Tuesday, November 9

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!


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

  2. 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.

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

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

  5. 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...

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

  7. 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!

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


  9. 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

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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

  13. 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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