Saturday, February 25, 2012

One Hour Pillow UpCycle

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One day, about a year ago, I was shopping at a thrift store in Mount Vernon, Washington, when I came upon this...
I was not just excited because of the neat Regency-era picture, the really big deal here for me was:  I had just discovered printable fabric!!!
Since then, I have found lots of inspiration on The Graphics Fairy's wonderful website and have made a couple pillows on my own. I decided to make one tonight for my March Giveaway Jubilee!

I began by selecting the graphic I wanted on The Graphics Fairy, then I create a correctly-sized text box in Word.  The size of my text box depends on how big I want the picture to be on my pillow.  I insert the picture into the text box, then I print it off onto printable fabric.
Next, I assemble my supplies.  I use Elmer's Craft Bond spray adhesive, which bonds really well right away, so I've got to work quickly once I get that sprayed on.  I find my pillows at thrift stores. I take them home, toss them in the wash, and then trim off any loose strings that might be hanging around...good as new!
I always like to position my graphic onto the pillow to get a feel for how it will look.
Then I peel the backing off of the fabric piece and spray it with the glue.  I do the pillow too.
I very gently tap the picture down.  I don't want any wrinkles at all in the fabric.  I also don't want to smear the wet ink.
I knew my pillow definitely needed something extra...but what?  I quickly decided against paper flowers and moved on to something else.
Yes! Raid the vintage jewelry collection!!
I decided on this vintage gold brooch because the swooping design of it reminds me of a bird (there are birds on the graphic I'm using---click on the pictures to enlarge if you need to).  I also chose this purple and gold earring set.  I can use the second earring on a bottle or something to go with this pillow.
Now what this pillow needs is some trimmings!
I found a length of pretty blue vintage lace.
Then I found this cute eyelet trim for around the graphic...but, OH! There's not enough!
Hooray for thrift store finds...I knew this would come in handy!
But, I don't really like the trim all the way around the graphic after all...so I go back to the way I had it!
Now it's time to glue!
I did end up finding a place for those paper flowers after all---I put them at the ends of the eyelet trimming.  See the pretty pink flowers there?
I think this turned out super cute---what do you think?  


  1. That is so cute!!! I love how you used glue.. so easy! :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Looks like you have a winner there..It is beautiful. I might try one in the future. I have so many projects going it feels like I wont ever complete them. Enjoy the weekend.

  3. looks great. Happy Pink Saturday. Wishing you a lovely weekend. xo P.S. have you entered my sweetheart giveaway yet? Only 2 days left to enter

  4. Hi Sarah!

    Love your pillows and the brooch makes it so dimensional! I too love printable fabric and heat transfer.....

    Thank-you for your kind support of Design Gives Back!

    love, kelee

  5. Wow, Sarah, that's beautiful! You're so creative! I'll definitely be back in March!
    Hugs, Cindy

  6. Wow, you really did a nice job! Amazing...I have not yet had the chance to work with printable fabric. Someday!

  7. So cute Sarah....boy you would love my Mom's no sew tape...no more hot glue for me !!
    Check it out some time:))
    Adorable pillow you made~~~!!

    My Mom's website:
    Sealah no sew adhesive double-sided tape

    Kay Ellen

  8. I would never have thought to even do something like this! I love the way you didn't put the ribbon completely around the fabric picture. Who would have thought a small thrift shop purchase could turn out to be such a lovely craft?!

    Tammy - http://www.threedifferentdirections.com

  9. WOW! You really did a great job in upgrading that cute pillow! Keep it up! :)

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