Fabric, pictures and pillows. That is something I have been working with lately. Being just a tad bit behind on my homemade Christmas gifts, I started with the easiest of them all.
I have been checking out Pinterest and other blogs that have been using the trick of printing pictures on fabric. There are a gazillion tutorials out there and trying to find just one that was easy to follow and cost effective was an enormous task.
All I wanted was to make a pillow out of this picture ...
I had taken it this summer when I was visiting with Lucas and Sarah. It was Sarah's first time in a lake and she was quite apprehensive. I think the shot is quite touching.
So I continued with the hunt and found a tutorial that Monique posted over at Pocketful of Whimsy a year ago! Here directions were clear and simple and the best part was the only item I needed to buy was the freezer paper. Therefore it was quite frugal.
First I searched through my stash for some plain white cotton fabric ... found some. Then for a suitable homespun fabric that would match their decor ... found it. Now for the scary part.
Ripping off a piece of freezer paper .....
I then ironed my piece of freezer paper to the back of my white cotton fabric. The fabric was roughly 10 inches by 12 inches. I didn't measure it but made sure it was larger than 8 1/2 by 11 inches.
After the freezer paper was ironed onto the fabric, I then trimmed them to fit into my printer. 8 1/2 by 11 inches .... a standard size piece of printer paper. Taking a deep breath I placed it face up in my printer so the picture would be printed onto the FABRIC, not the freezer paper. After two tries ( the printer did not seem to want to grab the fabric ), I gently guided the fabric through and it then worked great.
Watching the fabric come through the printer and looking good was exciting. It actually turned out better than I expected!
Peeling off the freezer paper was easy and I had my picture for the pillow printed on fabric!
Cutting the homespun cotton I had chosen to a generous size of 15 by 18 inches, I carefully trimmed the photo portion and sewed it all together.
Being short of time, I didn't piece the fabrics together, instead I ironed over the edges of the picture and sewed the picture to the center of the front piece of fabric.
Adding a blanket stitch to the edges of the photo fabric in a coordinating thread color and choosing a vintage button, finished the pillow off nicely.
I think it will be cute addition to their little living room.
I enjoyed doing this project and can see limitless possibilities that I will be playing around with in the future. If you like sewing, give this a try. You won't be disappointed. Remember to give your loved ones a hug!