It might be November, but it’s snowing and the temperature was zero degrees when I woke up this morning which means I’m not totally out of my mind for thinking about Christmas decor already. And while I don’t typically decorate my house for Christmas until after Thanksgiving, I was feeling inspired to do some felt pillow shams when I was working on this Advent Calendar the other day.
There’s something cozy and fabulous about a good-quality felt. And it’s fun for appliqué because it’s sturdy and doesn’t fray, meaning your projects don’t take as much finish work. And I’m a huge fan of creating shams for my pillows because they’re easy to stash away until next year without all the bulk.
So today I’m going to walk you through how I made my Love and Joy pillow shams so that you can make your own! I will be referencing two different tutorials (one for appliqué and one for the pillow sham construction) so make sure you check them out for more details.
Felt Pillow Sham Supplies
Cut your front and back pillow pieces using the pillow sham construction tutorial for dimensions. Prepare the back pieces as instructed in that tutorial.
Print your chosen designs on a piece of paper, and cut them out.
Create your appliqué pieces using this appliqué tutorial.
Sew your designs to the front of your pillow sham. I used clear thread so I didn’t need to change thread color.
Embroider any details you want using your embroidery thread and needle.
Finish your felt pillow sham following the rest of the pillow sham tutorial.
And now your regular pillows are ready for a little Christmas cheer! Would you make felt pillow shams?