Monday, April 23, 2012

Cross-Stitch Letter Pillow

Cross-Stitch Letter Pillow Tutorial:
First thing is to find a pattern for the letter you are going to cross-stitch. I found THIS pattern (the green letters). Somehow you are going to need to enlarge the letter to the size you need. I saved the image, and then zoomed in and traced the X's. My "P" is 10.5"x12". Now you need the fabric piece for the pillow front. My pillow is 18"x18". Now that you have your letter pattern, you can trace the image onto your fabric.
The technique I used was tracing paper and a tracing wheel.
Next, put your fabric on a embroidery hoop, grab your embroidery floss/needle and cross-stitch away.
I am not a professional corss-stitcher, so this back looks messy. But you get the point...
Once you have the front cross-stitched, you can sew the back piece on and stuff it, or you can make it an envelope pillow case, like I did.
This pillow is based on THIS post by Design Sponge.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ribbon Flower Pillow

Ribbon Flower Pillow Tutorial:

-fabric- (1) 19"x19" square and (2) 13"x19" rectangles
-yellow beads
- (2) white ribbon spools
-embroidery hoop

Finished pillow measures 18"x18"

Mark the middle of the fabric square and draw a 2" circle around the middle point.Next, put the fabric on the embroidery hoop. Bring the ribbon up through the back, through the circle line, to the edge of the hoop. Back and forth until you are back to where you started. This is what the flower should look like after you have sewn the ribbon on.This is what the back will look like.Next, hand-sew some yellow beads into the middle. This is the most time consuming part...Pin the back pieces onto the front (right sides together) and sew.

Finally, add a pillow insert and DISPLAY!

I found the idea for this pillow HERE.

Monday, April 16, 2012

6 Flower Petal Pillow

-petal pattern
-embroidery floss

This pillow measures 12"x24"

First of all, fold your fabric, so it is layered. By doing this you can cut out multiple petals at once. Next, trace the petal onto the fabric.Cut out the petals. I ended up using around 70 petals.The easiest way to make this pillow is to place the petals in this shape. Start in the middle and work your way out. Next, pin each petal. Make sure to pin them securely.Next, sew a straight line through each petal. You will go through multiple petals in one stitch run.Once that is done, sew on buttons. I used red embroidery floss so I would have a color POP.

Finally, stuff the pillow, sew the hole up and DISPLAY!

I found the idea for this pillow HERE.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

April Showers Bring May Flowers + Etsy Stuff

I added some new stuff to my Esty Shop...

April Showers Bring May Flowers Vinyl. You can buy your own in my Etsy Shop.
I found this cute April Showers print HERE I saved the image and printed my own.

My spring shelf...

Below are pillows I have been working on over the past week. They are all for sale in my Etsy Shop.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Cutting Fabic with a Cricut

Cutting Fabric with a Cricut Tutorial:

*Heat N' Bond
*Cricut Machine and Mat

Cut the fabric and Heat N' Bond to the same desired size. Follow the directions on the package for ironing instructions. After it is cooled, peel the paper off the back of the fabric.Next, stick the fabric onto a Cricut Mat and load it into the machine. Now comes the difficult part, deciding what to cut out. For this project I decided on an elephant.Next, have the machine cut the image. Finally, iron the image onto whatever you are making. I made a pillow....
So cute and easy!!!
I also cut out a hippo!

***I used Heat N' Bong Ultrahold, but you can use the "lite" version as well. I found out later it is better to use the lite kind if you plan to sew around the edges of the image like I did.

You can purchase the Elephant and Hippo pillow in my Etsy Shop.