Smile Pillow using Silhouette Fabric Stabilizer – April Silhouette Challenge
Hi, There! So glad to see you! I hope you were able to check out our week two progress on the One Room Challenge. If you didn’t get a chance or aren’t sure what the One Room Challenge is, be sure to take a look at all the crazy goings on around here!
I took a break from painting to slide in a fun little Silhouette project for the April Silhouette Challenge, hosted by Cat from Pocketful of Posies!
With every Silhouette craft cutting machine project I do, I become a little more confident in what I can do with the machine and fall a bit more in love with what it can do for me! Combining that love with my love for throw pillows – a topic we’ve covered already – and you’ve got yourself the makings of this month’s project!
The other day, while perusing the aisles of Target, where I spend so much time that I’m considering setting up a napping area, I came across the most adorable throw pillow. It was gray, made of super soft and thick flannel and had the cutest tone on tone slogan – It said, “Hello.” I loved it, but I was looking for throw pillows for the dining room, and the gray wasn’t going to work in there. Plus, it was $25 on sale. I refuse to pay that for a throw pillow!
As I put the pillow back with a little sadness, I remembered that I had a Silhouette! I could make something that would work myself!
I’ve not ventured into the fabric cutting area yet, so this was fun, new and my favorite, very easy.
I decided on a yard of red flannel, relatively thick. I also picked up a package of Silhouette Fabric Stabilizer to ensure the machine would cut the fabric, to quickly adhere the cutout to my project, and to keep the cutout fabric from fraying.
To prepare the fabric, I fused the fabric stabilizer to the fabric using an iron. You’ll want to cut the fabric stabilizer slightly smaller than your pattern piece, lay it rough side down and press with a hot iron.
When the stabilizer has adhered to the fabric, carefully remove the paper backing. Place the fabric, stabilizer side down, on your cutting mat.
After deciding on a slogan from the Silhouette store, I enlarged it to fit on an 8″x 11″ sheet.
Then cut it using my Silhouette using a sharp blade used only for fabric set to 7.
I carefully removed the script from the cutting mat, placed the cut design in the center of my pillow fabric, stabilizer side down, and used the iron to adhere the design to the pillow fabric.
Although it was well attached, I hand stitched, in a contrasting thread, around the design to help it stand out.
I sewed together the pillow, inserted the pillow form and added the decorative stitching. It’s a bit bossy, but it comes by that honestly!
I think it’s going to look great in the Play/Dining Room! Because of the tone on tone, it’s not too juvenile, and yet it’s still a bit playful and fun. Exactly the balance in accessories I was looking for!
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