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Holiday Pillow Wraps to Sew & Embroider

finished pillow wrap on faux fur pillow

Holiday Pillow Wraps How-Tos

Create holiday pillow wraps that enable you to quickly swap your décor throughout the year. Choose a winter-themed machine embroidery alphabet collection to personalize the wraps with a monogram, name or holiday-specific saying.

Download the free Holiday Pillow Wraps pattern and add it to your Sulky account for easy retrieval if it’s ever misplaced. Simply create an account (if you don’t have one already) and add the freebie to your cart. Go through the checkout and grab the download to save, print or view as you wish.

Winter Greens Pillow Wrap cover front

The featured digital Winter Greens Machine Embroidery and Winter Greens Hand Embroidery Collection is available at sulky.com. The machine embroidery letters fit within a 4×4 stitching field, and the handwork designs fit approximately a 3 1/4″ square.

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Oftentimes, trim isn’t top of mind when we create pillows. But, a braided or twisted trim gives professional polish to these holiday pillow wraps, and brings in another color that can work well with your existing holiday décor. Have fun choosing the trim you love best. Rickrack is also a fun trim option, for a less formal look.

pillow wrap trim

For the chosen embroideries, Poly Sparkle was used instead of the Red Rayon for only the berries. The Poly Sparkle was also used for topstitching along the trim edges.

Poly Sparkle gives just a hint of metallic fun to the design, which is perfect for holiday decorating. Poly Sparkle is a 30 wt. thread, so thicker than the 40 wt. Rayon that the design is digitized for. When subbing a heavier thread, do a test stitchout before embroidering the final pillow wraps to ensure the thread will work with the design without breakage.

In hindsight, a silver or gold Poly Sparkle color (or another color that contrasts with the base pillow-wrap fabric) would have provided better visibility on the finished pillow. Another reason that a test stitchout is a great idea!

holiday pillow wrap JOY


Any embroidery design you love is perfect for the pillow wraps. Use one letter for a monogram or combine several letters to create a holiday- or winter-themed phrase, such as “JOY,” “HO HO HO,” or “LET IT SNOW.” Or choose a design from our Santa Sayings Machine Embroidery Collection, which is sold individually and also comes with purchase of the Santa Sayings Thread Palette. These designs come in three sizes, so choose the ones that are right for your pillow wrap sizes.

Santa Sayings

Don’t have an embroidery machine? Try your hand at handwork (see what I did there?). Our Winter Greens collection is also available as a hand embroidery pattern. Enlarge the letters you need to create the chosen phrase, if desired.

Prefer holiday pillow wraps that are shorter or more narrow? Adjust the dimensions as desired, and then follow the same construction instructions.

If you don’t have existing pillows to wrap, create easy stuffed pillows using coordinating fabric prints that complement the chosen embroideries.

pillow wraps with holly fabric

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I am the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former Editor in Chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, I hosted Sew it All TV on PBS for nine seasons. I've appeared on It's Sew Easy on PBS, DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, Hallmark's Marie Osmond Show, MacPhee Workshop and more! Come sew with me!