Monday, October 29, 2012

Leg Lamp Pillow with Free Templates

It's a major award!

You had to expect a leg lamp would work it's way in to my Christmas movie projects, right?

So here is what you need to make your own 18" leg lamp pillow cover:

1 yard main fabric ( I used Mirror Ball Dots by Michael Miller. Great suggestion Rach!)
Small amounts of felt in peach, black, and another pale color.
Scrap of black netting (I found mine in the costume section of Joann.)
2.5 yards of black ball fringe
Fusible web

Print the templates: Lampshade and Leg/shoe. You can easily print the shapes smaller for a smaller pillow size or other project.

From main fabric, cut one piece 18.5" square, and 2 pieces 18.5" by 13"

The easiest way to cut the felt is to trace the shapes backwards onto the paper side of the fusible web. Fuse it on the back of the felt, then cut it out and it's ready to fuse onto the front of the pillow. 

Fuse the leg piece first and stitch it down with light thread. Then cut a piece of the netting out with the leg pattern piece, but end it lower than the top. pin down the netting (can't fuse it) and then fuse the shoe on top of that. Remember the shoe is meant to overlap the bottom of the leg piece some. Stitch around the shoe and netting with black thread. The netting I got is thicker at the selvedge, so that's what I used for the top of the stocking. But you could add some thicker decorative stitched there for the garter look. 

Now fuse the lampshade piece, overlapping the top of the leg a little bit. Remember to cut a piece of ball fringe as long as the bottom of the lampshade and stick that under before fusing and stitching. 

I added the seams on the shade with a decorative stitch on my machine. You could also do this with hand stitching, but I figured this was one of those rare times to use those machine stitches I never get to.  Draw the lines on first with a water soluble marker.

Now you are ready to put the pillow together. On both back pieces, hem one of the 18.5" sides by folding under 1/2" twice and stitching along the fold. 

Set the back pieces aside and pin the ball fringe all the way around the front of the pillow. Line up the edge of the fringe right on the raw edge of the front square, so the balls are facing the middle. Sew all the way around with a basting stitch close to the edge. (Don't skip this step, ball fringe can be wily!)

Now place the back pieces on top of the front, right sides together, lining up the raw edges all the way around, and overlapping the hemmed sides in the middle. The ball fringe should be sandwiched on the inside. Stitch around with a 3/8" seam allowance, getting close to the balls but not sewing over them. Clip corners, turn, and you are done!

Catch up on my other movie inspired Holiday Craft Bash Projects-

And here are the GORGEOUS three skirt projects from my partners in holiday cheer last week:

So much great inspiration to get you crafting early for Christmas. Be sure to add any projects you make inspired by ours to the Holiday Craft Bash flickr group. There's a good chance you could win some fabric prizes!


  1. This is every kind of awesome. Entire entire land of win!

  2. This is SO awesome!! I have four brothers that would each LOVE this pillow!

  3. You rock. Great job. The blue fabric for the background is PERFECT.

  4. Fantastic, Jessica! The ball fringe and mirror dot fabric are perfect :)

  5. LOL, this pillow is sooo awesome! Thanks for the templates and tut :)

  6. Hehe, fantabulous. Might need to make me one of these... ;)

  7. brilliant and ridiculous all at once. :) love it!

  8. I should make this for my husband and father. They both love "A Christmas Story" and watch the DVD every Christmas. The pillow is great!

  9. This is truly hilarious ! What a clever project. I've sent this link to friends, and pinned it to our Pinterest Board under "Quilts That Make Us Smile" with a link back to this page. Thank you for the Christmas cheer. :-)

  10. Thanks for sharing the templates! I am happily using the template for the Major Award to put on a sweater for The Ugly Sweater Run in Seattle.

  11. Thank you for sharing your templates. I am happily using the template for the Major Award to put on a sweater for the Ugly Sweater Run.

  12. Thank you for sharing the templates! They are perfect for what we are going to do. The internet is a better place for your presence in it. :)


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