Primitive Country Christmas Pillow

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred,
and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit,
become a child again at Christmas time.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder -

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Pull out your sewing machine, sweet friends. . .
I have a fun and easy sewing project today :)

Supplies needed for the pillow:


Cut two pieces of fabric that are
10 1/2-inches across and 6 1/2-inches down.

Cut one piece of fabric that is about 
3 1/2-inches across and 4-inches down
{this is for the pocket}.

Sew on the doily to the top piece of fabric.
I sewed mine on near the left edge.

Fold the edges of the pocket about 1/4-inches in and iron
{you can leave them unfolded for a nice fraying look}.
Sew the top edge down
and then place the pocket over the doily 
and sew along the side and bottom edge-
do not sew the top as it will close the opening of the pocket!

Place the two piece of fabric right sides together.
Pin into place and then sew along the edges.
Leave a small opening on the bottom.

Turn the pillow right side out
and fill with batting.

Hand sew the closing.

Supplies needed for the pocket:

Spanish moss
red beads
frosted pine cones
metal heart or star
{ you can even use cinnamon sticks }
fabric tied into a bow

Sew or glue the bow and button onto the corner of the pocket.

Fill the pocket with moss and add the red berries and pine cones
as well as the heart or star.

You can also add a fabric flower to your pillow.

And you're finished, sweet friends.

A delightful pillow to add to your home during the winter and holiday season. . .
or you can give it to someone special :)

I made another pillow that was slightly bigger
and I placed the doily on the bottom edge rather than the side.

And I even made some matching flowers
that sit in glass jars and a country wire basket.
I wrapped the basket handle with the matching beads.

And here is a slightlydifferent version
with a bell pinned onto the pocket and cinnamon sticks tucked inside. 

Happy sewing, sweet friends!
Have a blessed and joyful day.

{{{ HUGS }}}

Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth


Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a cute pillow and it does make a really special gift.

Unknown said...

So beautiful...you make such nice gifts!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I've always wanted to make one with a pocket! What a beautiful project and one I'll make! I have the easier version on my blog this morning. Great minds...! Holiday hugs, Diane

Christine said...

Oh its delightful Stephanie and right up my street with rusty hearts and bells to accessorise it!
You are a creative sweetheart! Love it!
Blessings to you dear friend!

Linda said...

What a beautiful pillow, Stephanie! I love your creative talent! :)

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hello Stephanie,
Wow I love the pillows and the fabric flowers you made. So pretty and festive for Christmas. I would love to have you share this next week at our Monday Cooking and Crafting with J & J link up party so that I can feature this!!
Have a lovely day and end of the week.
Julie xo

Mrs. W. said...

Good morning dear Stephanie,

These pillows are SO pretty! I love the Christmas-y colored fabric that you chose.

Where do you get your beautiful doilies - from a fabric story?

Thank you for share how to make it. You did a great job showing how easily it can be done.


Kelly-Anne said...

Oh your little rustic pillow is truly darling, dear friend! I love it! I always enjoy your lovely tutorials...I am looking forward to having some extra time to try out a few of your sweet projects!
Sending hugs

Jill said...

This is absolutely adorable! I love it, perfect accent to any home. Thank you for sharing!


Bernideen Canfield said...

Very sweet! Would makes nice gifts too!

magnoliasntea said...

Well, Stephanie, what a darlin' pillow! Love the checks and embellishments; it's so fresh and festive looking.
Have a lovely Thursday!

Tamara said...

Oh My Goodness Stephanie <3
This is SO beautiful and festive. I love all of the sweet, little details. You are so creative and make it look so easy! I hope you're enjoying the blessings and joys of the season. Your special, Christmas touches on your blog make it so warm and wonderful.

Hugs to you,

Vee said...

Just darling...all of them! Such things bring out the creativity in us. If I find time...

Debby Ray said...

Oh my goodness...I am in LOVE with these darling pillows, Stephanie! Cute, cute, cute! Thanks for the tutorial :)

Debbie Harris said...

Your tutorials are always an enjoyment to follow along with even though I don't really sew. You make it all look so easy!
I can attest that these are just darling pillows, and of course those bottles are one of my favorites that you have made, just love them. :)

I'm usually on my phone when I visit, and oh my looking at your beautiful header all dressed up for the Holiday's is stunning on my computer screen. Just lovely, Stephanie.

Have a most blessed day~~
Love to you, Mom

Anonymous said...

So cute! The Christmas "version" of the one I have now!

Your hidden stitching for the closure seam is so neat and tidy. Goals!

Miss Val's Creations said...

These are so beautiful Stephanie! I love all the details.

mamasmercantile said...

A feast for the eyes, beautiful creations. The doily really does look stunning.

Terra said...

Your pillows are adorable, love the lace and all the additions.

Karen@Southern Gal Meets Midwest said...

I am in LOVE with these pillows and the coordinating flower basket! This is such a cute idea for a gift...thanks for sharing your creativity and showing each step.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Very, very sweet! The red plaid is just divine!!

Chris Lally said...

Haven't pulled out that sewing machine in a long time, but this tutorial is so encouraging. Thanks for the simple instructions - beautiful results!

hobbyloes said...

Love your beautiful pillows, its a perfect and cozy gift for any home.

Sarah said...

Such a delightful Christmas project!! I like the idea of adding cinnamon sticks too. Thank you for sharing another wonderful tutorial!!!

Lowcarb team member said...

They both look fabulous ... you are gifted, and such a great idea to add the cinnamon sticks.

All the best Jan

Daniela said...

Your pillows are so very beautiful and so inspiring ... I'm tempted by sewing something like them ... thank you my blessed Stephanie, you're a wealth of good, sweet ideas ( you have to know that I love pillows and I love to decorate my home with them, but I haven't even one with the colours and the spirit of Christmas to make my home cozier during the Season ! )

Sending love, much love to you,
with gratitude

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

The pillows are just darling, Stephanie!! You have the sweetest way of embellishing projects with your own special touches. Your creativity just amazes me! Thanks for sharing this pretty and inspiratiional idea with us. Love to you, sweet friend!


Very pretty pillows! Love the colors and they could be kept up for Valentines too!

Amy at love made my home said...

So very pretty and you can never have too many pretty cushions can you! xx

Anonymous said...

A darling pillow. Thanks for the tutorial!

Unknown said...

The pictures are so amazing!:)


Mimi said...

Darling Stephanie...what a dreamy little project! I have my sewing machine out today, so I think I'll whip one up right now! Mimi xxx

Barbara Neubeck said...

... your pillows are gorgeous Stephanie...
...very pretty and Chrstmassy....
I love them... Hugs... Barb xxx

Lorrie said...

Such sweet pillows. Love the pocket idea and the doily. I have LOTS of those!

Little Wandering Wren said...

These are cute as Stephanie! Beautiful!
Wren x

Joy Junktion said...

Can you believe that my very first job was at a fabric shop and I don't even own a sewing machine any longer?! Those are beautiful pillow and flowers, wish I still had a machine. But, I certainly enjoy seeing yours and great instructions, btw! Blessings, Cindy

Cheryl said...

Oh, my! This is just a delight! When I saw the word "primitive", I got so excited! I LOVE primitives!! Just give me a Country Sampler and a cup of coffee, and I will be content for hours, literally! LOL! You are such a dear, precious, sweet friend, and your blog is a true blessing to me and to so many others. God is using you in so many amazing ways, and it is true gift that you share your talents with the world. Sending you much love and many hugs!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAUTIFUL! So colorful and bright, like peppermint! Stephanie, how I long to create again. Your gifts inspire. Beautifully made and lovingly plotted out. ENJOY MY FRIEND! Anita

Anna said...

Original and lovely pillows !!!!!!
Have a great weekend !

Feral Turtle said...

You have such an artistic flair Stephanie. These pillows are just adorable and so well done!! Have a happy weekend!!

Denise said...

Stephanie, Thank You so much for continuing to visit Me through the Years.You are a true blessing to Me. This proves that Our awesome lord uses the computer for His glory and to bring gifts to His people.Your pillows are beautiful and this Year are the patterns and colors I decorated with.I love them.For Years now I have wished I could sew.Merry Christmas My Dear-Denise

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

So pretty! I like sewing things like this. I need to try and sew more this upcoming year. It's therapeutic to me. The pillow is very sweet Stephanie! Very inspired here :-)

Mindy said...

What a sweet pillow! I am so impressed with your invisible hand stitching and wish mine were as good...I love seeing the special things you make and the love you put into each one.

God's Grace Overflows said...

Now that is an adorable country pillow! Love, love, love the Red!
I hope you enjoy your weekend. The weatherman is calling for snow tomorrow, I hope we get more than a dusting! This dry land could sure use the moisture. :)

God's Grace Overflows said...

Now that is an adorable country pillow! Love, love, love the Red!
I hope you enjoy your weekend. The weatherman is calling for snow tomorrow, I hope we get more than a dusting! This dry land could sure use the moisture. :)

Anonymous said...

So pretty Stephanie. Just darling :0)

Kim said...

Your two cushions are lovely, Stephanie. They would add a beautiful festive touch to your home.

Red Rose Alley said...

Oooo, I love this country pillow, Stephanie. I am really into plaid lately. You did a great job on these, and the cinnamon sticks tucked inside adds a charming touch. I will always remember walking into my sister's kitchen, and the cinnamon sticks made her whole kitchen smell wonderful. :) I love the heart and the red berries on your pillows.


Conniecrafter said...

Oh my Stephanie these are just gorgeous, love the way you have decorated up the pockets and those flowers in the wire basket is just so pretty with them, what a lovely gift set this would be, wonderful inspiration for gift giving. Hope you had a great weekend and a wonderful week ahead!

My thrift store addiction said...

What a beauty Stephanie ~ you are so talented, friend! I appreciate you sharing your lovely creations @ A Very Thrifty Christmas! Blessings, Cecilia

Jess said...

Wow...how pretty! Love this!

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Anonymous said...

I love this! And I might try making one myself for my bed. If only I can find a Christmas looking plaid that also looks okay with dusty blue.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Your pillows are adorable! I love plaid, it always adds a touch of cosiness.

Amy // Hands Made to Love said...

Cute! I love these pillows.

Anonymous said...

I love everything about this Christmas pillow! I love the doily and the pine cones in the pocket! So cute! Pinned!

Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party

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Louisette said...

Adorable ,i love much, Happy end Xmas week,Happy days untill New Year,
Best regard from Belgium

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