Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Holiday Comfort

I was at the craft store the other day picking up a few odds and ends, and I just happened to notice the Christmas display.

Okay...so maybe it didn’t “just happen” to notice it. Maybe it ambushed me from the store threshold. Maybe it managed to devour at least half of the aisles. Maybe I never want to see red and green again.

Ahem...I digress. My point in bringing up this little story is that it confirmed to me that my holiday taste in decorating is decidedly less...um...holiday. I don’t want Santas and reindeer. I don’t want little tiny houses all lit up in a row. I don’t want red and green lights and peppermint pillows. Of course my husband does...but that is another story.

Basically I don’t want my home to look like a craft store threw up in it. Instead, I want decorations that are comfortable and cozy. Things I can leave out from Halloween through Valentines Day. Timeless. Classic. And easy.

Like these pillow covers, for instance.
I designed these specifically with the holiday season in mind. Don’t they make you want to curl up on my sofa? Wouldn’t you like to have a pair for yourself? Or perhaps gift a set to a friend or relative?

Then please let me tell you that if you have an old cardigan in your home that you never wear (or that your husband/sister/father/etc. doesn’t wear), you are already halfway there! These, for instance, were stitched from one sweater I owned, and one I bought from the thrift store for under $5.00. That’s four covers for a little over a buck a piece. Affordable, right?

As for the assembly, if you can sew a straight line, you can do this project. It’s that simple, and a great task for beginner crafters.

And I even suppose that if you wanted to, you could make them in red and green.
Just don’t expect me to be happy about it.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a sofa to curl up on.

To learn more about this pattern, please click here!


  1. You're so cute! Now, when you say these are easy to make-haha! Do you HAVE to have a sewing machine or will the good ole' hand and needle work? Would probably take forever huh?

  2. You could hand stitch them--I bet it wouldn't take longer than a football game. A sewing machine, of course, is easier.

  3. Have you ever used the "Handy Stitch"?? Its a hand held sewing machine.. Going to try my hand at making a quilt out of all my receieving blankets... Any advice?


  4. I think I received one of those for Christmas years back. From my recollection, the stitches weren't the most secure--and security is important for something as hearty as a quilt. Probably you would be better off looking for a used machine at a thrift store....

  5. i love these! i think i'm going to come curl up on your couch too :) seriously though, would you have a recommended brand of sewing machines for beginners?

  6. As with every other topic, I'm really looking forward to this series! WoooHoooo!!! :)

  7. I have a couple friends who are beginner sewers, and they have Brother and Singer machines and seem to like them. Each cost around $100. They're a good option if you want to try sewing, but aren't sure if you'll love it.

    Another great, affordable option is to shop the thrift stores or petition family members for older machines. My machine (a Necchi) for instance, I inherited from an aunt, and I also found an older version of the same machine at a thrift store for $30 (plus the sewing table!). They don't have all the bells and whistles of new machines, but they are well made and just what I need.

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