DIY Easy Red and White Christmas Pillows

I’ve been excited for weeks about this post. It’s been a torture having to wait until today but here we are Yayyyy. I’m being silly, I know. But the thing is I loved so much how these red and white Christmas pillows turned out that I was dying to share it. Why didn’t I share this before, you may ask? Well, I’m a part of an awesome group Called Silhouette Challenge and we have a monthly challenge that goes live on the second Monday of each month. This was my project for it so now you see why I had to wait.

DIY Easy Red and White Christmas Pillows

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The problem was not the waiting itself, the problem is that I was so excited about this month’s Challenge that I was ready like over two weeks ago LOL.

Yes I now I got a little carried away…

But hey! It’s Christmas and Christmas makes me too happy and inspired!

For this project I used two techniques. On some I used Heat transfer vinyl and on the other I used stencil, paint and glitter. I used basically for our home decoration 3 colors: red, white and gold.

I recently share our Christmas Decoration Home Tour 2015 where you can see all the decoration we made. These pillows turned out to be the perfect addition and I can’t be happier. Hope you like these too!



  • 1 yard of your favorite fabrics or more depending on the size of your pillows {I used red with stars and a plaid white and red}
  • Stencil material {I confess I used contact paper}
  • White heat transfer vinyl
  • Gold fabric paint
  • Gold glitter
  • Fabric Glitter glue

First cut the pieces of your fabric. In my case my pillows are squared. And I didn’t want to use buttons or zippers so the opening is in the back of the pillows.


If the pillows are 46X46 cm, cut:

  • Front 1 piece 50×50 cm.
  • Back 2 pieces 50x 35 cm.

Lets Work on the design.

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I made a design for heat transfer using the words Joy and Noel. I used my own fonts for this and a cute design from Silhouette store. I weld them together.

For cutting I mirrored the image and set knife according to Silhouette settings.

Send to cut.


Once cut, use the hook tool to remove all the unwanted pieces. Including all the surrounding HTV.


Place the Image centered on your fabric front piece, right side and laid a t-shirt piece of fabric on top the design, iron in cotton settings pressing down firmly for about 40-60 seconds {it might vary between irons} until you make sure the image is really stuck to the fabric. If you peel away the plastic and the vinyl is not set, continue ironing for a few more seconds.


I let it cool for a few seconds and started peeling away the plastic very carefully.

To wash it you can just machine wash and dry inside out {the lower the heat the better}.

There you go, your pillow design is ready! I did this with the other pillow.