Note: All applique is done first on muslin, then transferred to the pillow top fabric.
Download and print the free pattern, cut out all the pieces, and transfer to the muslin. Trace the pieces on the appropriate fabrics and trims as designated on the pattern, and cut out.
Embroider the face pieces. Baste the coat, dress, hand, and face pieces onto the muslin. Cut out and baste to the center of the pillow.
Starting from the bottom and working up, overlay and baste the remaining pieces in place. (See photos for placement.) Hand-stitch or use a sewing machine to zigzag-stitch them in place. Do not sew the outer edges to the blue wool until the design is complete.
Embroider the mouth on the beard and glue the beard to Santa' face.
Glue all remaining laces and beads in place, except for the staff. Sew on the beads and pearl (or button) for the hat.
7. Hand-sew or zigzag-stitch the outer edges of the applique to the pillow front. If necessary, use glue in difficult spots.
Remove all basting and apply rouge to the cheeks. Glue the braid staff in place and sew the beads over the staff end.
Using 1/2-inch seams, with right sides facing, sew the front wool piece to the back. Leave an opening for turning and stuffing.
Stuff the pillow tightly and hand-sew the opening closed.