from Marta with Love

More like Merry CUTE-mas

Blasphemy be damned (wait, what?)–I’m renaming Christmas to CUTE-mas. How can I not when this stinker of a happy new pillow has just found its home on my couch?

Christmas Joy pillow

Christmas Joy pillow

I was recently delighted to rediscover a bunch of Alpine Wonderland fabric I have that was leftover from my favorite Christmas table runner. Nordic Christmas: #cantstopwontstop.

Christmas Joy pillow

To make the front panel I just fussy-cut two of my favorite Alpine Wonderland scenes (sleigh and chalet) and pieced those into a square with a blue dot print above to represent snowy sky and some brown fabric below to look like earth (I think the brown print is from a collection with “woodland” something in the title but cannot remember–help me out if you know it!). Then I just sewed on a couple borders to make it big enough for my 20-inch pillow form.

Christmas Joy pillow

After that I used fusible web like in this Sew Mama Sew tutorial to make the appliqué JOY letters, which I top-stitched down with a simple straight stitch (no zigzag required since they were already heat-fused down with the webbing and very secure).

Christmas Joy pillow

Finally, I chose some festive prints for the back, enclosed it with a zipper flap, and attached the binding (the flap is Lizzy House, the dot print is Michael Miller, and the binding fabric I believe is Riley Blake Small Chevron in Green but don’t hold me to it). I originally wanted to do piping around the edges but was about a foot short on rope so binding it was! I ain’t mad at it.

Christmas Joy pillow

The general consensus in our house is that the pillow is everyone’s new favorite decoration. I’ll be so sad to pack it up after Christmas, but then I’ll probably forget all about it and flip out next year when it’s time to pull out Christmas decorations. I can’t wait to rediscover it on an annual basis! 🙂

Christmas Joy pillow

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  • Jenny S.

    Extra cute! Tell Riley Blake to reissue that fabric! Please!

    December 20, 2015 at 7:03 pm Reply
    • Marta

      Right?? No Christmas fabric can ever top it. I have an entire fat quarter bundle of it still untouched that I was so hesitant to buy at the time (is it worth it? do I need that much?) but I am so glad about now!

      December 21, 2015 at 10:59 am Reply
  • catskillquilter

    Congrats! The pillow is adorable – and an ingenious design too!

    December 21, 2015 at 5:12 am Reply
    • Marta

      Thanks, lady!

      December 21, 2015 at 11:00 am Reply
  • Kim

    Sweetest holiday pillow I’ve ever seen! You do amazing work and I love seeing all of your creations. Miss ya!

    December 21, 2015 at 9:19 am Reply
    • Marta

      D’aw, thanks, Keeyum. I hope you guys have a great Christmas–“I WANT THIS PLACE LOOKING LIKE DISNEY ON ICE IN FIVE MINUTES” and many more such fun times! I love and miss you too.

      December 21, 2015 at 11:04 am Reply

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