DIY Sherpa Snowflake Pillow

Created By:

Emily Herbster 

Skill Level: Beginner

Please read the entirety of this tutorial before starting your Snowflake Pillow.

Finished Size: 19” x 19”

Download Snowflake arm template here

Fabric and Notions Required
  • Sewing Machine
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Polyfill
  • 1 Yard of desired fabric
  • 1 hand sewing needle
  • DMC 8 Thread in a matching color to your fabric
  • Sharpie or Marker
  • Scotch Tape
  • Pins
  • Wonder Clips
  • Poly-fil for Stuffing

Step 1: Print five templates at 100% scale, making sure the small square measures 1 inch. Cut out the templates and assemble them by taping together into your preferred snowflake shape.

Step 2: After cutting out and assembling your Snowflake Template, place it on a single layer of your fabric with the wrong side facing up. Trace the template onto the wrong side of your fabric using a marker, and feel free to pin the template down if necessary.

Step 3:
Trim your single layer of fabric around the template, maintaining a ½-inch distance from your marked line whenever possible. This ½-inch margin will facilitate smoother construction when you sew both layers together. Please be aware that in sections where the Snowflake arms touch, it may not be possible to leave extra room for seam allowance, so exercise caution when sewing in these areas.

Step 4: Repeat Step 3 to create a second Snowflake. You should now have 2 separate layers of your snowflake cutout.


Step 5: Place your cut out Snowflakes right sides together and clip in place with your wonder clips.

Step 6:

Head to your sewing machine to begin joining the two Snowflake panels. I recommend using the HP2 foot on your Janome, especially when working with the thickness of Sherpa fabric.


Choose a starting point in your Snowflake for sewing. Ensure you use a locking stitch or backstitch at the beginning to secure your first stitch, crucial for the pillow-filling stage.


Take it slow along the marked line, adhering to the curves and shape outlined by the traced snowflake. Pro Tip: Let your Janome take the lead. This machine effortlessly handles layers and fabric thickness. Allow the feed dogs and HP2 foot to guide the fabric, smoothly navigating the curves. Remember to pause, lift the presser foot when necessary, and leave a 4-inch opening for easy stuffing. Backstitch at the end of your stitch for added security.

Step 7: Turn your pillow right side out through the 4-inch opening you left. Now's the perfect moment to inspect your seams, ensuring there are no gaps or holes in your stitching. Since Sherpa fabric can be a bit slippery and prone to shifting, take this opportunity to check and make any necessary adjustments before you begin stuffing your snowflake pillow.

Step 8: After turning your snowflake pillow right side out, it's time to start filling it with poly-fil. It's worth noting that you might need more filling than you initially think, so press down on the pillow to achieve an even layer of stuffing. Once the pillow is adequately stuffed, use wonder clips to secure the 4-inch opening closed.

Step 9: I personally opt for hand-stitching the 4-inch opening for a more seamless finish, as it lends a natural look to the pillow. Use your DMC thread and needle to stitch it closed using your preferred method. With that, your Snowflake pillow is now complete! I hope you found this tutorial enjoyable and have an amazing holiday surrounded by loved ones!

Bonus Step: Who says tags are exclusive to quilts and garments? Elevate your project by inserting a tag or label between your layers in Step 5 and secure it in place with clips before sewing.

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