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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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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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