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?

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Though she may be a tad disappointed to discover nothing more than fluff inside of this robin’s egg blue box …

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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 …

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

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…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 …

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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 …

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

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… or if you prefer, ribbons and bows …

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Here’s hoping you find the present pillow of your dreams under the tree this year …

Here’s hoping you find the present pillow of your dreams under the tree this year …

Linking up:
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  1. 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. So cute…I gotta learn to sew! Stop by and enter to win my Heirloom ornament…only 1 day left to enter. Warm wishes, Lori

  3. Hope you don’t mind if I pin these for future reference, they are totally awesome!

  4. You are my kind of Christmas crafting genius. :)

    So glad I found your project via Centsational Girl.

    I would love for you to visit DTA as I am in the midst of a “Gifts You Can Make” series.

    Be merry and bright!

  5. So pretty!! Hope you can link this up at my turquoise lovin’ party! (And red during the holidays)

  6. I love all the variations you made! They are sooo pretty! I think I will make small ones as tree ornaments! Thank you for sharing!

  7. These are so cute! What a clever idea.

  8. super cute idea, and very versatile. love the tiffany one, that’s great. yes, fluff inside would be dissappointing, lol.

  9. I absolutely love these pillows! What a great idea. I would love to have you share this at my Christmas link party over at Rustic Crafts ~
    Hope to see you there!

  10. These are adorable! Wish I had time to make somet this year, next year :) I will be featuring them tomorrow.

  11. 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.


  12. Oh my gosh, these are completely fabulous!!! This is one of THE most gorgeous ideas I’ve seen all season~Merry Christmas!

  13. I just put them on Pinterest AND I’m your newest follower–WOW, you’re going to hit 100!!!

  14. LOVE!! What a great updated version! We were featured together over at Under The Table And Dreaming and I just had to come say how much I enjoyed these!!

  15. Super cute..filing this one away for next year

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