Oh What Fun!

Today is my stop on the Hawthorne Threads Oh What Fun blog hop. I have been so excited to make some things to share with you because Christmas is my absolute favorite. My maternal grandmother was a direct descendant of Mrs. Claus, I am sure. She had a tree in every room in her house, each with its own theme. She had more Santa’s than anyone, and her house was just a sweet haven of warmth and cheer. I will never forget it. I certainly inherited her love for the holidays, so when Hawthorne Threads asked me if I would be willing to see something with their latest in house collection, I jumped at the chance. 

Oh What Fun isn’t your traditional bold holiday palette. It’s light and fresh and airy, capturing the cooler colors of the season. The colors make me think of sugarplums and candies. The fabrics feature several motifs including jingle bells, snowflakes, sleighs, and even an adorable collection of wintery animal faces. 

As I thought about what I would do with Oh What Fun, the words “merry” and “bright” immediately came to mind. I chose to use the warmer palette, Sweet, to make some pillows bearing those words. The “merry” and “bright” pillows were made by making a pillow background using strips from the collection, then machine stitching the words down using my favorite appliqué stitch on the Janome M100. 

The ampersand pillow used a single background print, and I used reverse appliqué (and that same stitch) to apply the onyx “&”. 

All of the pillows are backed with an envelope style closure. 

I needed to find a special way to showcase all those darling animals, so I used some Wonder Under to fuse them to other fabrics in the collection. I then cut holes and hung them onto a piece of twine to make a garland. I finished it off with big poms made of black and white yarn. 

I love that these fairly quick projects came together to make such cheerful Christmas decor! Hawthorne Threads have also designed a some stocking panels which are perfectly darling, and would be such a great project to do with the kids. 

Feeling inspired? Hawthorne Threads has generously offered up three yards of their fabric to a reader, and all you need to do to enter is tell me what you would like to make. Only one entry per person, please. Giveaway winner will be randomly chosen and announced Monday! 

Be sure to stop over to check out all of the other projects made with Oh What Fun. There is so much inspiration! 

Monday 11/14 – Sew Sophie Lynn

Tuesday 11/15 – Hawthorne Threads

Wednesday 11/16 – Olivia Jane Handcrafted

Thursday 11/17 – Holly Gets Quilty

Friday 11/18 – Lillyella

Monday 11/21 – Violette Field Threads


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  • Kaylyn Owens

    I’d love to try my hand at some gift bags or smaller, quick projects like pillows.ReplyCancel

  • Kathie L

    I can see a tree skirt being made with these.ReplyCancel

  • Pretty! I’d love to make the quilt in gearing up to start for my froend’s wedding next fall.ReplyCancel

  • Summer

    With 3 yards, I’d pick a beautiful print for a quilt back. Hopefully, I’d have enough left over for a matching pillow front!ReplyCancel



  • Donna Lee

    I’d like to make nightgowns for my twin granddaughters. Love your pillows!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea M

    A Christmas quilt!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    That garland is just the cutest! This fabric would make adorable Christmas dresses for my girls.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth

    Christmas morning pajamas!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Marie

    I would like to make a lovely winter quilt. These fabrics are gorgeous! Love your projects, the message with the 3 pillows is very clever.ReplyCancel

  • Teresa Knittingdancer

    I would make some tote bags with this fabric.ReplyCancel

  • Gill

    I’d love to make a quilt for my daughter!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne Kelly

    I would love to make a child’s blanket or quilt with this beautiful fabric.
    Those girls are adorable!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristie Fields

    I need a tree skirt out of those lovely fabrics. I love all the critters!ReplyCancel

  • Molly Plasters

    Love this collection! Oh What Fun! My first thought is stockings for the family, but jammies would be adorable as well. Thanks for the opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • Lori Morton

    Your projects are soooo Awesome!! Very creative… I ‘specially looove the Pillows!! I would love to make some cool pillows..or a fun Winter Throw!

    Thank you for chance to win your give-away!! :)ReplyCancel

  • How fun! I’d make dresses for my girls!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Fraley

    I love your ornament idea! I think maybe some gift bags too!ReplyCancel

  • Shelli O'Steen

    Reusable Christmas gift bags!ReplyCancel

  • Chris Wiseman

    Love the fabrics and love the pillows! They would look great in my daughter’s living room. And I know my 3 year old grandson would like a pillow case with the critters. Thanks for the opportunity.ReplyCancel

  • MingS

    For us in the Antipodes, Christmas is a sunny affair with barbeques and games at the beach or lake. After delicious food all day it’s lovely to lie on the grass to spot comets and planets after the sun has gone down. I can definitely see a light quilt made from Oh What Fun fabric – Christmas theme in summery colours – tucked around some sleepy heads as the day endsReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    I have been in LOVE with this collection!! I would be so excited to use the Oh What Fun collection to make a hexie Christmas stocking!ReplyCancel

  • Lynne Tilley

    I’d love to make some pillows, too!ReplyCancel

  • Chris

    I’m sure I would add some more and make a quilt for someone.ReplyCancel

  • I would definitely make a beautiful dress with this fabric! <3 I adore it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica

    I would love to make a Christmas dress!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Ball

    I would love to make some holiday pillow cases for my mom for a Christmas present. She is difficult to buy for and she loves homemade goodies. ReplyCancel

  • Vickie Z.

    I would love to make a Christmas quilt for my girls with this fabric! It’s so beautiful! The sleigh print is my favorite!ReplyCancel

  • Kris H

    I’d love to make some gift bags…love this fabric!ReplyCancel

  • Naomi Raimon

    So sweet! I love the holiday pillows idea, or some new stockings for my kids and niece and nephew, or both! My first time to your blog – happy to find you: )ReplyCancel

  • JessZ

    I’d love to make myself and my daughter a top/dress. She loves matching me. :)ReplyCancel

  • jenny

    my first thought is quilt…well duh! :) but maybe this year I can get going on gifts for the very deserving teachers at my kids school. tote bags? cute garland Meredith!ReplyCancel

  • Delaine

    I love your Merry & Bright pillows, and I would love to make them! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • I think I would make a quilt for our family room. I keep giving way all the quilts that I make.ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    Love to make some pouches and mug rugs as add-ons to gifts. These motifs are lovely and would be so much fun to incorporate.ReplyCancel

  • Oh i would love to make some pillows and some potholders. Just lovel your pillows and this cute garland. Very sweet!ReplyCancel

  • Allison

    I’d have to make some cute Christmas gift bags. Love what you made!ReplyCancel

  • Diane B

    Your Merry & Bright Pillows.
    HOw darling! Thank you so much for all your inspiration using Oh What Fun!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah J

    Would love to make a cozy quilt for winter!ReplyCancel

  • mechele johnson

    I recently got a new dress pattern for my 5 year old. It is an adorable peter pan collared classic dress. I would definitely make that :)ReplyCancel

  • karen s

    My couch needs some festive Christmas pillows!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Allen

    I would love to make some Violette Field Threads dresses for my daughter. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Karla

    I like seeing people who sew also knit. I’m a knitter that is taking up sewing again with a new sewing machine. I liked the domino fabric that I saw on Hawthorne Threads – in the octopus. Doesn’t sounds Chistmas-y, but my son would love it. Perfect for pillows for his living room.ReplyCancel

  • Mara

    I said pillows on the other sites and now that I have seen what you made I want to make exactly what you did, love those pillows!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah W

    Your pillows are delightful. Stockings are the holiday project I NEED to get done this year!! Thanks for the inspiration and giveaway:)ReplyCancel

  • Cat G

    My son really wants me to make him a teddy bear. I have a pattern so letting him choose some fabric for his bear would be awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Spiers

    I love the pillow ideas-what fresh and sweet colors of fabric! What wonderful Christmas ornaments they make!ReplyCancel

  • TinaC

    I would make multi-sized pillows…..ReplyCancel

  • Robin

    I would like to make my own Off The Rails quilt.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica

    Oh I really think I need to make some new stockings or a table runner! I just love this fabric!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    I love this fabric! I’d love to make a quilt for my couch!ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle Summers

    I have a special person I’d like to make a quilt for with this fabric. Your pillows are great and the stitching is so even. Thank you.ReplyCancel


    HI,I’d love to make a new quilt! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Mom C

    I love Christmas quilts. This fabric would be so fun, lite and not overwhelmingly colorful. Love it. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy E.

    Your ampersand pillow really caught my eye…I love that! I would make matching placemats and a table runner with 3 yards of this fabric and use it on my dining room table for the holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy P

    I would love to make Holiday pillows to brighten up our home – we often get caught up in the craziness of this time of year (making it often hard to decorate as much as I would like) and I feel like this fabric would be the perfect way to get into the spirit of the holidays.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl B

    I’m a quilter so I’d love to make some wintry throws for my sofa with this pretty fabric. Your merry & bright lettering on the pillows is so clever… because of your stitching, I thought you had used a musical fabric.ReplyCancel

  • ChrisDee

    I’d make a holiday couch quilt and some decorative pillows.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Beyer

    I would make pillow cases for my kids, nieces and nephews.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa theis

    I love your pillows and garland. Maybe I will make those…ReplyCancel

  • I would make a lap quilt and/or pillows.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Quinn

    I would love to make a whole cloth quilt or a dress for one of my 3 girls.ReplyCancel

  • Marie Eddins

    I’d love to make some pillows and pillowcases for my little grandsons. A few ornaments decorating the house would be fun as well. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Karen C

    I love your pillows and would copy them. Love the fabric colors, not what you expect to see at Christmastime but so lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Beck

    I absolutely love the pillows you made!! I would love to make some as gifts!ReplyCancel

  • Allison

    Love your pillows! Would like to make some too!ReplyCancel

  • Kellie Warren

    I have my very first grandchild, a little girl, and after raising 4 rowdy boys..i am in HEAVEN. So i am all about sewing all things girlie and sweet. I would make her some clothes. I have aalready made her quilts galor.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn Voegeli

    A tree skirt! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Gina Shelley

    I’d make a quilt or a tree skirt. Love the spruce palette and the “carolers” print. So cute.ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    Your appliqué letters are beautiful! I really need to work on that! I would make gift bags and gift boxes !ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Storck

    Gift bags would be so cute, or pillow casesReplyCancel

  • Darla C

    I would start with a quilt and share fabric wit my mom.ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    I cute dress for my granddaughter would be my choice of projects.ReplyCancel

  • I’d love to make some winter themed bags.ReplyCancel

  • Heather Wright

    I would love to make some nightgowns for my daughter!ReplyCancel

  • Mary

    I’d like to make some Christmas pillows! Ho, ho, ho!ReplyCancel

  • Marcia

    A holiday table runner and placemats would be the perfect projects for this collectionReplyCancel

  • Sharon Browne

    Pillowcases would be adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Noreen Trotsky

    I love your pillows! I’d probably make those along with a quilt.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea D

    love all the prints!ReplyCancel

  • Super cute pillows! I’d love to make a table runner and maybe some ornaments. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Licia

    Great ideas! The pillows are an original idea. I’m thinking of a quilted wall hanging for the holidays.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Lynn

    Right now, I’m loving making quilts for my grand nieces and nephew!ReplyCancel

  • Jenifer Farrell

    I would make some cute neew placemats ReplyCancel

  • Quilting Tangent

    A quilt.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette Spriggs

    Right now I am trying to piece together (in my head) a herring bone pattern quilt for our king size bed. I want to stay in the red tones. We have a gorgeous canvas print of a tree over our bed, so I would like to use something similar in the fabric print.ReplyCancel

  • Janet T

    Would love to make a winter quilt.ReplyCancel

  • Karrie Smith

    A dress for my cousin or a lap quiltReplyCancel

  • So happy to see that I am not the only one who loves a pom pom!
    Love your garland of the little animals. I think I would like to use the little animals and make ornaments by inserting them in little embroidery hoops. Would be very cute!ReplyCancel

  • Chris

    Dresses for my granddaughters!ReplyCancel

  • Thunder Kaplan

    I would make a dress for my newest granddaughter, maybe a tie for her big brother. thanks for the chance.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Slaughter Cummings

    I would make ornaments and pillows like yours… they are awesome!
    Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Mandi Kalf

    I would make christmas dresses for my girls:)ReplyCancel

  • Gina S.

    I love the pillows! The faces would be really cute for give tags.ReplyCancel

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