DIY Old Pillow Project
DIY Old Pillow Project
Today I want to share with you how to recycle a pillow, I didn’t have any fall theme pillows around in my house so I thought, “why not make one?” I found a pillow I didn’t really like any longer and so that begin my “DIY Old Pillow Project.”
Supplies for 16″ X 16″ Pillow:
- Old Pillow, 16″ X 16″
- Pillow Fabric, 3/4 yard
- Burlap, 5 1/2″ wide
- Contrast Fabric, 1/8 yard
- Heat Bond Tape
- Sewing Machine
- Craft Paint
- Letter Stencils
- Optional: Felt Leaf
I removed the ruffle by cutting it as close to the pillow seam as I could get and now I am ready to do my word panel.
I happen to have some old card stock stencil letters, I guess it pays to save things, otherwise you can buy these letters at a craft store, like my favorite store Hobby Lobby, http://www.hobbylobby.com/search/?text=stencil+letters or at Walmart, https://www.walmart.com/search/?query=stencil%20letters%20template&typeahead=stencil%20letter
I laid my letters out on the burlap cut to the width of my pillow fabric and positioned the letters evenly and taped them all down in place with masking tape. Using a stencil brush I dabbed black fabric paint onto the letters & then let them dry for a few hours.
While the letters on the burlap are drying I prepared my fabrics, I measured the pillow fabric to be 1/2″ wider all the way around to give me a 1/4″ seam. For the contrasting fabric that goes under the burlap panel, I measured it to be 1″ wider and folder over & pressed a 1/4″ on each long side.
Prepare your fabric for the placement of your word panels. In order to have it centered I folded the pillow fabric & contrast fabric in half and matched it up to be centered. Now we are ready to place the harvest theme panels on the pillow fabric. Using “Heat Bond Tape,” I cut 4 strips of the heat bond tape the length of both the fabric & burlap. As you see in the photos you put them in position as close to the edge of the panels as you can & press them in place.
I have never used this type of heat bond tape, it works really nifty! You press it right on the white tape side, it is has a shine to it & then peel the white strip off & there you have your bonding side, turn it over and press it down onto the fabric.
With the pillow fabric wrong sides together it is time to sew along 3 sides, leaving one side open for slipping the pillow into. After sewing clip the corners at an angle, makes the corner a nice shape when turned right sides out, and trim any excess fabrics. Turn the fabric then press a 1/4″ seam into the inside, place pillow into your pillow cover and slip stitch open seam shut.
I wanted to add a felt fall leaf, but I didn’t have one so I decided to make my own. I have a hard plastic leaf stencil form, using a very fine tip marker I traced the leaf onto while felt, cut it out and dabbed craft paint on it with a stencil brush. Glue it on with the heat bond tape or tacky glue. The colors I used for my leaf are: orange, yellow, leaf green, Indian red & tapestry wine, you can use any colors you like, I just played around with them until I got the combination of colors that I liked.
And there you have it the “DIY Old Pillow Project”