Embellishing the Christmas Pillow

Long time readers of my blog may remember this pillow design I did for Moda Bake Shop last year.  When I finished it, I thought that the tree looked a bit plain, and it might be fun to embellish it a bit with some hand work.  So, this year, I dug out some Christmas buttons, pearls and large red crystals to trim the tree.

Christmas Pillow at From My Carolina Home

The original pattern for the pillow can be downloaded with this link in a pdf file – Christmas Tree Pillow.  I started with putting a little gold star button at the top, then arranging a few Christmas buttons on three seam points.

Christmas Pillow at From My Carolina Home

I added red crystals to many of the seam points, leaving spaces for lighter colors of pearls and buttons.

Christmas Pillow at From My Carolina Home

These clear and white flower buttons looked great.

Christmas Pillow at From My Carolina Home

Soon, every point on the tree had an ornament.

Christmas Pillow at From My Carolina Home

Looks nice on the sofa for the holiday season with my adorable stuffed reindeer.  He’s made a holiday appearance for many years now.  Isn’t he cute?

Christmas Pillow at From My Carolina Home

Have you ever gone back to embellish a finished item?

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14 thoughts on “Embellishing the Christmas Pillow

  1. Rosemaryflower

    my brains are toast. I do not remember going back and embellishing. I did sew buttons on clothes for the girls when they were in elementary school
    This pillow is adorable and really lovely now.

  2. sharon schipper

    Working on one of the tall trees from a pattern from Tracy at SewThankful. I’ve done a couple of folded Christmas ornaments, looks like it WON’T get finished this year because I did one of the paper piecing sections backwards, and the momentum halted and went to the bottom of my list… but I have buttons and teensy ornaments for it, along with the little quilted ones I”m doing. Otherwise my embellishing consists of cross stitch labels for quilts… can’t put buttons on baby quilts, although I surely have some adorable ones! I did embellish the Sunbonnet Sue on a windy day wall hanging I did with ladybugs and lace and buttons. Fun stuff! As always you are so inspiring. I know I need to start working on Christmas in June or July hee hee

  3. Very very cute embellishments! A fun decoration! I wanted to apologize, I was unable to get any cards in the mail for your charity. This December was full of appointments and problems to solve. I am hoping to get more blogging and crafting time in next month! Merry Christmas!

  4. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole; I think that your pillow is fabulous with the added ornaments! Plus, with the adorable reindeer next to it who could resist not smiling! I will be finishing a wreath today for a gift and came upon 2 wreaths that were not finished. Well, in all honesty, they look pretty yucky (first attempts) and so I have decided to take the few items off of them and begin again. I just have to put a bow and hanging attachment on the first wreath. This is hard, yet it honestly is the first and only thing I have felt like doing Christmas wise since Dad died. I do have some pillow forms that I should make covers for also; Deanna was kind enough to pick them up for me throughout the year at garage sales and so forth just for making Christmas Pillow Covers. Thank you for sharing all of your special ideas and projects! I will take a few pictures and send them to you. Have a great day!

  5. Oh yes I have done that! I still have a couple of mini quilts that every time I put them up I tell myself I’m going to add beads to it!
    Have a Merry Christmas and thanks for linking up!

  6. First, I’d have to finish something that could use embellishing. LOL When I put some of my CQ blocks together, I’ll probably have to add some embellishments.

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