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Christmas Sweater Pillows~ {The Allred Abode}

Hey everyone!  We have a guest here with us today.  Katie blogs over at The Allred Abode.  If you get a chance, go visit her and give her some bloggy love.

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Hey I’m Katie from over at The Allred Abode, and I just wanted to thank Liz so much for doing a blog swap with me today. I am super new to the blogging world, and she is so gracious to help me! I can tell that Liz is a woman of God, and she has been blessed with such wonderful talent and a beautiful family. So today I completed my first Christmas decoration. I know, there has been a backlash against decorating for Christmas, and listening to it's music too early, so don’t worry too much, all of my Fall decorations will stay up until November 24th. I got this idea from Living Savvy, another crafty blog. Here is what I made:
These used to be sweaters!  I found some old Christmas sweaters at DI, and covered pillows with them, all for around 10 dollars! 

Materials needed: 
White Pillows 
Pullover Sweaters (need to be stretchy)
 Stitch Witchery 
Iron 
Some sewing pins 

 Here's what I did:
 Starting with the sweater, cut the material in the stomach area into 2 squares, with the front and back of the sweater matched up. With the side that you want to show in your pillow facing outwards, lay the stitch witchery in between the two layers, and iron for 10 seconds on each side for three of the sides.  You can also sew up the sides, but I use stitch witchery for any projects I can.
 For the fourth side, it starts getting tricky, just like any pillow.  Turn the pillow case right side out and stuff the pillow in.  Then pin back about 2/3 of an inch on each side, to make sure no loose seams are sticking out, and lay the stitch witchery down on the bottom side.  Keep the witchery in between the layers and iron slowly down the last side of the pillow, about 3-5 inches at a time.  Take out the pins as you go, and pretty soon, your pillow will be done!
To add a little bit more Christmas Spirit to mine, I also used the fabric from the arms of the sweaters to make fabric poinsettias, and then stitch witcheried them onto the outside of the pillows.  I didn't worry about fraying edges for these flowers, I think it adds to the cuteness of them.  
To make the flowers, I googled "fabric poinsettia flowers how to" and it took me here for an outline of poinsettias. I did five petals for the larger flower, and six for the smaller one.  I didn't print out the template, but just made a little sketch with sharpie on the fabric, and then cut around it. Like this:
I have a feeling this will be the first of many Christmas crafts to come, so I hope you'll join me at The Allred Abode.  
Thanks again Liz,
Katie

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Thanks, Katie!
Okay, you all have a great day.  
And...

Don't forget to check out Paisley~or~Polkadots and enter the coupon code
HOLIDAYS20
 to receive 20% off you entire holiday purchase!!

I have sold a lot of headbands at local craft shows, so grab them up now because I have another one on November 19th and they are sure to sell.  People are eating them up like hotcakes.

xx~Liz

12 comments:

  1. These are so cute! I need to buy sweaters just for this purpose... haha. Awesome job :)

    Bekah
    If Work Permits

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  2. I bet those are the softest pillows!

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  3. awww such a cute idea.
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    have a great crafting week!
    Maggie
    http://passionatelyartistic.com

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  4. i love this! these are so adorable...and something i might be able to pull off without ruining ;)

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  5. I have an old sweater that would be perfect for this!

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  6. What a great idea! Very cute!
    Sally
    loveofhomes.blogspot.com

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  7. Sewing sweater pillows are def on my list to do this year for Christmas flair around my home. What a great idea :)

    Thanks for sharing today :D
    Visiting from Shabby Creek Cottage's Linky Party.
    Smiles, Suzanne in NW Illinois

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  8. Pillow always gorgeous with contrast colour. I have an old sweater that would be perfect for this! Your shared idea is perfect way to enjoy this weekend. Can 't wait to make one for my myself.

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  9. Those are really cute! I love the flowers on them, great idea!!

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  10. This is such a fun idea! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

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