Sew a Quick Santa Pillow Cover-

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Quick & Easy 18 Quilted Santa Pillow Cover-
Step 1:
My sewing circle regularly swaps scrap fabrics, and I particularly like exchanging Holiday themed prints. Angels, snowmen, Christmas trees & stars, and Santa-I love them all! These are some of the fabrics I received this year.
Step 2:
I started by trimming the Santa panel to 10-1/2x13-1/2 trying to make it as square as possible, but that didnt leave much seam allowance on the sides. I cut 1-1/2 & 2 strips from the Debbie Mum snowflake fabric and 3 & 5 strips from the light blue. I like using the blue fabric, getting away from the Christmas red & green theme.
Step 3:
I first sewed the wider 2 snowflake fabric strips to the sides, then the 1-1/2 strips to the top and bottom using 1/4 seams. Again, trying to make it as square as possible. Pressing all seams toward the outside edges. Then sewed the wider 5 blue strips to each side, and the other two 3 strips to the top and bottom. Again, I pressed the seams toward the outside edges, and trimmed the finished piece to a 18-1/2 square. Layered it with light-weight batting and just plain white cotton for backing. I started by stitching in the ditch on both sides of the snowflake border. 
Step 4:
Then stitched a few lines across his cap and around the pom-pom on his cap.
Step 5:
Any way, happy with the front of the cover, its time to make the back.I cut a piece of the snowflake fabric 18-1/2x24, then measured 6-1/2 up from the bottom, and cut the back in to two pieces.  I cut it this way so that I could keep the fabric pattern straight.
Next, I put a 18 covered zipper in between the top & bottom pieces of backing fabric that I just cut.  This sounds a little confusing, but just follow one step at a time.  I zig zagged  across both cut edges to prevent fraying.  I pressed the zig zaged top of the smaller bottom piece under 1.
Step 6:
Then, I pinned the bottom of the zipper across the folded under edge.  With my sewing machines zipper foot on, I sewed the zipper in place.
Step 7:
Now I pressed under 2 of the top pieces bottom, zig zaged the edge, and positioned the top edge of the zipper onto the pressed under edge.  The extra inch of fold will cover the zipper. Line the bottom zipper edge with the zig zaged edge as shown in the picture. 
Step 8:
I sewed the zipper in place.
Step 9:
Be sure to keep the fabrics pattern lined up straight while putting in the zipper.
Step 10:
Now, trim both the front & back to 18-1/2 square, and place front & back together with right sides facing each other.  First baste both ends of the zipper in place on the seam lines.  Make sure everything is lined up straight & square.Sew front to back.   Be sure to leave the zipper open so that you can turn the cover right side out after sewing sides together.  Before turning it right side out, finish by zig zaging the raw edges all the way around.
The zipper in the back is almost hidden-
And thats it- all done! 
Quick & Easy 18 Quilted Santa Pillow Cover-

Quick & Easy 18" Quilted Santa Pillow Cover-

The same thing happens every year-I wonder where another year has gone! After Thanksgiving- 'poof' it's Christmas & New Years again. Time to finish Holiday projects is running out.  I'm always looking for a few quick, last minute gifts to make.

Since my son is grown now, I don't decorate as much for the Holidays.  Just a wreath & my little ceramic tree.  But, I have several friends who go all out decorating for Christmas.  I thought a Santa pillow cover would be a fun gift for this year and for the years to follow…….   and certainly easy to make.

Each of the photos describes a step to make this project.  Follow along starting at the upper left picture.  You can use this to cover an old pillow or fill with an 18" pilllow form.

To see more of my sewing & quilting project, visit my blog: http://www.TheSmilingCat.com  

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