Do you love decorating for Christmas? I wish I did… but I have realized since becoming an ‘adult’ and having my own house that it’s a lot of work! I like looking at rooms and houses beautifully decorated for the holidays, and think I have good taste, but I can just never find the time or motivation to get it all done on top of everything else.
I did manage to get this done before Christmas- my long-term camping project EPP pillow. I decided to hand quilt equilateral triangles through the hexies in perle cotton, and I think it is just enough to add some texture without competing with the patchwork. I used the mock overlock stitch on my machine around the edges to secure the stitches and the patchwork after I trimmed the front to the correct size. For the back of the pillow, I simply sewed four squares of the patchwork fabric together, nothing fancy.
I had no luck finding pompom trim in off-white, so I had to go with white, which doesn’t look awful, but it is what it is. I wanted to do a double row of trim since I really love those pompoms, but it ended up being the most expensive trim I have ever purchased, so I went with one row; I think it had to do with the size of the pompoms. It was a bit time consuming to sew the front and back together, as the poms are so bulky, but I took my time and I am pleased with the neat finish.
One thing I have become picky about are pillow inserts. I have made my fair share of pillows, and have never been completely satisfied with the synthetic inserts. I found 20″ down inserts at Chapters while shopping one day, and really like them. They are perfectly plump and more comfortable than any of the synthetic inserts I used to buy. The synthetic inserts have many more size options, but 20″ is perfect for my needs, and I can buy 6-8 inserts and rotate pillow covers, which is what I intend to do.
I hope your Christmas decorating brings you smiles and cheer as treasured ornaments are pulled from boxes and unwrapped from tissue. I also wish you so much joy in celebrating the birth of Christ with your family this season, because that is what Christmas is about. Merry Christmas!