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Hi everyone!! I know its been a while and I’m so excited to get some new tutorials up for spring!  I have been feeling “bluesy” (blame it on the medication and the weekly injections I have to take for my high-risk pregnancy) and so I thought I’d spruce up my house (and myself) for spring to get my mood up and creativity flowing again.  I made a trip to one of my favorite $Dollar Stores and found some great stuff that has inspired some new springtime projects.  I could hardly wait to make this easy DIY pillow and I’m SO loving the way it turned out!  Hope you do too!  I thought since my last tutorial was on applique that this would be a nice follow up now that you’ve had a chance to discover the world of transfer webbing!  Heres the breakdown for this simple and inexpensive spring throw pillow:

Cost: $2-$8 depending on what you have on-hand.

Supplies:

  • 2 cloth place-mats in the same color (or coordinating colors if you want a different color on the back).  I got my pink place-mats at the $Dollar Store.  They have tons to choose from usually and I LOVED the bright colors that are there right now!  Perfect for spring!
  • Scrap fabric or quilting fat quarters in coordinating colors/designs.  I used 3 fabrics for my pillow making the bird out of the busiest fabric.
  • Coordinating or contrasting thread.
  • Pillow batting or poly-fill.  I took apart an old pillow I didn’t like anymore and used the batting.
  • Transfer webbing.  This is the iron-on adhesive that allows you to stick your applique to your pillow before you stitch.  I LOVE this stuff and use it ALL THE TIME.  You can sometimes find it (or versions of it) at Walmart in rolls or you can buy it at the craft/fabric store by the yard for about $2 a yard.  You barely use any of it for these little applique projects so even 1 yard will go a long way.
  • A dry iron.
  • A sewing machine with a simple straight stitch.
  • Scizzors and a needle and thread.
  • The bird and branch template from this tutorial (if you’re not feeling confident in freehanding it).

Ok! Thats it!  Ready to go?

  1. If you’d like, print off these bird and branch templates I made from my own pillow design to use as a stencil for your pillow.  Or, you can find an image online, or freehand draw your own quirky version of a bird and a branch.
  2. Choose your fabrics for the bird and the branch and cut out rectangles large enough to use as those elements.
  3. Roll out some transfer webbing and lay your cut pieces down onto the nubby side of the trans web.  Cut around the fabric making the trans web pieces as close to the same size as your fabric pieces as you can.
  4. Keeping your nubby trans web sides inline with your fabric pieces, adhere the trans web to the fabric with a hot dry iron (or as instructed on trans web packaging).
  5. When both your branch fabric and your bird fabric pieces are cool, flip them over and trace your template image (or freehand draw an image) onto the paper side of your fabric with a marker.  Its okay if you have to redraw again until you get the desired look you’d like in the appropriate size etc.  It doesn’t have to be perfect!  Nothing I make ever is!
  6. With your sharp scizzors, cut out your design elements.
  7. Carefully remove the trans web paper backing from your fabric pieces.
  8. Grab one of your place-mats and arrange your bird and branch onto the front of it how you’d like it.
  9. With a hot iron (some trans web requires steam at this point), iron your applique to your place-mat.
  10. Once your place-mat and applique has cooled, take it over to your sewing machine and stitch the edges of the applique down.  If you’d like you can actually skip this step since its not too likely that you’ll be washing this pillow too often and the trans web will adhere it fine temporarily.  But, I like to stitch around all my appliques with contrasting thread just to secure it a bit more and give it some more character.  And don’t worry about it looking a bit “messy”!  It just adds to that character!
  11. Set your appliqued place-mat aside for a minute and grab your third fabric for your flowers.
  12. Cut your flower fabric into roughly a 1&1/2″ strip.  
  13. Fold your fabric strip over and over itself into a square.
  14. Cut the stack into rough circles.
  15. Stack circles by twos to use as your flowers.
  16. Take one of your double stacked circles and scrunch it together in the middle to make it ruffley.  Using a needle and thread stitch through the base of your ruffle flower a couple of times to secure the folds.
  17. Sew your little flower bud onto your tree branch applique.  I sewed mine through the center of each flower to open them up a bit more and to make them lie somewhat flat.
  18. Try to place your flowers randomly using as many as you’d like.
  19. Once your place-mat front is complete and all your flowers are securely sewn into place, take your other place-mat and line it up under the top one (wrong sides together if your place-mat has “wrong” sides).
  20. If you’d like you can pin your sides together for more stability while you sew.  Head over to your sewing machine again and sew both top and bottom place-mats together with a topstitch and about a 1/4 allowance.  BUT leave a section unstitched so that you can add your batting here in a minute.  TIP:  when going around the corners, reverse stitch a few times to secure the corners and keep them from pulling when you stuff the pillow.
  21. Grab your pillow batting and begin stuffing your place-mat pillow paying special attention to the corners and stuffing it as full as you’d like.
  22. Topstitch your stuffing opening closed and YOU’RE DONE!! Now find a cute place to showcase your new cheery pillow!

How fun was that!?  So easy and cute it just makes me SMILE!

Hope you enjoyed this springtime tutorial!  Please remember to share this blog with your friends and family and keep coming back to see more!  Next:  How to Make Easy 3-D Flower Push-pins for your Walls!See you soon!  Have fun crafting!

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Yay!! I finally did the DIY wall art for my nursery and I’m lovin the way it turned out.  I was going for a mod take on baby wall art using some of the fabrics that I’ll be incorporating in the baby bedding and pillows.  Heres what it turned out looking like:This is a really easy and adorable art project that takes basically no artistic talent to pull together.   Heres the breakdown:

Cost: About $18-$30 depending on what you have on hand.

Supplies:

  • Sharp Scizzors that can cut somewhat intricate detail
  • Silhouette Images or images with a strong graphic line to them.  I knew that I was looking for “woodland creatures” and so looked up “woodland creature clipart” in google images to find my jackalope, owl, and squirrel.
  • Canvases either square or rectangular (or oval or round or whatever you’d like!).  I got my 3 12″x12″x1″ canvases at BigLots for $5 a piece.
  • Fun Coordinating Fabrics.  I used 5 different coordinating fabrics mixing prints with solids to make my art a little whimsical.  I find most of my fabrics in the “remnant” bins for up to 80% off at fabric and craft stores.
  • Adhesive Backed Felt. I got mine at Walmart in white for $0.99 per sheet.  It took 3 sheets to make 3 silhouettes.
  • Multipurpose Spray Adhesive. I love this stuff and use it a lot.  I get the Super 77 spray adhesive at Walmart for $6 a can or so.
  • ModPodge.
  • Craft Paint (if you’d like to paint the edges of your canvas).

It took me about an hour or so to do all 3 pictures and about another 5 hours to let them dry enough to hang.  I can ‘t wait to get the nursery painted so I can see how they look against my light aqua walls!  Alright, you got your stuff together?  Lets get started.

  1. Find some images you’d like to use for your silhouettes.  To do this, simply peruse google images around the category your looking for.  For example “woodland animals clipart” was what I typed in to find my 3 images, and they were basically already in silhouette form for me so that was great.  If your images aren’t in silhouette form its ok as long as they have a strong line to them that gives the detail you’d like when you make them into silhouette art.
  2. Print your images off on your home printer in as large a size as needed for your canvas.  For my 12″x12″ canvases I basically sized my images to a 3/4 sheet of computer paper to get the size I wanted.  This is important because you’re essentially making a stencil to use for your main image in your artwork.
  3. Cut your images out making sure to acknowledge that your image needs to primarily be one piece to work as a stencil.
  4. Next, grab your adhesive backed felt and turn it over to the waxy paper backed side.  Using a sharpie (or pen), trace your image onto the back of your felt.  I like using adhesive backed felt because it makes it easy to trace and cut, getting crisp edges and all the details.
  5. Now cut out your images going slowly and using sharp scizzors.  DO NOT remove the adhesive backing wax paper before you start cutting.  We’ll take that off later.
  6. Next its time to get creative and pick out your fabrics.  This is a lot like scrapbooking in that you want to create a fun backdrop to your main image which is your felt silhouette.  You can either do all 3 canvases the same or all different or (like in my case) the middle canvas different while still using coordinating fabrics.  I chose a main square of fabric for the backdrop, followed by a strip of coordinating fabric down the center vertically, and then layered my white felt silhouette onto another “outline” fabric.  This is up to you.  Have fun creating your “fabric scrapbook page” however you’d like!  Just don’t get TOO busy with it if you want your main image to stand out.
  7. Once you have your pieces cut out and have an idea for how you’d like to layer them onto your canvas, (my pieces are totally unkempt looking with crooked lines and frayed edges but you can get more precise if you’d like a more PERFECT look and feel.  I wanted to keep mine fun and “handmade” looking so I didn’t worry about cutting everything the exact same), now you can begin gluing them onto your canvas in your desired order.
  8. To do this, work with the bottom pieces first, spraying moderately the backside of your fabric piece and positioning it onto your canvas.  Smooth the bubbles and edges down, and repeat the process with your next pieces.  (Hold off on your main image, we’ll get to that in a sec.)
  9. Once you have that part done, get your silhouette(s) and remove the waxy backing.  You can either stick your image directly onto your layered fabric canvas or you can do what I did you give it an “outline” by layering it onto another coordinating fabric.
  10. If you decide to layer it like I said in the previous step, simply stick it onto your outline fabric and then cut around the image at your desired outline width.  I gave mine about 1/4 inch.
  11. Next, spray that back of your now outlined silhouette and stick it into place on your canvas.
  12. If you’d like, you can be done at this point or you can do what I did and finish the whole thing with a generous coat of ModPodge.  I like to “seal” my fabric art with ModPodge to make sure that all the pieces aren’t going anywhere and give it a little bit of a gloss.  Using a foam brush, apply the ModPodge over the entire canvas  covering each layer of fabric.
  13. If you’d like you can also use craft paint in a coordinating color to paint the sides of your canvas to make it stand out against your wall.  I used brown.

And there you have it!  Wonderful custom artwork thats easy to make and provides a POP to your decor!  What do you think?! Enjoy making your own fabric wall art and stay tuned for my next tutorial “How to Paint a Mod Wall Mural“!

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