Have you tried QuiltAttitude™ a print at home, transfer to just about anything product. I recently received a package of Quilt Attitude™ and had to just give it a try. With July 4th around the corner and my love of sewing I decided a pillow to sit on one of the chairs outside the front door would be the perfect project. I gathered my supplies and set to work.
Two sheets of Craft Attitude™, Quilt Attitude™, Floral Attitude™, Shoe Attitude™, Jewelry Attitude™ or Scrapbooking Attitude™ (This product is so versatile it has numerous names. They all work for this project.)
Three coordinating fat quarters of fabric
Two Steam-a-Seam2 fusible web sheets
One Crafter’s Choice 16″ Pillow Insert
Rick Rack, Embroidery Thread & Needle
Computer & Printer
Basic sewing supplies
I choose to play with fonts on the computer and words that described not only the United States but the Fourth of July specifically. My plan was to have two panels of words and then balance the project with fabric in the opposite corners. I drew two 8 inch squares on my computer and filled in the space with phrases using a variety of font, font sizes and three colors of ink. I also added a star or two to each square to balance everything. Next I read the printing directions and chose to reverse the wording of my designs on the computer rather than set up my printer to print them mirror image. You need to do this one way or the other as the words will transfer backwards if you skip this step. Here are my two printed panels….
After letting the ink set for a couple of hours, I trimmed the transfer sheets leaving a 1/4 inch border. Next step…go back to your instructions and read carefully how to transfer to fabric. I chose the fusible web method and pressed my transfer sheets to Steam-a-Seam2 fusible web. I achieved success the first time out which goes to show you that great instructions are key, I however did go over the instructions a couple of times.
I cut eight 4 1/2″ squares, cutting four from a striped fabric and four from a dot fabric. Using 1/4″ seams I quickly sewed four squares together to create one of the quarter panels. Repeat to create the second panel using the remaining four squares. If you would like to add rick rack or another trim, now is the time to do so. I choose to attach the rick rack using french knots. Stitch the fabric quarter panels to the Craft Attitude™ transfer panels, alternating their placement and referring to the project photo. Press seams towards the fabric panels. Stitch the two halves together and press. Reminder: to do let your iron touch the Craft Attitude film, always use a pressing cloth.
Once the pillow front has been completed, embellish with buttons or other items of your choice. Measure the pillow front and cut a backing fabric using this measurement. With right sides together sew backing fabric to pillow front leaving a six inch opening along one side. Turn right sides out and press. Insert a 16″ Crafter’s Choice pillow form and hand stitch the opening closed.
That was pretty simple and very Patriotic. Have fun this 4th of July,
|Finished DesignI recently acquired the membership to the Duetica Lettering Arts Studio which was recommended to me by my good friend, Eileen Hull. After talking with Mark and Adrienne at Duetica I was sold on the concept and will become one of their guest bloggers as I like the system enough to recommend it on my own. The Duetica Lettering Arts Studio provides for a very low cost access to numerous custom designed fonts and the ability to work between not only different fonts and sizes but each font comes in a variety of combinations that all seamless fit together.
This is the first project I created using the system the first time out of the gate so to speak. Here is how I created this fun pillow which I intend to give a housewarming gift to my daughter .
|Tracing the Design onto your fabric.|
I started by choosing what I wanted to transfer onto the pillow front. I chose to use their initials as the kMn & kNm were kind of unusual. I selected the Woodwinds font and quickly tabbed through multiple versions of lettering styles within the system. I enlarged the font to 230 and printed out the 3 sheets of paper. I then used a light table to trace the lettering onto my fabric using a pencil.
|Adding weight to the Linework|
The next step was to use a Sharpie fine marker and trace around the lettering filling in the lines here and there and varying the width of the stroke. I used a piece of copy paper which I laid over the ink and pressed using a hot iron with no steam. The ink is now set.
|Painting in Designs|
The next step is to paint in the center of the letters. I used Tumble Dye by S.E.I to paint in the letters. I combined fuchsia, pink and yellow to achieve the coloring you see on the pillow front. While the ink does not act as a full resist, I found that I could carefully brush in the paint right next to the ink allowing only a small space for the ink to flow and had no problems. S.E.I. has a great tutorial on their website, check it out.
Once you have completed your line work, painting and have heat set the inks and dyes it is time to create your pillow. There are many ways to make a pillow and sometimes simple is the way to go. For a detailed explanation of making your own pillow I suggest to go over to the Fairfield site as I have instructions along with some other great designers on exactly where to start and how to finish your own pillow.
Thanks for dropping by and be sure to check out Duetica, Fairfield and S.E.Ito see what you can do.
The birds are chirping and the sun is shining. It is time to spruce up my outside patio and I think these two pillows just might do the trick. I loved the variety and bright colors of all of the berries in the fabric and was able to find the perfect colors in the stash of batiks to create some fun piping. Not settling for only one row of piping, I doubled up, creating a two for one. It is a lot simplier than you might think. Simply create to rows of piping using cording between bias strips of fabric and your zipper foot, butt the two rows of piping together and stitch. They are now one piece and can be used as any other piping might be used. For full instructions on creating your own outdoor pillows as well as an article on outdoor fabric choices- click on the Clotilde Sewing Savvy logo next to this post and you will be directed to my latest newsletter post on this subject.
by Lorine Mason
One yard of fabric; weather guarded for water resistance and/or sun damage*
Two 1/8 yards of coordinating batik prints for binding
Two yards cotton piping cord filler
Weather Soft™Pillow Inserts; one each of 12” x 18”, 18” square
Velcro®Brand Soft & Flexible Sew-On fastener
*Optional: Scotchgard™Fabric Protector spray
Cut the following:
Encase the piping (C) between two (A) sections of fabric right sides together and stitch using a ½” seam. Repeat with the remaining piece of piping and fabric sections.
Create a double turned 1” hem along the one side of each of the (B) sections. Stitch Velcro (D) over the hems, referring to the diagram for placement of each of the hook and loop sides.
With right sides together and the back opening overlapped, pin the front and back sections together. Stitch around the circumference using a ½” seam. Turn right side out and press.
Insert pillow form. Optional: If you are not using Weather resistant fabric; in a well-ventilated space spray the finished pillow with Scotchgard™.
Weather Soft™Pillow Inserts
Velcro®Brand Soft & Flexible Sew-On
Scotchgard™Fabric Protector spray
Fabric – ©Elizabeth Golz Rush for Robert Kaufman