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Christmas Pillow

Designer: Christina Sherrod

Practice your points while making this wonderful Christmas tree pillow. This pillow has a decorative flange (flat ruffle) and back envelope opening. The face of the pillow is made from the 14.5" Christmas tree block featured in this tutorial. For a different look, use my free bear paw block pattern. Any 14" quilt block would work. 

There is nothing more fun than creating special holiday memories. Include your children or grand-children when choosing fabrics and trims; they'll love to have their own holiday pillow for their bedroom! Make it "primitive", "elegant", or "country casual" through your choice of fabrics and trim. Applique tree decorations; add lace, ribbon, buttons, etc. My tree pillow is actually made of a dark green fabric with beautiful gold metallic accent. The photographs do not do justice to the colors.

Also see:
Holiday Patterns
Pillow Patterns

Pillow Size

The finished pillow cover measures 14" x 14" plus flange. It will fit a 14" square pillow. Without the flange, the block measures 14.5" square (including 1/4" seam allowances on all edges).


1/4 yd contrast fabric: (what I show as white background with holly in the diagrams, and ecru/white print in the photos) - this allows for shrinkage if your pre-wash your fabric. This is enough for triangles, pillow back and pillow "ruffle". If using lace for the ruffle, buy only 3/4 yd. of green fabric. NOTE: The ecru goes nicely with the gold swirls of the green print. The ecru print actually has tiny white leaves - they do not show well in the photo. 

1 yd green fabric: (or fabric of choice for trees) 

Christmas quilt fabric    Christmas quilt fabric

We provide the pattern pieces for the full tree, half tree, contrast triangles, half triangles, corner squares, and tree trunks. You must create the pattern for the border, ruffle and pillow back (instructions follow). Our patterns download as pdf files. For instructions on downloading pdf files, go to: pdf instructions

Trees and Tree Trunks
tree and trunk pattern The small square is for the tree trunk and the corner squares used in the pillow front border.

Flange (flat ruffle) Pattern: 
The flange consists of rectangles and squares. Make two pattern pieces: 
one 2.5" x 2.5" square: label it "ruffle" or "flange" 
one 2.5" x 14.5" rectangle: label it "ruffle" or "flange" 

NOTE: If you are using ready made ruffle (such as lace ruffle), rather than our fabric ruffle, cut the ruffle 65" long (total distance around the pillow is 14" x 4, or 56").  

Pillow Back pattern: 
You will need to create your own pattern piece for the pillow back and border around the pillow front (I use butcher paper bought on a roll at Costco to create my pattern pieces). The pillow front when finished should measure 14.5" x 14.5". The pillow back also measures 14.5 x 14.5. The back is made up of two pieces. Cut two pattern pieces as follows: Piece "A" measures 11.75" x 14.5"; piece "B" measures 8.25" x 14.5". Label your pieces.

Pillow front Border pattern
Cut 1 pattern piece 1.5" x 12.5": label it "border". 

Pillow Form: 14" pillow form  

Sewing Supplies

sewing scissors
quilting pins
large sewing ruler
fabric marking pencils
seam ripper
rotary cutter and mat (optional but nice)

Directions: Christmas Pillow

All seams are 1/4"


Christmas tree pillow pattern Using the pattern pieces we provided, cut out half triangles, triangles and tree trunks. Leave space on your fabric for the ruffle long pieces (you'll need 8), ruffle squares (you'll need 8) and pillow back pieces 
NOTE: we provide a pattern piece to make one right half-triangle. Flip the pattern piece over to make one left half-triangle.

Green full triangles 8: cut 8 

Contrast fabric full triangles: cut 7

Green right half-triangles: 1

Green left half-triangles: 1

Contrast fabric right half-triangle: 2 

Contrast fabric left half-triangles: 2 

Green flange pieces: 8 (each 2.5" x 14.5") 

Green border pieces: 4 (each is a 1.5" x 12.5" strip) 

Contrast fabric border corner squares: 4 (each 1.5" x 1.5" - you can use the tree trunk pattern)

Contrast fabric flange corner squares **: 4 (each 2.5" x 2.5")

* Cutting Tip Triangles: Cut a strip 5" x w.o.f. (width of fabric). Lay your pattern pieces on the strip and use a large sewing ruler and rotary cutter to cut your triangles and half triangles. OR use a large sewing ruler with rotary cutter to cut on the angle and omit the pattern piece.

** Cutting Tip Flange Pieces: Cut a strip 2.5" x w.o.f. Lay your flange 2.5" x 14.5" pattern on this strip and use a large sewing ruler and rotary cutter to cut your 8 ruffle pieces (you will need two 2.5" strips). If you know how to use a sewing ruler and rotary cutter to measure and cut you can omit the pattern piece.

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