3 Easy DIY Holiday Pillows

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Okay I know Thanksgiving hasn’t happened quite yet, BUT…these pillows will be the perfect DIY for you to do over Thanksgiving break!

Our apartment has a very modern sort of vibe, so I wanted to cozy it up for the colder months. I thought that adding some cute, festive pillows would do the trick! However, when I was looking at places for some decor, everything was really pricey! I decided to just throw together something of my own.

The best part about these pillows is that they’re super cheap! I’m trying to save money for Christmas gifts coming up, so I decided to hunt for some secondhand sweaters to help me out. I ended up ordering them from thredUP, which is a company I absolutely adore! While I was on there, I ended up picking out a few of their sweaters just to wear…Oops! (P.S. use the code GEMMA! for 50% off your order of $50 or less!)

If you have the chance, definitely try out some of these DIYs! They’re quick and easy, and look great around the house!


Pillow #1 – Chunky Cable Knit



Supplies Needed:



  • An old sweater
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Polyfil or a pillow form




  • Take the torso part of the sweater, and trim it to the shape that you want. For this one, I went for a more rectangular shape instead of a square so I could include more of the knit pattern! Cut through both layers of the sweater so that the pieces line up.
  • Flip your two pieces and place them so that the “good sides” are facing in.



  • Using your hot glue, glue around the edges, leaving about a 2-3 inch opening. You can also sew this part if you’re feeling it…buuut I’m on a college budget with no space for a sewing machine!
  • Turn the piece inside out, so that now the good sides are facing outward.



  • Using the opening, stuff it with the PolyFill.
  • Turn in the edges of the opening, and glue shut. Voila! Super quick and easy!

Pillow #2 – Festive Word Pillow



Supplies Needed:



  • Old sweater
  • Hot glue & glue sticks
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Polyfill or a pillow form


  • Follow steps 1 – 4 of Pillow #1.
  • Once you have the pieces flipped so that the good sides are facing out, take the yarn – still attached to the ball – and loosely lay out the word of your choosing. For this one, I chose “Merry.”



  • Using the hot glue, spell out your word inch by inch, laying the yarn on top and pressing it in. When you’re finished, trim the end of the yarn!
  • Follow steps 5-6 from Pillow #1.

Pillow #3 – Plaid Deer



If I were to do this one again, I think I would have chosen a more tan fabric instead of the gray to give it a warmer vibe. Just thought I’d add that in to give you another option!

Supplies Needed:



  • 1/2 yard of fabric with color of your choosing
  • Old flannel, or plaid shirt
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • Heat & Bond paper
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery floss & needle




  • Follow the instructions on your Heat & Bond paper. For mine, I laid it out on the “bad side” of the plaid shirt, and ironed it on. Afterwards, I traced the deer cutout onto the Heat & Bond paper, and cut out everything together.
  • Taking your fabric, measure it out to the size and shape that you want. If I’m being honest, I definitely eyeballed this one! I just knew I wanted it to be the biggest of the three, so I put it next to the rest of the pillows and went from there. Make sure your fabric is folded in half so you’re getting two layers out of it.
  • On the top layer, place the deer cutout and iron it on.



  • This step is completely optional, but I used white embroidery floss, and sewed stitches along the outside of the deer! I think it makes the whole thing look a lot more pulled together.
  • Afterwards, follow steps 2-6 from Pillow #1!

& that’s it! These pillows are perfect for anyone wanting to spice up their living rooms or beds for the holidays! If you want more security, use a sewing machine instead of hot glue.

If you end up trying these out, let me know! I would love to see some photos:)



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