5 Festive Pillow Shams to Quilt This Christmas

It’s amazing how one small quilting project, like custom pillow covers, can change the look of a whole room. When it comes to holiday decorating, a pair of Christmas pillow shams can infuse your living space with the spirit of the season!

Featuring trees, Santa’s attired, snowflakes and more, these festive patchwork and appliqué pillow covers make great handmade gifts for the home, whether it’s for your own abode or a friend’s.

Enjoy these Christmas pillow sham patterns and projects from the Bluprint community!

Christmas trees pieced patchwork treesPhoto via Bluprint member Tikki Patchwork

Patchwork trees

Oh, Christmas tree! Sewn in bright and unexpected colors like red, pink and blue, these patchwork trees look delightful on a low-volume background of patchwork prints. This Christmas pillow sham fits an 18″ square pillow form, but if you become addicted to making these darling blocks, you can always sew more and make a coordinating holiday quilt.

Get the Christmas Trees Pieced Patchwork Pillow pattern here.

Modern Merry Christmas Pillow PatternPhoto via Bluprint member PunkinPatterns

Stuffed buckle

Add a touch of whimsy to your living room decor with some Christmas pillow shams sewn from your red and black scraps of quilting cotton. These modern, scrappy pillow covers are perfect for beginning sewers with their easy envelope pillow backs. They fit 18″ or 20″ pillow forms, depending on how snug or loose you like them to look. The front panel can be quilted with straight lines or any free-motion pattern for a great, textured look.

Get the Modern Merry Christmas Pillow Pattern here.

Twisted Christmas PillowPhoto via Bluprint member PamelaQuilts

Twisted sham

Change your pillows with the seasons! This Christmas pillow sham is made with holiday prints, but can also be stitched in neutral fabrics for a throw pillow you can enjoy all year long. The twister-style block can be created with a regular ruler, even if you don’t have a special Lil’ Twister tool or June Tailor Twist n Stitch ruler. The PDF pattern includes ideas for quilting this 18″ square pillow sham.

Get the Twisted Christmas Pillow pattern here.

Deer Christmas PillowPhoto via Bluprint member Sewing Under Rainbow

Oh, deer

Paper-pieced quilt blocks make excellent Christmas pillow shams. Because they may be more intricate to piece, it’s great to work out the details on a smaller canvas rather than a whole quilt. This festive reindeer pillow is stitched in holiday fabrics and even incorporates a text print with holiday names into the deer’s antlers. So clever!

Get the FREE Not So Spring Deer Block for Pillow Pattern here.

Christmas PillowsPhoto via Bluprint member Dvandie

Season’s snow

Have you ever seen store-bought pillows and decided to make your own custom pillows instead? These Christmas Pillow shams featuring simple appliqué make great use of contrast for a design that really pops. The white tree and snowflake appliqués on red cotton duck cloth were inspired by the Bluprint class Sewing Studio: Fashion Fitting, Home Decor & More with Diana Rupp.

What are your holiday sewing plans? We’d love to hear about them in the comments!

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3 Responses to “5 Festive Pillow Shams to Quilt This Christmas”
  1. Kim Montalvo
    Kim Montalvo

    The links for the Christmas tree and stuffed buckle don’t bring me to the patterns