There are two types of people in the world: Those who live in the Christmas spirit year round and those who, well, don't. I'll admit it, I get a little excited when Hobby Lobby puts their Christmas decorations out in August. I don't buy them, and I don't decorate until much closer to time, but I love seeing the reminders that the happiest time of the year is just around the corner. And I don't know who came up with the concept of Christmas in July, but I'm sure glad they did!
This year, as part of my Ambassador role with Michael Miller Fabrics I had even more reason to celebrate the season in the middle of the summer. I had the opportunity to work with two new Christmas fabric lines, and I used them to make pillows. Lots and lots of pillows...
Last Christmas as my boys were writing their letters to Santa, I felt like they needed something cute to put the letters in when they were done. Something fun and magical to make the writing and delivering of the letters extra special. I came up with this Lovely Letters Pillow pattern that contains a pocket for them to slip their letters in. When they were finished writing them, we put their letters in the pillow's pocket and placed the pillow under the tree. And guess what? The next morning they were gone! So, when I saw these cute new Christmas fabrics from Michael Miller, I knew I wanted to make more of these pillows. And I'm so glad I did! If you want to make some too, click here for the pattern!
These pillows are so fun to make. They can be customized in so many ways. If you are good at hand stitching, add a name and address to your labels for an extra special, personalized touch.
If hand lettering isn't for you, use your sewing machine to stitch on some personalized details if you so desire.
And if you don't have a sewing machine that stitches letters, leave the labels blank. The pillow still totally looks cute without any extra details!
Another fun customization with this pattern is the stamp. The pattern includes instructions for how to piece four different stamps (a wreath, a star, a gift, and a heart), making it easy to personalize the pillow for the occasion. Who says this has to be a Christmas pillow? Use some pink and red fabrics and the heart stamp, and you now have the perfect Valentine's Day gift!
And if you are obsessed with making fabric stamps (like me!), you can totally do that as well! While the pattern doesn't tell you how to make fabric stamps, you can easily find lots of tutorials online and add them to this project.
These pillows make great gifts for little ones. My kids loved using it last year, and we can't wait to start writing those letters again!
Merry Christmas (in July), and happy sewing!