Introduction: Avery's First Birthday Pillow
My dear friends baby was celebrating her first birthday and I wanted to make her something special. I used two types of printing methods to create this personalized pillow for Avery.
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Step 1: Supplies
To make this pillow I needed
ink jet color printer
photo transfer paper
fabric paints and fabric markers
Step 2: Printing Supplies
To create the border design I needed these supplies
pencil with an eraser
1"square gum eraser
printing dyes (I used a thickish block printing dye)
Step 3: Cutting Muslin
Cut muslin 2"larger than pillow form, my form was 16X16 so I used an 18X18 piece of fabric.
Step 4: Back Fabric
Cut two sections of fabric for the back. I like to mix up my fabrics. each piece should be 18X12
Step 5: Photo
choose a photo and using an ink jet color printer print the photo on fabric transfer paper. Then carefully cut out the portrait.
Step 6: Transfer Print
Follow directions on transfer paper pkg. and iron the print to the muslin.
Step 7: Mounting
lightly spray the back of the fabric with spray adheasive and adhere to the cardboard. This will hold the fabric nicely to create a working surface.
Step 8: Pencil Border
Mark off 1/2" around border of fabric
Step 9: Pencil Detail
lightly begin detail around face.
Step 10: Printing Border Checkerboard
begin printing the checkerboard border by painting the fabric dye or ink on the side of the 1" square eraser and gently pressing it on the fabric using the pencil border line as a guide. re paint the eraser before each application. you can measure an inch away or eye-ball it but continue printing along the border.
Step 12: 2nd Row
after printing the entire border, go back and print a second row to create checkerboard effect.
Step 13: New Color
I chose a second color to work with
Step 14: One More Color
And a third color to finish my checkerboard boarder
Step 15: White
Using white and the eraser on the pencil as a stamp I printed dots in the middle of each square to enhance my pattern.
Step 16: Painting With Fabric Paint
I began working on the design by painting areas of color into my image.
Step 18: Detail
when the larger areas of color were dry I went in with assorted fabric markers and finally a very thin, black laundry marker to enhance the detail on my pillow.
Step 19: Iron
Remove work from the cardboard backing and use a hot iron to set the color on the fabric.
Step 20: Back Pieces
turn in 1/4 inch on one 18" edge of each back section.
Step 21: Pin Back Pieces
With right sides together pin one half of the back piece to the front. Fold down 1" of fabric to make a nice edge.
pin second piece of back also folding in an edge.
Step 23: Sew Pillow Pieces Together
Machine sew all three pieces together using the original pencil border line as a gauge.
Step 24: Turn
remove pins and turn right side out.
Step 25: Stuff
stuff the pillow form into the pillow
Step 27: Finished
Participated in the
Print & Dye Contest