So sorry to everyone who has been waiting for a new post! I had family in town and some pregnancy issues and just couldn’t get to my blog like I would’ve liked to last week.
(Remember the fabric artwork? Doesn’t it look great in here!)And heres a close up of the little stuffed owl I made out of a hand towel and scrap fabric:And heres a better look at the easy DIY leaf lamp my little sis and I made out of polar fleece and an old lamp shade:The baby quilt was I made from a $4 bath towel, white polar fleece, and scrap fabric. I just used the scrap fabric to applique birch trees that mimic the wall mural. You can also get a look at the block printed bird pillow I made.And finally, heres the Alphabet Pillow that I will be showing you how to make right now.Theres still a lot I want to do in the nursery. The drapes need to be hung (I’ll be using a tree branch as the curtain rod), I need to make the baby mobile (I’ll be using branches and wood craft cutouts of woodland creatures), once we pick out a name for this little guy I’d like to make some sort of name banner over the crib, and I’m in the process of crocheting a rag rug for the floor. But, I’m loving the way its turning out so far. My hubby was hesitant (I don’t get why he still doesn’t trust me) when he saw the aqua wall colors (he thought they were “too girly”), but once the mural was on the wall and the antlers were hung over the changing table, he was in love. Now I catch him just sitting in the room with the lamp on, rocking in the chair. Preparing the nursery has really made us both excited for baby boy #2.
Anyway, like I said, I’ll be showing you guys how to make the alphabet pillow today, but let me know if there are any other projects from the room that you’d like me to write a tutorial on and I’d be happy to share all of it with you.
So lets get started on this crazy easy pillow! Heres the breakdown:
Cost: Mine cost $0 to make since I had everything on hand already. But if you don’t have everything I’d estimate the project will cost between $10-$15.
- A white pillow (or pillow cover; check out Ikea for plain throw pillow covers in various shapes, sizes, and colors). My pillows were actually pillow inserts that were meant to be covered but I just simply unstuffed them and then sewed them back up when I was done printing my letters on them.
- Medium to large foam alphabet stamps. I got mine at Michaels a while back and they are double sided with the capital letter on one side and the lower case letter on the other. Any font will work as long as it is not TOO busy and easy to read.
- Fabric paint in two colors that coordinate with the color scheme in the room. I did this project obviously for my baby room which is in aqua and orange but I also think it would be smashing in a library or family room in more sophisticated colors.
- Paper or cardstock to put inside the pillow case to prevent the paint from seeping through.
- Foam brush to apply the paint to the stamp.
- Iron to heat set the paint when dry.
And that is seriously it! So easy and I bet you have a lot of this stuff on hand or you know a crafty friend who’d let you use hers. Ready to go then? Lets do this!
- Cut a hole big enough to get the stuffing out of the pillow along the seam of one of the sides of the pillow if you’re like me and using a pillow you already have. If you have a pillow cover, simply lay it flat on the table and insert your pieces of cardstock. Be sure to have enough cardstock in there to cover the entire portion that you’ll be stamping to prevent seepage (what a lovely word “seepage” is…ugh).
- Organize your stamps in alphabetical order so that you can work quickly and easily.
- Squirt your fabric paint colors onto your painting pallet (I use a plate covered in tin foil as my pallet).
- Okay, nows where you can decide how “perfect” you’d like your pillow to be. Like I’ve said before, I like imperfect projects because I don’t have the patience to “perfect” them so I simply found the center of my pillow, decided how many letters I’d like on each row, and went for it. But if you’d like something less “handmade” looking I suppose you could use a ruler and painters tape to tape off your rows like writing paper to insure that everything is straight. If you are lacking the confidence to just “go for it”, I suggest that when you stamp your first pair of letters (a “pair” meaning the capital and the lower case) you do the pair that is going to be in the center of your pillow. That will give you a good starting point to work the rest of your alphabet around. Basically, step 4 is just to decide how you’d like to lay out your letters. Heres my finished pillow again to give you a reference point:You can see I did 4 letters across and 6 letters down with the “Y” and the “Z” in the center at the bottom. Based on the size of your pillow and the size of your stamps, you can play around with the layout to find which you’d like best.
- Once you got a plan of action you can now decide which letters you’d like to POP out by using the second accent color. I was originally just going to choose random letters throughout the alphabet to paint in orange (my accent color) but then my little sister Jenna came up with the brilliant idea to spell “F-O-X” with my accent letters. I thought it was great since the letters happened to fall in such a way that your eye read them as “fox” and that it was inkeeping with my woodsy theme for the room. You can try doing a word like this or just accent random letters. Whatever you decide, I love the look of just a few simple letters standing out on the pillow like this.
- Once you’ve decided, its time to get stamping! Are you ready for this? The trick is to wet the letter stamp with not too much and not too little paint and to quickly and firmly press straight down onto your fabric and pull up. If you press at an angle or move you’ll smudge your letters so it might be a good idea to practice a few letters on some scrap fabric until you feel like you got the hang of it. Heres my craft stamps I used to do this project. (Sorry its kind of upside down but you get the idea).And heres a look at my pillow halfway complete. A little skeewampus but I guess I’m a little skeewampus myself so its befitting.
- Once you have all your letters stamped onto your pillow, allow adequate time to dry (it took mine about 30 minutes but follow the instructions on the paint you have) and then heat set with a dry iron if your paint so requires. Most fabric paints will.
- If you printed your alphabet on a pillow cover then YOU’RE ALL DONE!!! But if you’re like me, you simply need to restuff and fluff your pillow and sew the seam closed.
And thats it my friends!! So EASY and cute isn’t it! Here are some more tips and ideas you can use for this same project:
- Dye your plain white pillow case with teabags and use sepia tones for your letter colors to make a vintagey fun alphabet pillow for your home or office.
- Use foam letter stamps in different sizes and fonts to create a oober-eclectic alphabet pillow.
- Try to highlight your little ones name in the alphabet by stamping out the letters of their name in the accent color.
What do you think? Can you do it!? Of course you can!!! Have fun and let me know how yours turn out! See this in the updated nursery here.