Tuesday Tutorial: Canvas Quote

 

 

Up until recently I had only used canvases for the base of my bow boards.  But thanks to TONS of inspiration from Pinterest, a few months ago I wanted to try something a bit different with them.  While I love making tiles with quotes and verses on them, they aren’t the best for hanging on the wall.  At the craft shows I was doing before Christmas, this was a constant question I had…  how do you display them.  If you don’t have someplace to put a stand, then the tile just doesn’t work.

So I began thinking about other things that would work.  While wandering through the canvas aisle at Michael’s one day, it hit me.  Put the vinyl on canvas and then it can be painted any color as well!

I had my first opportunity to try this out for my sister-in-law.  Recently they were blessed to adopted 3 sweet children!  I had pinned a few adoption “creed” type saying on Pinterest and she also had one she loved.  So instead of cutting it to put directly on the wall, I designed it to go on a canvas.  Come see how easy and yet stunning these turned out!

 

Tutorial: Canvas Quote

Materials

-canvas, any size (I used 16×20)

- paint, 2 colors (one for the base which will end up the color of the letters, one for the top)

- vinyl lettering or alphabet stickers

- foam brush

 

Begin by painting the entire canvas in the base color (the coloring you want for the letters).  You might need to do a few coats.  I left it pretty streaked as I wanted that more aged look for the final project.

Paint the base color on the canvas

 

The next step is important (and of course I didn’t take a picture of this step in my excitement to get the canvas done):

Put the vinyl onto the canvas! 

Once the base coat(s) is dry, paint over the top with your main color.  Again I only did one coat as I LOVED the way the brown was coming through the pink, but you can do a few coats if you want.  You can’t see it but the vinyl lettering is there underneath all that pink.

Paint second color over the vinyl

See, I told you the vinyl was under there.  Here is a close up just so you can be sure!

Close up of the vinyl under the paint

Once the paint has dried, carefully peel the lettering up (yes, that’s right the vinyl will end up in the trash, but the finished product is totally worth it).

remove vinyl lettering

I love the imperfection in the canvas.  It makes the final project look a bit more weathered and tattered.  LOVE that.

close up of lettering

Here is how the final product turned out!  I love it, my sister-in-law loved it, and I can’t wait to make more!

finished canvas

 

Here is another one that I did for her little boy’s room.  He is the big brother and he needed a special canvas to remind him just how important that job is!

This is the canvas with the vinyl still on.  I used a very thin blue paint and I LOVE the way you can see the strokes of the brush!

 

Another canvas with vinyl

Here it is all finished with the cream paint underneath.  I WILL one day be making these for my boys (just not sure where I am going to put it yet!)

Finished canvas

 

What is a verse or a quote you would want on a canvas???

Tuesday Tutorial: Paper Banner

 

Another party happened recently around here and I realized that I haven’t ever done tutorials on how to make your own party decor.  Banners are super easy (although not the quickest project) and can easily be saved for use again.  You can hang them for holidays, birthdays, showers, or really anything you want!

Paper Banner Tutorial

Finished Paper Banner

Materials:

- cardstock (bottom layer, second layer, and one or two papers for the lettering)

- Cricut (or something else for cutting the desired shapes)

- glue or Mod Podge

- tiny hole punch

- brads or ribbon

Gather materials - cardstock

Above you will see the papers I picked out for my son’s Avengers banner.  I wanted to use the red and blue cardstock for the back layer.  Then the red and white polka dots for the smaller layer on top of that.  Finally I just used black for the lettering. Quite often I use a shadow behind my lettering to make the words POP more but in this case I didn’t.  My paper stash is HUGE from all the scrapbooking I do used to do, so most of the time I don’t have to buy paper for my banners unless I am planning an entire party from invites to water bottle wraps.  Then everything needs to match!

To clarify here is what I gather when I am beginning to work on a banner:

-Bottom layer – 4-5 pieces of cardstock in 1 or 2 colors.  I like to alternate colors sometimes, other times I do all one color.  For this banner I grabbed 2 sheets of red and 2 sheets of blue to give me 20 circles (5 per page).

-Second layer – this is mostly decoration so for this I always use a patterned paper that matches the theme. I used 3 sheets of paper and cut 6 circles per page.

- lettering – 1 or 2 colors depending on whether or not you cut a shadow. Here I didn’t.

Cut out all pieces

Once all the pieces are cut out, I like to lay out my banner and arrange it before I start putting it together.  That way if I am alternating the back layer colors I don’t mess up!

begin to layer

I center the layer on the back circle. At this point I am not gluing anything together.

add lettering

Then add the lettering on top to get that all arranged correctly.  You don’t want any misspellings!

arrange entire banner

So here is what my desk usually looks like when a banner is in progress.  From here I start gluing it all together.  I was low on my craft glue sticks and didn’t want to mess with Mod Podge since my boys were all upstairs with me doing school.  Honestly I really love using Tacky Glue Spray Adhesive but it makes a mess and I didn’t have a box to spray onto.  But it makes banners come together SO very fast without the bubbles of Mod Podge.

add decorations

 

To add some color and decorations to the banner I found the Avengers colors that I was using for everything else and cut 4 circles in each color (the extras were used for other party decor and labeling).  Then using some vinyl (because I really didn’t want to have to glue so many pieces of cardstock down!).  The vinyl is already sticky backed so it was like putting on a large sticker.

Punching holes for brads

Next to put the banner together I use a cool tool that I received from my friend, Aimee (she loves handing me down all the scrapbooking supplies she doesn’t need anymore and she has given me LOTS of cool things, this tool being one of the best!)  You can get yourself some at JoAnn’s if you are lucky or you can just order some HERE.
assembling the banner
Now just start assembling your banner.  I like to use brads to put mine together for a couple reasons: they are a bit quicker than stringing the banner on ribbon and they are then able to be saved since they fold up so easily! (see the picture below)
Back view
To make sure they are going to fold nicely (great if you are taking the banner to another location to use or if you want to reuse them in the future) you will need to hook them together in the right way.  One side of the banner needs to be on top for all the circles while the other side is on the bottom.  See the picture below – the right side of the circle is always on TOP of the next circle and then the left side is always on the BOTTOM of the circle right before it.
Banner -right side under, left side on top
See how nicely this folds up!  Now it is time to fold it up and put it away for the next superhero party!
Folded up banner
What are you going to make a banner for first???

 

 

 

Tuesday Tutorial: Simple Superhero Cape

When my 7 yr old decided he wanted a Superhero party I was a bit surprised (all I had heard about for MONTHS was Lego Ninjago so I thought for sure the theme would involve plastic blocks).  Thankfully we have Pinterest now, seriously does anyone use Google anymore???  I know that is the first place I look for just about everything now!  I immediately started pinning away.  Then suddenly the party morphed into an Avenger theme, mainly because the birthday boy wanted to be Captain America.

Since this was going to be a small affair (only 3 guests and the birthday boy), I knew I could do a bit more for the favors.  Capes were a must!  There are many cape tutorials on Pinterest but in the end I decided just to do my own thing.

Superhero Cape Tutorial

Superhero Cape Tutorial

Materials:

  • 3/4 yard of fabric (I used cotton broadcloth)
  • bias tape
  • sewing tools – pins, rotary cutter, matching thread

To start I wanted my capes long so I didn’t cut the fabric (I left if the 44″ – selvage to selvage).  If you are making capes for little ones (toddlers), cutting the fabric in half where it is folded on the bolt would make a perfect length.

First I took one side that was 27″ and made that the top.  I found the center, marked it with a pin, and from there measured out in both direction marking my pleats with pins.  From the center I measured out 3″ then 2″ then again 3″ and 2″.  That way my pleats were about 4″ apart and there were two on each side.

 

 

mark pleats

I then pleated the fabric making sure the pleats faced INTO the center.  I folded the pins that were 2″ apart into each other so they met and then pinned them in place and ironed the pleats.

bring pins together

bring pins together to make pleat

Here is a close up picture of two of the pleats on one half of the cape.

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Here you can see the entire top after it was pleated.

pinned pleats

Once all the pleats were completed I did a quick basting stitch to hold the pleats in place while I hemmed the other three sides of the cape.  That way I didn’t have to worry about the pins coming out or the pleats getting messed up.

Next, I hemmed the cape on the remaining three sides.  I measured 1/4″ all the way around and folded the edges in.  I did this again and pinned as I went.  Then just stitch all the way around the camp.

 

hemmed edges

hem sides and bottom edges

I had a few eager helpers that wanted to sew when I was making these!

mommy's helpers

 

Now for the final step.  To finish the top edge and create the ties I went with bias tape.  I wanted something very simple that would still look nice. I prefer to use the EXTRA WIDE DOUBLE FOLD bias tape.

bias tape to finish top and create ties

I cut my bias tape to 36″ long (next time I think I would do a 54″ cut to make the ties a bit longer).  Then I folded the tape and marked the center with a pin.  Then I lined that up with the center top of the cape.

fold cut bias tape in half to find the center

Pin the bias tape all along the cape (it’s pleated now so it has a slight curve to it.  Fold each end of the bias tape into the folded edges to finish the ends.  Then just sew all the way around the top to secure it closed and to the cape.   Pin bias tape Add bias tape for ties

Find a willing assistant to model the completed cape and let them “fly” off to save their friends from harm.

Cute Cape Model

Here is a view of the back so you can see how the pleats fall.  My model is a bit smaller than the boys these were made for the so the pleats are harder to see.  Final Product

 

 

Here is a view of the finished capes on the Superheroes!  They are quite long but I like that they have room to grow!

Superhero Cape TutorialMy son wanted an Avengers themed party so I then used my Cricut and some iron on vinyl to create the symbols of the various Avengers.  More on that in another post!

 

Tuesday Tutorial: Fort Kit

When it comes to gifts for little boys, there just aren’t as many homemade gifts that can be given.  But this is a quick and easy gift idea that creates HOURS of fun for boys and girls (and their mommies and daddies).  My boys received a fort kit for Christmas in 2011 from a dear friend and they have played with it for HOURS!  I LOVE that it is something that has them get creative and can be played with in SO many different ways.

Want to make your own??? Well let me tell you how…

Tutorial: DIY Fort Kit

 

Fort Kit

Materials Needed:

- twin sheets (I bought two so that the fort could be a bit larger if desired)

- bias tape

- coordinating thread and sewing machine

- clamps

- various lengths of rope

- flashlights (with batteries of course!)

- glowsticks

- a bag to put it all in

- optional – iron on vinyl to label kit

Supplies needed

I bought two twin sheets at Walmart to start with.  I love these since they are under $5 each for just a flat sheet AND they come in a cute fabric pouch.  Up until now I haven’t found a use for these but I always save them just knowing that one day I would put them to use.  They made the perfect pouch for holding the clamps and ropes for the kit.

Start by cutting your bias tape into 8 -12″ lengths and 4 -3″ lengths.  Each corner is going to get a tie and then the loops will be sewn onto the sides of the sheets in the center.  Sew up the open side of ALL the pieces of bias tape.
Fort ties

Fold each 12″ piece of bias tape and sew them onto the corners, backstitching several times.

attach ties to corners

Here are my two finish sheets with all the ties attached.  Now the hard part is done!  Seriously, the rest is pretty much just putting it all in the bag.

Ties attached to sheets

I wanted to label the bag so that it wasn’t so plain.  After cutting some iron on vinyl, it got ironed on and then it was onto the rest of the kit.  (The bag I found from Jiffy Shirts, where I order my craft shirts from.  It was only about #3.25 and came in SO many colors!  You can bet that I bought a few to keep on hand for future fort kits.)

Fort Kit bag

If you have ever made a fort with a blanket and some chairs, you know how helpful clamps would be to keep the blankets in place!  The clamps I purchased at Big Lots for just a couple dollars.  It was a 16 piece set so I split it in half and the other 8 will be used for another kit.  They were put into one of the pouches that the sheets came in and I labeled the pouches with some iron on vinyl.  I did the same with the various lengths of rope.

clamps

Flashlights are a GREAT gift for a boy!  I put some in my boys’ stockings this year and they have enjoyed them!  And best of all I found these in the Target dollar bins!!!  Yep, only $1 for LED flashlights (I bought several more to put away!)  The glowsticks just finish it off.

Glow sticks and Flashlights

There you have it.  Now go off and whip up your very own fort kit to play with!  It is perfect for winter days when it is too cold to play outside and the possibilities for forts are endless!

Christmas Creations

Now that Christmas is over I can show you a few  projects I created for my family for gifts as well as some that I crafted up for others.

I realized right before Christmas that I never posted about my Christmas / Happy Birthday Jesus Countdown calendars.  A wonderful customer asked me to create one of these for her and then I just kept making them.  They were a hit at craft fairs and sold really well on my Facebook page.  I had a few extras so I gave them away as gifts for the boys teachers (their homeschool supervising teacher, preschool teachers, and piano teacher).

Christmas Countdown

This year, we did a drawing for Christmas gifts this year with my hubby’s side of the family.  That was great since his family is getting to be SO big (he has 5 sisters, 4 brother-in-laws, and 7 nieces and nephews!).  I got my sister-in-law Darla and we both share a love for Harry Potter.  So when I saw THIS pin on Pinterest, I knew it would be a great jumping off point for a gift.  I thought a nice tote bag would be a great place to slap some vinyl, I mean – who doesn’t need a bag???

Harry Potter bag

For the next gift, it was one that was requested by a friend.  She wanted tiles made for her mom and mother-in-law for Christmas.  She texted me a picture and then I came up with the design (quite close to the picture she sent).  I haven’t heard whether or not they liked them, but as it goes with all grandparents- if your grandkids names are on it, it will be loved!

Nana Tile

Next, I worked on a few projects for my family.  First, as is Christmas tradition – PJs for the family.  In the past I have bought the boys jammies.  Have you SEEN the price of PJs lately!?!?!  It is crazy! Multiply that by 4 and you will see why I made our own.  I was going to make them all match but upon arriving at JoAnn’s one day I found that all the flannel was like 60% off.  SCORE!  The whole family was with me on this occasion so we all picked our own jammie flannel.  We usually take a family picture of us all in our jammies before we open our presents on Christmas Eve but for whatever reason we didn’t this year.  So this is the best I have…  a picture of 4 of the PJ bottoms after I had finished them.

Christmas PJs

This was probably one of my boys’ favorite gifts this year.  Lego Ninjago is really popular right now among young boys and mine are no exception.  So when I found a tutorial on Pinterest with pattern pieces to make the Ninjago mask on a pillowcase I was ALL over it!  For those that don’t know… I am a bit OCD in the organizing department and with 4 boys I need all the help I can get.  Each of my boys have “assigned” colors so that when I buy things in multiples I try to buy them in their colors. This way I know that the blue towel left on the floor is my oldest’s or the red flashlight in the kitchen is boy #3′s.  Well those colors have become their favorite colors and there just so happen to be Ninjas in those colors as well.  So naturally, those ninjas are their favorites (There is no yellow ninja for boy #4 since Legos are already yellow so I substituted white for him).

Colorful Ninjas

 

As you can see from the pictures from Christmas Eve, they LOVED their pillows and have been sleeping on them each night since!

Ninjago Pillowcase

Pillowcase

 

For my mother in law and grandma in law I made these scarves from some extra t-shirts that I receieved in a T-shirt order one time (they sent 10 extra shirts that were all 4x in size – guess they were getting rid of extra inventory – win win for us both!)  I pinned lots of different t-shirt refashioning projects in hopes of turning these huge shirts into something fun.  They were super easy and turned out SO cute!  I still have more t-shirts so I will definitely be making more soon.

 

I still have a couple more gifts that I made but my mom was sick all during Christmas so her present is still a secret!  More to come once she opens them.

Year in Review: Top Posts of 2012

 

Well here it is the end of 2012.  Can you believe it?  I sure can’t!!!  Where did 2012 go?!?!

It has been a busy year.  One in which I starting {trying} to keep my blog more updated, began my business and started making my creations for you, participating in a few craft fairs, and continued on with homeschooling and my life with my 4 boys.

My goal for this next year is to be more on top of my posts (which means much more preplanning and getting projects done EARLY!).  Crafting is always going on over here it just doesn’t always get photographed and written about.

So here is my year in review: my top 4 posts and a few categories on my blog that are visited quite a bit.  Thank you all so much for taking the time to read my posts and can only hope that they have helped you make your own beautiful creations!

Mom’s Busy Crafting

Top 4 Posts of 2012

Top4Posts

1. Candy Cane Wreath Tutorial

I would have to say this project probably got the most talk on my Facebook page so I am not surprised that this post was the most popular.

2.  Crayon Roll Tutorial

These quick and easy project is perfect for just about anything and everything: birthdays, stocking stuffers, party favors.

3. Burlap Wreath

Love this versatile wreath and how it can be dressed up or down for any and every holiday!

4. Pillowcase Dress Tutorial: Simple Version

If you have a little girl in your life these are perfect for them!!!  And since they only take about an hour to whip out you can make LOTS of them ;)

Some popular categories that were searched quite a bit were my tutorials, my iron-on vinyl posts, and my Cricut category!

I’m looking forward to all that 2013 will bring!  Not sure what the future holds but I do know it will be full of fun with my boys, my hectic and wonderful life, and LOTS and LOTS of crafting!

Happy New Year!

Tuesday Tutorial: Christmas Canvas

OK, So this will NOT be the best tutorial ever!  I didn’t take very good step by step pictures along the way.  1) I just was really excited to get this done and 2) It was around 11pm in the evening when I STARTED working on this!

So here you go!  I’m going to give you the run down of what I did.

 

Christmas Canvas Tutorial

Materials:

- artist canvas – mine was a 22″ x 28″ canvas from JoAnn’s that I snagged for 60% off!

- black acrylic paint

- foam brush

- white indoor vinyl (I get ALL my vinyl from Expressions Vinyl)

I started by painting my entire canvas with my black.

Wait for it to try and then paint on a thin layer of Mod Podge over the paint.  A pin on Pinterest said that this would help the vinyl to adhere to the canvas easier.  This was NOT the case for me.  It *might* have had something to do with the fact that I was dying to get this project finished and didn’t allow it to dry overnight!

While the paint was drying, I cut the vinyl on my Cricut.  I saw this pin on Pinterest and that was the inspiration for this project.  For the vinyl, I used the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge for the stable, the Opposites Attract cartridge for the ADORE, and then Lyrical Letters for all the other lettering.  I can’t remember which cartridge I found the star on.

Mom's Busy Crafting - Christmas Canvas materials

Since I didn’t wait for the Mod Podge to fully dry I had to fight with the vinyl a lot to make it get onto the canvas.  Almost wished I hadn’t put the layer of Mod Podge on.

Here is the final product, all lit up by my Christmas tree.  I am in LOVE with how it turned out!

Mom's Busy Crafting - Christmas Canvas

Mom's Busy Crafting - Christmas Canvas close up

Tuesday Tutorial: Candy Cane Yarn Wreath

We all love Pinterest for holiday decorating ideas.  Since I was now in need of TWO wreaths for my front door I started searching for wreath ideas.  That is when I found this wreath!

Source: etsy.com via Allison

Isn’t it beautiful!  It looked super simple and easy so with my Pinterest App on my iphone in hand, off to JoAnns I went in search of the wreath form, yarn, and the sprigs to add for decoration.  Much to my dismay,  I found the yarn and the perfect sprigs but NO wreath form large enough.  I have two very TALL front doors to two little 12 inch straw wreaths weren’t going to do it.

Again, being a big fan of Pinterest, I had seen MANY times over the pin about using pipe insulation from the hardware store (or a pool noodle – not easy to come by in November!) as a wreath form.  I was trying to save some money and still get a HUGE wreaths for my front door (remember I need TWO now).

I bought some pipe insulation at the hardware store and with the help of a friend’s hubby (I was crafting at her house for a wreath making night and came TOTALLY unprepared – mama just needed to get out of the house ASAP! haha) shaped the circle.  All was good, I was happily wrapping the red and white yarn while chatting with friends.  I didn’t have enough white to start on my next wreath so I decided to leave with at least one finished.  I had bought an assortment of decorations to add to the side of the wreath so with my friend’s help I added a bow and the sprigs I purchased.  THEN the problem was discovered…  the weight from the decorations was totally making the very light foam and yarn wreath hang completely crooked! Notice in the picture that my son’s hand is holding the up the right way.  OPPS!

Candy Cane Wreath FAIL

So back to the drawing board I went.  After sadly pouting over my wreath for a couple of weeks, I finally went to Michael’s in search of two larger straw wreaths (since JoAnns is apparently agains having large straw wreaths in stock).  That evening while my hubby sat beside me watching his “man” shows as I call them, I sat for several hours unwrapping the pipe insulation and rewrapping my  18″ straw wreaths.  Every so often my husband, who loves me dearly and smiles at my crafty quirks, would look over at the and say, “That looks boring.”  Well thanks Babe ;)

After about 3 hours, my wreath was complete.  This time with a much heavier weight to hold the decorations I have added to the side.  Now to complete one more.  This time I took pictures along the way so you could make one too if you like!

Candy Cane Yarn Wreath Tutorial

Candy Cane Yarn Wreath Supplies

Materials Needed:

- straw wreath

-red and white yarn (I made mine into balls so it would be easier to wrap them around and around)

- ribbon

-picks and sprigs for decoration

- zip ties

To begin, I just took the yarn and began wrapping it around the wreath.  There was no need for a knot, I just wrapped over where I began to hold it in place.  I wrapped about 4 inch sections at a time moving all over the section (You could wrap it super tight and make all the strands line up next to each other, but I wanted it to look more “rustic”).  When I would finish a section I would just tuck that color against the back of the wreath and wrap over that yarn with the next color.  By doing this I didn’t have to keep cutting my yarn, I just had a really long piece.

Wrapping the yarn

This part will take you an hour or two so make sure to settle down on your couch with your favorite Christmas movie or TV show while you work!

Once your wreath is done, just decide on where you want to place your decorations.  I wanted mine on the sides like the one I pinned from Pinterest.  I found some berries and snowflakes that were just perfect and then I was given some fun ribbon by my friend to use to hide where all the picks were placed into the yarn (I just shoved them all in!).  To hold them in place I used zip ties.  These babies are amazing and I found them at Dollar Tree in a pack of 60!!!

Zip ties

Sprigs zip tied on

Then it was all finished!  Time to hang it up (and finish the other one – I ran out of white yarn! opps)  LOVE the way these turned out and I can’t wait to hang them up year after year!

Mom's Busy Crafting - Candy Cane Wreath Tutorial

Tuesday Tutorial: Crayon Roll

Crayon Roll Tutorial

Mom's Busy Crafting- Crayon Roll

Materials needed:

Materials needed

  •  3 pieces of farbric cut to 13″ x 5″ (I used two pieces of the main fabric and one piece of solid fabric)
  • 1 piece of fusible interfacing cut to 13″ x 5″
  • coordinating thread
  • elastic hair tie
  • ruler
  • disappearing fabric marker or chalk marker
Directions:
1. Iron the interfacing to the inside piece of fabric that will be BEHIND the pocket. This will help stabilize the fabric when you sew all the pockets for the crayons.

Apply interfacing to inside back piece

2. Fold the piece that will be the crayon pockets in half with the folded edge at the top. Fold pocket piece in half and iron

3. Place the pocket along the bottom edge of the inside fabric lining up raw edges on the bottom.Put pocket piece on inside fabric

4. Mark lines for the crayon pocket using a disappearing ink marker or chalk lines.  The first and last marks should be at 1 1/4 inches.  All other marks should be 3/4″ apart.  These will be the lines where you will sew.  Mark lines for crayon pockets

4. Sew along marked lines.  This is great practice for beginners since you are just sewing TONS of straight lines.  Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each line to keep the pockets from ripping apart.

Sew along marked lines

5. Here is what the crayon roll will look like when all your rows are sewn.  Clip threads.Finished lines - front

Backside of rows

6. Attach the elastic hair tie to the left side of the crayon roll where the pocket and back meet.  Sew into place backstitching over it a few times!

Attach elastic band

7. Place right sides of back piece and pocket piece together and sew around the edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Make sure to leave a 2″ opening for turning.Sew around edge

8. Turn right side out and push the corners out.  Press to that it lays flat.Turn the crayon roll right sides out

Pressed crayon roll

9. Top stitch around the edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Make sure you close the hole where you turned the roll.

Topstitch around crayon roll

10.  Now fill it will crayons, roll it up, and you’re ready to go!

Finished roll

Crayon Roll, rolled up

 

These are GREAT gifts for birthdays with a coloring book or two.  Also they are perfect for stocking stuffers.  Once you have it down, you will be able to crank these out in about 20 mins!

Happy Sewing!

 

 

Tuesday Tutorial: Napkin Pillows

In an effort to do a simple update to our family room decor, I have been on the hunt for new pillows for the couch.  The ones we have are VERY old and have been washed and rewashed hundreds of times.  Needless to say, they have seen better days.

However, in seaching for the perfect pillows I discovered a big problem!  The price of pillows is OUTRAGEOUS!  Seriously, $20 for a pillow, ONE???  Really?!?!  I don’t think so.  Even the “clearance” prices were not something I was willing to pay.  So I had to come up with a better solution.

By now I am sure you are all thinking, “Ummm, hello Allison!  You sew!  Make your own!”  Well, yes I could make some, but home decor fabric isn’t cheap (especially the ones I end up loving).  I do have some put away for Spring and Summer pillows but since it is currently fall, they just won’t work.

So when I came across an idea for making pillows from napkins I was thrilled.  After seeing this post on House of Smiths about using napkins to make simple and easy pillows, I was on the hunt for napkins that I could transform.  So one evening while strolling the aisles of Target I found these!  They went perfect with family room colors and were only $7!

Mom's Busy Crafting: Napkin Pillows

Napkin Pillows Tutorial

Materials needed:

  • napkins
  • coordinating thread
  • Poly-fil – for stuffing the pillow

Sew seams

I didn’t want to fight with the already hemmed edges on the pillow, I kinda liked the idea of the flat edges going all around the pillow, and I really don’t like hand sewing things closed.  So I simply pinned two of the napkins – wrong sides together – and sewed along the existing seam.  Make sure you leave about a 3″ opening so you can stuff your pillow.

Leave an opening to stuff your pillow

Now it was time to stuff!  I had almost a full bag of the poly-fil left over from a previous project so I used that.  It took up the entire bag which is why I only got one pillow done.  Will need to make another trip to the fabric store for more to make the second pillow!

Add stuffing

Pillow all stuffed

Once the pillow was stuffed, I sewed the opening closed.  Now I had to do something about the hemmed edges that I left exposed.  To make them lay flat as one piece I decided to sew them together with a zig zag stitch.  I made my stitches wide so the zig zags would look a bit more decorative.

Need to sew closed

Zig Zagged edges

And there you have it.  A quick and easy (not to mention CHEAP) way to liven up your couch in a matter of just a few minutes!  Can’t wait to get more stuffing and make the second pillow.  Now to keep hunting for home decor fabric to make winter / Christmas pillows!  Or maybe I will just find more napkins ;)

Finished pillow

Happy Sewing!!!