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Stenciled Pillows {tutorial} — New Martha Stewart Decorative Paint Line!!

22 Aug
Last week I came home to a big box of craftiness!! 

 It was the new Martha Stewart Crafts Decorative Paint Line. And let me tell you – this line has things that have never been available before!! 
For one thing, the colors of this line are beautiful — 160 colors to choose from, in all sorts of finishes: Glitter, Pearl, Satin and High Gloss!!

I love this idea — there are special applicator tops that convert paint bottles into tools!! So you can add your paint to the bottle and then screw on an applicator top and you are ready to stencil without having to keep dipping your roller in a paint tray. Not only is it convenient but it also saves on materials and clean up!!


And my favorite thing might be the revolutionary Spray Paint Kit that lets you turn any Martha Stewart paint color into a spray paint.

{What??? Yes, it’s true!!!} 

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. I am not going to be boxed into a project just based on the limited spray paint colors that are available at the hardware store. Now I have 160 colors of spray painting options for projects. This is genius!!

Plus, there are really cool mediums like Chalkboard, Gilding, Glow-in-the-Dark, Etching, Metal Primer and they work on all crafting surfaces including
wood, metal, glass, ceramic, Terra-cotta and fabric.  PLUS,  it’s
indoor/outdoor safe and  is dishwasher-safe when used on glass. And it’s non-toxic, so it’s safe to use around your kiddos. Amazing!! 

 Just think of the project possibilities – the sky’s the limit!! 

I was on vacation when my package arrived, so I only had one day to play with the products, but I am SO excited to try out all of the different products in this line.

And the stencils are FAB!!

I made a few different pillows for my new Kitchen Makeover.

Stenciled Pillows Tutorial:

 

  • Measure your pillow form and add 2 inch to the width and length of your pre-washed fabric.
 
  • Add Paint and Fabric Medium to Roller Container.

  • I found the trick was to roll the paint on and then use the smaller sponge to smooth the paint over the fabric. This smoothed the paint and made the surface even. 
  • Then, once the painted dried, I ironed the pillow fronts to “set” the paint. This makes the paint washable.
  •  The last thing I did was I sewed the pillows together. And guess what?? I made my first zippered pillows. So fun!! A tutorial on that coming up soon!! 
 

I also made two other pillows using Martha Stewart supplies. The first was I made over this star pillow. I used the Spray Paint Kit. It was incredible. It works just like regular spray paint!! It is a little pricey — so save your 40% off coupons 🙂 **I have a link to a coupon at the bottom of this post.


Then I used one of the special brushes to make lines on the pillow. I love that it looks hand done!

 

And the last pillow I made I added rows of ruffle fabric and stenciled the word “Family” with another of the Martha Stewart Stencils.

I had such a ball experimenting with this new Martha Stewart craft line, brought to you exclusively by Plaid Crafts. The product is available at Michaels stores in the US and
Canada starting the last week of August. You will love all of the possibilities this new line will bring to your creative projects!!

**Here is a link to a 40% off Michael’s coupon

All opinions are 100% mine.
Full post disclosure here.
And, there are so many wonderful tutorials using this line coming up in the next two weeks from dozens of creative bloggers. I can’t wait to see all of the fun projects!! Be sure to check out the ones today from: 
Have a Wonderful Day!! 

And if you want more information, here’s a video from Martha demonstrating this line:
xoxo

PS — If you want to win some product from this new Martha Stewart Craft Paint line, some giveaways will be coming up. I’ll let you know about them. So stay tuned 🙂

Porch Makeover Part 2 — make a 10 minute pillow cover out of cloth napkins!

28 Apr
The sun is out and I love looking at my freshened up front porch. Yesterday I showed you my Chevron Frame Door Hanging {with Washi Tape}:
And today I want to show you a 10 minute pillow you can make out of napkins!

Take two cloth napkins. I found mine at Target.
If you can find a pillow form that’s the same size as the pillow, all you do is sew around the edges of the napkins, with the napkin outside facing toward each other. Then turn it right side out. Leave one seam open so you can insert your pillow form. Or, you can also stuff it with cotton batting material.
I cut out some Heat Transfer material letters that spell HELLO and ironed them on the pillow cover. Another fun idea would be to print out your HOUSE NUMBER!
I also took a 6 foot length of ribbon and sewed a big running stitch down one end of the ribbon and gathered it. 
Then I wrapped it around until it made a flower and then I sewed it onto the front of the pillow cover. Then I took a scrapbooking fabric brad and used some fabric glue to glue that in the middle of the flower.
Then insert the pillow form or stuff it with cotton batten. Once the pillow is stuffed, then pin the seam together with the edges
folded under. You can sew the seam shut or use hot glue. And if you want
to wash the pillow cover, you can use velcro strips to close the seam
and that way you can open it up and take the pillow cover or batting out
and wash the cover.
I love how my new pillow brightens up my bench!

I took another matching napkin and put it on top of my little side table and then I also took a little striped gray Ikea platter and attached a doily and another brad to the center and added that too.  I love the yellow and gray/black theme on my porch!

And I have a fun surprise for you tomorrow.
Something to help YOU makeover YOUR front door or outdoor space!!
xoxo
PS — Have you heard about the NEW Creative Conference — SNAP? It’s going to be held next year 2012 and I am so excited about it!! 

Porch Makeover Part 2 — make a 10 minute pillow cover out of cloth napkins!

28 Apr
The sun is out and I love looking at my freshened up front porch. Yesterday I showed you my Chevron Frame Door Hanging {with Washi Tape}:
And today I want to show you a 10 minute pillow you can make out of napkins!

Take two cloth napkins. I found mine at Target.
If you can find a pillow form that’s the same size as the pillow, all you do is sew around the edges of the napkins, with the napkin outside facing toward each other. Then turn it right side out. Leave one seam open so you can insert your pillow form. Or, you can also stuff it with cotton batting material.
I cut out some Heat Transfer material letters that spell HELLO and ironed them on the pillow cover. Another fun idea would be to print out your HOUSE NUMBER!
I also took a 6 foot length of ribbon and sewed a big running stitch down one end of the ribbon and gathered it. 
Then I wrapped it around until it made a flower and then I sewed it onto the front of the pillow cover. Then I took a scrapbooking fabric brad and used some fabric glue to glue that in the middle of the flower.
Then insert the pillow form or stuff it with cotton batten. Once the pillow is stuffed, then pin the seam together with the edges
folded under. You can sew the seam shut or use hot glue. And if you want
to wash the pillow cover, you can use velcro strips to close the seam
and that way you can open it up and take the pillow cover or batting out
and wash the cover.
I love how my new pillow brightens up my bench!

I took another matching napkin and put it on top of my little side table and then I also took a little striped gray Ikea platter and attached a doily and another brad to the center and added that too.  I love the yellow and gray/black theme on my porch!

And I have a fun surprise for you tomorrow.
Something to help YOU makeover YOUR front door or outdoor space!!
xoxo
PS — Have you heard about the NEW Creative Conference — SNAP? It’s going to be held next year 2012 and I am so excited about it!! 

Guest Project — make a Mod Peacock Pillow with PDF{tutorial}

26 Apr

Today’s tutorial is from one of my favorite bloggers. Amy from Positively Splendid. Amy is adorable and she has SPLENDID ideas. I had the treat of meeting her at Blissdom this year and then again at Creative Estates a few weeks ago. She is as adorable in real life as she is on her blog. 

 {here we are with Emily of Decor Chick and Jess of Frugal with a Flourish at Blissdom}
Hello, everyone! I am absolutely over the moon to be sharing a project here at Tatertots and Jello today! Jen’s blog is among the first I ever followed, and I never cease to be inspired by her wealth of creativity. I’ve had the privilege to meet Jen in person twice now, and I have to say that she is just as charming in person as she is on screen!

My name is Amy, and my blogging home is known as Positively Splendid, a place where I share about my passion for all things creative. As a wife and mother of three (with our fourth due in the fall), I find pursuing creative endeavors to be the thing that preserves my own unique identity. I love taking ordinary ingredients and transforming them into something lovely!
My goal is for my blog to be a little haven of crafting and DIY inspiration, and a place where creative people of all skill levels can come and feel right at home. Because I feel strongly that everyone should be equipped to create something beautiful on their own, each and every project at Positively Splendid is explained to the last detail with step-by-step photo tutorials. I like to think of each tutorial as sitting down with friends to learn something new together! I would love for you to stop in for a visit!
Today I’m going to share with y’all a tutorial for how to create a vibrant and fun throw pillow cover to punch up your home decor. This project was inspired by this gorgeous rug I came across on Modern Chic Home a few weeks back.
All set to make a peacock pillow of your own? Let’s get started!

For this project, you will need…
Printable Templates
An 18″ pillow form
White cotton twill fabric
Washable ink marker
Freezer paper
Grey spray paint
Felt in assorted colors
Coordinating thread
Basic sewing supplies: Machine, shears, etc.
Optional: Rotary cutter and mat
Prep Work

Print off and cut out your feather template.
Cut your twill fabric to the following dimensions:
(1) 18.5 x 18.5″ square
(2) 18.5 x 11.25″ rectangles
step 1 / Trace your template onto your freezer paper your desired number of times, and cut out your shapes. For my pillow, I used 17 feathers. Use your washable ink marker to mark the precise center of your square piece of fabric. Iron one of your feather pieces directly over this mark, taking care to ensure it is straight. Now, iron your remaining feather pieces in your desired configuration around your center piece, making sure each feather is evenly spaced as you work. 
step 2 / Spray your fabric piece evenly with your paint, applying 2-3 light, even coats. When the paint has dried, remove and discard your freezer paper pieces.
step 3 / Cut 3 pieces of freezer paper to 8.5 x 11″. Print the circle templates you downloaded above onto the dull (unshiny) side of your freezer paper. Note: For my pillow, I printed 2 sheets of the large circles and 1 of the small circles. Iron your printed templates onto your felt, distributing the circles among your different colors as desired. Carefully cut each of your circles out, and discard the freezer paper backing.
step 4 / From each of your small circles, cut a small notch, as shown. Carefully stitch these smaller pieces onto the lower portion of your larger felt circles. Place your stitched pieces at the bottom of the feather spaces on your pillow front, aligning them toward the bottom point of each feather. Carefully stitch around the perimeter of each circle to affix them to your pillow front. Repeat until each feather space contains a circle piece.
step 5 / Fold one of the long edges of one of your rectangle pieces under 1/4″; press. Fold under another 1/4″; press. Stitch this hem to secure. Repeat with the other rectangle piece. Lay your completed front panel on a work surface, right side up. Place one of your rectangle pieces on top of your front piece, right sides facing, so that the top edge and corners of each piece are aligned and the hem you just sewed runs through the center, as shown. Pin. Place your other rectangle piece over the other two pieces in a similar fashion, this time aligning the bottom edges and corners. Pin. Note: Then hemmed edges of your rectangle pieces will overlap by 3 inches at the center. Using a 1/4″ seam, stitch all the way around your pinned pieces. Clip your corners, and turn your cover right side out. Slip your cover onto your pillow form.
All finished!

Thank you so much, Jen, for having me over today! I hope to see y’all over at Positively Splendid very soon!

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 Amy – that is just so cute. 
Amy has so many wonderful ideas, I don’t know where to start. Seriously. 

{this is the first project of Amy’s that I was introduced to — Metal Flowers}

{She makes the most amazing pillows — check out these Patriotic Outdoor Pillows}

{And I adore her Boy/Girl room — she made all of the bedding — amazing}

{And another Fab idea — Personalized Nursery Canvases}
AMAZING!! Seriously, every single idea that Amy does is wonderful. You will want to see all of the new ideas at Positively Splendid!!
xoxo
PS — I made over my front door and porch today. I can’t wait to show you what I did. Here is a sneak peek: 

Have a great day!! 
xoxo

30-minute Textured Embellishment Pillow

16 Mar
 I made this little pillow the other night. 
I guess I didn’t realize that St. Patrick’s Day is so close!  
But you could actually make this pillow for any occasion — just change the word out to whatever you want to say. 
 This is a basic, envelope pillow which requires no zipper. Cheryl from A Pretty Cool Life has a great 10-minute Pillow Cover Tutorial that will show you how to make one.
I used my Silhouette to make the word “Lucky” and I had some left over pink heat transfer material left over from my Valentine’s Pillows, so I used that. But if you don’t have a Craft Cutter, you could stencil a word on your pillow. OR, write on it with Sharpie. Have you seen the Sharpie pillows from Dear Lillie?
I like the combination of pink and green — kind of preppy! 
When you are using Heat Transfer material, be sure to flip your image {mirror image} on your settings. 
I attached the word to my pillow cover with my iron.  
Then I made a messy, textured arrangement.
To do this I took 5 different types of material. I ripped each strip of material 1 inch wide by 16 inches in length. I ripped 2 or three strips for each pattern of material. So I ended up with about 15 different strips of material. I also had a length of lace left over from a different project, so I added that too. 
Then I made three Rolled Flowers. I have a detailed Rolled Flower tutorial here if you want directions on how to make these. 
I love adding these little rolled flowers to all sorts of projects. They are very versatile. Then I looped the material up in a messy arrangement and sewed a few straight stitches across all of the strips with my sewing machine to anchor them all in place. 
The last thing I did was take a needle and thread and sew on the three rolled flowers on top of the arrangement. I also put some fabric glue under each of the flowers to make sure they were really attached well.

So that’s my Quick and Easy 30 Minute Textured Embellishment Pillow.  
You could make one with your daughter’s name on it or one for Spring with — 
BLOOM, WELCOME or HAPPY {instead of Lucky} and stick it on a chair on your front porch! 
I was also thinking the embellishment might be fun to make into a brooch or a headband…
I hope you are having a Wonderful Week 🙂
 I’m linking up to the Spring Fling!!

this blessed nest

xoxo

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30-minute Textured Embellishment Pillow

16 Mar
 I made this little pillow the other night. 
I guess I didn’t realize that St. Patrick’s Day is so close!  
But you could actually make this pillow for any occasion — just change the word out to whatever you want to say. 
 This is a basic, envelope pillow which requires no zipper. Cheryl from A Pretty Cool Life has a great 10-minute Pillow Cover Tutorial that will show you how to make one.
I used my Silhouette to make the word “Lucky” and I had some left over pink heat transfer material left over from my Valentine’s Pillows, so I used that. But if you don’t have a Craft Cutter, you could stencil a word on your pillow. OR, write on it with Sharpie. Have you seen the Sharpie pillows from Dear Lillie?
I like the combination of pink and green — kind of preppy! 
When you are using Heat Transfer material, be sure to flip your image {mirror image} on your settings. 
I attached the word to my pillow cover with my iron.  
Then I made a messy, textured arrangement.
To do this I took 5 different types of material. I ripped each strip of material 1 inch wide by 16 inches in length. I ripped 2 or three strips for each pattern of material. So I ended up with about 15 different strips of material. I also had a length of lace left over from a different project, so I added that too. 
Then I made three Rolled Flowers. I have a detailed Rolled Flower tutorial here if you want directions on how to make these. 
I love adding these little rolled flowers to all sorts of projects. They are very versatile. Then I looped the material up in a messy arrangement and sewed a few straight stitches across all of the strips with my sewing machine to anchor them all in place. 
The last thing I did was take a needle and thread and sew on the three rolled flowers on top of the arrangement. I also put some fabric glue under each of the flowers to make sure they were really attached well.

So that’s my Quick and Easy 30 Minute Textured Embellishment Pillow.  
You could make one with your daughter’s name on it or one for Spring with — 
BLOOM, WELCOME or HAPPY {instead of Lucky} and stick it on a chair on your front porch! 
I was also thinking the embellishment might be fun to make into a brooch or a headband…
I hope you are having a Wonderful Week 🙂
 I’m linking up to the Spring Fling!!

this blessed nest

xoxo

This post sponsored by

Simple Sewing Project – Ruffle Pillows!!

21 Dec
Is it weird that I made pillow covers to match my Ruffle Trees? 
{Yes, I did. I may have an obsession with Amy Butler fabric, just saying!}

I made these pillow covers in about an hour – seriously. 
This is a fun way to change up the look of your room. 


If you want to make some — they are simple and require only straight stitches:

  • First measure your pillow forms. Add 1 inch to each side for the front. Then take the front and add 8 inches to the length and cut it in half. This way there will a 4 inch overlap to hold the pillow in. 

  • Then make your ruffles. Double the width of your pillow to get a length for the ruffle. I made my ruffles 5 inches wide. Then cut the ruffle out — my ruffles were 5 inches wide and 32 inches long. 
  • Now fold the fabric over so the right side of the fabric is facing in. Pin the fabric and sew a straight line all the way down. Now you have a long tube of material. Turn the material right side out.
  • The next thing is put the seam at the bottom and sew a stitch (using your biggest stitch setting) all the way down the fabric tube. Do not backstitch. Ruffle up the fabric by pulling on one of the strings. Set aside. 

  • Do this with however many ruffles you want. I put one ruffle on some pillows, and a couple ruffles on others. But you could also make some pillows completely filled with ruffles – it’s up to you! 
  • Once the ruffles are done, pin them on the front of the pillows where you want them to be. Then sew the ruffles on the pillows fronts. 
  • Now you will need to hem the edges of the pillow backs. I turned the seams over twice so there would be no fraying. 
  • Then pin the front and backs of the pillows together. Remember to put the right side inside of the pillows. 
  • Sew the pillow together. When you are finished, turn the pillow right side out. Push the edges out with a pencil or something small. Then iron the pillow flat. 

  • Now this is a good trick to make the pillow form keep it’s shape. When the pillow is right side out, sew a very small seam all the way around the pillow cover. I made mine about 1/8 of an inch in width. This makes the pillow sit up straight and makes it so you don’t see the back of the pillow from the front.

  • I also forgot to mention that I used the coordinating fabric from the pillow for each pillow’s back material. So ruffles on the front match the back of the pillow. 

  • And don’t worry — if you mess up the back of the pillow. You can always improvise to make it work. One of my pillows didn’t overlap enough so I had to sew some ribbon on the back to tie so the pillow would stay in the cover! LOL

   I love these pillows – they brighten up my family room on a cold Winter Day!!! 

xoxo
PS It’s almost Christmas, you are probably right in the middle of wrapping presents. I’m over at Tip Junkie today — sharing my favorite Gift Wrapping Ideas!!! 
Come over and find some ways to spice up your Christmas packages.
Homemade Christmas Ideas

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