Ok, the idea of printing on fabric is not a new concept for me, but sometimes I’m just a little slow on the uptake and I just didn’t transfer this concept. I kept it in a box. But I am in LOVE! Sometimes it just doesn’t take a lot to make me happy and this made me happy.
I found some great vintage graphics at The Graphics Fairy. More than I think I will ever use. I also used a quote from Hans Christian Anderson about music that I happen to love and if you’re old, you’ll recognize where I got the other one from.
Then I followed the tutorial that I found at Domestically Speaking for printing on burlap using freezer paper. It’s a great tutorial. I did have to watch my printer. She’s a little old and cranky. I found that I really needed to make sure the leading edge needed to be securely ironed or she (hmmm… He… It?) wanted to lift it up and deposit ink on that edge or smear ink as it began because of that. If I made sure it was ironed well it didn’t do that. I will also add even if it did get a little ink on it, that added a bit to the “aged” look of the printing.
Once I had them printed it was just a matter of making the pillows. Since they print 8.5″ x 11.5″ in order to go through your printer I made the “Happiness is…” pillow a little larger by adding a border of brown burlap. The others I actually left their actual size because I had made large 18″ square pillows out of the brown burlap. So they became the accent pillows.
It’s a great way to get a popular look with a personal twist. Oh, and how much to make 6 pillows complete with designing, stopping for lunch and letting the dogs out who knows how many times (that is my primary job dontcha know?) One day and about $15 ( have I mentioned I’m horrible at coupons? If I had remembered one it might have been cheaper). I will take that!