You are my Pot of Gold Pillow
I usually don’t think that much about decorating for St. Patrick’s Day but this year i’ve been thinking about some subtle and fun ways to do it. I think this DIY pillow is the perfect piece to add a little bit of St. Patrick’s Day flair to your home. Although a little cheesy, I think it’s hilarious and cute! This tutorial is another version of my DIY Valentine’s Day Pillow that you can find here. Can’t go wrong with a fun trim and gold foil! 

-Assorted green embroidery floss
-Embroidery needle
-White fabric
-14×14 Pillow Form
-Sewing Machine
-Reactive gold foil
-Iron on adhesive transfer
-Parchment Paper
-Stencils or letter cut-outs (template here)

You are my pot of gold pillow

First, start making your TASSELS! I decided that 8 tassels on each side of the pillow would be sufficient and I wanted a green ombre look so I chose 8 different colors of green. Each bunch of embroidery floss makes two tassels so I bought 2 packages of each color.

You are my Pot of Gold Pillow Tutorial

Cut a small piece of cardboard to the length that you want your tassels. I wanted my tassels to be about 2 1/2 inches so I cut my cardboard to 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches. Start wrapping the embroidery floss around the cardboard. Keep track of how many times you go around so that each tassel will be even. I went around 30 times.

You are my pot of gold pillow tutorial

Cut a 4 inch piece of the same color of embroidery floss and tie a knot on the top edge of your bundle.

You are my pot of gold tassel pillow

Take the floss off the cardboard and cut the loops opposite of the knot you just tied. 

You are my Pot of Gold Pillow Tutorial

Heres what it will look like at this point!

You are my Pot of Gold Tassel Pillow Tutorial

Fold your bundle in the middle where the knot is then cut another 4 inch piece of embroidery floss. Tie the floss in a knot about 1/2 inch from the top! Trim the ends so that they are even. And there you have it, the cutest little tassel!

You are my pot of gold

Now repeat that process until you have 4 of each color.


Take selfies with your tassels cause they’re just too cute….. ha

More Tassels!

Now we can start sewing the pillow case! It’s really easy! Cut a 14 1/2×14 1/2 piece of fabric and two 10 1/2×14 1/2 pieces. Fold and iron a finished edge onto each of the 10 1/2×14 1/2 pieces on the longer side, then sew down the line.

Envelope Pillow tutorial

Layer the two smaller pieces onto the bigger piece, good sides together on the inside and sew around the edge.

Easy envelope Pillow

Turn it right side out and this is what it will look like here’s the front.

Envelope pillow

And here’s the envelope back.

Envelope back pillow

Take an embroidery needle and some of the left over floss and tack on the tassel onto the edge of the pillow case. Make sure you are evenly spacing them, you might want to pin them first just to make sure they end up being even.

Tassel Pillow

Use stencils to spell out the saying “You are my pot of gold” or print out this template on cardstock and cut out the letters. If you’re not crazy about this saying then you can totally do any other saying, get creative with it! Trace the letters onto the papery side of the Iron on adhesive.

Add Iron on adhesive

Cut out the letter you have traced then lay them out onto the pillow case in your desired layout.

Put a piece of parchment paper onto of your letters then iron on the letters on a steam-less setting.

Add gold foiling to fabric!

Peel off the papery back of the letters and just the adhesive will remain. 

Add gold foil to any fabric!

Cut a piece of foil so that it will cover all the letters. Put the parchment paper over then iron again. Don’t peel off the foil immediately, let it cool down so that the maximum amount of foil sticks to the adhesive.

Add gold foiling to fabric!

Peel off the foil and reveal the gold foil in all its glory!

Gold Foil!
Finished Pillow
Stuff the pillow case with a 14×14 pillow form.

All done! I’m totally obsessed with this!

Tell Me What You Think...

  1. Janie Jones says:

    Very cute, Camille!

    1. Thank you Janie! Hope your family is doing well!

  2. This is awesome! And it's something that looks cute on your couch all year long, not just St. Patrick's Day. I love the tassels too. 🙂

    1. I’m glad you like it, I’ve been enjoying having it around:)