pillows…

holiday weekend, no plans? craft!

well, it’s been far too long since i’ve carved out some time for myself to dabble. so i figured i would blow the dust off my sewing machine, open up a new package of foam brushes and finally make my daughter some pillow covers.

i love browsing through IKEA‘s As-Is section for accessories and fabric remnants.  picked up 2 throw pillows for $2.99 each and 2 plain white pillow covers for $0.99 each.  total steal.  (actually the covers were far thinner than i wanted but for the price, you really can’t be too picky).

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cases had to be resized to fit the smaller throw pillows. i cut the seams and repositioned the flap opening and then sewed all seams for reinforcement.

using painter’s tape, i cut and created a graphic design.  i had nothing in particular in mind, just spontaneously taped and created.  it was fun.  make sure you press the tape down firmly so your paint won’t bleed.

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normally i would use a screen to print ink onto the fabric but was a bit lazy.  instead i just thinned the acrylic neon pink ink with a touch of water.  using a foam brush, i lightly dabbed the areas being careful not to glob it on or push the paint under the tape.

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once the paint is dry, peel the tape off very carefully.  let it dry a little longer, set it by running a hot dry iron on the backside of the fabric for about 20-25 seconds.  (keep the iron moving, you don’t want to scorch the fabric).

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now my daughter will have a pop of color on her daybed in her bedroom.  she better like it.

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