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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

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Great Ideas — Home Decor {and a winner}

3 Feb
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Ahhhhmazing Kitchen Makeover! @  Sweet Something Design
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I am LOVING this craft space @ The Feminist Housewife

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 This Bike Tray makes me happy @ FabuLESSly
 I got to see this Fabulous Bunting Bracelet in person this weekend – so cute!  @ Mod Podge Rocks
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 Turn a Changing Station into a Media Center @ Sparkle
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Great Craigslist Bench Makeover @ Black Cab Designs
 So smart – stencil Faux Grain Sack Pillows @ {Primp}
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_t14N-ZKt3jE/TUImuLuRNhI/AAAAAAAACz0/W61ZO2OyKa4/s1600/blog+projects+018.jpg
Make a fabulous Fabric Flower Pillow @ Love of Family and Home
https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/img_0957.jpg?w=200
Pretty Sewing Space @ Onesie Twosie
 Such a Stylish Sunburst Mirror @ Ten June
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And upcycle your old blinds into a Happy and Unique Sunburst Mirror @ A Girl and a Glue Gun
 Great idea — create a Perpetual Calendar @ Our Humble A{Bowe}d 
Datebasket1
 Love this – plan, pre-paid dates for the entire year @ Find Joy in the Journey
Create a Spring-ish vignette with cake plates and cloches @ Chic on a Shoestring
 Fun Idea — Make a Scrabble Tile Pillow @ The Bird’s Papaya
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_mkCOcf0FOTk/TUKBOzgUu7I/AAAAAAAABP8/4EbO823iJS4/s1600/re-vamped+pillow.jpg
Create a Rolled Rosette Pillow @ Craft Goodies
https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/etsy2b020.jpg?w=225
I love this Grey, Poufy Pillow @ Christina’s Adventures
Make a Family Bird Portrait – so cute! @ Corner House
https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/aug26studio21.jpg?w=225
Wow – I want one of these – an adorable creative studio! @ Backwoods Cottage
valentine's day advent calendar
 Make a DIY Countdown Board @ Infarrantly Creative
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_6cn8iNhmNYo/TUEES7l-_VI/AAAAAAAAFxc/9y4air0B_58/s1600/60.jpg
Ok – how cute is this party idea? Mashtinis!! Mashed potato bar @ Moore Minutes
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What a yummy treat – make Oreo Whoopie Pies @ While He Was Napping
Holy cow you guys — 635 project were linked up last week. 
And they were all fantastic. 
I LOVE seeing your projects!!! 
The winner of the Handmade Shoes from little posh bebe  is: 
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Courtney’s Mommy
Handmade Baby Toddler Shoes Lydia Black Lace/ Silver  Mary Janes
Keep little posh bebe in mind for beautiful, handmade shoes and children’s accessories.
xoxo

PS — I hope you are all safe and keeping warm in this winter weather!! 

Great Ideas — Home Decor {and a winner}

3 Feb
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_8giPcpsPUJs/TUDMz_S80SI/AAAAAAAAJEY/IefujrR0QE4/s1600/IMG_5227.JPG
Ahhhhmazing Kitchen Makeover! @  Sweet Something Design
 http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_QYAejoVmHHI/TUGIXGIotGI/AAAAAAAABPg/h-rB8dM7DWI/s1600/DSC_0017.JPG
I am LOVING this craft space @ The Feminist Housewife

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_jgMJdX5Saj4/TUe4sL9gnXI/AAAAAAAAAZk/5KN4CXlEknM/s1600/IMG_1669.JPG
 This Bike Tray makes me happy @ FabuLESSly
 I got to see this Fabulous Bunting Bracelet in person this weekend – so cute!  @ Mod Podge Rocks
 http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_76tedz3-rQE/TT26ZWp1BQI/AAAAAAAAAMc/5s9ZG8HQHuM/s1600/DSC_3308.JPG
 Turn a Changing Station into a Media Center @ Sparkle
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_aXR8Bxp5OrI/TUIELmKAr8I/AAAAAAAAAMM/wr32lvYUgbE/s1600/DSC04208.JPG
Great Craigslist Bench Makeover @ Black Cab Designs
 So smart – stencil Faux Grain Sack Pillows @ {Primp}
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_t14N-ZKt3jE/TUImuLuRNhI/AAAAAAAACz0/W61ZO2OyKa4/s1600/blog+projects+018.jpg
Make a fabulous Fabric Flower Pillow @ Love of Family and Home
https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/img_09571.jpg?w=200
Pretty Sewing Space @ Onesie Twosie
 Such a Stylish Sunburst Mirror @ Ten June
https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/dsc043281.jpg?w=245
And upcycle your old blinds into a Happy and Unique Sunburst Mirror @ A Girl and a Glue Gun
 Great idea — create a Perpetual Calendar @ Our Humble A{Bowe}d 
Datebasket1
 Love this – plan, pre-paid dates for the entire year @ Find Joy in the Journey
Create a Spring-ish vignette with cake plates and cloches @ Chic on a Shoestring
 Fun Idea — Make a Scrabble Tile Pillow @ The Bird’s Papaya
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_mkCOcf0FOTk/TUKBOzgUu7I/AAAAAAAABP8/4EbO823iJS4/s1600/re-vamped+pillow.jpg
Create a Rolled Rosette Pillow @ Craft Goodies
https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/etsy2b0201.jpg?w=225
I love this Grey, Poufy Pillow @ Christina’s Adventures
Make a Family Bird Portrait – so cute! @ Corner House
https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/aug26studio2.jpg?w=225
Wow – I want one of these – an adorable creative studio! @ Backwoods Cottage
valentine's day advent calendar
 Make a DIY Countdown Board @ Infarrantly Creative
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_6cn8iNhmNYo/TUEES7l-_VI/AAAAAAAAFxc/9y4air0B_58/s1600/60.jpg
Ok – how cute is this party idea? Mashtinis!! Mashed potato bar @ Moore Minutes
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Ua7MOQeSe3s/TTUCxRqCcuI/AAAAAAAABXk/wPL4kFDR0Ks/s1600/whoopie_pies.jpg
What a yummy treat – make Oreo Whoopie Pies @ While He Was Napping
Holy cow you guys — 635 project were linked up last week. 
And they were all fantastic. 
I LOVE seeing your projects!!! 
The winner of the Handmade Shoes from little posh bebe  is: 
[courtney2BIG.jpg]
Courtney’s Mommy
Handmade Baby Toddler Shoes Lydia Black Lace/ Silver  Mary Janes
Keep little posh bebe in mind for beautiful, handmade shoes and children’s accessories.
xoxo

PS — I hope you are all safe and keeping warm in this winter weather!! 

{{{Valentine Pillows}}}

27 Jan
I never really decorated for Valentine’s Day, until last year. And then it was like a big light bulb went off in my head!  
Now I think Valentine’s Day is in my top 3 favorite holidays to make projects for. 
 
Here’s a little project I made last week, using cute fabric, heat transfer material and my Silhouette.
{{Valentine’s Pillows}}

I wanted to make some pillows with a kind of modern twist!
And if you don’t have a Silhouette machine, you could still totally make these. All you need to do is print out an image and then put the image behind your heat transfer material and trace the image onto the heat transfer material. Then cut it out with scissors or an exacto knife. You might have to hold the image paper and heat transfer paper up to a window while you trace it out.
I made the heart using the Silhouette software and then downloaded the thought bubble from the Silhouette Online Store.
The pillows are simple, flap backed pillows with a 4 inch overlap in the back. 
**And my secret to pillows that keep a nice shape is this — after making the pillow covers, turn them right side out and iron them flat. Then sew a tiny seam all around the edges of the pillows. This keeps a nice, sharp edge.
Now I have some festive pillows for the 14th!!  
Yay!! 
And, if you follow TT&J on Facebook, you know that I am in Nashville at Blissdom!! I have met so many fun bloggers so far. It’s so fun!! We had a little party tonight where I was able to hang out with Beckie from Infarrantly, Kami from No Bigggie, Lorie from Be Different, Act Normal, Allison from House of Hepworth’s, Mique from 30 Handmade Days and April from Funky, Vintage Kitchen. Plus so many more cute girls!!! {Kellie from This Blessed Nest took this picture — she is so adorable IRL too}
Have a Super Day!!!!

I’m linking up to The CSI Project’s 
Pantone 2011 Color of the Year — Honeysuckle! 
Visit thecsiproject.com



{{{Valentine Pillows}}}

27 Jan
I never really decorated for Valentine’s Day, until last year. And then it was like a big light bulb went off in my head!  
Now I think Valentine’s Day is in my top 3 favorite holidays to make projects for. 
 
Here’s a little project I made last week, using cute fabric, heat transfer material and my Silhouette.
{{Valentine’s Pillows}}

I wanted to make some pillows with a kind of modern twist!
And if you don’t have a Silhouette machine, you could still totally make these. All you need to do is print out an image and then put the image behind your heat transfer material and trace the image onto the heat transfer material. Then cut it out with scissors or an exacto knife. You might have to hold the image paper and heat transfer paper up to a window while you trace it out.
I made the heart using the Silhouette software and then downloaded the thought bubble from the Silhouette Online Store.
The pillows are simple, flap backed pillows with a 4 inch overlap in the back. 
**And my secret to pillows that keep a nice shape is this — after making the pillow covers, turn them right side out and iron them flat. Then sew a tiny seam all around the edges of the pillows. This keeps a nice, sharp edge.
Now I have some festive pillows for the 14th!!  
Yay!! 
And, if you follow TT&J on Facebook, you know that I am in Nashville at Blissdom!! I have met so many fun bloggers so far. It’s so fun!! We had a little party tonight where I was able to hang out with Beckie from Infarrantly, Kami from No Bigggie, Lorie from Be Different, Act Normal, Allison from House of Hepworth’s, Mique from 30 Handmade Days and April from Funky, Vintage Kitchen. Plus so many more cute girls!!! {Kellie from This Blessed Nest took this picture — she is so adorable IRL too}
Have a Super Day!!!!

I’m linking up to The CSI Project’s 
Pantone 2011 Color of the Year — Honeysuckle! 
Visit thecsiproject.com



Christmas Subway Art Pillow Tutorial & a few winners!

23 Nov

You know how much I love Subway Art. I just had to try my hand at a Subway Art Pillow.

{Click on the Read More button for the full tutorial and to see the giveaway winners}

Subway Art Christmas Pillow Tutorial

Here’s what I did: 

  • I figured out the size of pillow that I wanted to make. Then I split the pillow up into a green part which is smaller and a red part which is larger. It ended up being 5 inches in height for the green and 8 inches in height for the red. Then I sewed the two pieces together. 

  • I decided to make an envelope back so I added 6 inches to the width of the back and cut the back in two — so the back overlaps by three inches. I sewed the pillow together.
  • I used my Silhouette and Heat Transfer Vinyl for the letters. I love that stuff!
 
  • I laid it all out on my computer and then cut it on my Silhouette.
 
  •  Then I ironed on the lettering. Note — Do NOT let the heat transfer material overlap like I did. It makes the heat transfer material stick to the vinyl. Very bad!
 
  • The last thing I did was make a flower for a little extra embellishment. I attached the flower to the pillow and voila I was done!! 
 
Now I have a little Christmas Subway Art to ring in the Holiday Season!!
I just love my new pillow! 
 

And, speaking of Silhouette — have you entered to win the Silhouette giveaway I am hosting right now?? 
I can’t wait to see who wins!

Here are a couple winners from last week: 

The winner of the Darling Memories  
Virtual Christmas Card Package is — 

#11 — 
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 Vivienne @ The V Spot 

There is still time for all of you who would like to make a Virtual Christmas Card – 

Becca is offering a 10% discount for anyone who signs up by Wednesday!!
Simply her at  rebecca@darlingmemoriesdvd.com and say “I want a Virtual Christmas Card!!” to lock in your special price!  

 The winner of the THREE Subway Art Kits from  
Makia Creations is — 
#127
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 That One Girl

Be sure to check out Makia Creations, where you can make a wonderful project with your girlfriends by signing up for a crafting party! 


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 And the winner of the Zig Zag Quilt from Honeybear Lane is — 
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#215
Through My Eyes

Remember Honeybear Lane for wonderful handmade quilts and gifts!

I’m linking up to these fabulous parties  – check them out!!
  

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite SpecialUndertheTableandDreamingAll Thingz Related giveawaysLife as LoriThe Trendy TreehouseThe DIY Show OffTidy Mom I'm Lovin It FridaysBCD 125


http://vintagepollyanna.blogspot.com/

xoxo

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Christmas Subway Art Pillow Tutorial & a few winners!

23 Nov

You know how much I love Subway Art. I just had to try my hand at a Subway Art Pillow.

{Click on the Read More button for the full tutorial and to see the giveaway winners}

Subway Art Christmas Pillow Tutorial

Here’s what I did: 

  • I figured out the size of pillow that I wanted to make. Then I split the pillow up into a green part which is smaller and a red part which is larger. It ended up being 5 inches in height for the green and 8 inches in height for the red. Then I sewed the two pieces together. 

  • I decided to make an envelope back so I added 6 inches to the width of the back and cut the back in two — so the back overlaps by three inches. I sewed the pillow together.
  • I used my Silhouette and Heat Transfer Vinyl for the letters. I love that stuff!
 
  • I laid it all out on my computer and then cut it on my Silhouette.
 
  •  Then I ironed on the lettering. Note — Do NOT let the heat transfer material overlap like I did. It makes the heat transfer material stick to the vinyl. Very bad!
 
  • The last thing I did was make a flower for a little extra embellishment. I attached the flower to the pillow and voila I was done!! 
 
Now I have a little Christmas Subway Art to ring in the Holiday Season!!
I just love my new pillow! 
 

And, speaking of Silhouette — have you entered to win the Silhouette giveaway I am hosting right now?? 
I can’t wait to see who wins!

Here are a couple winners from last week: 

The winner of the Darling Memories  
Virtual Christmas Card Package is — 

#11 — 
[mom+alone.jpg]
 Vivienne @ The V Spot 

There is still time for all of you who would like to make a Virtual Christmas Card – 

Becca is offering a 10% discount for anyone who signs up by Wednesday!!
Simply her at  rebecca@darlingmemoriesdvd.com and say “I want a Virtual Christmas Card!!” to lock in your special price!  

 The winner of the THREE Subway Art Kits from  
Makia Creations is — 
#127
[Photo+163.jpg]
 That One Girl

Be sure to check out Makia Creations, where you can make a wonderful project with your girlfriends by signing up for a crafting party! 


https://i1.wp.com/ny-image3.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.191815199.jpg


 And the winner of the Zig Zag Quilt from Honeybear Lane is — 
[avatar.jpg]
#215
Through My Eyes

Remember Honeybear Lane for wonderful handmade quilts and gifts!

I’m linking up to these fabulous parties  – check them out!!
  

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite SpecialUndertheTableandDreamingAll Thingz Related giveawaysLife as LoriThe Trendy TreehouseThe DIY Show OffTidy Mom I'm Lovin It FridaysBCD 125


http://vintagepollyanna.blogspot.com/

xoxo

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