So the song goes- It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That’s the song that keeps playing over and over in my mind as I begin to gear up for the holidays. Seriously, it’s pretty much on repeat as I unpack the holiday decor and add festive touches around the house. This year, I wanted something new and thought a few Snow Globe inspired applique pillow designs would fit perfectly into the mix.
Snow Globe Applique Pillow
This project is for all levels.
Skill Level- 1 1/2 Button
- 12″ square base fabric
- assorted fabric scraps
- 20″ x 20″ square of batting
- 16″ Decorator’s Choice pillow form by Fairfield
- paper backed double-sided fusible
- free motion presser foot
- sewing machine | basic sewing tools
- optional piping/trim | zipper closure
- Snow Globe Trek Template
For my pillow, I used my Snow Globe Trek Pattern but any quilt block or applique design can be used. After your finished 12″ center block is finished, it’s time to attach the border. I centered my applique block on a piece of batting and stitched the border all around.
Cut fabrics as follows:
- center panel 12″ square
- cut 2 rectangles 3″ x 12″
- cut 2 rectangles 3″ x 16″
*cutting instructions is for pillow front only. Additional fabric is required for the back of the pillow. This will be determined by your pillow insert. My insert is a 16″ square Decorator’s Choice by Fairfield World.
I prepped and cut out my applique design pieces with double-sided fusible, positioned them and ironed in place in my center square.
Then it was time to have fun stitching everything in place. Before I pulled out my free motion presser foot, contrast thread and got lost in the process, I centered my design on a layer of batting.
Not only does the batting provide a stabilizing layer but it also helps provide the element of texture with the pebble quilting.
Using 1/4″ seam allowance, join the additional pieces to create a finished block 16″ square.
Be sure to press each seam, add any additional topstitching and square up the final unit.
I added 3 rows of 1/4″ topstitching in contrast thread to really set off the center.
Since pillows like this are only brought out around the holidays, my closure method of choice is a zipper. They really are so much easier to install then people thing. Don’t forget to trim corners before turning right side out.
Because I love the snow globe trek design so much, I went ahead and created another applique pillow with the buggy. Don’t you just love that pom pom fringe? It reminds me of snow.
Now, I just need to stitch up the truck to complete the set. So go ahead, add a splash of holiday cheer to your home with this DIY applique pillow cover.
*Special thanks to Fairfield World for their continued support of The Sewing Loft. Working with their products is a pleasure!
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