Noel Pillow

Dancing stars and running black-and-white checks take lively turns around this contemporary Christmas design.

What You Need:

  • 11-inch square of 14-count red Aida-cloth fabric
  • Embroidery floss (see color key)
  • No. 26 tapestry needle
  • Embroidery hoop (optional)
  • 3/8 yard each of red, black, and white
  • 45-inch-wide cotton fabrics
  • Quilter's rotary cutter, mat, and ruler (optional)
  • 9-inch square of fusible fleece
  • 7/8 yard of 1/4-inch-diameter cording
  • Polyester fiberfill


1. Download the free pattern for this project. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.)

Noel pillow pattern

Adobe Acrobat


2. Center and stitch the design from the chart on the Aida-cloth fabric. Separate the six-strand embroidery floss, and use three strands to work the stitches over one square of the fabric.

3. Press the finished stitchery from the back using a warm iron and a damp cloth. Center and trim the design to measure 6 1/2 inches square.

4. From the red fabric, cut a 9-inch square pillow back and enough 1-1/2-inch-wide bias strips to piece a 31-inch piping strip.

Note: The following piecing instructions are written for someone using a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat, but you can use scissors to cut 1-1/2-inch-wide strips. All of the measurements include 1/4 inch for seam allowances.

5. Using a rotary cutter, cut one 1-1/2-x-24-inch strip each from the black and white fabrics. Sew the strips together lengthwise.

6. Cut the joined strip into three 6-inch sections and one 3-inch section (discard the excess fabric). Alternating the colors, sew the 6-inch sections together lengthwise; then stitch the 3-inch section to the pieced fabric, with the bottom raw edges even. Using the rotary cutter, cut the pieced fabric into 1-1/2-inch-wide segments (you'll have two six-section pieces and two eight-section pieces).

7. Sew a six-section strip to each side of the pillow front. Press the seams toward the pillow front. Sew an eight-section strip to the top and bottom of the pillow front. Press the seams toward the pillow front. Following the manufacturer's instructions, fuse the fleece to the back of the pieced pillow top.

8. Center the cording lengthwise on the wrong side of the piping strip. Fold the fabric over the cording, with the long edges together. Using a zipper foot, sew close to the cording through all layers. Sew the piping around the perimeter of the pillow front, with the raw edges even. Sew the pillow front and back together with right sides facing, leaving an opening for turning. Trim the seams, clip the corners, and turn right side out. Press the pillow carefully. Firmly stuff the pillow with polyester fiberfill, and then slip-stitch the opening closed.

Pillow is approximately 8 1/2 inches square.

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  • Bold & Bright Noel -- Add a contemporary holiday twist with this starry pillow design!
  • Sweet Treats -- Guilt-free confections sweeten your gifts, tree, or tabletop arrangement!
  • Roly-Poly Toys -- Shaped as roly-poly toys, these Santa designs add a playful touch!
  • Holiday Trifles -- Treat family and friends to one of these tiny cross-stitch treasures!
  • Elegant Expressions -- Transform simple words into high-impact holiday decor!
  • The Christmas Story -- Nativity scenes celebrate the real meaning of Christmas!
  • Winter Delights -- Quick & cozy projects will keep winter's chill at bay!
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