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Linda Lum DeBono’s new Sew Merry and Bright: 21 Easy, Fun, and Festive Patterns is full of bright, fun patterns.

Linda is known for her cheery and colorful quilt designs, and today she shares an adaptation of a quilted pillow design from the book.

The book includes ornament designs, table runners, place mats, stockings, quilt designs and more!

You can see more of Linda Lum DeBono’s work on her website and blog, and be sure to look for other tour dates for additional chances to win, book reviews and projects.

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Thank you so much for stopping by the Sew Merry and Bright: 21 Easy, Fun, and Festive Patterns book tour! Thanks to Sew,Mama,Sew! for being part of this party!

My name is Linda Lum DeBono. I am a designer and author of bright, happy applique [mostly] patterns. My new book, Sew Merry and Bright: 21 Easy, Fun, and Festive Patterns, is all about Christmas! As you can see, I love happy, nontraditional colors for the holidays.

I don’t know about you but during the holidays we watch a lot of movies. My son, Alex, loves to hug pillows and when he saw this Robert Kaufman polar bear fabric, he wanted a body pillow. He happens to love music and my favorite holiday saying– I’m not sure that it is a popular saying, but in our house we love to say, “have jingle will rock.” One of my favorite projects from the book is the “noel” pillow and I thought that it would be fun to incorporate all of these elements into Alex’s pillow.


  • 1/4 yard white print for the chevron center
  • 1/4 yard light blue dotted print for the chevron center
  • Fat quarter red print for the applique letters
  • 2/3 yard polar bear print for the side panels
  • 2/3 yard print for the backing
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • 12″ square fusible web
  • Jingle pillow template

Finished size: 18 1/2″ x 29″


  • From the white print, cut 5 squares, 8″ x 8″ (if you are using Triangulations)
  • From the light blue dotted print, cut 5 squares, 8″ x 8″ (if you are using Triangulations)
  • From the polar bear print, cut 2 rectangles, 6″ x 18 1/2″
  • From the backing print, cut 1 rectangle, 18 1/2″ x 29 1/2″

First you need to choose two colors for the chevrons. I choose a light blue and a white fabric. When choosing fabrics for this part of the pillow, try to make it relatively subtle because the applique will need to stand out.

Next, decide on how you are going to make the half-square triangles. I used Triangulations in this project but in the book I used Thangles. Use what is comfortable for you. You want 3″ finished Triangulations.

Tip: I usually add an extra bit of fabric around the outside of the paper template. It is easier to trim down later for accuracy.

Follow the directions for the product that you are using and pin the fabrics to the paper template.

Stitch on the dotted lines with a relatively short stitch so that it will be easy to tear away the paper later.

Trim along the outside of the paper template. Cut apart the pieces on line and press.

Sew the half-square triangles into rows and then sew the rows together to form the pieced top.

Draw your letter applique shapes from the Jingle pillow template onto the fusible web. Follow the manufacturer’s directions and fuse to the wrong side of the applique fabric. Cut out and fuse onto the pieced top.

Use a raw edge, button hole, zig zag or any other stitch that you desire around the fused applique shapes.

Sew the side pieces to the center pieced section.

With right sides facing, sew the front and back of the pillow together. Leave a 3-4″ opening for turning. Turn right side out and press. Fill the pillow with polyester fiberfill and stitch opening closed.