all i want for christmas is a present filled with fluff …

What woman’s’ heart doesn’t skip a beat at the sight of that Tiffany blue box wrapped with a simple white ribbon?

Present Pillow Tiffany Box Kitchen(550x413) (2)
Though she may be a tad disappointed to discover nothing more than fluff inside of this robin’s egg blue box …

Present Pillows Tiffany close up (550x413) (2)

Present pillows were inspired more than a decade ago by a Pottery Barn catalog.  The present pillows weren’t for sale, just a prop.  Which frustrated me to no end.  So I decided to make some of my own.

Back then, jewel tones were all the rage … and that’s what I made.  Jewel-toned present pillows that were literally loved to death by my kids and put out to pasture a long time ago …

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Then I happened upon that picture above — the baby holding those pillows is now in high school — and decided it was high time to bring back the present pillow.

This time I jumped on my new passion of using drop cloth as fabric (a 4’ x 15’ drop cloth that I found at Menards runs about $15.00).  The first step: wash the drop cloth with detergent and fabric softener. And then dry with a dryer sheet. I actually ran mine through the washing machine twice. It’s amazing how much it softens it up.

I made two present pillows that are 8” x 6” in size. That meant I cut 4 pieces of fabric (tops and bottoms) 7” x 7”; and cut 8 pieces of fabric 9” x 7” for the sides.

I cut — well, more like tore – the top and bottom pieces first. If you make a small cut in the drop cloth like so …

You can then tear it and end up with a perfectly straight line …


When all the cuts (tears) were made, I pinned the pillow “sides” together …

…and stitched them up…

In an ideal world, I would add a zig zag stitch on the edges because the drop cloth frays so easily … but since these are seasonal pillows, I skipped that step and instead pressed open the seams …

I pinned the top on next, matching up the corners …

When sewing the tops and bottoms to the sides, when you get to a corner you need to lower the needle into the exact corner and lift the footer …

Pivot the fabric and spread the boxing around the corner … lower the footer and continue sewing. Repeat at each corner.

Once done, I clipped the corners, pressed open the seams and turned right side out and pressed again …


Then I pinned the bottom on the same way, only this time when I sewed I left an opening for the stuffing …

… and speaking of the stuffing, mine is from a ‘deconstructed’ $9.99 body pillow from Target. And no, really, I didn’t get that money-saving tip from a JoAnn’s employee …

You can slip stitch the opening closed … or do what I did and just sew it shut using the machine …


All that’s left to do is dress them up with some twine and rosettes ….

Present Pillows Twine on couch (550x413) (2)
Present Pillows Twine 2 (550x413) (2)
… or if you prefer, ribbons and bows …

Present Pillows Country (550x413)-2 (2)
Present Pillows Couch (550x413) (2)
Here’s hoping you find the present pillow of your dreams under the tree this year …

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  1. says

    Hi Fellow Jersey Girl!
    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my Christmas Ladder Tree! Great to meet a fellow Jersey girl (minus the big hair)!
    Love those cute little pillow gifts – especially the one with the flowers. Following along.

  2. says

    These Christmas present pillows are just adorable. I am partial to the Tiffany pillow. They are all gorgeous. I would love it if you would link this fabulous post our What’s It Wednesday linky party. Hope you can join us.


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