Thursday, January 31, 2013

DIY Valentine's Day Pinterest Projects - Pottery Barn Knock-off French Postcard Pillow

In my last post I showed you how I made the above chevron hearts pillow like the one I saw on Pinterest.  Today I would like to share the Pottery Barn-inspired french postcard pillow like the one originally shared on the Confessions of a Plate Addict blog. It may be my favorite!

I really liked the burlap fabric that was used to make the original version of this pillow, but I had red fabric left over from making the chevron hearts pillows, and you know how frugal I am (frugal...not a cheapskate. There is a difference. Really.), so I had to use it rather than go out and purchase new.

The materials I used for this project:

*red cotton/poly blend fabric, cut into 2 equal-sized pieces (each the desired     size you wish the finished pillow to be, plus 1" extra on height and width for hemming
*matching thread
*Crafter's Images photo fabric (found at Michael's)
*Heat n' Bond
*polyester fiberfil

Debbie, the talented blogstress of the above mentioned blog, graciously shared the image for the french postcard, but it was backwards for transferring.  Because I was printing it directly on white fabric (the Crafter's Images photo fabric), I needed it to be normal. I first saved the image to my computer, opened Microsoft Word, and inserted the saved image to a new document.

Once that was done, I needed to turn it so that it was not backwards.  Under the "format picture" option, I clicked on "rotate," then "flip horizonal."

Once it was flipped, I made sure it was the size I wanted for the pillow and printed it out on a piece of paper to double check.  When I was satisfied, I then printed it on the photo fabric.

If you are not familiar with the Crafter's Images photo fabric, it comes in a package of six 8 1/2 X 11 white cotton twill, paper-backed sheets that you just run directly through an inkjet printer.  Once you have the desired image printed on the fabric, you cut it out, peel the paper off the back, run it under cold water for 30 seconds, and let it dry. Once fairly dry, you are good to go - no transferring necessary.

Here the image is printed on the fabric:

After peeling paper from back and rinsing:

Once dry, I ironed a same-sized piece of Heat n' Bond on the back, peeled the paper off of it, then ironed it onto one of my already-cut pieces of red fabric.

I liked the look of the French postcard sewn onto the fabric, so I chose to sew it to the piece after ironing.  You can skip this step if you don't care, as it is already adhered to the fabric at this point.

The next step is to put the right sides of the two pieces of fabric together and pin them for sewing.  You are going to be sewing it inside-out on 3 sides.  Leave one of the short sides open for flipping and stuffing.

After stuffing the pillow, turn in the hem and sew the last side closed.  Ta-da!  You now have a cute pillow to add to your Valentine's Day decor or to give to a friend to show your love:) The best part is you didn't have to spend a boatload of money to do it!

*If you would like to see how to make the chevron hearts pillow, clink this link.

1 comment :

  1. Too cute! great idea! loved lot the making out of chevron hearts pillow really very interesting!!!
    Valentines Day images