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DIY Holiday Pillow with Cricut Patterned Iron-On

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Create a fun polar bear pillow for the holiday season using Cricut Patterned Iron-On and hand embroidery! 

DIY Holiday Pillow with Cricut Patterned Iron-On

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Good morning! Today is the day! The 2019 Pillow Party is here! 25 bloggers received a 20″ pillow from Fairfield World and were challenged to create a fun holiday pillow – today we are all sharing our holiday pillow creations! To celebrate this fun pillow event, there is also an awesome raffle you can enter at the end of this post! :)

Pillows are a great way to transform your home for the holidays! The Pillow Party has fun ideas to fit just about every style of holiday decor. For my holiday pillow, I decided to create this fun polar bear pillow using Cricut Patterned Iron-On. Experimenting with Patterned Iron-On has been on my to-do list, and when I found there were holiday-themed samplers, I knew this was the perfect time to try it out! This pillow turned out s great and I love how easy the Patterned Iron-On was to use.

The pattern for this pillow case is designed to fit a 20″ pillow and used an easy envelope closure in the back so the pillow case can easily slip on and off the pillow form. The 20″ pillow is the perfect size for a couch throw pillow and was large enough to not only fit my design but also to make an impact in our room. It really is crazy how switching up your pillows can instantly make your home feel ready for the holidays!

DIY Holiday Pillow with Cricut Patterned Iron-On

I used my Cricut Explore to cut the polar bear and his hat but cut the border by hand using a paper trimmer. It was fun to mix the Patterned Iron-On with hand stitching – it really makes the Iron-On look like quilted fabric! Below is the step-by-step tutorial, plus you can grab the free template and SVG cut file! Yay!

DIY Holiday Pillow with Cricut Patterned Iron-On

Be sure to check out all of the awesome holiday pillows and don’t forget to enter the raffle at the end of the post. You could win a $100 gift card to Michael’s craft store plus 10 lbs of Poly-Fil! Thank you to the lovely hosts of this Pillow Party, Laura Kelly Designs and The HedgeHog Hollow, and to Fairfield World for the great pillows :)

DIY Polar Bear Pillow

Supplies Needed:

  • Free  template and cut file – located at the end of this post!
  • 20″ Fairfield World pillow
  • Cricut Patterned Iron-On Sampler, Nordic Christmas
  • Cricut Iron-On – white, silver and black
  • White embroidery floss
  • Red embroidery Floss – DMC 321
  • Fabric for pillow – the fabric I used is from Joann Fabrics
    • Front – 1 piece measuring 21″ x 21″
    • Envelope Back – 2 pieces measuring 15″ x 21″ each
  • Pellon White Fusible fleece – 1 piece measuring 21″ x 21″
  • Pressing cloth like a thin piece of cotton
  • Optional cording – fabric and cord for making your own or purchase ready-made cording. You will need approximately 80″

*My finished pillowcase measures 20″ x 20″ and is fit on a 20″ pillow form. If you like a tighter fitting pillow case you may want to reduce the measurements.

DIY Holiday Pillow with Cricut Patterned Iron-On

Assembly Instructions

Step One: Cut out all of the pieces using the pattern.

Cut out all of your pieces of fabric according to the dimensions listed in the supplies needed. I like to back my front piece of fabric with fleece interfacing. This makes an extra soft pillow and gives the front piece of fabric a little more weight, which helps when hand embroidering.

Next, you’ll need to cut all of the Patterned Iron-On pieces. Below are the dimensions for all of the border pieces. It worked out well to use my paper trimmer to cut all of these border pieces. I cut the red and white nordic print so the deer were featured in the top and bottom borders and the two birdies were featured on the side borders. I cut all of the solid red printed pieces so that the horizontal lines would match up across the pillow. All of the plaid pieces were cut the same.

Cutting Guide: 
  • Red: Cut 8 pieces 3″ x 3″
  • Plaid: Cut 8 pieces 3″ tall by 2.5″ wide
  • Reindeer Print: Cut 8 pieces 3″ tall x 1.25″ wide

Here is a little guide showing the top border. All of the pieces measure 3″ tall and are spaced 1/4″ apart.

DIY Holiday Pillow with Cricut Patterned Iron-On

Step Two: Adhere the Iron-On.

Once all of the Patterned Iron-On pieces are cut, it is time to adhere them to the fabric. I placed the border 1.5″ from the edge of my fabric. Using a light pencil line at the 1.5″ mark helped to keep all of the pieces straight. Leave 1/4″ between each piece so there is room to add the hand embroidery. I started with the top border and adhered those pieces first. You will need to use a light pressing cloth when ironing the pieces into place to avoid melting the edges of the Iron-On.

DIY Holiday Pillow with Cricut Patterned Iron-On

Cut the polar bear pieces using your cutting machine or carefully by hand.

DIY Holiday Pillow with Cricut Patterned Iron-On

Adhere them to the center of the pillow, starting with the large white piece and then layering the Iron-On.

DIY Holiday Pillow with Cricut Patterned Iron-On

Step Three: Hand Embroidery

Time to add the hand embroidery. You could definitely stop after the Iron-On is adhered, but I think the hand embroidery adds so much to the pillow! I used a simple running stitch in a coordinating red floss.

DIY Holiday Pillow with Cricut Patterned Iron-On

I added the running stitch around the inside of the border, in between each piece of Iron-On and around the outside of the border. Don’t forget to add it around the hat before switching to white floss and stitching around the bear and his hat pom-pom.

DIY Holiday Pillow with Cricut Patterned Iron-On

Below you can see my pillow top after all of the hand embroidery!

DIY Holiday Pillow with Cricut Patterned Iron-On

Step Four: Piping

 I decided to add piping to my pillow, but this step is completely optional! I made my piping using a thick cording and strips of bias cut red fabric. You could also purchase pre-made cording or skip it altogether! :)

DIY Holiday Pillow with Cricut Patterned Iron-On

If you decide to add piping to your pillow, add it to the pillow top along the 1/2″ seam line. Stitch the piping down with a zipper foot along the seam line so your stitching line is just right of the cording. If you don’t want to add piping, skip to Step 6 :)

DIY Holiday Pillow with Cricut Patterned Iron-On

Step Six: Create the pillow back and finish the pillowcase.

To finish the pillow case, you’ll need to add a pillow back! I chose to do an envelope closure because it is quick and easy. Finish one edge of each pillow back piece – the edges that will be overlapping. I folded my edges under twice 1/2″ and then stitched them.

DIY Holiday Pillow with Cricut Patterned Iron-On

Pin the back pieces to the pillow top so the two back pieces overlap. Below you can see my first pillow back piece pinned on. Stitch along the 1/2″ seam line. If you added piping, flip your pillow over and stitch along the line you made from sewing the piping on.

DIY Holiday Pillow with Cricut Patterned Iron-On

Below you can see the pillowcase finished!

DIY Holiday Pillow with Cricut Patterned Iron-On

The back envelope closure makes slipping the pillow form in super easy!

DIY Holiday Pillow with Cricut Patterned Iron-On

Yay!! The polar bear pillow is finished!! I love how it turned out and really liked trying out the Cricut Patterned Iron-On. You could also switch up the colors and use blue and silvers and create a cute winter pillow!

DIY Holiday Pillow with Cricut Patterned Iron-On

I hope you enjoyed this pillow tutorial, and don’t forget to check out all of the other pillow designs from the Fairfield World Pillow Party! There are so many fun ideas :) Below is the free printable pattern and cut file for my polar bear pillow as well as a chance to enter the Pillow Party raffle!

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Here are links to the other awesome pillows!


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9 Comments

  1. This is a darling polar bear pillow. He is so cheerful and festive. Thank you for participating in the Pillow Party 2019!

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