July 23, 2016

Blue Christmas: Machine Applique Pillow Cover Tutorial

Welcome to my stop on the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop graciously hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  For those of you who are visiting for the first time, you can read a little more about me here and in my 2016 New Quilt Bloggers introductory post here.

I've got an applique project planned for you that can be made into a festive quilted pillow or wall hanging reminiscent of a vintage string of lights to "brighten" your Christmas.  My preferred applique method uses fusible web and zig zag satin stitch by machine but this project can certainly be adapted for your favorite method of applique.



This tutorial is written to accommodate a 12" x 22" rectangle pillow insert sometimes called a boudoir pillow but can be made for most any size pillow insert with a some adjustments.  If you like, you can eliminate a couple of steps and make a wall hanging instead.

Blue Christmas by Paige Alexander (without pillow insert)

For my version of Blue Chirstmas, I used some prints from Garland by Cotton and Steel along with some coordinating solids.

Cotton and Steel prints and other coordinating solids

Fabric Requirements
  • Background: 1/2 yard
  • Applique Lights: 6" x 12" or scraps for multiple colored lights
  • Bias Stem for Lights, Applique Light Sockets: 5/8 yard (allows for no seams in the bias stem)
  • Border or Flange: 1/2 yard, allows for directional fabric
  • Backing for Quilted Pillow Top: 19" x 29" (this will not be visible for the pillow)
  • Pillow Envelope Backing: 1/2 yard
  • Binding: 1/4 yard

Other Materials and Notions

  • Paper Backed Fusible Web (my favorite is Soft Fuse Premium)
  • Compass or other means to trace circles, approximately 2 3/4" in diameter 
  • Iron-On Tear-Away Stabilizer (my favorite is Sulky Totally Stable)
  • Thread to match applique shapes, for quilting and general construction and bobbin thread for applique
  • 1/4" to 3/8" Bias Bars for making stem or string for the lights
  • 1/4" Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 for applying the bias stem to project
  • Batting: 19" x 29"
  • Pencil
  • Removable Fabric Marking Pen
  • Pillow Insert: 12" x 22"
Note:  Cutting instructions will be included in each section as we go along. In the construction of the pillow, 1/4" seams are used throughout. (Links to products in this post are to those I use and are not affiliate links.)

Aurifil 5020 (light military green) matched the Illuminate perfectly
Aurifil 5016 (olive green) paired well with Tree Day
Two Mettlers were used for the applique

Let's get started by appliqueing the lights to the pillow background fabric.


Preparing the Background for Applique

  • Cut background fabric to 13" x 23"
My pillow insert measures 12" x 22" so I added 1" and cut my background 13" x 23".  The extra one inch allows for seam allowances and room for the pillow insert so the pillow cover is not over stuffed. You can adjust according to your preference.

1.  Mark the background fabric using a removable fabric marking pen for your preferred placement of the bias stem or string of lights and bulbs.  I made a gentle curving line starting 9" from the bottom on the left and ending at 7" from the bottom on the right.  On the gentle curved line, I marked the bulb placement with bolder dots about 4" apart.

Background fabric with placement references



Preparing and Fusing Applique Shapes


1.  Using a compass or small drinking glass as I did, draw 6 circles (2 3/4" in diameter) for the lights onto the paper backed fusible web.  The 6th bulb allows you to practice on a scrap before appliqueing onto your project. 

Circles for bulbs drawn onto paper back fusible web

2.  Fuse the circles onto the wrong side of your lights fabric and cut out circles on the drawn line.


Shapes fused onto back of fabric

3.  The light sockets are a 1" squares.  Rather than drawing the squares onto the fusible web, iron a section of fusible, roughly 1 1/2" x 6 1/2", to the socket fabric.  Then cut out 6 - 1" squares using the rotary cutter and ruler. (See picture above)

Applique shapes cut out

4. Remove the paper backing from your applique shapes.

5.  Arrange the lights on the background at your bulb placement marks and 3/4" below the drawn line from step 3 in Preparing the Background for Applique section.  Fuse only the circles at this point.  By using a layering technique, we will eliminate the need for precisely starting and stopping and burying threads, all stops and starts will be hidden underneath the light socket applique pieces.

6.  Position the iron-on tear-away stabilizer behind the applique shapes and adhere using the products directions. Be sure to extend the stabilizer to cover the area where the light sockets will be appliqued also.  Now you are ready to applique!



Appliqueing the Shapes


Ok, we've cut out the circles and squares, fused them onto the background fabric and ironed on stabilizer. Now, we are ready to applique.

1.  Set up your machine for a zig zag stitch with your desired stitch length and width.  My preferred stitch width is somewhere between 1.5 and 2mm and stitch length of around .5mm.  Switch your presser foot an open toe embroidery foot and set your machine to "needle down" if you have the capability.    

Remember a couple of things as you stitch:
  • Strive for your zig zag satin stitch to cover the raw edge of your applique shape.  The needle should enter the background fabric very close to your applique shape.  You will see what I am referring to in just a bit.  
  • Strive to keep your stitches perpendicular to the edge of your applique shape.
  • We will be tackling all 'outside' circles and corners so when stopping to pivot, your needle will always stop just outside of the circle or square in the background fabric.
  • Always stitch a sample to review your stitch length, width and quality.  Also, you can see if you are happy with your thread color.
2.  Mark your circles so you may see where to start and stop your stitching. It's not necessary to stitch underneath the light socket square.  This is the layering to which I referred to earlier.  This picture shows the circle on the left has been completely stitched and the circle on the right has been marked for starting and stopping.

One circle has been appliqued and the other marked for stops and starts

3.  Start stitching with your needle in the down position just outside of the circle and into the background fabric.

4.  Stitch slowly and strive for even spacing between your stitches.

5.  Strive for a smooth curve, stopping to pivot when necessary by raising your presser foot and adjusting your work.

Zig zag satin stitch machine applique in process using an open toe foot for visibility

6.  Applique all the circles.

7.  Arrange the 1" square light socket pieces according to the picture below and fuse in place.  The sockets should cover the unstitched edge of the circles or lights and fall just below your drawn line. 

8.  Starting on the right side of the socket at the upper right hand corner, applique on the right, bottom and left sides, leaving the top with a raw edge as it will be covered by the bias stem.  Remember to pivot on the outside, so your needle should stop in the background fabric on outermost corner.

Lights and sockets have been appliqued

9.  Applique the remaining sockets and tear away the stabilizer.




Making and Attaching Bias Stem for the String for Lights


  • Cut a 1 1/2" bias strip at least 25" in length from the fabric for the lights "string". 
I prefer bias stems that are made from bias strip(s) and sewn into a tube.  The seam allowance is trimmed and pressed to the center so that it is concealed when applied to the project.  Joanna at Applique Today has a great bias stems tutorial here.

1.  Follow the tutorial referenced above to make a bias stem that is 1/4" to 3/8" wide and 25" long. To trim the excess seam allowance with ease, I insert the bias bar into the tube before trimming.  I use small serrated scissors which grab the fabric as you cut to make trimming a breeze.

I like to trim the  the bias stem with serrated scissors

2.  Place the 1/4" Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 down the center of bias stem over the seam and fuse in place. Tip: This differs from the instructions, if I don't fuse in place at this stage, the narrow webbing has a tendency to not stay put on the stem.

3.  Remove the paper backing and the Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 will be tacky to the touch. 


1/4" Steam-A-Seam 2 applied to the bias stem

4.  Place the bias stem for the string of lights over the previously drawn line making sure to cover the top raw edge of the socket and fuse in place.  The tackiness of the Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 will hold the bias stem in place but is still repositionable at this point.

5.  Stitch the bias stem in place using your desired stitch.  I chose to straight stitch along each edge still using the open toe embroidery foot.  The stem will not shift since it has been fused in place.   It is not necessary to use the stabilizer when stitching the bias stem.

String of Lights applique and bias stem are complete

Finishing Blue Christmas Pillow or Wall Hanging

Now that our string of lights has been appliqued, let's turn this into a pillow or wall hanging.  The border that we add to the appliqued background will become the pillow flange.  I finished my pillow with a traditional quilt binding which adds interest and stability the outer edge.

From the border or flange fabric:
  • Cut 2 pieces 2 1/2" x 13" (or the length of your appliqued background)
  • Cut 2 pieces 2 1/2" x 27 1/2" (or the width of your appliqued background plus 2 1/2" twice minus 1/2" for the seam allowances)
1.  Sew the smaller pieces to the left and right sides of your appliqued background.  Sew the larger pieces to the top and bottom.  Press all seams toward the border.
  • Cut pillow or wall hanging backing 18" x 29" (this allows for a little overhang)
  • Cut batting 18" x 29"
2.  Layer appliqued top, batting and backing and quilt as desired.  I first quilted around the applique motifs and stitched in the ditch around the borders.  I then quilted a loopy meander in the background and triangular tree shapes in the border.

3.  Trim away excess batting and backing.  If making a wall hanging, stop and bind at this point.

From Pillow Envelope Backing Fabric:
  • Cut 1 piece 14 3/4" width x 16 3/4" length 
  • Cut 1 piece 19 3/4" width x 16 3/4 length
4.  Hem backing pieces with a double 1/2" hem along the 16 3/4" edge being mindful if you have directional fabric to hem on correct side. 

5.  Lay pillow top face down and layer right sides up, the larger backing piece first and then the smaller.  Baste around the outer edges less than 1/4" from edge using your walking foot to prevent layers from shifting.

Quilted pillow top face down with larger envelope backing placed first

6.  To form the pillow flange, stitch in the ditch between the background and the border/flange.    Backstitch to reinforce the areas of the seams which will receive the most stress. 

Stitching in the ditch to create pillow flange

Envelope backing and machine sewn binding


  • Cut 3 width of fabric Binding fabric strips to your preferred width


7.  Bind as you would a traditional quilt.  I chose to sew the binding entirely by machine.

Pillow cover with machine appliqued string of vintage lights

Enjoy your Blue Christmas string of lights pillow or wall hanging.  I can almost here Elvis Presley singing it now.

Elvis' Christmas Album which was my grandmother's

Since everyone loves presents, how about a GIVEAWAY!

 (Giveaway has ended. Thank you for commenting)

To one (1) lucky commenter will receive two (2) charm packs of True Colors by Heather Bailey for Free Spirit Fabrics.


How to enter:

1. Leave a comment, any comment.  If you have a favorite Christmas carol,  let me know your favorite.

2. Followers, old and new alike, get a bonus entry.  Leave a second comment and let me know how you subscribe. (Some options are BloglovinInstagram or Email)

The giveaway will run through Friday, July 29th and close at 8pm.  The giveaway is now closed.  I normally respond to every comment received, but during the giveaway the volume may be to large for me to do so. Please leave your e-mail address so I have a way of contacting you if you are a no-reply blogger.


I hope you are enjoying the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Tour hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Please visit Joanne at Everyone Deserves a Quilt today for a fun lap quilt including piecing tips and a giveaway.  You will find many other wonderful Christmas ideas on the blog hop.  Here's the complete calendar:


July 14th:    Sharon Vrooman @ Vrooman’s Quilts
Carole Carter @ From My Caroline Home

July 15th:    Yanicka Hachez @ Finding Myself As An Artist
Chris Dodsley @ made by ChrissieD

July 16th:    Marsha Hodgkins @ Quilter in Motion
Leanne Parsons @ Devoted Quilter

July 17th:    Tonia Conner @ All Thingz Sewn
Selina @ Selina Quilts

July 18th:    Lara Buccella @ Buzzin Bumble
Soma Acharya @ Whims and Fancies

July 19th:   Joanne Harris@ Quilts by Joanne

July 20th:    Vicki Schlimmer @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Jennifer Fulton @ The Inquiring Quilter

July 21st:     Michele Kuhns @ Crayon Box Quilt Studio
Jan Ochterbeck @ The Colorful Fabriholic

July 22nd:  Alla Blanca @ Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes.
Zenia Rene @ A Quilted Passion

July 23rd:   Joanne Hubbard @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Paige Alexander @ Quilted Blooms ...Your are here!

July 24th:    Carolyn Jones @ …by CJ
Tisha Nagel @ Quilty Therapy

July 25th:    Susan Arnold @ Quilt Fabrication
Beth Sellers @ Cooking Up Quilts
Linda Pearl @ One Quilting Circle


To give everyone the opportunity to join in on the Christmas fun, I'm linking to Whoop Whoop Friday, Finish up Friday, Show Off Saturday, Main Crush Monday and Let's Bee Social.


169 comments :

  1. You have designed a lovely pillow Paige, your instructions are very clear and even a new quilter should be able to follow. Love it.
    Smiles Kate

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  2. I follow you on Bloglovin (and Instagram although I still can't use it properly) :)

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  3. What a pretty pillow Paige. Nice colour selections too. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  4. I follow your blog and also follow you on Instagram. You have been amazingly productive since you started!

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  5. Thank you for the tutorial! Love the pillow!

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  6. I follow you on bloglovn!!

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  7. Your pillow is lovely. I'm new to appliqué so appreciate your very clear instructions, thank you.
    annamariehlustik@googlemail.com

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  8. I love the way your pillow turned out and I can imagine it in many other holiday color combos. Nicely done.

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  9. This is such a great detailed tutorial and your pillow is lovely! I absolutely adore Heather Bailey fabrics, what a great giveaway!

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  10. I follow you on Bloglovin and Instagram

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  11. Hi Paige! Thanks for the very clear tutorial and a chance to win fabric!! My favorite Christmas carols are Mary Did You Know and O Holy Night!

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  12. I'm following you on Instagram!

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  13. What an adorable pillow. Thank you for the tutorial. My favorite Christmas Carol is "Mary Did You Know".

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  14. Love all of your projects, and I love checking your blog to see what's new--

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  15. Very nice tutorial for a non-traditional color accent.

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  16. Thanks a lot for the tutorial ! I like very much your fabric choice.

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  17. I'm following you on Blogger. Thank you for the giveaway :-)

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  18. Oh, Paige, such a cute pillow and a great tutorial! I definitely see at least one of these in my future - who can resist Christmas lights? And I love your color combination, too. Thanks so much for all your hard work in making the hop a success!!!

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  19. I love this pillow, and your instructions. Especially your application of the Steam a Seam tape . . . I could never understand how to use it by the instructions on the package!! Thank you for clearing that up.

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  20. The full version of Jingle Bells is one of my favorites. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  21. New Follower on Bloglovin'. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  22. what a lovely pillow. thanks so much for the great tutorial.
    my favorite christmas song is: "Mary Did You Know?"

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  23. Oh, Holy Night-John Berry does a wonderful version of it! Thanks for the oh so cute pillow -the fabrics are perfect!

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  24. Your wallhanging is sew cute. I love the colors. Thanks for the great giveaway and for sharing the tutorial for the wallhanging.

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  25. Elvis christmas ...My mom has that album...I love this christmas song MARYS BOY CHILD[JESUS CHRIST] BY BONY M.. Love your pillow Will half to try a nice table runner... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  26. I follow you on bloglovin and facebook...I look at both alot.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  27. Christmas songs are my favorite. I do love Oh Holy Night though. thanks for the chance to win your fabric giveaway.

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  28. Paige, my daughter just got a bench for her entryway and I have been wanting to make her a pillow for it. I love yours and your inspiration to go ahead and get that going.looks easy enough for me to do. Thanks

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  29. I'm already a follower on bloglovin

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  30. Thanks for the great tutorial. I am just learning how to machine applique so I appreciate the details!

    My favorite Christmas song is The Little Drummer Boy. It has been a favorite of mine since I was little.

    Sandy A

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  31. I follow you through BlogLovin. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Sandy A

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  32. Your directions for the pillow are superb. I especially like how much attention you put to details such as leaving the little bit without satin stitch on the circles. Thanks for all your effort.

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  33. Fantastic tutorial. I love making small projects, this is going on my list to make.

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  34. I've been following with bloglovin.

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  35. Love the fabric choice, very festive, but not the typical red and green. I am new to applique, so your tutorial was very helpful.

    debbygrawn at yahoo dot com

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  36. What a great tutorial for your terrific pillow. My favorite Christmas song would be Drummer Boy.

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  37. Thanks for the terrific tutorial and the lovely design. You are so talented. I love Christmas carols and I don't think I could pick just one. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  38. That is very cute and your fabric choices are perfect for it. Great instructions too.

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  39. My favorite is from that very Elvis album, Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me!! Your pillow is beautiful!! Thank you for the tut.

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  40. I just started following you via Bloglovin!! Thanks again for the giveaway!

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  41. When I was a little girl my family would go caroling on Christmas Eve in a smal town on the Tennessee-Kentucky border.

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  42. Love your cushion Paige, great design and gorgeous fabrics. I have Elvis' Christmas Album too, my aunt gave it to me when I was small, it has a different cover probably for the English market - I've always been a huge fan of Blue Christmas, can't stop singing it now too! :D #12daysofchristmasinjuly

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  43. I love this pillow design. Christmas is not my favorite holiday (over commercialized) and I hate cold weather haha coming from someone who lives in Michigan.

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  44. Love "Mary Did You Know" & "White Christmas"! (I have soooo many "Favorites" tho...)

    Thank you for sharing your Tutorial...love the Pillow idea! & thnaks too..for chance to win your give-a-way!! :D

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  45. I follow thru Bloglovin...and now Email too! :)

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  46. HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU VIA BLOG LOVIN'!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  47. LOVE YOUR BLOG! SWEET LITTLE CHRISTMAS TUTORIAL TOO! LOVE "SILENT NIGHT". msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  48. Cute pillow - love all things applique!

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  49. Gorgeous pillow and perfect fabrics to make this! It looks like something one could buy at a big price in a boutique! Now I know how to make one myself! Thanks for the clear tutorial.

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  50. I am a new Bloglovin' follower!

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  51. Thank you. I sure am enjoying the Christmas in July that everyone is sharing. That is how I found you on day 23. Merry Christmas! Nancy

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  52. Forgot to mention I love "Mary, did you know" Christmas song and "Noel". There are so many good ones! Nancy

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  53. Forgot to mention I love "Mary, did you know" Christmas song and "Noel". There are so many good ones! Nancy

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  54. Thank you. I sure am enjoying the Christmas in July that everyone is sharing. That is how I found you on day 23. Merry Christmas! Nancy

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  55. Cute pillow, I think my favorite Christmas song is Mary Did You Know, but I also love I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas. Yeah I love all kinds of Christmas songs.

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  56. I enjoy Silent Night. I enjoyed reading your bio.

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  57. I am new to following your blog via email. I enjoy your style.
    Mary Carter

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  58. Thanks for the tutorial for your adorable pillow topper. And, my favorite Christmas carol - "O, Holy Night". It is hot and humid here in Wisconsin today(heat index is suppose to be over 100), but now I will be singing/humming Christmas carols.

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  59. I follow your blog via email.

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  60. Just found your blog. What a fun place. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I'm now following you on Bloglovin' and Instagram.

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  61. What a lovely tutorial Paige, and elegant pillow! Thank you for sharing! My favorite Christmas music is Charlie Brown Christmas, The Vince Guardaldi Trio.

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  62. What a great pillow! Thanks for sharing. My favorite Christmas song is White Christmas.

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  63. Love the pillow! I play the piano and my favorite Christmas song to play is In the Bleak Midwinter.

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  64. Oh, you had me with the pic of Elvis's Christmas album. My favorite Christmas song to sing is Silver Bells and my favorite Christmas song to listen to is "Cow Christmas"..I think it was a CD years ago and our kids loved listening to it. kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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  65. I follow you by email and Bloglovin too. kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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  66. I follow you by Bloglovin'. brend_ack@yahoo.com

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  67. This is an adorable Christmas pillow! Plus, you did a fabulous job in your tutorial! I really enjoyed reading your post and as soon as I have the opportunity will be making one or two of these as Christmas decorations for our home and a actually the person who would love these as a gift just popped into my mind so another two will be made also as gifts! Thank you so much for sharing this great pillow tutorial and also for the opportunity to win the give away prize! Have a fantastic creative day! brend_ack@yahoo.com

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  68. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful pattern and tutorial. Pillow are always a good gift.

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  69. This is such a cute pillow! I was hearing Elvis too, as I read through it. Love that song, and White Christmas.

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  70. I want to make Christmas pillows for my daughters this year. yours is perfect for my daughter-in-law. Thank you

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  71. My favorite is Merry Christmas Darling by Karen Carpenter. Just love her voice

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  72. I follow by email. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  73. Darling pillow! I think I love all the carols, but I guess I will say "Silent Night." But since we have moved from Illinois to Alabama, my favorite may become "I"m Dreaming of a White Christmas." Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  74. Oh this is lovely - the colours and fabrics are FAB and this is the most compreshensive tutorial I've ever seen - woohoo.

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  75. Very cute pillow cover. Very nice tutorial. Clear instructions that make it easy to follow. Thank you. My favorite Christmas carol is silent night.

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  76. This is adorable and your tutorial is very well-written. I'm please to have shared the day with you. :-)

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  77. I love little drummer boy, thanks

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  78. I love your pillow, Paige. What a great tutorial! I suppose one of my favorite Christmas carols would be Do You Hear What I Hear ...sewfaithfully at hotmail dot com

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  79. I'm a Bloglovin follower :-)
    Sewfaithfully at hotmail dot com

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  80. My favorite Christmas song is "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". Thanks for the very thorough tutorial!

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  81. Brings me to tears sometimes: O Holy Night. Great tutorial, nice details!

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  82. Your Christmas lights pillow is lovely. Thanks for the giveaway.

    hijoffeATgmailDOTcom

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  83. My favorite Christmas carol is Bing Crosby's version of White Christmas!! Love the pillow - thanx so much

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  84. Oh,golly gee,I just love Elvis!

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  85. I love all Christmas Carols but I guess Silent Night is special. Great pillow.

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  86. Beautiful pillow and great tutorial.

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  87. Following you via Bloglovin' and email. Favorite Christmas carol? Well, many are so nice. One favorite is Silver Bells. Your pillow is so cute, love the fabrics. Thank you for the pattern, and for this giveaway chance.

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  88. What a cute pillow, Paige, and perfect fabrics for it too! Thank you for such a great tutorial.

    -Soma

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  89. Thanks for the tutorial, such a sweet project

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  90. I love the look of this method of appliqué. My favourite Christmas carol is Carol of the Bells. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  91. I am a new follower on Bloglovin. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineeliott above for my email link.

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  92. This is just adorable! The blue looks fantastic and sure to look great on any chair or couch for the holidays. Adding this to my list,TFS.
    Favorite Christmas carol....Law JOY TO THE WORLD.
    Following on bloglovin.

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    1. Ignore -law....fat fingers on the tiny tablet keyboard.

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  93. Thank you SEW much for offering a giveaway along with your amazing tutorial!! Good luck to all entrants!

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  94. Favorite Christmas song....O Holy Night

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  95. Super cute pillow! And excellent, detailed instructions. Thank you! Following on bloglovin.

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  96. What a fun tutorial Paige! I'm definitely bookmarking this for future use.

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  97. I follow you on Bloglovin' and Instagram. :-)

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  98. My fav Christmas song is the good old fashioned "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby

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  99. I'm now following you on Instagram

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  100. Cute pillow pattern! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  101. I'm a new Instagram follower!

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  102. Your pillow is adorable...I can't wait to make one! My favorite Christmas song is Santa Baby...not so sure it's a carol, though!?!?

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  103. As soon as I saw the title I started humming the song, LOL. That is the cutest pattern and pillow Paige! The background fabric could not be more perfect for the string of lights either. Great work!

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  104. I follow you in every way possible. :)

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  105. Beautiful pattern and great for Christmas.

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  106. The pillow is ADOREABLE!! Love your fabric choice. My favorite carol is Little Drummer Boy.

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  107. I follow by email. Love seeing all your wonderful projects.

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  108. What an adorable pillow!! I love Silent Night.

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  109. Such a bright and happy cushion. Thank you for sharing the pattern.

    My favourite Christmas Carol is O, Come All Ye Faithfull.

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  110. I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas - one of my favorites.

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  111. That's a cute pillow and I like the unique colors.

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  112. Such an adorable pillow. My favorite carol is Silent Night.

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  113. Hi Paige i love the graphic look of this pillow cover and your tutorial looks very detailed.

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  114. I follow you on bloglovin and on instagram.

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  115. Awesome tutorial!! Congrats!

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  116. This is a very cute pillow. Your tutorial is very clear and detailed. Thanks.

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  117. Great tutorial! My favorite Xmas carol is Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

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  118. I just started following you via email. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  119. This is such a cute pillow! Your tutorial is very thorough too :) Thanks for the chance to win. My favourite Christmas carol has always been Mary's Boy Child (the Boney M version!).

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  120. Sweet pillow, great tutorial. Give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done. Silent Night will always be my favorite.

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  121. This is such a cute pillow and perfect for Christmas. All the beautiful lights is one of my favorite parts of Christmas. I remember laying under the tree when I was small and staring up at the lights. I think my favorite song for Christmas is There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays.

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  122. I'm pretty sure I follow in several different places, but I can always count on Bloglovin to let me know when there is a new post.

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  123. I love the contemporary spin you brought to Christmas - the fabric is adorable.

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  124. I love O Holy Night, especially David Archuleta's version.

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  125. Elena Destro of Auriful shared this tutorial with me. What a lovely Christmas in July project! The reason I followed the link was really because I was impressed with your color choices. I am always in awe when others find a more artful way to express design and this is one I liked so much I have bookmarked it. I plan on starting my Christmas sewing in September so I am really glad you included your fabric choices that I may see them at the store and maybe look further into the collection. Your tutorial was spot on and I look forward to making this pillow cover. Thanks!

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  126. So cute !! Silent Night has always been a favorite.

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  127. This is cute...love the non-traditional colors! I love "I heard the bells on Christmas Day" but I also really like "I want a hippopotamus for Christmas". About as polar opposites as possible :)

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  128. Thanks for the giveaway. I love 'Away in a Manger'
    Sandra
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  129. Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway. My favorite Christmas carol is Silent Night, and my favorite general Christmas music is Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano. Both are beautiful, IMHO. momoftana at yahoo dot com

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  130. Love your pillow and the fabric, and what a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing it Paige.

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  131. This is a terrific idea for a Christmas pillow (thanks btw, I now have THAT SONG stuck in my head!!!) and a great tutorial for it too. Thank you! Will be saving this post. ;-)

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  132. I follow you on bloglovin and on Instagram!

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  133. I like your pillow! My favorite Christmas carol is Oh Holy Night!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  134. Bloglovin follower: Nicole Sender
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  135. Very cute pillow. Love the applique.

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  136. Love the pillow and tutorial - thanks for sharing!

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  137. It wouldn't be Christmas without Jingle Bell Rock by Brenda Lee!

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  138. My favorite Christmas carol is White Christmas

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