Do you know how to sew? I really wish I did. My sister Laura and I did not get that gift from our mom. It’s sad when your kids say, ‘Mom, we need to take this to grandma’s house so she can sew it!’ Luckily my other sister Emily got the gift.
If you do know how to sew these pillows will be fun to add to your Christmas décor.
What you will need:
-burlap type fabric (I also used ‘osnaburg’ left over from this craft)
-stencil or contact paper/freezer paper to cut out stencil
-colored acrylic paint
-Déco Art Glamour Dust
*(when textile medium is mixed with acrylic paint it creates a fabric washable paint. Follow the directions on your bottle for the correct ratio. When I run out of my textile medium I will be buying this So So Fabric Acrylic by Déco Art.
Step One: Sew some pillows in any size you’d like. Or if you have a cute sister that sews have her come over and sew them for you. Sew your colored fabric on the front as well. Iron it out to make it look nice. At this point you can either sew up the pillow and leave a big enough opening to be able put freezer paper inside the pillow so that you don’t get paint on the other side. Or you can put the stencil on first and then sew it up. In either case, make sure you leave an opening to stuff it.
I’d like to be able to tell you how much fabric to cut out etc., but my brain is still hurting from trying to figure out how much we needed at the fabric store. The good news is that if you do sew then it’s probably pointless for me to explain it anyway. Basically just sew
a. any size into a perfect square
b. any size into a perfect rectangle
Isn’t she cute?
Step 2: I actually did the stencil both ways (see step:1) but the pictures below show how I did it before we she sewed it. I decided to get a roll of contact paper this time because it sticks on the fabric a bit better. I did still put a sheet over it and iron it a little bit so that it really stuck on there good. I cut my image out on my Cricut. My friend. Still wondering if the Silhouette Cameo would be a better friend. Hmmm…maybe I will win won one of these days.
Step 3: Paint over your stencil with your desired color. I just use a foam brush. It’s also a good idea to put paper towels or some sort of barrier around the edges of the opened fabric. It is easy to spill paint. And that will just make you mad. Trust me.
Step 4: Take your glamour dust and lightly sprinkle it over the wet paint. Pretend I have paper towels on the edges ok? I really should have done that. Although the glamour dust does come off easily. But, still. Wait about 5-10 minutes and peel off your stencil.
Step 5: At this point you (or your sister) will either sew the pillow together. Or if they were already sewn then take out the freezer paper you placed inside to keep the paint from bleeding through. Stuff your pillow with pillow stuffer. Isn’t that what you call it? Actually we stuffed it with 100% polyester fiberfill. Finally hand stitch it up to close it and you are finished.
I have plans to put other images sayings on the pillows as well!
Jess, my friend Amy, sis Emily and I will be at the Dickens Fair on December 3rd. We will be selling these pillows along with a lot of of other fun crafts we are working on. If you are in the area stop by and say hi!
fyi…Just to be clear. I CAN sew on a mean button.
I just can’t promise it will be pretty on the back side.