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Super Simple Christmas Pinwheel Pillow Cover: 12 Days of Christmas in July

Christmas Pinwheel Pillow Covers red berries cream with colourful stockings on fabric

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WE’RE GETTING AHEAD OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH OUR 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN JULY!  IT’S DAY 11,  AND TODAY’S PROJECT IS A PAIR OF SWIRLY TWIRLY PINWHEEL PILLOW COVERS! 

I love peppermints any time of year, but they are even tastier at Christmastime.  And these adorable Christmas Pinwheel Pillow Covers make me think of my favourite candies, no matter what colours of fabric you might choose.

Let me show you just how easy it is to make a pair of pinwheel pillow covers, starting with just two 20-inch squares of fabric!

 

 

Supplies for Christmas Pinwheel Pillow Covers

You don’t need much to get going on this project!  Here is a list of what I’ve used:

  • Fabric – You’ll need two 20-inch squares of coordinating fabric for the pillow fronts.  For the back envelope closure, you can use one of the prints from the front or a different fabric altogether.  You’ll need two pieces of fabric measuring 18 ½” x 15″ for each pillow, so four pieces in total.  The finished size of these pillow covers is 18 inches square.
  • Sewing machine
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Iron and pressing mat
  • Pillow inserts – 18-inch

 

 

You can see my YouTube video here for how to put together your pinwheel pillow covers!

 

 

To get the step-by-step instructions, continue reading below.

 

Instructions for Christmas Pinwheel Pillow Covers

Start by cutting your squares for the pillow fronts.  You will need two 20-inch squares of coordinating fabric.  Try to choose fabrics that work well together but have high contrast.  This will allow the pinwheel to be more visible.

Layer the two fabrics with right sides together and stitch around all four sides.  You do not need to leave an opening, as we will be cutting the squares, not turning them right sides out.  Press your seams to set them.

Next, you will cut your squares.  You will make four cuts in total – two diagonal from top left to bottom right, then top right to bottom left.  You will also cut horizontally and vertically in the middle, so in this case, at the 10-inch mark.  This will create eight half-square triangle pieces.

Press all your triangles with the seams toward the dark fabric.  Be sure to press all the seams in the same direction so that they will nest together nicely in the next step.

Separate your triangles – four will have the darker colour on the left, and four will have the darker colour on the right.  You will use four triangles for each pillow cover.

Starting with the four triangles that have the dark fabric on the left, create a square.  Be sure that your fabrics alternate between light and dark to form the pinwheel, as shown below.

 

pinwheel quilt block layout
Pinwheel blocks are one of the most fun and easy quilt blocks!

 

Now you can stitch them together, first by stitching two pieces along the short edge, followed by the next two.  Finally, stitch down the centre to create your pinwheel pillow cover front.  Press your seams.

Repeat these steps for the second pinwheel pillow cover.

To prepare the envelope backing, you will cut two pieces from your backing fabric measuring 15” x 18 ½”. On one backing piece, fold the long edge (the edge that measures 18 ½”) under ½” and press. Fold under ½” again and press.  Topstitch along the edge of the fold.  Repeat for the second backing piece. Place the pillow front right side up on your work surface and place both envelope pieces right sides down on top of the pillow front. The topstitched edges should overlap in the middle, with raw edges lined up with the pillow front.

Sew around the entire pillow with a ¼” seam, turn it right side out and press.

And that’s all there is to it!  These super-cute Christmas pinwheel pillow covers are a family favourite in our home and I’m sure they will be in yours as well!

For more fun pillow covers, be sure to check out these:

 

 

Not caught up on our 12 Days of Christmas in July?  Here’s what you may have missed:

 


 

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Christmas Pinwheel Pillow Covers red berries cream with colourful stockings on fabric

 

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