If you have ever wanted to learn how to sew a bolster pillow, this post is for you! Plus I have a super simple way to add words to a pillow. Nope that is not embroidery. I will spoil the surprise for y’all. My secret is glue! Amazing right? This post is actually sponsored by Elmer’s Products as I joined onto their craft crew for 2015. The project is entirely mine as are any opinions.
I thought I would add a chevron stripe pillow cover to my craft room. Yes a chevron stripe pillow. Just a few stripes not the entire pillow. How do you get just a few chevron stripes on fabric? FrogTape® Shape Tape™ of course! You can see more in this FrogTape how-to about the amazing FrogTape® Shape Tape™. Now lets make one great chevron stripe pillow cover.
Cut out your tractor into pattern pieces. I removed the window from the tractor and the centers of the wheels for patterns as well.
Pin the pattern pieces to the interfacing and cut out. NOTE: Be sure not to get your pieces backwards. Remember the “front ” of the interfacing will be pressed to the backside of your fabric.
Fuse the interfacing to your fabric according to the instructions on the interfacing. Be sure to use steam, a damp pressing cloth, and press for the recommended time.
Cut out the pattern pieces from the fabric and layout on your gray fabric. Pin into place. You can see I used the red chevron for the tractor body, black for the wheels, and white for the window/inside of the wheels.
Use your black and red thread to go around your appliques. I went slowly and got right on the edge of the fabric. I used a very short zig zag stitch on my machine and actually went around each piece twice.
Cut the gray appliqued fabric and the red chevron to about 1 inch larger then your pillow. Place right sides together and sew around three sides. Complete your corners on the fourth side but leave the majority of the pillow open (as shown below).
Turn the pillow right side out and push the corners out with your finger.
Insert your pillow form or old pillow.
Turn under the seam allowance and pin across the bottom. Sew closed on your sewing machine or by hand.
Give your pillow to your little guy to enjoy!
I know my little guy is thrilled with his new “tractor”. What other appliques would you apply for the little boy in your life?
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I have already made doily curtains for my living room. Then I thought a doily pillow would be wonderful. How do you make a pillow in under 15 minutes? Read on to find out.
So I moved on to projects for me. I picked a fairly detailed mason jar design next. I followed my previous steps exactly. Using the same methods to put the paper in the light box, tape it down, expose it, then rub under water. The detailing on the mason jar came out…how should I say…rustic. It was good in spots, other spots lifted that should not have lifted, some spots did not lift that should have came off. It was NOT a perfect screen by any means. Detailed designs just do not seem to work with this particular kit. But I did not give up. My next screen, I used a basic chevron pattern on the largest screen available. Again following the instructions. Overall the screen came out very well. There were a few lines that were not as sharp as I had hoped. But I continued on with my projects. First up, a white stocking for $1 purchased at the Dollar Tree.
So I decided to go for more! I have yet to jump on the chevron bandwagon. But I thought a touch of chevron would be tons of fun in my home. So I found this pillow cover at the Dollar Tree for $1. It is a tone on tone gray stripe.
From certain angles the effect is so subtle you can hardly see it, from others it is bolder. This is exactly what I had pictured in my head!
- I believe this product has tons of potential.
- It does have a learning curve before you are going to be able to master this one.
- Overly detailed designs are probably not going to come out how you planned. I hope Plaid works on this aspect some more and comes up with a solution.
- Product is available at Hobby Lobby for about $40 for the kit. In comparison with the competitors, this is a very reasonable price. If you are going to buy this and try it out, I would recommend picking up a package of refill screens along with your kit. It may take you 2-3 screens before you get the hang of creating a screen.
- Ink takes a very long time to dry on fabric (24 hours). And you have to wait 72 hours before hand washing. I mention cause I am not a patient person. 🙂
- Screen has to be exposed in the light box for a full 25 minutes. Again if you are not a patient crafter be prepared.
- You cannot expose the screens to light before placing them and your design in the light box. This means working in a dark barely lit room. I got the hang of it after just a bit.
- Screens come in three sizes: 6.7 in x 8.4 in, 6.7 in x 9.2 in or 7.5 in x 10.2 in. So the largest screen is not even a full size sheet of paper. I handled this by moving the screen around my project and using it multiple times.
Overall I loved playing around with this kit and got some great projects out of it. With a few improvements, this could be a really great product. Right now if you have a simple design that you need to reproduce multiple times, this kit might just be for you!
Plaid sent me the product to review. All opinions and ideas are 100% mine!
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