Christmas Tree Pillow {from Vintage Bedspreads}


How do you feel about Secret Santa gift exchanges? Fun? Stressful? Several of my friends in Blogland and I are participating in a Secret Santa swap this year and today I’m sharing what I made for my Secret Santa, and also what I received!

I guess it wasn’t really a secret, since we knew who had us from the start, but I thought it would be fun, and then it became very stressful! You see, the person I had to make a gift for is Jennifer Rizzo.  I love love (really) love her style, but what intimidated me was the fact that she just launched a book titled: Creatively Christmas. She wrote the book on it, ya’ll. I had to put that out of my mind!

Then I remembered my amazing haul of six vintage bedspreads I scored at a yard sale for $50. I shared this pic on Facebook:

Vintage Bedspreads

Who wouldn’t want something handmade from these beauties?

So I gave it a go:

Christmas Tree Pillow made from Vintage Bedspreads

Can you see the Christmas Tree in there? It’s very subtle because of the white on white.

Everyone can find a place for a pillow, right?

Christmas Tree Pillow made from Vintage Bedspreads

For the back, I used the fringed edge to  add a fun detail:

Christmas Tree Pillow made from Vintage Bedspreads

She could also use this side when it’s not Christmas!

One of these bedspreads was discolored along the top (I tried to bleach it) and the other one had a few tears in it, so I didn’t feel so bad cutting into them.

I added beading detail to the Christmas Tree…

Christmas Tree Pillow made from Vintage Bedspreads

Here’s how I did it in case anyone wants give it a go:

Christmas Tree Pillow made from Vintage Bedspreads

  1. (I washed both bedspreads first.) Then I cut the front piece and the two back pieces in the dimensions shown. I cut them the width of the pillow, which was 17″. I prefer a snug fit.
  2. I cut a pattern for the tree, pinned it to the contrasting fabric, and cut it out.
  3. I embellished the tree with several glass beads, using a needle for beading and thread.
  4. I pinned the tree the front piece, then tucked the outer edges under very slightly as I zigzagged the edges.
  5. To add the back envelope closure, I laid the front piece face up and laid the fringed back piece face down.
  6. Then I added the other back piece, face down, and sewed all around the outer edge.
  7. Lastly, I clipped the corners and turned my pillow right side out. I inserted the pillow form and that’s it!


Christmas Tree Pillow made from Vintage Bedspreads


Christmas Tree Pillow made from Vintage Bedspreads

I also sent Miss Jennifer one of my No-Knit Mitten Ornaments

DIY Mitten knitting required!

I sure hope she likes what I made for her.

Ready to see what I got from my Secret Santa?

Sweet Angie from Postcards from the Ridge sent me this fun JOY sweater pillow that fits in perfectly with my Christmas Chair:


She also sent me a few of these sweet sheet music birds, which I already incorporated into my Christmas mantel:

Sheet Music Birds

Aren’t they so pretty? You can see how she made them here. Thanks again, Angie! 🙂

I started pulling out my Christmas flair yesterday. The freezing cold weather has put me in the Christmas spirit for sure! I’ll have to wait till Friday to put up our tree though, since my family prefers a real tree.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what we exchanged! Follow the links below to see what everyone participating exchanged! You just might get some fabulous ideas for Christmas gifts!




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  1. I love your Christmas tree pillow. Just beautiful and I love the pillow you received as well.

  2. What an awesome blogger exchange. I’m sure Jennifer absolutely loved your pretty Christmas Tree pillow – it’s lovely. Your mitten decorations are so stink’n cute too. Your Joy Pillow is perfect for your fun Christmas chair. Now I’m heading over to see what the others exchanged.

  3. I’m so glad you like the pillow and the birds, Christy! And I love the pillow you made with the vintage bedspreads. I’m sure Jen will love it! I’ve got some of those at our house waiting to be made into something pretty! Maybe they’ll become pillows?? Thanks for the great tutorial. ~ Angie

  4. Love your Christmas tree pillow Christy! 🙂 That vintage bedspread fabric is the best!
    The pearl beads are a nice touch…and I just love the pillow Angie sent you, so cute on your chair! xo

  5. Love your pillow you made…and the one you received! Gorgeous!

  6. Christy your sewing projects blow my mind! This came out gorgeous, you did such a beautiful job!

  7. Wow! What beautiful pillows – both of them! I LOVE that you made yours from vintage materials. It came out so beautifully! Plus, she can use it all winter which is a great plus!

  8. I love the pillow you made. Love all that texture! I totally want to do the secret santa exchange next year. That sounds soooo fun!

  9. Once again you have made lovely pillows! Thanks for linking up at the Found & Foraged Linky Party! Hope to see you next week.

  10. Christy,
    I love this pillow! It’s perfect and amazing with the whisper on a Christmas tree. Pinning and sharing! Jeanette


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