Make a Felted-Wool Santa Claus Pillow for Christmas

Use felted wool and embroidery floss to make this jolly Santa Claus pillow for Christmas.

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What You Need:

  • Freezer paper
  • Felted wool: 13x26-inch piece of bright olive, 9-inch square of white, 3x7-inch piece of peach, 5x10-inch piece of dark red, 2x52-inch strip of dark red, 2-inch square of gold, 2-inch square of yellow, 2x8 piece of blue, and 1x2-inch piece of black
  • Paper punch
  • White sewing thread
  • #8 pearl cotton: peach, tan, red, blue, gold, and black
  • Crewel needle
  • Disappearing-ink marker
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Glue stick
  • Red sequins
  • Iridescent silver sequins
  • Clear seed beads
  • Beading needle

Download Jolly Holiday pillow pattern

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How to Make It:

  1. Cut the Felted Wool. Position the freezer paper, shiny side down, over the patterns. Trace the patterns the number of times indicated. Cut out the shapes on the traced lines. Using an iron, press a freezer-paper shape, shiny side down, onto the front of the respective fabric; let cool. Cut out the shape along the pattern edges. Peel off the freezer paper. Cut two 13-inch squares of bright olive for the pillow front and back. Use a paper punch to punch out small black circles for the jingle bell holes.
  2. Position the Appliqué Pieces. Use the placement diagram shown in the pattern as a guide and place the face, beard, red hat, and blue hat cuff on the pillow top, as shown. Remove the hat cuff and set aside. Baste the beard, face, and hat in place with sewing thread.
  3. Appliqué Santa's Face and Hat. Note: All stitching is done with a single strand of #8 pearl cotton unless otherwise indicated. Whipstitch with peach around the face, leaving two 1-inch-long openings along the bottom edge for stuffing. Whipstitch with white sewing thread across the top edge of the beard. Attach the beard with tan running stitches along the outer edge. Use a disappearing-ink marker to sketch the beard swirls and then outline them with tan running stitches. To attach the hat, whipstitch with red along the bottom edge and blanket-stitch along the top edge and hat point.
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