I am excited to join the Scoop on Creating a Handmade Christmas today…and share a little project that I have been planning for a while…my Pottery Barn inspired jingle pillow!

Pottery Barn Lumbar Jingle Pillow If you know me, you know I am a big fat copy cat! Sooo…as soon as I saw Pottery Barn’s Jingle Lumbar Pillow, I knew I had found my next project!

Baby KittyWe have had nothing but rain here and I’m afraid that my staff is getting bored, so a fun little project will be just what the doctor ordered!
Here’s what you will need:
  • Burlap fabric (the amount will depend on the size of your insert)
  • A pillow insert (Mine was a $3.00 down insert from Goodwill)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Red Sharpie pen
  • Red craft paint
  • Small paint brush
  • Artist’s charcoal
  • 7 large jingle bells
Cut the front of the burlap pillow cover 1 inch wider and longer than your pillow cover. My pillow insert was  13 in. x 20 in. so I cut the cover front at 14 in. x 21 in. Next, follow the directions that you find here to measure and cut the pieces for the envelope-style pillow closure for the back.

jingle Print the “jingle” graphic above in 8 x 10 size. I use Photoscape (a free download) so that I can more easily control the size of the graphics.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Tutorial for Lettering on BurlapNext you will add the graphics to the front of the pillow cover:
  1. Turn over the jingle graphic and thoroughly cover the back of the word with artist’s charcoal. You are creating your own carbon paper.
  2. Find the center of the cover front and pin the jingle graphic in place, with the charcoal side facing the burlap, centered and equally spaced from all sides. Then trace around the graphic, bearing down relatively hard and filling in the solid sections as well. I found that a ball point pen worked best for this. When you have traced and filled in all the letters, remove the paper.
  3. Using a red Sharpie pen, draw in the outline of the letter. This gives you a little margin to work with when you start to paint.
  4. With a small brush, paint in the inner portions of the letter with red craft paint. Take your time and work carefully.

Flourishes Then if you wish, using the Pottery Barn photo as your guide, add a few flourishes to the graphic to complete the look. Let it dry. Then, following the instructions found here, sew the back pieces to the front, turn inside out and press…and your pillow cover is ready to add the final touches!

Just hot glue the jingle bells into position as pictured...one in each corner, dotting the i and the j and at the tail of the g. You may sew them by hand if you prefer. Then…pop in the pillow form and…taaa daaa!…my Pottery Barn inspired jingle pillow! I love it! And…it adds to the farmhouse Christmas look that I am going for this year…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Farmhouse Mantel …like my farmhouse Christmas mantel! The wreath and the stockings were all handmade as well. You can see more, including a link to the tutorial for making your own cuffed stockings, by clicking here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Salt Shaker Snow Globes And I have also shared my easy and inexpensive salt shaker snow globes…more farmhouse fun! Wouldn’t they make cute little gifts?  You can see how I made them here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Easy and Inexpensive Handmade Gift Ideas And if you would like even more ideas for easy and inexpensive handmade Christmas gifts, just click here. I am sharing a few of my projects that would make great gifts…and are easy to make while being easy on the budget as well! There’s a little bit of everything here…from no-sew to light sewing, some painting, a little cutting and gluing and some iron-on transfers! I have to say that there’s nothing like getting a gift that was handmade…it really makes it extra special!

And you will find lots more inspiration for a handmade Christmas on our blog tour! Just click on the images below to be taken to the blogs listed. Be sure to come back later as the links will be updated each day for more handmade inspiration!

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my jingle pillow! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party , Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday , The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday , A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures, Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays , The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays , No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays, French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday , Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays , The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday , Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday
See you next time! À la prochaine!

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