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For this pretty toss pil­low, we were in­spired by a sim­i­lar de­sign from Stitched by Crys­tal (www.stitched­by­crys­tal.com). Her pil­low cover re­verses to a holly-and- berries de­sign, which is pretty cool, but for our room, we de­cided to stick with just the ver­ti­cal leaves pat­tern. To make our ver­sion, pur­chase or sew a sim­ple pil­low cover from cot­ton can­vas. Cut a leaf tem­plate from paper by fold­ing a piece of paper in half, draw­ing half a leaf shape, then cut­ting out and open­ing the shape to re­veal a full leaf. Use the tem­plate to cut leaves from four dif­fer­ent shades of non- fray­ing vel­vet or a sim­i­lar fab­ric. Ar­range the leaves on the front of the pil­low cover, al­ter­nat­ing the col­ors in a pat­tern. Se­cure the leaves with straight pins. Us­ing con­trast­ing thread, sew the leaves in place with a ver­ti­cal straight stitch through the cen­ter of each leaf. Con­nect var­i­ous leaves to­gether with ad­di­tional straight stitches be­tween the leaves, but leave some of the leaves un­at­tached so the re­sult looks like a free-fall­ing pat­tern.

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