Monday, February 14, 2011

A "couple" of pillows

I finished making these pillows a few weeks ago and have been dying to post about them. They were a gift for yesterday's bridal shower, so I managed to keep it a secret until then. I saw these "mr." and "mrs." pillows on the Ballard Designs website and thought they would make an excellent gift for a bride-to-be. 

Ballard Designs $59
I knew that I could make these pillows for a lot less than $59. Plus I love giving homemade presents. I found some fabric on sale at Old Time Pottery for $4/yard. It was a light neutral color with a linen feel- perfect for this project. Since I don't sew, I enlisted my mom's help in making the pillow forms. I do know the basics of how to use a sewing machine, I just have no desire to put those skills to use. Maybe one day. Next I bought a package of 6" letter stencils at Hobby Lobby. I measured to find the center of the pillow, spaced out the letters, and taped the stencil to the fabric. Then I painted the lettering with dark brown acrylic paint, removed the stencil, and Ta-Da! They were so simple to make and I ended up liking my pillows better than the Ballard inspiration.

1 comment:

  1. Lauren, they are so cute. I like the font (stencil) you used way better.
    Kudos to you!!!

    Happy Valentine's Day!
    Ricki Jill