Okay friends, I have been keeping a huge secret all summer long! It’s finally time to share the news. Over the summer I was asked to participate in the Winter Look Book for Joann Fabric and Craft. Of course I jumped at the chance to be involved. I actually worked for Joann Fabric and Craft stores as a manager for several years so this was kind of fun to see myself back in the store in a different way. I created two projects for the Winter Look Book, this Vintage Inspired Christmas Pillow and one other I will be sharing this week.
You can check out the entire Winter Look Book HERE on Joann.com and check out some of my favorite ladies and their amazing projects while you’re there. I was so excited to work with these girls.
Natural Duck Cloth (1 yard)
Red Duck Cloth (1/8 yard)
Heat N’ Bond Ultrahold
18 x 18″ Pillow Form
Basic Sewing Supplies
Matching Thread (natural color)
Gray Acrylic Paint
Fabric Painting Medium
Cricut Explore, optional X-acto Knife if you don’t have a machine
Iron & Pressing Surface
Freezer Paper or Craft Vinyl
Cardboard to Paint On
For the Pillow Cover follow these instructions, you can also see this quick tutorial HERE
- Cut Natural Duck Cloth, 1 – 20×20″ piece, 2 – 13×20″ pieces.
- Iron fabric to remove any wrinkles.
- Fold over the long edge of the 13×20″ piece of natural duck cloth twice, to create a 1/2″ clean edge.
- Use an iron to press the clean edge.
- Sew a 1/4″ seam allowance along the clean edge on both 13×20″ pieces of natural duck cloth.
- Place the 20×20″ piece of fabric on a flat work surface.
- Place both of the 13×20″ pieces of natural duck cloth face down on top of the 20×20″ piece.
- Pin all sides.
- Sew around all edges with a 1″ seam allowance
- Trim all corners, and extra threads.
- Turn right side out.
I then designed my image in Cricut Design Space and cut my design out on to freezer paper. You could also use vinyl if you have some. If you don’t have a cutting maching like the Cricut Explore you can use an X-acto knife to cut out the design. When cutting freezer paper it should be shiny side down on cutting surface.
Weed any portions of the design stencil you created and set aside. Save small inside pieces of lettering carefully as you will need them.
For the “Vintage” applique you will need to iron heat n’ bond to back side of red duck cloth fabric per package instructions. Place the red duck cloth heat n’ bond side down on a cutting machine mat for the Cricut Explore. Set your dial to custom and select canvas. If you are not using a cutting machine print your design or word on to a piece of paper. Trace on to fabric with pen or marker, then cut with scissors.
Center your vintage inspired quote stencil on the pillow cover front. If using vinyl remove backing and press firmly. If using freezer paper place it shiny side down and use a medium / no steam iron to press the stencil to the fabric. Be sure to add any small inside letter details that you had set aside.
Mix gray paint and fabric painting medium together, use a 2 – to – 1 ratio as per package instructions.
With a foam brush and gray paint carefully dab paint over the top and bottom section of the quote. Be sure to leave the middle portion of the quote unpainted. You will need two coats of paint.
Remove freezer paper or craft vinyl when paint is dry.
Either hand stitch or use a sewing machine to go around each letter with a contrasting thread.
Note: This pillow cover should be hand-washed only and layed flat to dry.