Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Pillow talk

I love the movie Pillow Talk starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson (Is anyone else a fan of old movies?), but even more than that, I love pillows! Even the word "pillow" is nice and soft and fluffy, don't you think?

Earlier this fall I had some fun making pillows out of drop cloths for my front porch:

and a couple of autumn leaf pillows.

Soon, though, it'll be time to exchange the autumn decor for Christmas decor. I treat my front porch as an outdoor living room, so I love to decorate it for Christmas. So I transformed my autumn leaf pillows into

Christmas ornament pillows!

You can click here if you'd like to read about how I constructed the pillows--it's a simple square pillow, made of drop cloth fabric and stuffed with a pillow I bought at a thrift store (and washed in hot water). To make the Christmas ornaments, here's what I did.

  • I googled "image Christmas ornament," found an image I liked, printed it out, and then enlarged it. I traced that image onto a piece of red felt and cut it out to make an applique'. My red felt was a little too bright for me, so I wiped some stain onto the felt to tone it down a bit.
  • I cut an oval out of the center of my felt ornament, then taped a scrap of gold ribbon to the back of the applique'.

  • I used fabric glue to attach the applique' to the pillow.
As simple as 1-2-3, and I have fun new Christmas pillows!


Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

I love it, Richella! So pretty! Simple and classy.

Karen said...

Richella, what a simple way to add the touch of the holidays. I will earmark this one. I'm already trying to make plans for my deck for Christmas.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Too cute!! Love the shape of that neat ornament silhouette! Great job. :)

Anonymous said...

What a cute Christmas pillow!! I love simple projects the best because I don't get frustrated. Thanks for making the instructions easy.

downalleelane said...

I love the simple pillow idea. I also LOVE pillow talk! Doris Day and Rock Hudson were the perfect on-screen match! They don't make movies like that anymore...

Southern Lady said...

I love your pillows! I am not very crafty, but I may have to try to make one of my own. Carla

FrouFrouBritches said...

I love that movie! I'm a big fan of old movies!!! Love Doris Day!

Love all your pillows. They are super cute. I've been meaning to make an ornament pillow myself. I HOPE I get around to it before Christmas is over! Hope mine turns out as cute as yours did! Love the shape of your ornament! Very cute!

Blondie's Journal said...

What a cute and clever idea!! I love it, Richella. It goes so well with your furniture, too! :-)


InMyOwnStyle said...

Hi Richella-

Thanks so much for leaving me such a great comment on my site - truly appreciated.

I am a HUGE old movie fan and anything with Doris Day, Cary Grant, Rock Hudson, or Audrey Hepburn are my favs. Can't get enough of them. As I am typing this the theme song from Pillow Talk is playing in my head. Your pillow adds the perfect holiday touch to your decor. Love festive and simple projects.
MY best- Diane

Abramyan Avenue said...

Wow! That seems so simple! And it's so pretty!! The options you have are basically endless...I love the idea. Thanks so much for sharing!

Lisa said...

Love "Pillow Talk"--I think it was Doris Day and Cary Grant's best collaboration. And I think your pillows turned out great. I like the retro ornament shape!

Denise said...

You know I love your pillows ;-) I was thinking of getting green and red and redoing mine for the holidays too, a christmas tree or some holly:)
Thanks for your sweet comment today, you always make me smile.
Hugs Denise

Heather said...

Wow, you are so talented!

Lori said...

I'm coming in late in the conversation! A friend and I are hosting a Pillow Talk party this month! We LOVE Doris Day! I want to make some pillows with "Pillow Talk" on them for the ladies in attendance. I don't sew, so a friend will hopefully help me out! Enjoyed finding your blog!

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