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So sorry to everyone who has been waiting for a new post!  I had family in town and some pregnancy issues and just couldn’t get to my blog like I would’ve liked to last week.

First I want to show off how my baby boy nursery is coming along and the projects that have gone into creating it.  Heres a look at the nursery “BEFORE”:…and another:And heres what it looks like now:

(Remember the fabric artwork?  Doesn’t it look great in here!)And heres a close up of the little stuffed owl I made out of a hand towel and scrap fabric:And heres a better look at the easy DIY leaf lamp my little sis and I made out of polar fleece and an old lamp shade:The baby quilt was I made from a $4 bath towel, white polar fleece, and scrap fabric.  I just used the scrap fabric to applique birch trees that mimic the wall mural.  You can also get a look at the block printed bird pillow I made.And finally, heres the Alphabet Pillow that I will be showing you how to make right now.Theres still a lot I want to do in the nursery.  The drapes need to be hung (I’ll be using a tree branch as the curtain rod), I need to make the baby mobile (I’ll be using branches and wood craft cutouts of woodland creatures), once we pick out a name for this little guy I’d like to make some sort of name banner over the crib, and I’m in the process of crocheting a rag rug for the floor.  But, I’m loving the way its turning out so far.  My hubby was hesitant (I don’t get why he still doesn’t trust me) when he saw the aqua wall colors (he thought they were “too girly”), but once the mural was on the wall and the antlers were hung over the changing table, he was in love.  Now I catch him just sitting in the room with the lamp on, rocking in the chair.  Preparing the nursery has really made us both excited for baby boy #2.

Anyway, like I said, I’ll be showing you guys how to make the alphabet pillow today, but let me know if there are any other projects from the room that you’d like me to write a tutorial on and I’d be happy to share all of it with you.

So lets get started on this crazy easy pillow! Heres the breakdown:

Cost: Mine cost $0 to make since I had everything on hand already.  But if you don’t have everything I’d estimate the project will cost between $10-$15.

Supplies:

  • A white pillow (or pillow cover; check out Ikea for plain throw pillow covers in various shapes, sizes, and colors).  My pillows were actually pillow inserts that were meant to be covered but I just simply unstuffed them and then sewed them back up when I was done printing my letters on them.
  • Medium to large foam alphabet stamps.  I got mine at Michaels a while back and they are double sided with the capital letter on one side and the lower case letter on the other.  Any font will work as long as it is not TOO busy and easy to read.
  • Fabric paint in two colors that coordinate with the color scheme in the room.  I did this project obviously for my baby room which is in aqua and orange but I also think it would be smashing in a library or family room in more sophisticated colors.
  • Paper or cardstock to put inside the pillow case to prevent the paint from seeping through.
  • Foam brush to apply the paint to the stamp.
  • Iron to heat set the paint when dry.

And that is seriously it!  So easy and I bet you have a lot of this stuff on hand or you know a crafty friend who’d let you use hers.  Ready to go then?  Lets do this!

  1. Cut a hole big enough to get the stuffing out of the pillow along the seam of one of the sides of the pillow if you’re like me and using a pillow you already have.  If you have a pillow cover, simply lay it flat on the table and insert your pieces of cardstock.  Be sure to have enough cardstock in there to cover the entire portion that you’ll be stamping to prevent seepage (what a lovely word “seepage” is…ugh).
  2. Organize your stamps in alphabetical order so that you can work quickly and easily.
  3. Squirt your fabric paint colors onto your painting pallet (I use a plate covered in tin foil as my pallet).
  4. Okay, nows where you can decide how “perfect” you’d like your pillow to be.  Like I’ve said before, I like imperfect projects because I don’t have the patience to “perfect” them so I simply found the center of my pillow, decided how many letters I’d like on each row, and went for it.  But if you’d like something less “handmade” looking I suppose you could use a ruler and painters tape to tape off your rows like writing paper to insure that everything is straight.  If you are lacking the confidence to just “go for it”, I suggest that when you stamp your first pair of letters (a “pair” meaning the capital and the lower case) you do the pair that is going to be in the center of your pillow.  That will give you a good starting point to work the rest of your alphabet around.  Basically, step 4 is just to decide how you’d like to lay out your letters.  Heres my finished pillow again to give you a reference point:You can see I did 4 letters across and 6 letters down with the “Y” and the “Z” in the center at the bottom.  Based on the size of your pillow and the size of your stamps, you can play around with the layout to find which you’d like best.
  5. Once you got a plan of action you can now decide which letters you’d like to POP out by using the second accent color.  I was originally just going to choose random letters throughout the alphabet to paint in orange (my accent color) but then my little sister Jenna came up with the brilliant idea to spell “F-O-X” with my accent letters.  I thought it was great since the letters happened to fall in such a way that your eye read them as “fox” and that it was inkeeping with my woodsy theme for the room.  You can try doing a word like this or just accent random letters.  Whatever you decide, I love the look of just a few simple letters standing out on the pillow like this.
  6. Once you’ve decided, its time to get stamping!  Are you ready for this?  The trick is to wet the letter stamp with not too much and not too little paint and to quickly and firmly press straight down onto your fabric and pull up.  If you press at an angle or move you’ll smudge your letters so it might be a good idea to practice a few letters on some scrap fabric until you feel like you got the hang of it.  Heres my craft stamps I used to do this project.  (Sorry its kind of upside down but you get the idea).And heres a look at my pillow halfway complete.  A little skeewampus but I guess I’m a little skeewampus myself so its befitting.
  7. Once you have all your letters stamped onto your pillow, allow adequate time to dry (it took mine about 30 minutes but follow the instructions on the paint you have) and then heat set with a dry iron if your paint so requires.  Most fabric paints will.
  8. If you printed your alphabet on a pillow cover then YOU’RE ALL DONE!!! But if you’re like me, you simply need to restuff and fluff your pillow and sew the seam closed.

And thats it my friends!! So EASY and cute isn’t it!  Here are some more tips and ideas you can use for this same project:

  • Dye your plain white pillow case with teabags and use sepia tones for your letter colors to make a vintagey fun alphabet pillow for your home or office.
  • Use foam letter stamps in different sizes and fonts to create a oober-eclectic alphabet pillow.
  • Try to highlight your little ones name in the alphabet by stamping out the letters of their name in the accent color.

What do you think?  Can you do it!? Of course you can!!! Have fun and let me know how yours turn out!  Stay tuned for my next tutorial “How to Make an Antique Clay Rose Necklace”. Tata for now and happy crafting everybody!

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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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