InstructionsThese pillows were made over time. Each one has a center piece that was sewn by adding fabric to frame it. For the cardinal pillow I used a 12" pillow form. For the leaf and art pillow I stuffed them with fiber-fil.
The images for the cardinal and art pillow were printed on to cotton fabric and then cut and sewn. The leaf pillow was made using a leaf stamp and ink on fabric.
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Type of item: Home Decor
Fabrics, pillow form, fiber-fill, basic sewing supplies, injet cotton sheets, images to print, leaf stamp and ink pad.
What was your inspiration?
Leaf pillow: My inspiration for this pillow came on a trip with my sisters. We were at an art studio and I saw these pillows I just loved. It was the first time I thought, "I think I could make that one!" It was easy and I've made another for a gift since then.
Cardinal pillow: I found this image online and wish I could attribute it to the artist. Since it is not for sale, just my personal use, I printed it out on to fabric and made a pillow which I really like.
Art pillow: My younger sister, Elizabeth Parsons, is an artist and won an award with this very small collage. I increased the size using PhotoShop, printed it on to cotton and then made the pillow using a very soft, plush brown fabric.
What are you most proud of?
Figuring out how to add a back - glad to have the Internet for help!!
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Make sure your front and back are sized properly so that when you sew them together it fits! I went online to find a tutorial on how to add the back using a very easy approach.
Also, when using stamps, you need to first practice on a piece of material so that you can figure out how many images you can stamp before inking again, and how much ink you need to start. Took a little practice to get it right!