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Who remembers Holly Jolly from Sandy Gervais? This fabric line is old! I love it just as much now as when I bought it all those years ago. I have very little of it left, there was some yardage and a charm pack, so I used the charm pack for this project, super simple!
From your charm pack we need to make the basic block that the entire pillow is made from. I cut a 3 1/2 piece from the charm square, save the long 1 1/2 x 5 ” piece
then cut a 3 1/2″ square , save the small 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2 inch piece . you will have24 total of each shape. Sort your shapes.
To make the basic block sew a small rectangle to a square, make it scrappy!
press the seam to the rectangle, then sew with the square first and the large rectangle on top press open to large triangle.
Trim them to be about 4 1/2″ squares. These may be off a smidge , mine were 4 inch finished.
After trimming sew them into rows with 6 blocks each and 4 rows total, sew the rows together forming the pillow shape about 24″ wide and 16 inch tall.
After you have the pillow top together, I used 1/4″ black bias tape that I purchased at Joanns. I randomly twirled it, curled it looped it around the pillow, pinned in place,
When I went to sew the bias tape down I moved the pins to sew. I sewed both sides of the bias tape to keep it flat.
cut out you bulbs and bulb holders out of wool or felt and hand stitch them down along the bias tape cord .
Here is your bulb pattern christmas_lights_2
For finishing I like to do an envelop style back where you can easily remove the pillow form and change out with other pillows, I cut 2 pieces of a red chevron fabric 18 x 25″ ( I like to trim up afterwards), fold then half wrong sides together so they are 9 x 25″, overlap the 2 pieces and then put your pillow top on top and baste everything. trim and then bind the way you would finish a quilt.
Hope you enjoy this quick festive project for your home!