Friday, February 13, 2015

Love Him, Love Her Pillows

Aren't these pillows that Chelsea Alexander made for us! I have to make some now. Here is a little information on how she did it. Check her out on Instagram. She is so talented!

Instagram: @vintagekitchn

2 standard pillow cases
freezer paper
Silhouette Cameo 
Martha Stewart Fabric Medium
Acrylic Craft Paint & Brush
Iron & Ironing Board

Silhouette Users: Love Her
Silhouette Users: Love Him

SVG file: Love her
SVG file: Love him

I separated the designs and determined which arrow needed to go which direction for our sleeping arrangement. Then I resized it to make it fit in the center and be a nice substantial size. I also elongated the size a bit to have it fill the pillowcase more.
To cut the freezer paper, I cut it with shiny side up. I tried it shiny side down first, but the cut wasn't as crisp and clear. I definitely recommend shiny up. My cut settings were set on Vellum. It seemed to be perfect.
Once cut, I had to carefully remove it from the 12x24 cutting mat so I didn't rip the whole thing apart. I don't have a well-used mat yet, but it would probably be easier if yours wasn't brand new/maximum adhesion.
Once cut, position it on your pillow and start ironing (I used the cotton setting) the freezer paper shiny side down on the fabric, one section at a time so you can make sure all the curled up pieces and sections lay flat. IF you make any mistakes or realize it's not straight, just pull it right up and reposition before ironing down again. Make sure you get all the insides of the letters, too.
Also, before you paint you'll want to iron a piece of freezer paper to the inside of the pillow case. This creates a seal so the paint won't bleed. Be sure it's being ironed onto the inside of the correct pillowcase panel.
Keep in mind when ironing that the edges are the most important part of the seal. Double check ALL your edges so your paint won't bleed underneath.
After all your edges are sealed, mix your paint with your fabric medium according to directions on the fabric medium bottle. When you paint, start on the outside and paint toward the center of the letters. Be generous but consistent with the paint. The more you have to paint over an area, the more likely you are to have bubbling of your stencil and the more likely you'll have paint bleed.
Once everything is painted, let it dry completely and peel off your stencil. Let dry according to fabric medium directions and then iron to seal the paint.
Stuff with your most fluffy pillow form and enjoy the best night's sleep!