Quick Christmas Pillow Toppers

One of Our Homemade Christmas Crafts

Our quick Christmas Pillow Toppers are not only easy to make but also interchangeable. That means you can swap out these pillow covers when you want to change the holiday or season.

I didn't want to make new pillow covers for every season. So I designed the pillow covers so that all you have to do is sew a new "topper" rather than the entire pillow cover.

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Now I am pretty excited thinking what pillow topper I will create for January, February and March?

Makes the project more fun when you just have to come up with the materials and ideas for the very top of the pillow.


Christmas Pillow Toppers

red and white Christmas pillows that spell JOY
Here they are. Our quick Christmas pillow toppers.



red and white Christmas pillows that spell JOY

I started with a basic 18" pillow that I purchased. Then I made a plain pillow cover for it from a painter's drop cloth with an envelope-style closure on the back. The pillow can slip out for easy washing of the cover. So, it's just a plain white pillow, nothing fancy.

You can see how I made the back of the pillow by going to our autumn pillow page.

Now here is where the magic begins. The pillow toppers (as I call them) are simply attached to the front of the pillow so that they can be changed out with a different topper whenever you want. They can be attached in various ways which we'll discuss below. Neat, eh?


red and white Christmas pillows that spell JOY


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How to Make the Christmas Pillow Topper

You will need: One 17" square of colorful base fabric for each pillow. For 1 or 2 pillows, you will need 1/2 yard of fabric. For 3-4 pillows you will need a yard.

My fabric is red checked cotton. I also think that ticking fabric would look cute, too!

You will also need a coordinating square of felt (actually it's a rectangle) for each pillow. I used 2 red and 1 green for spelling out JOY.

I forgot to take a picture of this, but hem each side of your 17" base square to finish off the edges. Or use hem tape if you don't like to sew. I just folded over the raw edge about 1/2 " and sewed it down on all 4 sides. You will end up with a finished 16" square.

You can do this step now or wait till you have the letters sewn onto it. Either way is fine.


red and white Christmas pillows that spell JOY

I hand drew my letters on plain white paper; I made them about as tall as the felt square. Just draw easy block-style letters or download free templates.

I cut the letters out of the paper and then pinned them onto the felt. Then I cut out the felt letters.


red and white Christmas pillows that spell JOY

All the letters have been cut out from the felt and are now pinned to the center of the base fabric.


red and white Christmas pillows that spell JOY

If you prefer not to sew, you could glue the letters onto the base fabric. I enjoy sewing so I used the blanket stitch on my machine to sew them down.


red and white Christmas pillows that spell JOY
Finished letter "J"



red and white Christmas pillows that spell JOY
Finished letter "O"



red and white Christmas pillows that spell JOY
Finished letter "Y"



Completing Your Christmas Pillows

To complete your pillow, you will attach your finished colorful topper to the plain white pillow. You can do that in several ways.

1. Use safety pins on all 4 corners (pin from the inside), or

2. Put in a few hand stitches on all 4 corners (my preference), or

3. Put some twine or yarn through the top and bottom of your hem and tie them around the back of the pillow

I tried all three ways and the one I like best is #2.

#1 is a little tricky to put in the safety pins from the inside of the pillow cover. You have to reach inside the pillow and for me it was awkward.

#3 works fine but I am not crazy about the way the topper lays on the pillow. I want to keep adjusting it so that it's not wrinkly.

With #2, you can actually just tie a decorative bow at each corner with thread, crochet thread or yarn. It adds a little extra touch.





red and white Christmas pillows that spell JOY

The beauty of these pillow toppers is that you can easily make new ones for any season or holiday. You don't have to make an entire new pillow, just the topper. I really like how they turned out and look forward to making other seasonal toppers.

What do you think?





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