Dare to deck the halls (English plaid wool throw pillows)

It’s the final week of Dare to DIY and this week I’m thrilled to be hosting Dare to Deck the Halls. And this is my very favorite because I do so love to deck the halls. (You can check out our whole house tour here.)

And I’m seriously so excited that my three co-hosts feel as strongly about decking those halls. And they do it darn well. Here are their projects for this week:

Dare to deck the halls
(Colorful pom pom wreath via Primitive and Proper, Joy to the World print via Maybe Matilda , Christmas countdown via Decor and the Dog,  Plaid and Union Jack pillows via NewlyWoodwards)


I cannot wait to see what you’ve all come up with. In five years, this link party series has given me such great motivation to make new things around the holidays. And I love taking everything out each year. This year, I know I wanted to add a little red to the sofa. The quilted pillows I made a few years ago just didn’t have enough bright red so I moved those to the bedroom and started with a vintage wool throw I picked up in an Instagram sale.

Plaid throw1

I loved the colors of the throw and the fringe, but the size was too short for us to really use, so it was mostly for looks. I thought it would make great pillow covers for Christmas to replace some covers that had faded. And it was clearly meant to be because the throw made two 18 inch pillow covers with very little excess. I simply cut the throw in half to 17.5 inches by the length of the throw. Then, i just wrapped the pillow and pinned to make an envelope enclosure. 10 minutes later, I had it all sewed up and ready to insert the pillow form.Plaid wool blanket to Christmas pillow1


I loved the fringe, so I actually used the “envelope” side as the front. I added two simple wooden buttons from Wal-Mart to the front. I think it was worth the $.97/each. (These buttons are purely for looks. They aren’t functioning.)

Plaid wool blanket to Christmas pillow5

The only downfall – the dogs are obsessed with the new pillows and have already covered them in dog hair. But what good are pillows if they aren’t used? (I also whipped up a few Union Jack pillows with some awesome quilting fabric I had. I’ll share those later, but I think they look so cute together with the English throw.)Plaid wool blanket to Christmas pillow6


I think it feels very Christmas-y, but not so much that I can’t leave the pillows out all winter. It’s very cozy. In an English cottage sort of way.Plaid wool blanket to Christmas pillow4

What do you think of our Christmas pillows?


Now, it’s time to link up your projects.

This week, we have a fabulous set of handmade gifts for one lucky winner! The winner will receive a $25 shop credit from Charlie Madison Originals, a flaid flannel infinity scarf from This Freckled Flower, a cedar garland soy candle from Misty Blue Candles, and three hand crafted artisan soaps from Black Sparrow Soaps (peppermint swirl, pumpkin pie, and charcoal facial bar.

Dare to deck

You have FIVE chances to win:

1. Enter a link into the Dare the Deck the Halls party below.

2. “Like” This Freckled Flower on Facebook and leave me a comment below stating that you did so.

3. “Like” Black Sparrow Soaps on Facebook and leave me a comment below stating that you did so.

4. “Like” Misty Blue Candles on Facebook and leave me a comment below stating that you did so.

5. “Like” Charlie Madison Originals on Facebook and leave me a comment below stating that you did so.


Now it’s time to link up your projects. Please stick to the Dare to Give Handmade theme and link up no more than two projects. I also ask that you link back to NewlyWoodwards in your post! And don’t forget to check out some of the other projects – I promise you’ll meet new friends.


  1. says

    You are right the people who dared did an awesome job. I can not wait until future Dares? I just broke my elbow and this one was not for me. Until next time. I am happy to take in the beauty! Merry Christmas!


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