A Winter Pillow – Brrr!


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This is my first ever pillow. I’ve wanted to make one for awhile, but I had no idea really how to do it. I decided to join the Threadbias group which is sewing together from Pretty in Patchwork Holidays by John Q. Adams.

PrettyInPatchworkThis is a delightful book with over 30 holiday projects including pillows, table runners, ornaments, quilts and more. I wish the book had more diagrams and that I did not have to enlarge templates, but I really love their project selections and I am looking forward to sewing one project a month with the Threadbias group.

The front of this pillow is paper pieced and it would be a good paper pieced project for sewists who have not yet mastered that skill because the pieces are large (the pillow size is 18″ square finished). I chose to use fabrics from Laurie Wisbrun‘s wonderful Brrr! collection (except for the scarf which is from Kate Spain’s Joy collection).  Laurie is known for her captivating and whimsical animal prints. She blogs at the Scarlet Fig and if you love her fabrics, I would encourage you to follow her blog! The solids in this pillow are white and medium gray from Kona Solids. I deliberately offset the little guy’s eyes for a more wonky look!

The pattern calls for making a smaller version of the front to piece on the back, but I decided that I would use a polar bear print instead:


The only tricky part of the pillow was making the hidden zipper (which I had never done before). This is where a diagram in the book would have been helpful. But, luckily I was sewing with a group of experienced sewists over on Threadbias, and so I got a little help and everything came together perfectly.


Last night I finished stitching on the binding and now it is ready to take its place on my bed!


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  1. That is so adorable! The eyes, the patterns on the back, very nicely balanced. Love the colours.

  2. I love it!!

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