To start with, I wanted a white pillow cover. Well, I found this Restyle pillow form at Target for $4.99- so I bought it and decided to forgo a cover and do my design directly on the pillow.
Instead of using freezer paper stenciling, I chose to use my Silhouette and cut a heat transfer image. For detailed instructions, the Silhouette blog has great tutorials for all their projects.
I used Paint to slightly tweak the design, then change her image into a JPEG file. I then uploaded it to my Silhouette software. I then changed the image to an outline.
I then mirrored the image horizontally, since I am using it with heat transfer.
I cut it out on my trusty Silhouette, then removed the negative space around the image, which left me with this.
I then ironed it on to my pillow, following the instructions on the box.
From there on, instead of sewing the fabric leaves on, I used Heat N Bond to iron them on.
I love it! Since I used scraps from other pillows, I have a real "collection" of pillows.
This project was SO EASY because of my Silhouette! And, since I had all the materials on hand, the total cost was $4.99- the cost of the pillow form.
If you don't have a craft cutter, start saving up for one! I initially balked at getting one since I don't scrapbook or make cards. But I use it all the time for home decor and gifts, and I use it for things such as gift tags, baby shower favors and decorations, church activities, and handouts. Where I might spend have previously spent $25 on a gift for someone, now I spend a fraction of that on supplies for a homemade gift. Seriously- research it. Think about it. Buy one. You'll be glad you did.