Monday, October 31, 2011

Pillow Talk

It was my moms birthday last week.

To honor her I made her a pillow.

The "P" is for her name and the rest of the writing is he first letter of mine
and each of my siblings names, along with the year we were born.

I made two, one for my mother-in-law and one for my mom.
I kind of went back and forth between both when I took the pics so sorry for the confusion.

This is how I did it.
1. Get your pillow form, Ikea has the best prices.
2. Measure your pillow and cut your fabric, I only cut it 1/2 inch bigger then the measurement of my       
      fabric because I want the pillow to be really full.
3. Design your wording and then print it out on freezer paper.
      "What is freezer paper?" You ask. You can get a roll next to the aluminum foil at your grocery store.
      Once you try it you will love it. It creates a great stencil. Be sure to print on the dull side of the paper, 
      the shiny side will be facing the fabric. 
3. Cut out your design. I have a cutting machine, so I used that, but you can absolutely cut it out
      with an exacto knife. If you have a cutting machine put the shiny side up on your 
      cutting mat and reverse the design.
4. Iron your design onto the fabric. Press and lift the iron rather then rubbing it so you don't catch
      and tear any little edges. I put a towel under my fabric when I iron.
5 - 8. Paint - Put newspaper underneath your fabric. I just use regular craft paint. I watered down the 
      blue a little so the paint underneath would show through. Dab the paint, do not brush from side to 
I did not try and do an awesome paint job. I wanted it to look old and spotty. 

That's the thing about old-looking projects, you can cut corners :-)

      Pull off your stencil. I impatiently pull the paper off while the paint is still wet,
but if your worried I see no harm in waiting until it's dry.

      IRON over the paint once it's dry in order to set the color.
If you don't iron the paint, it will fade and get all blotchy if/when you wash it.

Sew the pillow together. Everyone has their own technique for this.
Some pillows I make an envelope back for, others I just sew the two pieces together.

If you have no idea how to sew a pillow I would be very happy to make a tutorial for it.
Just let me know.

Here is a close up of the edge so you can see how I did it.

Very simple but I think it looks more finished.

I think my mom may have gotten a little teary when she saw this pillow.

It was not expensive, but the thought and time put into it makes it stand out.

It is a fun and easy project, I'm glad I was able to make it for my mom.

Now I need to get to work on one for me!

Thanks for stopping by - 

This project has been featured at


Jennifer said...

Aw I love it!! What a great, thoughtful gift!
Coming from Three Mango Seeds!
Would love for you to share at Show & Share this Wednesday!

Kate said...

LOVE this! Thanks for sharing. Saw this on hope studios link up!

Anne said...

Its gorgeous! Love how you layered the blue and green colors. Thanks for the tutorial!

Sumo @ Sumo's Sweet Stuff said...

Thanks for linking up! I'll be featuring this on my blog on Saturday!


Anonymous said...

So thought provoking and so very beautiful. My dad's birthday is near. Maybe I will make him a pillow for his reading time. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Very cute! Thanks for sharing!

DIYbyDesign said...

I love this project. It combines some of my favorite things...making pillows and stenciling. Thanks for inspiring me. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

Kelley said...

I think this is a great project... its adorable and has special meaning for the giftee. Thanks for sharing!

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

I adore this -- I just pinned it. Do you by chance sell these?


Marie said...

This is fabulous! So glad you linked up with us at Show & Share!


Rachael said...

@Jenny @ Simcoe Street Sell? Intriguing idea... I'll let you know.

Shirley said...

I absolutely love this, how thoughtful!

Marilyn said...

WOW - this is soo beautiful... LOVE IT.. Found ya at the picket fence and stopping in to visit.. You have a really craftastic and inspiring blog.. I love it.. I'm Marilyn via - hope you can stop in sometime.. TY

Jill said...

Such a beautiful and sentimental idea - and a good tutorial too! Visiting from Tater Tots and Jello and am glad I did! My mom will love it when I make her one :)

DIYbyDesign said...

This pillow is really gorgeous. I will be featuring this pillow tonight at my Fall into Fall party. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks so much.

Kirsten Harr said...

Okay..I have to try this! I love what you did..and it looks easy--well, at least YOU make it look easy :).

Rachael said...

@Kirsten- The Foreign Domestic It is easy, I seriously made this pillow in an hour. It really is easy. I have made a bunch of them and they have all turned out great.

At The Picket Fence said...

Hi Rachael! We just LOVE your pillow, it is so gorgeous and so special. We are featuring it this week at Inspiration Friday. The post will go up this afternoon! Thank you for linking it up!


Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

This is fantastic! So glad the gals At The Picket Fence featured it! I pinned, tweeted, stumbled and shared this on facebook.

Jessica @ FourGenerationsOneRoof said...

What a great idea!! I love this :) I saw Vspot's facebook page!

Tiffany N said...

Great pillow, I can't wait to try it. I have never stenciled on fabric before. What is the technique for ironing on top of the paint? Thanks so much.

Mostly Food and Crafts said...

I wanted to let you know that I featured this on my "What I Bookmarked This Week" post - stop by and see!


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