Friday, September 16, 2011

Computer Print on Fabric! For a Pillow

These beautiful pillows really appeal to me!  
I love the vintage botanical look of them.
I love the feel of fall and Halloween in an elegant look!
I did not love the price....
$100 for the Pumpkin Pillow from Burke Decor

$100 for the Sunflower Pillow from Burke Decor





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Here is the DYI version I made from fabric remnants I had on hand.
I used free vintage botanical images and printed on fabric with an inkjet printer.
Let me show you how!

The Vintage Printable Website has an amazing array of images that are in the public domain....and the librarian in me loves copyright free images! 
I chose the pumpkin for my pillow and simply took a screen shot of it.
I used a graphics program to add some text....the french word for pumpkin.
Then I printed the image on lightweight canvas that I ran through my inkjet printer.

I adhered the canvas to freezer paper before I printed.
Simply cut a piece of fabric that is 8 1/2 by 11 and iron it to the shiny side of the freezer paper.  
Then after you print, tear off the paper and you have a beautiful print of any image or words.
Here is a tutorial from The Pine Cone Tea Cup if you need specifics.

I wanted a pretty casual look for our family room.
I used a piece of rust colored fabric for the backing.
I center the canvas print on it...and ran some pretty plaid ribbon over the edges.

I used the pillow sham back to make it really simple.
You know the drill...
  • right sides together
  • trim the corners
  • turn right side out
  • iron
  • insert pillow form
(but seriously, if you need instructions on how to make a pillow....let me know and I can be more specific)
Enjoy!


Inspiration: $100 
Knock-Off- $0 if you have a cupboard full of stuff
$20 if you have to buy freezer paper and ribbon and fabric

Now that fits the definition of Sweetwater Style!
Bet you can do this too!

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