Wool Wave Pillow

 

 

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This project is part of the So You Think Your Crafty Contest.

To say that I am excited about being a part of this competition is a big understatement.

Our theme for Week One, was “Stash Bust”.

I have been hoarding pieces of wool for a while now, and this was the perfect opportunity to use it.

These are 1/4 yard cuts of wool. Some are hand dyed, some are re-purposed. Usually they are used in quilting or appliqués, but I had a different idea for them.

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My vision was a Wool Wave Pillow. This pillow only took about an hour to make from start to finish.

wave pattern

I created the wave pattern by cutting rectangular strips of wool 3 1/2″ wide. I used this piece of wavy Frog Tape as a pattern for the wave design, and cut ONE of the LONG edges into this wave pattern. After trimming the first piece, I cut 8 more identical ones for a total of 9 pieces.

 

front of stitching

I cut each piece from a different color of wool, you could use all the same colors if you wish.

The next step was to stitch them together. I found that my wool stretched slightly as I worked with it because of the bias cuts, which made it a bit difficult to sew. I would recommend putting a piece of Stitch Witchery underneath each seam and fusing them together with a warm iron before stitching to eliminate some of the stretch. Stitch Witchery is available from Amazon.com.

To sew the pieces together, I over lapped the wave edge of the first piece on top of the straight edge of the piece underneath, then top stitched along the wave edge from the right side. The blanket stitch worked well for this method, I used black thread so it would be easy to see and added some contrast.

back of stitching

This is what the pieces look like from the BACK SIDE. If your wool is thick, you may want to trim away some of the extra seam allowance, I did not since my wool was rather light weight.

Each piece was assembled the same way until the end. For the last piece, I INVERTED the wave to have the straight edge on the right side (basically the two wave edges overlapped for the last two pieces). This gave me straight edge on both the right and left sides, thus a neat rectangular piece to sew the black flannel backing on. I left a hole of 6″ to stuff the pillow with poly fiberfill stuffing, then slip stitched it closed with a needle and thread.

pillow and sofa

The pillow is now my favorite addition to our living room, I love the bright colors against our new teal sofa!

Check out the other projects in this week’s competition here.

Have a great day!

Ink Effects Heart Pillow

 

 

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Welcome friends! Today I am playing with paint!

I am loving how my crafty project turned out!

I painted these watery hearts on water color paper and then transferred them to this white pillow case.

It may sound complicated, but it’s not.

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This pillow is printed with a product I newly discovered over at Decor Art called Ink Effects. I ordered the purple and magenta colors for this project.

process

The other supplies you will need are water color paper, tooth picks, a water color brush, jar of water, medicine dropper, pencil, scissors, an iron and a light colored cotton pillowcase.

Instructions:

1) Cut out a heart shape as desired (I used scrap paper for this). Trace on to the water color paper to use as a guide for painting.

2) Dip the brush in the water, wet the paper generously from top to bottom.

3) Using one tooth pick per color, dip the tooth pick in the Ink Effects paint, then drag it around on the wet paper. You can mix and blend the colors, letting the water on the paper carry the ink where it wants to go. This is not a time to worry about colors running together, they are supposed to do that.

painting

Your work should look something like this. The water color paper may curl a bit while wet, but don’t worry about it, it will flatten as it dries.

4) Let your work dry completely, at least 30 minutes.

5) Cut out your heart shapes from the painted paper.

6) Arrange painted side down on to your pillow case, using a hot iron (on the cotton setting), iron for 3-5 minutes slowly moving the iron over the entire shape over and over to complete the transfer.

Remove the paper and admire your work!

Tip: Try not to move the paper around or it will blur the artwork. Also, remove the paper slowly and peak under the corner to be sure all of your image transferred. I had to go over a couple of parts of it again to completely transfer the entire image.

finished

There is something romantic about water colors and hearts.

Makes me want to curl up and read love letters…….more on that later!

I had so much fun with this project. I painted an entire pad of water color paper. The only reason I stopped was because I ran out of paper.

Guess I’ll be making a trip to the craft store tomorrow.

Ink Effects is simple and easy to use. I have been researching transfer methods, and so many of them are complicated. I love being able to just iron this one!

This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship, I can tell!

I will have more fun crafts to show you with this product in the future!

Do you have a craft to share? Come on, let’s link up over at the Spring Craft Blog Hop!