Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Home Sweet Home

My brother and his sweet girlfriend moved into their first house this past fall.  I wanted to make them HOME pillow and after a few different designs I ended up with this:

I was so excited to wrap it, that I forgot to take a picture!  I had to snap this pic after they opened on Christmas...needless to say, the lighting conditions were less than perfect ;)

For the letters and heart, I used the Silhouette.  I don't often plan my creative endeavors in advance, which means I didn't order the fabric fusing from Silhouette.  Instead, I tried the regular red package Heat N Bond and it worked perfectly.

As you can see, I used a different fabric for each letter, but all of them were cotton.  To start, cut your piece of fabric and Heat N Bond to size.  I cut the fabric slightly larger than the Heat n Bond so that the glue wouldn't seep out onto my ironing board during the next step:

Follow the instructions on the package to fuse the Heat N Bond to your fabric.  For this one, it was just a matter of ironing the right side of the Heat n Bond to the wrong side of my fabric:

Then it was time to cut!  I used a new blade and change the cutting settings to double cut:

When I first took the carrier off of the Silhouette, I couldn't even see where the cut was - I was amazed with out how sharp and clean the letters turned out:

Once all the letters were cut (5 minutes later), it was time to peel the backing and iron the letters right to my pillow fabric (I used an unbleached muslin)

Then zig zaged around each letter (and heart) with cream thread and I sewed a simple envelope style pillow cover (there's a great how-to here)

Since it was an odd size, I decided to make a quick pillow insert using the same muslin fabric

I love it so much I'm headed off to get some cute fabric to match my own living room :)

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Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said...

This is such a great idea! There is nothing like pretty fabric on pretty fabric! I'm sure that they enjoyed getting such a thoughtful gift! We would love for you to share this at our link party. I know our readers would really enjoy it!


Katie said...

This is so cute! I love the different fabrics you used! I bet they loved their pillow!

Jen said...

This is adorable! I love the color combination. I always love projects that involve mixed fabrics. Saw you on the Somewhat Simple link party today. :)

Christina {The Tattered Tag} said...


Such a simple & sweet idea! Happy to be a new follower too.


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Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I love it - so cute! I wish I had a silhouette!

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

So sweet, thanks for sharing!

Mom Daughter Style said...

very cute project. new follower

Ces of http://momdaughterstyle.blogspot.com/

Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com said...

Hi! Visiting from sundae scoop. This is a sweet gift! I love the different fabrics too. I just got a silhouette and I will be adding this to my project list :)

I would love for you to share this at my link party if you get a chance :)

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Oh beautiful - what a fantastic gift!

Katie @ Creatively Living said...

I'm such a pillow junkie! I just love this one!

I'd love for you to link it up at Tell it to Me Tuesday!

@ Creatively Living

Abbie said...

Augh! TOO cute for words!

Love the fabrics you chose!

I would be thrilled if you would link this up at my second ever Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL...going on right now (we had almost 300 links last week...can you tell I'm excited??! : ))


Would love to have you by for a visit!

P.S. I'm a new follower. : )

~Abbie (www.fivedaysfiveways.com)

Alecia @ ChickenScratch NY said...

I love how this turned out! The fabrics are really adorable. I might need one to match my living room!

Thanks for sharing

Tutus & Tea Parties said...

I love this pillow! It's so cute and I have just the place for it.

I'd love for you to link up and share: http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/search/label/Link%20Party

Mandy said...

Oh I love this pillow! I just got my silhouette, so I'm going to have to give this a try! I'd love it if you shared this at a party that I have going on at Project Queen!

Love your blog. I'm your newest follower.


KL said...

So Pretty!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Love the idea you had here and it looks so darn cute!!!


Karin said...

So Cute, I just got a silhouette for my birthday and I can't wait to try this! Come check me out over at www.yankeedoodledesigns.com I'm planning on doing quite a few silhouette projects in the future.

Crafty Mischief said...

Your pillow is darling! I love all that you can do with the Silhouette. Someday I will get one....someday...
I found you through Think Pink Sundays. Thanks for sharing! :)

katy said...

Cute! I know they will love it.

Jen said...

Love it! Your pillow is just so charming! I'd be thrilled if you'd come share this at the Head to Head Showdown link party, going on right now at www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com ~Jen

Debbie Mendes Cotton said...

I really want one of those machines!! There's only so much happiness from the Cricut! If you have time, join our linky party this week! xoxo Debbie @ www.inspiredhoneybee.blogspot.com

the cape on the corner said...

that is so cute. i love my home-still just as obsessed with it's cuteness as i was 4 years ago! i'm sure they loved this thoughtful pillow.

Emily said...

Yet another reason why I need a Silhouette! Very Cute!

Kerri said...

This is just adorable! I've had my Silhouette for a year now, but haven't tried fabric yet. Thanks for the inspiration!
~Kerri, A Pop of Pretty www.apopofpretty.com

Tausha said...

I puffy heart love this! I had no idea that you could use regular heat and bond with the sillouhette. I will have to try that! I am thinking that I might just have to make me a home pillow! Thanks so much for the inspiration! Loved it!
Have a happy week!


Cheryl G. said...

Wow. That is really cute!
Love that Tausha said that she puffy heart loves it. Funny!

b3hd said...

Cute! Wish I had a cutting machine...love how easy it made this project look.

Bernadette @ www.b3hd.blogspot.com


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