December 4, 2012

Kids’ Christmas Pillowcase (Swell Noël #12)

Today’s Swell Noël post features a darling idea  from the Kristen of Capturing Joy for creating a special pillowcase for kids to use while those visions of sugarplums dance through their heads! New to the series? Catch up on all of the projects from the series by visiting the photo guide of all of the ideas shared by the talented Swell Noël contributors, and follow along as things happen on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram by using the hashtag #SwellNoel.



Hi there! My name is Kristen Duke, and I am a lifestyle blogger/portrait photographer/beginner photography book author living in Austin, Texas from the blog, Capturing Joy.

I met Amy last Spring at SNAP! conference, and it’s been fun to keep in touch with her since then!

I am delighted to share with you our new family holiday tradition: our Kids Christmas Pillowcase. I’m not sure if the idea is new to you or not, but it’s new to me! I just heard about it a few weeks ago, the idea that kids get to pull out a festive pillowcase that is normally stored in the attic with other holiday decor. They slip it on their pillow for the month of December, then pack it away after Christmas so it will be just as fun to pull it out next year! I ran out to the store to buy fabric, and as I stood there perusing the Christmas fabric, I had to make a decision. Is this for ME, or is this for MY KIDS?!? If it were for me, I’d get chevron, polka dots, and pom pom trim in the holiday colors. But since it was for my kids, I went the Santa and reindeer route.


I have 4 kids: 2 boys (10 and 12) and 2 girls (7 and 3). I couldn’t decide if I should make them all the same, or each a different pattern, but then would they be sad if they didn’t get one that the other got? My youngest was in the store, and made the decision for me, which was a blessing and a curse. She was adament about THIS Santa and reindeer fabric. I’ll admit it wasn’t my favorite, but I reminded myself it wasn’t for me.

When I got home, I asked my seamstress mother the right size to cut the fabric for a standard pillow, and she said 22×30. So I took her word for it. I probably should have ironed this, but I didn’t.

I flipped the fabric so that the patterned sides faced each other, and cut 4 big rectangles. (By the way, I bought 2.5 yards of each fabric). Now, I did NOT take after my mother in the seamstress category. I cut, and sorta sew straight lines, that’s it. This is why I thought I could totally whip this up myself–simple!

Once I cut, I pinned 3 sides and sewed up the sides with not so straight lines. Then, on the open side, I flipped it over an inch or so, and hemmed the top.

All done in under 30 minutes! Look how happy she is…;)



The other kids haven’t seen them yet, I’m going to give it to them tonight as a surprise!

Hope this can be a fun new tradition in your family as well! If you’d like more Christmas inspiration, I’ve added my favorites to my sidebar, including this Corn Flake Wreath, Bokeh Holiday Photography tips, as well as Christmas school lunch jokes.

If you’d like to follow along via your favorite social media site, you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Amy @ Positively Splendid

Amy @ Positively Splendid

Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you'll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
Amy @ Positively Splendid
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7 Responses to Kids’ Christmas Pillowcase (Swell Noël #12)

  1. Simple Simon and Co December 4, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    Love these!!! Great project…

  2. Leigh Anne@YourHomebasedMom December 4, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

    Such a cute idea Kristen! I made my kid’s birthday pillow cases when they were little. They used them the week of their birthday. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Kara December 5, 2012 at 7:18 am #

    Love this idea. I have to go to the craft store today and I am going to pick up enough fabric to do this! Thanks for the adorable idea,

  4. Nicole December 6, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    🙂 I like your daughter’s taste in fabric. What a cute way to add holiday cheer to a room. I admit, my daughter has no Christmas decor but I think I could whip one of these up!

  5. Vickie November 15, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    Have a sewing machine I’ve been planning on dusting off and I think this will be one of my first projects for my nephews! 🙂 registered & protected

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