Tartan Plaid Pillow

Plaid is a classic pattern that never goes out of style and always reminds me of Christmas. I paired it with some natural wood elements and I have a great looking pillow for that neutral chair or white bedding.  Even better, this is a basic sewing project since it is just an envelope style pillow cover.

Tartan Plaid Pillow


I am a huge fan of pillow covers rather than just pillows because they are easier to wash and remove when you want to change them out.  For someone who has a high need for change in my life, this is a good thing.




12” x 16” pillow form

red plaid fabric

home decor solid cream

stiff interfacing

wood slices

drill and small drill bit

rotary cutter/matt

quilting ruler

sewing machine

coordinating thread


stick pins


For a 12” x 16” pillow cut your plaid 12 1/2” x 7 1/4”.  Then cut your cream home decor fabric (2) 12 1/2” x 10”, 12 1/2” by 3 1/2” and 12 1/2” x 6 1/2”.

1.  To begin iron your interfacing to the back of the plaid fabric so that it is stable enough for the weight of the wood slice buttons.

christmas plaid pillow

2.  Cut all your fabric pieces and then sew your plaid in the middle to the two shorter pieces of cream home decor fabric.  Press and top stitch.

christmas red green plaid pillow

3.  Trim down to 12 1/2” x 16 1/2”.

4.  Next, ark your buttonholes and then drill them using a bit large enough for your needle to get through.

making wood slice buttons

buttons made from wood slices

5.  Mark where you want your buttons to go on the plaid and then hand sew them on with a needle and thread.

wood slice buttons

6.  Prepare the back of your envelope pillow.  Press under both of 12 1/2” x 10” pieces a 1/2” and then another 1/2”.  Sew.

Christmas envelope pillow cover

7.  With right sides together pin your back in place and then sew a 1/4” seam all the way around your pillow.

plaid envelope pillow

8.  Clip your corners and turn right side out.


9.  Slip your pillow form inside.

christmas red plaid pillow

Plaid just screams cozy and warm.  It makes me want to cuddle with a blanket and sit by a fire sipping hot cocoa.

christmas pillow with wood buttons

The wood slice embellishment gives it that rustic natural feel that is so on trend right now.

plaid wood slice pillow

Click here to see more wood slice ideas…

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Succulent Wreath with Wood Slices


Disclaimer: This project was sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.  All ideas and opinions are my own.

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  1. I absolutely love this! And plaid! I, too, hope it stays around, as I remember a few years back it was quite hard to find. I never realized it had went out of style, but goodness am I glad it’s made a return!

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