Supplies you will need:
Sewing Skills (sewing pillow and embroidery if you wish to embellish)
* you can skip over these supplies by purchasing printed fabrics here: Ship’s Manor
I’ve always been a huge fan of Autumn and especially Halloween. Ever since I was a child Halloween crafts were a big deal in my family. So, here I am, 30 years later sharing my love of the craft with you. Recently, I came across a great article online about printing images on fabric. These panels could be used for a variety of things. You could attach them to a nice fall hoodie, embellish with embroidery and hang on the wall or… make some pillows!
I love making pillows. They are so versatile. Great for decorations and great for snuggling with.
You can find many great images online that are free to use. They are either free for personal use (meaning you can’t make things with the image to sell and/or you can’t sell the image) or they are in the public domain and can be used in any way you like. “Public Domain” does not necessarily mean the image is automatically yours to do what you wish. The picture or scan was made by someone and just by a click of a camera it gives the rights to the person who clicked. They don’t hold the rights to the original image but the picture they made with the image. So, make sure you always read the rights attached to the image. Now, that that is out of the way let’s make some pillows!
First, find some images. Google is a great tool. You can type in various things like “Antique medicals tool images in the public domain”. Another good search for some cute old-fashioned pictures would be “Ellen Clapsaddle Halloween Postcards”. Once you have found an image you like, and have checked the rights, then save the image.
Second, you will need to prepare your muslin for printing. The instructions can be found here: Inkjet Printing
Third, cut your backing fabric the same size as your printed muslin. I have used a fabric I purchased at a local craft store. The fabric looks like a really odd newspaper print that I would definitely subscribe to.
Next…or fourth, You will want to add embellishments to the muslin. You could outline the print with thread, add beads, use fabric paint to fill in areas or just leave it the way it is. I have decided to just leave it. I like the basic look of it and it will look great in my oddities cabinet.
Fifth, it is time to sew. You can use a sewing machine or do it by hand. You could even use fabric glue. If you are just going to be displaying the pillows then fabric glue is great. If they will get a lot of snuggling time then it’s best to sew them. Place the muslin and the backing fabric face to face. You will sew them inside out. Make sure, if the backing fabric has a print on it, that they are both facing the same direction. Next, sew around the edge of the two fabrics leaving a small opening in the bottom. Turn inside out and fill with fiberfill making sure to push the corners in (you can use a pencil or other tool for that). After filling, close the hole by folding over the edges of the fabrics and stitch it up.
It’s still possible to embellish after this step. You can sew buttons in the corners, or paint with fabric paints. It’s your craft do whatever you want! Have fun!
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