French Graphic Pillow
As usual, here I am one of the last ones to jump on the
French print pillow wagon! I guess I need to look at it like I do
buying a new electronic gadget. I just wait till all of the kinks to be
worked out before I join in!
I decided a while back I wanted to make a couple of pillows, and when I was finally
ready to make them I went looking for paint drop cloth fabric.
I found this package in the paint department of a local store.
It cost $12. If I had paid attention in school, I would be able to tell you
what that makes the price per yard of this… I can tell you I had enough left
over to make a slipcover for my embarrassing carport…
I used the pillow form as a guide to cut two squares of the fabric -
leaving enough room all the way around to make the seams.
I then choose a graphic to use for the pillow front.
I went to The Graphics Fairy’s website – if you have never been you should go!
She has thousands of different graphics that you can download for free.
Here is a link to the one I used.
On a side note – for those of us that don’t know french -
Wouldn’t it be funny if all of those pretty saying we are spreading
all around our homes were something less that appealing?
For instance – I have decided that the one above says:
Move the Bowels.
I printed the graphic out on a piece of light iron on transfer paper with my printer.
Be sure you reverse the image first.
(The Graphics Fairy link download has one reversed and one not)
I cut out around the graphic and laid it out wrong side up on the pillow fabric.
Then I followed the ironing instructions that came with the transfer paper.
After it had cooled, I carefully pulled off the paper backing.
And here is the finished piece! Yes, I know the A in Paris is a bit scruffy-
I wanted the shabby look….
Is anyone else out the so thankful
that calling something
“shabby”covers a multitude of mistakes?!
Now you put right sides together, and sew up three sides of your square.
Side note – It has been years since I have sewn. I used to
do it all the time! Apparently machines have changed in that time.
They have made both the needles and the thread much smaller
and I found I needed to put on magnifying glasses to thread it…
(What do you mean how old am I? That has nothing to do with it…)
After you are done with the three sides, turn it inside out and insert pillow!
Then tuck in the unstitched side for the photo shoot because you don’t have time
to hand sew it together before the light is gone.
… and don’t you dare ask me a few weeks from now if
I have done it yet either….I swear it will happen!!
Isn’t it cute! I love mixing textures and styles together like this in a room!
While I was at it, I decided to make one more pillow – this one with a number on it.
I heart numbers…
This time I made the graphic with my Silhouette machine -
I just picked a font I liked and put in the No. 1
then choose a flourish to add to it. I reversed it and then printed it out with my printer.
The rest of the process is just the same as the previous one -
And once again, I loved the results!
So there you have it!
I am loving the iron on fabric aspect – it opens up a world of possibilities!
Hope you enjoyed it – and feel inspired to make your own!
Just a reminder, I am redoing some things on my website in the next
couple of days, so please be patient with me:)
And please come back and see me – I am terribly
neurotic and need your constant presence!
Comments are good too……:)