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'Round the Holidays

Easy-to-turn Dresden-style pieces and trapunto add dimension to a festive pillow—a simple project for learning a new technique.



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Designer: Amanda Murphy 


•    20 scraps of assorted prints and dots in red, green, pink, white, and aqua (appliqués)

•    1-1⁄4 yards aqua tone-on-tone (appliqué foundation, border, pillow back)

•    8" square light aqua tone-on-tone (circle appliqué)

•    6" square each of red tone-on-tone and red dot (bow appliqués)

•    10" square each of dark pink dot and red circle print (border)

•    1⁄4 yard each of green tone-on-tone and white tone-on-tone (border)

•    1⁄4 yard red mini dot (binding)

•    24" square muslin (lining)

•    24" square low-loft batting

•    15" square high-loft batting (optional)

•    Lightweight iron-on fusible web

•    20"-square pillow form

•    Wash-away thread


Finished pillow: 21-1⁄2" square 

Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width. 

Measurements include 1⁄4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.