Friday, December 16, 2011

Anniversary Pillow

I originally saw this type of pillow on Pinterest, so I decided to tackle it on my own, and I must say, it was E-A-S-Y.  I made a few for our family members for Christmas, and this would also be a really neat gift for a wedding/anniversary.

Here's what you'll need:
  • 1/2 yard Burlap/Linen Fabric - Hobby Lobby ($2)
  • Black Fabric Paint - Hobby Lobby ($1)
  • Stuffing - Hancock Fabrics ($3 with 40% off coupon)
  • Computer and Printer (for type)
  • Small scissors
  • Paint brush
  • Smaller paint brush or q-tips
  • Sewing Machine (or hand sew, if you're patient)
  • T-Square or ruler
Total Project Cost: $6 per Pillow

First, print out your letters. I used the "Arno Pro Caption" font in the following sizes:
  • name - 245
  • "est." - 150
  • year - 130
The reason the "est." and year are different sizes is because the same font size for numbers is taller than the lower case letters and I wanted it to all line up nicely.  I used Word and made the margins very small to get all the letters on the same page. Don't worry about the vertical spacing between the name and est. year; you are going to make those separate pieces. Print. 

Then, you will need to cut out the letters and numbers to create a stencil; I used the tiny scissors from my manicure set. Remember to leave parts of the letter attached where there are centers of a letter (A's, G's, E's, 9's, 8's, etc.).

Now you will need to cut your linen fabric to the size you would like (mine were about 18" x 16" at this stage).  They don't have to be perfect, since you are going to measure, sew and cut your pillow later. Lay out some newspaper and tape your stencils to your linen.

Now, we start painting. FYI this gets messy.  You will need to hold down the edges of each letter as you are painting it to ensure the paint stays within the lines. I would recommend blotting the paint on vs. normal paint strokes.  Once you are done, you can take off the stencils and touch up where you left parts of the letters (I used a Q-Tip), and let it dry for a few hours to be safe.

If you see at the bottom of this pillow, I accidentally got paint outside of my stencil, so to balance that, I added another little splotch at the top to make it look like it was less of an accident.  The greatest part about this project is that since these look old, they don't have to be perfect; in fact, I think they look better when they have imperfections.

Then, sew up the edges leaving a slit to stuff the pillow.  You could also use a pillow form, but I wanted to be able to customize the size of my pillows.  Stuff the pillow and hand sew up the slit.


P.S. I will be posting a tutorial on how to make the ruffle pillow behind this pillow in the coming weeks.

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