If you are wondering about if I sell the “Little Houses” pillow, please read this updated post (click on the highlighted text link).
I think it is ironic that the things I put off until last (the pillows) are the first thing I am sharing from my family room reveal. I do not enjoy sewing as much as I do using power tools. In fact, the only way I survive without yelling at the sewing machine is I pretend it is just another power tool. Because really, it is.
I have a problem. I envision a room before I even start and I know exactly how I want the room to look right down to the fabric. Problem is, most of the fabrics I have invented in my head and then I can’t find it in real life. I have been painting fabric for about 8 years now. If I can’t find what I want, I create it myself!
The pillow in the back came from ……… Walmart! I know, I am still shocked too. I have never bought a pillow from there before but I was walking by I saw this one and it was the perfect color and had great texture. The one with words on it, I made. It is kind of my favorite :)
When I was growing up my dad listened to country music. I still love it. There are so many memories of bouncing around in his dusty old truck listening to the old songs like Statler Brothers, Oak Ridge Boys, George Straight, and Randy Travis. I remember one song that stuck with me. Remember I have said many times in the past that I was an odd child. I was, even at a young age, always thinking about my future house. I REALLY wanted to live in a small cottage style home. The song that I loved was called Little Houses by Doug Stone. I painted the words to the chorus on to a pillow because it is how I feel about my little house.
I used my Silhouette machine to cut out the words in vinyl. The vinyl is sticky on the back so it sticks to the fabric while I paint. Picking off all the “insides” of the letter took what seemed like forever. But it was worth it :)
I used fabric ink because I had some on hand from another past project. But paint with fabric paint medium works well too. The ink takes longer to dry so make sure it is really dry before taking the vinyl off or it will smudge.
Moving on the the couch pillows……You would think that a bold yellow striped fabric would be easy to find. But it wasn’t. I used painters tape, paint, and fabric paint medium (you can buy it at crafts stores by all the other craft paint).
I wanted to find a canvas that was a color close to the wall color. That was nearly impossible too. So I bought white canvas fabric and soaked it in very watered down paint (the same paint I painted the walls with). I squeezed the water paint out, laid them flat on a tarp, and after they dried I washed them in the washing machine. Unlike with dyes, you don’t have to wash it all by itself. If the paint is all dry it won’t bleed on to anything else in the wash. I have done this before and talked about it when I did my office pillows. I love how it looks faded on some spots where the paint didn’t absorbs as much. It looks worn, which for me is perfect!
I added a wood button (one on each side) to the canvas pillow. We had a tree fall down in a giant wind storm this past summer and it broke my heart. I vowed to use as much of it as I could so it wouldn’t go to waste.
I cut a tree branch on my miter saw. I drilled two holes and then soaked it in polyurethane. It was very porous so I knew that brushing it on wouldn’t be enough. Then after it soaked for a few minutes I dabbed off any excess polyurethane and let it dry.
The pillow in the middle is made out of yellow ticking fabric. I was able to find it online. I used the same fabric to cover the bench on the opposite side of the room.
The pillows on the crate I adore! The Moroccan patterned pillow came from Pottery Barn. You know when all the stars align and you find exactly what you want AND it is on mega clearance? THAT is what happened with this awesome pillow.
The key pillow I also make using my Silhouette and fabric ink.
I LOVE a big houndstooth. So I new I wanted a pillow with that pattern.
I couldn’t find a graphic yellow houndstooth fabric so I again turned to my Silhouette machine.
It was obviously more work to make all these custom pillows. I would have rather just bought all of them instead of just two of them. But I am picky and I know what I want. Even though I dislike sewing, I am glad I did it because the pillows are exactly what I wanted :)
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