Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Burlap Pillow...or...If Everyone is Jumping Off a Cliff...

I know, I know....I'm late to the party.  Not only has 'keep calm and carry on' morphed into every other keep calm and eat a cupcake, be merry, or use a lint roller...whatever, BUT I needed to get this out of my system because...  #1  I love burlap.  #2 my bff, Regan saw this little saying for the first time when she was visiting me last fall, and she loved it because she said 'carry on' was sort of the motto in boot camp approximately.  So, I made her a little pillow just because that's the kind of gal I am, oh, and I was going to visit her for her graduation, and I couldn't wait to give her graduation gift (8 months ahead of time), but I didn't want to go empty handed.... 
I got a 'filler' for the midde, and then cut a piece of burlap about 1 inch wider on all sides.  I printed out my message with the cricut onto freezer paper, including the crown that is the top of 'everyone's 'keep calm' subway signs, pillows, tattoos.  I ironed down the shiney side of the freezer paper (best invention ever). 
I've foun (through doing it wrong many times) dabbing a foam brush filled with paint (I also add some textile paint that can be ironed when dried, and then 'permanantly set) over the outlines. 
I peeled away the freezer paper (it sticks down firmly while paiting, but peels right off when you are ready).  I sewed, stuffed, and tried it out on one of my chairs. 
I considered forgetting to bring this to her, but I decided to anyway, it just gives me an excuse to make more for myself. 

3 comments:

jin said...

The header is fabulous. Wonderful tutorial, and beautiful job on the pillow. I really need some pillows in my home.
cheap escort

Michelle said...

It's okay...I'm late in the Keep Calm world myself. Great project, looks nice.

Michelle
http://confessionsofaholidayjunkie.blogspot.com/

Regan and Dave said...

Bestest gift ever ;)! Makes me smile and brings me a sense of calm every time I look at it!