecraftwritedream.blogspot.com

  24. Its So Very Cheri says:

    These are sooooo cute. I love them.

    Is it every too early for Christmas?


  25. I love, love, love these pillows! I can't wait to try them.

  26. Super cute as always, Jen! I can't wait to start on Christmas…thanks for getting me excited about it!
    Do your girls craft with you?
    Have a great day!

  27. Beth@The Stories of A2Z says:

    Jen, These are adorable! Love them all!

  28. Very pretty…I am thinking about Christmas already too! :)

  29. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    Those ornament pillows are adorable! I love all the rick rack and ribbon that you used!

  30. bridget {bake at 350} says:

    You are CRAZY talented, my dear! LOVE these!

    {stumbled, too}

  31. those look absolutely fabulous. I need to try that, a Christmas tree one would be adorable!

  32. These are so cute!

  33. The Autocrat: Haley says:

    Jen- SLOOOOOOWWWW down!! It's not even November yet! (j/k) I love these! Amazing job!

  34. Jen that is just so cute!! You always make the cutest little pillows and I have loved every version of these painted pillows!

    Ps-Also, glad to see something Christmasy! I am a little bit over Halloween already. :) Geeze, what is the Halloween equivalent of Scrooge?

    Take care!


  35. Courtney {a thoughtful place} says:

    So stinkin cute I don't know where to start. LOVE them all. The ornaments are darling. The everyday ones with the rolled flowers remind me of anthropologie pillows. Darling

  36. When I met the Halloween pillows….I thought I couldn't love anything more. And yet, here I am, cheating on them with the Christmas version. I'm sorry Halloween pillows….but I've been wooed by Christmas ornaments hanging on ric-rac strings. Let's go to the material store, pronto!! (and if we happen to hit an eating establishment on the way…oh well!) :)

    Love these, Jen.

  37. Jen, they're adorable. Great job.

  38. Miller Racing Family says:

    What a great creation. I love the ornament pillow. I say it is never to early to start working on Christmas.
    I was also going to ask for some help. I have agreed to decorate a table for a women's night out at church. I was trying to think of a party favor and wanted to see if you had any suggestions. The theme is Pearls of Wisdom.
    Thanks for the help and have a great day!

  39. I love these. Thanks for sharing :)

  40. That one girl says:

    Can I stop you right now and say it is NEVER too early for Christmas! Was just listening to Christmas music yesterday, figures I have to get the two year old excited for the holidays!

  41. Those are awesome! I love all your painted pillows and yes, my brain is starting to think about christmas… its scary.
    I'm going to feature these in my feature post this weekend, so watch for it!

  42. The Answer Is Chocolate says:

    It's never too early to get ready for Christmas and these are so cute!

  43. BundlesofBlossoms says:

    Oh, thanks for sharing those fabulous pillows! You're right about making pillows with kids-They personalize them so much! Great post!

  44. so cute! I don't think I could make them without messing them up, but you did a great job! You always do.

  45. Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top says:

    Adorable!!!!! I love the colors.

  46. Those are so cute! I'm going to have to make the one with the mutiple ornaments. I love it!

  47. You've outdone yourself, Jen. These are wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration.

  48. Cute. I think these would make wonderful teacher gifts and my girls could help make them. Must get these started…

  49. Cute. I think these would make wonderful teacher gifts and my girls could help make them. Must get these started…

  50. jen! this is so awesome! looks really advanced though-is it or is it just me having doubts in myself:)

  51. KM @ This Plate is Full says:

    Very, Very cute!
    Im loving the Chartreuse Green & reds!They look awesome together!

    Anyone getting this as a gift is one lucky receiver!!

  52. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says:

    So cute! I love that you are showing us cute ways to paint pillows rather than just sew on them (since I am NOT a sewer!). These turned out great!

  53. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Jen, those are precious!!!! LOVE the cute ribbons you added. I'd love to have something cute like that to set out when Christmas comes. :)

  54. southerninspirationsblog says:

    Very creative! I have never used the fabric medium but I think I need to get some. These pillows would make Wonderful christmas gifts! You have such great ideas – love your blog!!


  55. Three Points Vintage says:

    love it, love it, love it!

  56. These are so adorable! I love this idea!

  57. cleverlyinspired says:

    I love this Jen! I will be trying this too :)

  58. Love it, love it, love it!! I cant wait to try this out.

  59. SO cute and festive–love them!

  60. Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training says:

    Oh my goodness Jen! I wish you sold these I would totally buy them!!!!! Yet another reason why I need to learn how to sew.

    Yes I will be sharing this on facebook as wel1!

    Kendra aka "Domestic Princess in Training"

  61. The Mother Huddle says:

    I am overrun with sewing right now, so this seams soooooo easy.
    Shared on our facebook!

  62. katskraps4kids says:

    ooh! simple and seems easy enough…another great project! tfs =0)

  63. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    These are so cute, Jen! I love the lumbar pillow with the ornament assortment.

  64. Sarah@AlpinePoppy says:

    I love these SO much! You continue to amaze me with all of the fabulousness in your brain, i keep hoping some will rub off on me 😉

  65. Just adorable Jen!!! I love them! Sooooo Sweet!! xxoo


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