Reindeer Pillows

Reindeer Pillows

Reindeer Pillows

Christmas accent pillows can be hand-sewn from fabric scraps and stuffed with fiber fill.  I used a vintage raw linen bag for the larger pillow and finished the top seam with a blanket stitch to add a hand-crafted look.  The deer image comes from a pin on my Pinterest board “Totally Christmas.”

http://www.pinterest.com/sharonclemens

Copy the pin, cut it out, and glue it to poster board to make a pattern.  Trace around the pattern onto the pillow face with a fine-line marker.  The image can also be traced on felt, cut out and stitched to the pillow.  I chose to needle felt the image by filling in the outlines with black wool and then needle punching the wool into a soft matt finish.  To make the edges crisp, punch in the end of a strand of wool along the edge; then twist the strand into a tight string. While holding the tail to keep it from uncoiling, punch the narrow string of wool along the outline.  Then fill in with more wool until you have the desired thickness.  The image is soft and wooly.

Deer pillows can add a winter/north woods accent long after Christmas is gone.

 

About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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