I saw this idea on someone else’s blog and couldn’t wait to try it. She has a good tutorial but I’ll show you how I did it too. I was eager and wanted to do something small that I could get done by Valentines Day. John Lennon always comes to mind when I’m trying to think of something clever and “all you need is love” is the perfect sentiment.
Luckily with all my sorting and organizing I knew I had a bit of white linen fabric. I had a brand new sharpie in the drawer and the only stencils I had were some freebies I had thrown in box. See, my organizing has paid off already. I knew where everything was.
I cut a piece of the linen and laid cardboard (from my IKEA boxes) underneath the fabric and followed the instructions. I penciled the letter first in case I made a mistake, then, still using the stencil traced the outside of the letter with the fine point sharpie. The layout was a bit tricky because I couldn’t put lines on my fabric, but by outlining the letters as I went I could eye it pretty well. After removing the stencil I filled in the letters free hand.
The piece of fabric is small so I needed to come up with an idea to turn it into a pillow. I’m trying not to make whole pillows, which take up valuable shelf space. Instead I’m making pillow covers or temporary sleeves which are much easier to store.
I decided to turn it into a band to wrap around my white pillows. I’ve done this with some needlepoint lately (more to share in next months posts!) and decided this was the best way to use this piece and give it a good couple of weeks on the sofa.
I can’t wait to come up with the perfect quote and some new stencils and maybe some different fabric and make another pillow. Check out more details and pictures on the Wit and Whistle blog and tell Amanda I sent you. Stay tuned!
Tips: If you’re not a sewer, buy ready made pillow covers, slip the cardboard inside and grab your sharpie.