When it comes to decorating my house or my kid's bedrooms, I like to choose a theme and then personalize the room to that theme. A throw pillow adds the perfect touch! Today I'm going to show you how simple it is to personalize your own pillow for a special room (or rooms) for your own house!
Materials You Will Need:
-a pillow form (you can use an old one or Ikea has inexpensive ones)
-iron and ironing board
-fabric (any kind! enough to cover your pillow form)
-a little piece of fabric (approx. 8" x 11" depending how big of image you are doing)
-marker (sharpie, pen, pencil etc.)
-Heat n Bond transfer paper
-an image or saying printed out that you want to use
Print an image or saying off the computer (unless you want to freehand one). You can use my image if you want, I have one that says "hello" and one the says "Love". You can make your own on any word document as well. If you wanted to write a name or any other saying just type it out, pick a font you like, make it as big as it will go on one paper, DON'T FORGET TO MIRROR IMAGE it so it's backwards and then print it. You can also google simple images and print those off to use as well.
Once you've printed it, place it flat on the table and place the transfer paper (shiny side down) on top. Then you can trace over the letters or image with a marker. You can tape them down if it's easier to keep it from not moving.
With the smaller piece of fabric you are using for your font/image, place it on the ironing board with the wrong side (the inside) face up. Then place the transfer paper on top of it (shiny side on the wrong side of your fabric) and iron over it a few times to secure it on the fabric.
Once it has cooled, you can cut out the image/saying and set it aside.
Cut the other piece of fabric into two pieces that are the same size as your pillow. I.E. if your pillow is 15" x 15" cut two pieces that are 15" x 15" (tip: if you find your pillow is VERY full and fluffy, then you can cut your pieces an inch bigger).
Choose one of your pieces to be the front of your pillow where your image/saying will go. Peel the transfer paper off the back and place it where you want it on the front of your pillow and iron it in place.
Your image is good and on there now but if you are making it for a child or someone who likes to have pillow fights, I suggest you sew over top of the lettering or image. You can do this with your machine, nice a slowly following around the edge of the fabric.
Put your two piece of pillow fabrics together right side in, (so the pattern of the fabric and in the image is on the inside). Then starting at the bottom about a few inches in, sew all the way around the pillow back to the bottom, leaving a 5"-6" gap.
Clip the corners (like in the picture) and turn your pillow right side out. Through the gap you left at the bottom, shove the pillow form inside, pushing the corners up to match up.
Once you're happy with how it looks and feels, then pin the gap together with the edges folded in to match how you sewed it, and then sew it closed.
How many times a day do you go into your fridge? I'm going to guess around 10 times or more and it's usually very visible in your kitchen so why not add a personal decorative touch. And, it's an easy one!!
And the steps you need are so simply they aren't even worth numbering! All you need to do is cut a piece of washi tape to the length and width of your clothes pin and then stick it on. On the other side you will use a magnet with an adhesive strip. Or if you have some old magnets lying around you can cut them down to fit your clothes pin and then glue gun it on to the back.
When your done, pop it up on the fridge and add a picture or your kid's art work and go make some more :)
I love making cards! There are so many fun designs of paper, a huge variety of stamps and ink colors and embellishments. You can be super creative and make it very personal to the person receiving it. But sometimes I don't have time to make an elaborate, detailed card (and most of the time, I'm too cheap to but an $8.00+ Hallmark Card)
So I came up with this super EASY and very Quick card that you can make for anyone and for any occasion! All you need is card stock, washi tape and a marker (or a stamp and ink)
Pick a color of card stock you want to use and cut in half so you have piece that is 8.5" x 5.5". Then fold it in half so you have a card that's 4.25" x 5.5"
Place the wash tape across the front of the card in any
pattern you wish. When it looks good to you, then trim
the edges. You can use a crafter's knife and ruler, but I found it easier (and faster!) to just use scissors.
Add a greeting for the occasion with a marker or a stamp.
Check out my samples to see what I'm talking about! Copy one of my designs or make your own!!
You will soon come to realize that I have a tiny (okay, HUGE) fabric addiction! Me in the fabric store is like a kid in a candy shop! I want to touch everything and buy it all! Sometimes I'll fall in love with a pattern on a piece of fabric and buy it without any idea of what I'll make.
Our project for today is very simple and great for beginners. You don't need a lot of fabric for it, so it's a perfect project to use your scrap bin (or bins in my case!)
We'll be making a lavender eye pillow! Which I think is perfect for me, since one of my New Years Resolutions is to spend more ME time! Life can get so busy sometimes with endless to-do's lists. I'm making a point of spending 15-20 per day to go for a walk, read a book or meditate, which is why I wanted to make a lavender eye pillow. They are great for relaxing. You can put them in the microwave if you like a little heat or leave it in the freezer and pull it out when you get a headache!
They make a great gift too! Don't forget to Pin this idea and make one for the next Birthday Gift you need or even Mother's Day!
If your fabric is wrinkly like mine you'll want to iron it first. This will help you cut your fabric accurately and make sewing easier.
Next, cut 2 pieces of fabric approximately 4.5" x 11.5". This doesn't have to be exact. If your fabric will only allow you 4"x11", it's not the end of the world! And if you want your eye pillow to cover more of your face/head then feel free to make it bigger :)
Put your 2 pieces of fabric RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, which means the pattern on both pieces should be facing inward. Pin in in place if you are not comfortable sewing as is.
Now you are ready to sew your pieces together! Start in the middle at one shorter ends like in the picture below. You will sew all the way around until you are back at the same top but don't sew to where you started, leave a gap about an inch wide.
**TIP TIME: When you start sewing and when you come to an end, it's best if you run the needle back and forth once or twice to really close that stitch up. It will keep your stitch from coming undone later when we flip the fabric the right side in
Cut off any loose threads and cut the corner (like shown in the picture) This will allow your corners to be squared up and not bulky.
Next, using the hole you left at the top, turn the material to the nice pattern you chose is now visible! Once it's the right way, I like to iron all the edges, again to it's easier (and straighter to sew).
Now I like to sew around the whole piece again (except over the hole) I do this fairly close to the edge of the fabric. This just makes sure that it stays together for many years and no filling has a chance to sneak out!
Now your eye pillow is ready to be filled! Put the funnel in your hole and pour the filling in mixed with lavender. I use about 1 cup of buckwheat and 1 Tbls of lavender. Buckwheat can be pricey and sometimes hard to find, so you can use rice or barley or any another kind of oat. Just watch out because some smell worse then others. I find the buckwheat to be odourless and I like the texture.
You can also substitute the lavender for another smell, like dried eucalyptus. I grow my own lavender and absolutely love the smell and find it very relaxing.
Once you have found the consistency you like your eye pillow to be filled at, you can sew up the hole on the end. Make sure you stitch over it 2-3 times to secure it tightly!
If you're heating it in the microwave, I recommend putting a cup of water on the microwave plate with it and heat it in 30 sec intervals until you've reach the desired heat.
If you're freezing it, put it in the freezer for about an hour before use! Enjoy!
I am so excited to start this new journey with you! Writing and Crafting have always been a passion of mine since I could remember! My Nana always used to tell me that I was going to be an author one day with all the stories I would write her. And everyone would always get a handmade card and present from me (and still do, although I think they've gotten a little better over time;)
I have always dreamed about opening my own craft shop and sharing so many different crafting ideas with others. So here it is, Create It Crafts, my online store, where you can find various crafts supplies from lots of categories, so you can complete your own crafts. Along with this blog, I hope to fill your free time with DIY projects galore!
I'm Amanda -a wife, mom of two and small business owner- living on the West Coast and sharing my love of crafting with you! Here you'll find DIY projects, tutorials, crafting tips and so much more!