December 2, 2014

PICTORIAL: Christmas Forest Pillow

Christmas is my most best favorite AWESOMEST time of the year! I can never get enough music! Or lights! Or decorations! [Mr. Wren and I were even married during the Christmas season just so we could have the music, lights, and decorations as part of our ceremony. True story.] Today I’m starting my Christmas celebrating by joining Deanna from Sew McCool for her 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Blogger Challenge. I'm sharing a pictorial for a custom pillow (or print) with a Forest of Christmas Trees to bring the holiday into your home.

Great tutorial for Christmas Forest print -- it's ink-jet printed fabric | The Inspired Wren


I love the simplicity of these tall trees all in a row. I originally planned on various shaped trees but decided I like the look of uniformity best. This great repetitive print fabric can be made on your ink-jet printer or with iron-on transfer paper [Amazon affiliate link] -- the image is available for download with the directions. Of course you could also get the same look with stamps. The final pillow is a sweet 8" x 14" adorned with fifteen button-topped trees. The white piping pops against the forest-green fabric and the red thread on the buttons adds bright holiday color.

If you'd like full written directions, you can download the free 4-page PDF version here; you'll need a Craftsy account, but that's also free with an email address. Otherwise follow along with the pictures below to sew a cheery Christmas Forest Pillow.

Pictorial: Christmas Forest Pillow
Christmas Forest Pillow Tutorial -- with ink-jet printed fabric! | The Inspired Wren
Read more about printing on fabric here or in the PDF directions.
Christmas Forest Pillow Tutorial -- with ink-jet printed fabric! | The Inspired Wren

Christmas Forest Pillow Tutorial -- with ink-jet printed fabric! | The Inspired Wren

Christmas Forest Pillow Tutorial -- with ink-jet printed fabric! | The Inspired Wren

Christmas Forest Pillow Tutorial -- with ink-jet printed fabric! | The Inspired Wren




I had trouble deciding the color of this pillow – green on pale-green? black on red? dark green on natural? Too many choices! My goal was to make a companion pillow for my Tall Tree Pillow so I chose the button tree toppers, but I can totally see this pillow with sequins in place of the buttons. As it is it’s a sweet little pillow that adds holiday spirit to our home.

The Peanut saw the pillow, cuddled it, then counted fifteen Christmas Trees and said, "Uh oh! There's supposed to be twelve for the twelve days of Christmas." Clearly I should have consulted her during the design process. To make up for my pillow mistake I printed the image again with twelve trees and framed it. Even if you don't feel like sewing, you can still have a cheery holiday forest in your home. For a super quick project you could even "cheat": print on paper, then stitch (or glue!) the buttons/sequins in place.

If you sew a Christmas Forest Pillow or use the image as décor in your home I'd love to see it. Come share your projects on The Inspired Wren Share page. There you can link up images of your work from a blog, Flickr, Pinterest, or Instagram.

Christmas Forest ink-jet printed fabric -- make it yourself at home then sew or frame! | The Inspired Wren
I didn't have enough buttons left to top all twelve trees, so I decided to highlight one tree with a button and a sequin.



12 Days of Christmas Holiday Blogger Challenge with sewmccool.com large
Don't forget to visit all of the bloggers who are creating tutorials for the Sew McCool 12 Days of Christmas challenge! Voting will begin on www.sewmccool.com on December 13 and go through 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern time on December 20. The blogger with the most votes will win $100 - just in time for Christmas!

December 1
December 2
Natalie @ Sew Outnumbered *Deby @ So-Sew-Easy * Ajaire @ Call Ajaire
December 3
December 4
December 5
Beth @ Beth Jarrett * Jen @ Just Joshin
December 6
December 7
December 8
Addie @ Addie K * Michelle @ Not My Tree
December 9
Ula @ Lulu & Celeste * Sara @ Made By Sara * Chelsea @ GYCT Designs
December 10
Nichole @ Bluebird & the Boy * Darcy @ Ginger House Designs * Shelly @ Coral & Co.
December 11
December 12
Maegen @ Mae and K * Jess @ Gracious Threads * Jone @ Knot Sew Normal


PS! Thanks for stopping by and reading to the end. If you like the Holiday Crochet Planter Cover be sure to check out the tutorial on how to crochet one for yourself. If you're looking for other holiday-inspired projects consider the Felt Bauble Ornament or the Tall-Tree Pillow. And remember there are plenty of other project (and potential gift!) ideas on the Tutorials page.  ~Ren.

Holiday Crochet Planter Cover Pattern | The Inspired WrenFelt Bauble Ornament Tutorial | The Inspired Wren Tall Tree Pillow | The Inspired Wren


Ren Murphy writes for The Inspired Wren.


___________________________________________________
   
You should really see all that goes into each project!
From my marathon sewing sessions, to all that I do when I should be sewing, catch daily updates on Instagram (and Flickr) of works-in-progress. Get that behind the scenes view you’re looking for, and sneak peeks of First Tuesday Tutorials, too.
___________________________________________________

The Inspired Wren is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

9 comments:

  1. Pretty!! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for this evening that links to your tutorial:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-christmas-forest-pillow-or-framed-print/2014/12/03/
    --Anne

    ReplyDelete
  2. How adorable is this! So pretty and great for the whole season

    ReplyDelete
  3. How pretty! I also like the effect of the repetitive rows of trees. I must say that adding a button on top of each, and with red thread, was an awesome inspiration. I pinned the cushion in my Christmas board. :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, France. I debated whether or not to do every tree like on the pillow or just one like on the print. That's partly why there are two versions. :)

      Delete
  4. Oooo I love this. So modern and chic, but cute and homely too - what a great balance!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Isn't it funny the things kids pick up on. Love how Peanut thought there should be 12 trees.

    ReplyDelete