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Countdown to Christmas ~ Hip Holiday Houses

hip holiday fabricI have a fun project to share with you today.  I know I’ve mentioned my love of the holidays with you already ~ and you also know I love a good challenge so when I stumbled upon the Holiday Challenge from Ruth at Sew Love Fabrics hosted by Rachel over at Stitched in Color  I couldn’t resist!  Look at the Yummy Fabric they sent me to play with!!  Six fat quarters from Artist Josephine Kimberling‘s new Hip Holiday collection!

I was in the  midst of setting up my Christmas Village… and that’s where my inspiration came from ~ How about some Hip Holiday Houses! (insert loud cheers!)

Department 56 North Pole Village display

Is it possible to resist such cuteness?  I think not!  Don’t you want to make a snowman?  Have a hot cocoa?  Watch a Wonderful Life?  You know you do!

North Pole Village Department 56 Display

All this happy inspiration was not lost on me!   I made my own happy hip holiday houses! (that’s a mouthful!)

House Shaped Pillows Sewing tutorial

I had so much fun with this project!  I got to play with a bunch of buttons and ribbons sparkly stuff in my stash…  Ellie couldn’t resist my  hip holiday houses… but she was a little upset I didn’t invite her to model ~ that’s her shy face… but she made the cut ~ more cuteness! Can’t even stand it!

Hip Holiday Houses sewing tutorial

This would make a sweet house warming gift! Free motion stitch or embroider ‘home’ on the door or a street address,  house number, family name  over the door :)

House Pillows sewing tutorial

 how to sew house shaped pillows tutorial Here’s a quick tutorial on how to put one together…

Gather your fabric and embellishment supplies  (ribbon etc)

how to make house shaped pillows sewing tutorial

1) Cut one 8.5″ W x 11″ H rectangle for the body of the house and a 9.25W x 8.5H rectangle for the roof.  Place them right sides together (roof will overhang on each side of body) and sew together with 1/4″ seam.

house shaped pillows tutorial

2) cut some roof ‘snow’ ~ use your rotary cutter and free hand a wavy line in a cut of fabric at least 9.25″Wide (as wide as roof) and aprox 2-3″ High.

house shaped pillows sewing tutorial

 3) Align your ‘snow’ along top edge of roof and attach by sewing around edges and add any trim you like.


4) Trim left and right roof edges by measuring from the bottom corners in one inch from top corners.

house shaped pillows sewing tutorial

5) Add some trim to the seam where the roof meets the house body.  Place unit on top of some batting ~ I used warm and natural batting.  Quilt your house.  Add a door and windows to your liking.  I made a felt door embellished with ‘Hip Holiday’ from the fabric selvage and stitched it in place after my quilting was done.sewing holiday houses

6) Trim away excess batting after your quilting is done and repeat steps to make the back panel for your pillow.  I didn’t embellish the back but you can!

christmas pillows sewing tutorial

7) Place your panels right sides together and stitch around entire perimeter leaving generous opening at bottom.  Turn right side out, stuff and whip stitch opening closed.

christmas pillows sewing tutorial


christmas pillows sewing tutorial

sewing tutorial hip holiday houses sewing tutorial

Check out what everyone else made in the challenge over at Stitched in Color and if you’re looking for some hip holiday fabric – hop over to Sew Love Fabrics for a fat quarter bundle.



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