Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Guest Post!

If you haven’t been over to The Stories of A to Z, then you’ve missed out.  Shame on you.  Since Beth is my blog friend, I knew I could totally take advantage of our friendship and ask her to be my first guest blogger!  She certainly didn’t disappoint.  Enjoy!

Hello all of you J-a-Girl-Junkies!  Right now I am doing my best Happy Dance over the opportunity to be guest posting today.  (Just imagine Beyonce' at her best.  I'm sure that's exactly what my Happy Dance looks like.)  When I asked Chris what she'd like me to share with you all today, she said, "I just want you to say 'Look at me and how talented I am'."  Oh.  Okay.  No pressure.  If you stick with me through this post you may not see much talent, but you will learn how to make a fantastic pillow without sewing a stitch!

What you will need:
  • Drop cloth
  • Tea towel (optional)
  • Avery T-Shirt transfers
  • Stitch Witchery (hem tape)
  • Fabric glue
  • Ribbon, buttons, fringe, bling (optional)
  • Old pillow or pillow form
I like to buy my drop cloths from Big Lots because you get a gajillion feet of canvas for $10.  The iron-ons and hem tape can be found at Michaels and at Walmart.

Step 1:  Iron the material to smooth out any wrinkles in the fabric.  Canvas requires a lot of steam, so steam away and get a facial while you're at it.

Step 2:  Measure the pillow that you want to cover and add about 2 inches in all directions.  For example, if your pillow is 15x15 you will measure out an 19x19 inch square.

Step 3:  Once you have cut your two squares, place hem tape between the seams and iron away.  Experience the facial once again!

Step 4:  While ironing on top of your counter, have your 2 yr old abscond your camera and take pictures of you.

Step 5:  Seal up three sides of your pillow with hem tape and turn it right side out.  You are now ready to put on some bling!  You can print out any image of your choice onto your transfer paper and iron it directly to your pillow.  I like to use tea towels instead to add a little extra somethin'-somethin'.  

Step 6:  Use fabric glue to glue on your iron-on, ribbon, and buttons.  Of course you can sew this part by hand, but if you're lazy short on time fabric glue works too!  You're almost done, so be sure to admire you're work at this point...and your toes.

Step 7:  Tuck and fold the bottom edge of your pillow like a present and use fabric glue to secure.  Look at how cute it is!

Step 8: Worship the beauty of your handiwork with lots of praise, admiration, and paparazzi .  This pillow is for my friend, Michael's, bedroom, but seeing how cute it looks on my own bed I'm now wishing that my last name began with W.   Michaela requested that I leave the top open as a little pocket.  Perhaps she and her husband can use it to exchange love notes.   

In case you are wondering, I made myself a whole porch full of these babies a few months ago and they have tolerated the abuses of the outdoors (and two little boys) beautifully.

Thank you Chris for entrusting me with a post!  Thank you J-a-Girl-Junkies for sticking it out with me.  I would love to meet some of you, okay, well actually ALL of you, so stop on by The Stories of A to Z for a visit. 

27 comments:

Britt said...

Too cute! I love the idea of little love notes in the pillow and I love the idea of not sewing a darn thing even more!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

who would have thought that you could make a pillow without sewing. Great tutorial!

SharDon Exclusives said...

Such a cute post! I am going over right now to check out her blog. Thank you for introducing her to us & no I have never been over there and I will correct my error right now!

Connie said...

I'm with Britt ~~ no sewing !!
The pillow is so cute. Will have to take a peek A to Z.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I am a pillow junkie and these did not disappoint - so cute!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love this monogram pillow, Beth! You make it sound so easy to do. I'll bet you can get a lot of pillows out of that dropcloth. So nice to see your guest post here on Just a Girl!

Embellished Bayou said...

What a great idea, wonderful job, Beth! I already follow Beth's blog & now you've got a new follower too!

Print Postcards | Marq said...

Sweet! No sewing! Gotta love step 8. "Worship the beauty of your handiwork with lots of praise, admiration, and paparazzi" :D

michaela said...

Tutorial was excellent - I must have a go at this myself sometime. I am so excited by that pillow - as you made it for ME - I will certainly leave my husband a few little love notes in there! Thank you Beth!!

Julia Feitner said...

Fabulous post - fabulous tutorial - fabulous pillow!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Thanks everyone. And if you're wondering, I'm checking comments over here so please leave me one! I'm addicted to feedback and love to receive it. Don't we all? Hi Chris! Thanks again :).

Wendy said...

Love it! This is my kind of project. I am going to try it - one day!

Let it Shine said...

So cute, just love it! Beth, you are awesome and talented!!

Might have to try this and make it a toothfairy pillow!

Alyshia

Amy Jo said...

Great idea! I've got some drop cloths left over from a curtain project and this is what needs to be done with it. Thanks for the tutorial, A to Z.

fawnda said...

Love these pillows! So cute... I wish my last name started with a W too!

I love Beth! So great to see her here too! : )

Country Dreaming said...

Very cool project--I don't mind sewing but no sewing is even better!
Thanks for sharing the idea.

Melinda

2browneyedbeauties said...

Great idea! I want to also let you know that I have awarded you the Honest Crap Award. I was having a hard time e-mailing you so I decided to let you know in this post, sorry. Just go to my blog for the details.

Linds@ THAT'S SO CUEGLY said...

BETH! Thanks so much for stopping by That's So Cuegly! I'm so glad you did ,and that I was able to find YOUR blog! MMMMAZING! Oh how I aspire to have a home decored like yours! One day! Beautiful work...ALL OF IT! You've got a new follower!
Linds

redeemed diva said...

Awesome!!! I needed to know this. My soon-to-be covered in pillows couch thanks you!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

LUV the look you have here!!! Thanks so much for sharing.

Blessings,
Linda

Ruth Ann said...

Great project! Thanks for sharing! I would sooo love to try this! Have a great weekend!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Have already met Beth & love her blog. You girls are both very creative. Beth, I absolutely love the pillows, great idea & a wonderful tutorial. Wish I needed more pillows somewhere.

Miss Mustard Seed said...

What a great project! Thanks for sharing.

Valerie said...

Oooo.. love this one! I have filed this away in my file box at the craftersfilebox.blogspot.com.

Thanks for sharing- both of you! :)

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neither one said...

The monogram on the pillow is just amazing.. great work!

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