DIY Ho Ho Ho Throw Pillows

The older I get, the more I realize what an overly-sentimental and nostalgic person I am.  There’s a quote from The Office that goes, “I wish there was a way to tell you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.”  And sometimes that’s how I feel.

Lately, I’ve really been missing Christmas at our old house.  I LOVE our new house, but it just doesn’t feel the same.  Our old house was naturally Christmasy, with the fireplace, candles, banister and tree in the front window.  Christmas last year was an extra special time for me too as I really got to focus on getting Evelyn here safe and sound.  Everything was a lot more meaningful.  I wrote a personal blog post on our family blog about it here if you’re interested in reading my feelings.

Anyway, I decided it was up to me to make an effort to bring more holiday cheer into our home.  So I decided to stretch my creative muscles and do a SEWING project.  FYI, I DON’T SEW.

Since I didn’t want to dabble in zippers, I decided to sew envelope/pocket pillows.  The pillow forms were 20″.

JoAnn had their red linen on sale for $4 a yard, so that was my fabric of choice.  I cut 3 21″x21″ pieces, and 6 21″x15″ pieces.


Then I took my 6 smaller pieces and hemmed one of the 21″ sides.  I hemmed the width of the presser foot.


Pinning the pieces together is pretty simple.  Remember to lay the pieces inside out, in the following fashion:



Sew around all four edges.  Again, I did the width of the presser foot.

I wanted each pillow to say “ho,” so I made this template, and printed it off in an 8×10 size.

ho template

I cut it out, and traced it onto my glittery gold iron on paper.



Then it was just a matter of centering each ho and ironing it on (according to the iron instructions for whatever iron on paper you use).


Then stuff those pillow covers and you got yourself some ho pillows!  They will no longer be known as “throw pillows.”  Just ho pillows!


Are they perfect?  No.  Can I spot several mistakes?  Yes.  BUT, I love them.  They really do bring an element of happiness to our Christmas decor.  And, as a not-sewing-lady, I’m really proud of myself haha!

Also, a walking baby means the bottom third of the tree does not get decorated!



And as much as I loved this Christmas…

Easy Christmas Decor

I’m really grateful that this is where we’re at now.



I’m linking this project up with my friends doing dare to DIY over at Newly Woodwards.

dare to diy


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  • Allison

    Looks great, well done!

    • Kenz

      Thank you!!

  • Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos

    Ummmm These are ADORABLE! And look at your mad sewing skillz! I get super intimidated behind the sewing machine… maybe that should be the next intimidating thing I try to conquer. Great job! 😉

    • Kenz

      You are on your way to being a pretty solid seamstress after that baby quilt you just made!

  • Heidi

    They look amazing! Never say you can’t sew again! Last Christmas was pretty magical, and 100 times more so for you, but I’m so excited for you to make new happy memories in the that house. Miss you. <3

    • Kenz

      But really, Christmas 2013 was really special for all of us.

  • They look fabulous Kenz!! I love that glitter iron on you used. They look perfect to me!! Here is to new traditions in your new house and officially announcing this Christmas the beginning of the GOOD OLD DAYS!!

    • Kenz

      Hooray for making the good old days now 🙂

  • Stephanie, Sandpaper and Glue

    those came great- and you can always keep one “ho” out year round 😉 lol

    • Actually, I think you’re supposed to rotate your “ho’s” 😉

    • Kenz

      haha it’s true!

  • these are so fun, kenz! i love the glitter! i like stephanie’s idea, too. 😉

    • Kenz

      Christmas and glitter go hand in hand!

  • Cutest pillows ever! I really love them 🙂

    I can totally relate to how you’re feeling about Christmas in your new house. I hated the first Christmas in our new house. Our tiny tree looked odd paired with our massive ceilings and all of the decor that previously worked and had a place in our old condo didn’t seem to fit in our new home. It takes a while to feel settled in but you’ll get there 🙂

    • Kenz

      I’m glad you can relate! I felt like everyone was like “GET OVER IT!” haha. But as always, the struggle is real.

  • Ho pillows–awesome! and I had no idea the iron on gold glittery paper existed; I’m not sure whether to thank you or scold you for alerting me about this important product 😉

    • Kenz

      Glittery gold iron on paper is basically the bee’s knees!

  • Everyone needs a little HO. in their lives. Or a big ho, in my case.

    I actually love love love these pillows. So clever, simple, but pack a punch. I also love red linen so I approve.

    • Kenz

      Three cheers for red linen!

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    I’m having hard time getting past the fact that there is GLITTERY GOLD IRON ON PAPER!!!!!!!!! Amazing!! I love the pillows and my new found knowledge of iron on possibilities!!

    • Kenz

      I keep wanting to make heart elbow patches for one of my old cardigans with the glittery gold paper. One of these days!