Friday, June 4, 2010

Blog Swap: {The Country Chic Cottage}

Hey y'all! I am Angie with The Country Chic Cottage. I am super excited to be on Sew Dang Cute today! So if I am going to blog swap with a blog called "Sew" Dang Cute -- I have to give y'all a sewing tutorial.




How 'bout a tea towel turned into a monogram pillow? Go to the dollar store and get those big tea towels. A pack of 3 is only $3. Course you could use a pretty vintage one for this too! The only other things you will need are some stuffing, your sewing machine, and your printer (PRINTER??? yep you heard right!).




I cut my tea towel into 4 pieces cause it was a big one. This will depend on the tea towel you use -- just make two pieces the size you want your pillow to be. Then make a smaller square for that middle portion that you want monogrammed. The monogram piece needs to be smaller than an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper. Why you ask??




Yep we are going to print right on the fabric. Adhere your piece of fabric to some thick paper using spray adhesive. Pick a letter, font, and size. Print right on the fabric.




Now isn't that cool?? Peel the fabric right off of the paper. I used some wax paper and "set" my ink. Just put the wax paper over your image, place a towel on top, and iron. I then tore the fabric to my desired size. Making sure the edges were all frayed.




Love that shabby look! I used a zig zag stitch to put my monogram in the center of my pillow front. Leaving that frayed edge loose...




Then putting the front and back right sides together, I sewed around the outside leaving about 3 inches open. Trim those corners to eliminate the excess.




Then turn right side out. I sewed all the way around again (leaving that same 3 inches open) to give my pillow a "border". Then stuff til you love it.




Sew across that opening -- again twice to leave a border on your pillow. Then enjoy!




I love the feel of the tea towel and the look of the monogram. This one is a keeper!




Come by the cottage to see more great projects and tutorials. And many thanks to Tam for letting me take over today!


~Thanks!~
~Angie~

5 comments:

  1. What a cute and clever idea! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  2. That is a great idea...and has to be a lot cheaper than buying/using the photo fabric in your printer right?

    Angela
    www.sewloquacious.blogspot.com

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  3. That turned out sew cute! Thanks for the info.
    smiles, alice

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  4. Love this! Never knew you could print right on it, so cool.

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  5. My mom made some of these and they are SUPER cute....clean and crisp! Thanks!

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