How to Sew a Poinsettia Felt Applique Pillow

Add a festive holiday touch to your decor with this custom-made poinsettia pillow. Felt is layered to create a 3-D effect on this decorative low-sew project.
Custom-Made Poinsettia Applique Pillow

Custom-Made Poinsettia Applique Pillow

Add a festive holiday touch to your decor with this custom-made poinsettia pillow. Felt is layered to create a 3-D effect on this decorative low-sew project.

Materials Needed:

  • 3/4 yard cream felt
  • 1/4 yard green felt
  • 1/4 yard red felt
  • 10" x 20" pillow insert
  • cream all-purpose thread
  • scissors

Measure and Cut Cream Felt

Using a ruler or yardstick, measure and mark fabric to the size of pillow form plus a 1/2-inch seam allowance on all sides. For a 10" x 20" pillow, cut two pieces of cream felt that measure 11" x 21" each.

Measure and Cut Cream Felt For Poinsettia Pillow Project

Measure and Cut Cream Felt For Poinsettia Pillow Project

Using a ruler or yardstick, measure and mark fabric to the size of pillow form plus a 1/2-inch seam allowance on all sides. For a 10" x 20" pillow, cut two pieces of cream felt that measure 11" x 21" each.

Cut Leaves and Petals

Print template onto an 8-1/2" x 11" piece of card stock. Cut out leaves and petals. Pin leaf template to green fabric and cut the desired amount of leaves. Repeat this step with all three sizes of petals on red fabric.

Cut-Out Leaves for Poinsettia Pillow Project

Cut-Out Leaves for Poinsettia Pillow Project

Print template onto an 8-1/2" x 11" piece of card stock. Cut out leaves and petals. Pin leaf template to green fabric and cut the desired amount of leaves. Repeat this step with all three sizes of petals on red fabric.

Glue Leaves and Petals

Apply fabric glue to the back of each leaf and stick it to the cream felt in the desired position (Images 1 and 2). Starting with the largest petals, apply fabric glue to the base and tip of each petal (Image 3). Stick the base of the petal in the center of the poinsettia, gently fold up and stick tip of petal to pillow, allowing it to arch slightly (Image 4). Repeat with the other large petals. Layer medium-sized petals on top of the largest ones, with glue only applied to base. Use this same process with the smallest petals (Image 5).

Glue Poinsettia Center

Cut small circles out of cream felt. Color each with a permanent yellow marker (Image 1). Apply fabric glue to the back of circles and stick them in a cluster to the center of each poinsettia (Image 2). Allow fabric glue to fully dry before assembling pillow.

Sew Pillow

Assemble pillow inside out and pin together, poinsettia blooms should be on the inside of the pillow at this step. Sew pieces together, leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance and an opening on bottom edge of pillow that is large enough to insert pillow form. Tip: Keep in mind that felt is a delicate fabric and can easily stretch or tear if pulled too hard. Make sure the hole is large enough to accommodate the pillow form.

Two Felt Poinsettias on Pillow

Two Felt Poinsettias on Pillow

Assemble pillow inside out and pin together, poinsettia blooms should be on the inside of the pillow at this step. Sew pieces together, leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance and an opening on bottom edge of pillow that is large enough to insert pillow form. Tip: Keep in mind that felt is a delicate fabric and can easily stretch or tear if pulled too hard. Make sure the hole is large enough to accommodate the pillow form.

Sew Pillow Shut

Turn pillow right-side-out and insert pillow form. Fold the fabric in and pin the opening shut (Image 1). Use coordinating all-purpose thread and a needle to sew closed using a whip stitch (Image 2).

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