Occasionally Crafty: Bird Pillow

September 1, 2010

Bird Pillow

Thank you, Jessica from Running With Scissors.  I love the bird pillow cover she designed and wanted to do a version of it for my entryway bench.  I chose to do things a little differently than her tutorial, but again, a huge shout-out for providing the pattern FREE!

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.
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9 comments:

  1. looks so awesome with your other pillows, and I wish I had a Silhouette!

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  2. The pillow looks great!!! Actually, they all do. Good job!

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  4. Ohhhhhhhhh that is fantastic!!! I have to create that for my daughter.
    Gorgeous!!!

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  5. It's so great, wish I could sew like you !

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  6. I found you from The Girl Creative. I love this adorable bird print! I am a new follower and I can't wait to see what other fun fall crafts you come up with!

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  7. Those look great! I love that they are all different but coordinate so well!

    I'm your newest follower...your blog is great!

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  8. I love these pillows!!! I am here from the BHSJW and am your newest follower.

    Jonie
    easyascutandpaste.blogspot.com

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  9. Love that pillow. I've asked for a Sillouette for my birthday and my birthday can't get here fast enough (May)!

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