Friday, September 16, 2011

Computer Print on Fabric! For a Pillow

These beautiful pillows really appeal to me!  
I love the vintage botanical look of them.
I love the feel of fall and Halloween in an elegant look!
I did not love the price....
$100 for the Pumpkin Pillow from Burke Decor

$100 for the Sunflower Pillow from Burke Decor





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Here is the DYI version I made from fabric remnants I had on hand.
I used free vintage botanical images and printed on fabric with an inkjet printer.
Let me show you how!

The Vintage Printable Website has an amazing array of images that are in the public domain....and the librarian in me loves copyright free images! 
I chose the pumpkin for my pillow and simply took a screen shot of it.
I used a graphics program to add some text....the french word for pumpkin.
Then I printed the image on lightweight canvas that I ran through my inkjet printer.

I adhered the canvas to freezer paper before I printed.
Simply cut a piece of fabric that is 8 1/2 by 11 and iron it to the shiny side of the freezer paper.  
Then after you print, tear off the paper and you have a beautiful print of any image or words.
Here is a tutorial from The Pine Cone Tea Cup if you need specifics.

I wanted a pretty casual look for our family room.
I used a piece of rust colored fabric for the backing.
I center the canvas print on it...and ran some pretty plaid ribbon over the edges.

I used the pillow sham back to make it really simple.
You know the drill...
  • right sides together
  • trim the corners
  • turn right side out
  • iron
  • insert pillow form
(but seriously, if you need instructions on how to make a pillow....let me know and I can be more specific)
Enjoy!


Inspiration: $100 
Knock-Off- $0 if you have a cupboard full of stuff
$20 if you have to buy freezer paper and ribbon and fabric

Now that fits the definition of Sweetwater Style!
Bet you can do this too!

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18 comments:

Pam said...

I am learning so much through reading blogs! It's wonderful that you can print directly onto fabric. Do you use special fabric or treat the fabric in any way to stop the ink running or fading? I actually prefer your design to the two from Burke Decor and I definitely prefer your costing.

Terri said...

Hey Mary -- Kudos to you! I love a fresh idea and new approaches. I've used freezer paper this way and like the results. Blessings Terri www.morningdewdrops.typepad.com

W. Latane Barton said...

I've been wanting to try printing fabric on my printer. Thanks for the directions.

Pam said...

Thanks for replying. I've been following you for a while now... (My GFC pic is a blue flower.) We have a lot in common: teacher, wife, empty nester, reader, seamstress, gardener, but definitely NOT a cook.

c.w.frosting said...

That's a great vintage-y pumpkin! Great free knockoff too!

-caroline @ c.w.frosting

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

Very nice!!! Always love a knock off project! Thanks for sharing on Fancy This Fridays!!!

Paper Bagley said...

YOu sure are busy creating! I have been outside creating & posting on SS..Love her art. I will be going inside to create within the month and trying my hand at fabric printing...thanks for the inspiration!!!

gifts for men said...

Spectacular treasure in this blog. I am learning so much through reading blogs! It's wonderful that you can print directly onto fabric. Do you use special fabric or treat the fabric in any way to stop the ink running or fading?

Growing Old With Grace said...

Awesome that you can do that! Your pillow is actually prettier than the inspiration pillow!
I am blog hopping...love your page! I haven't felt the urge to live in another country, but always thought it quite adventurous for those who did.
I followed you on googl friend connect & I'd love for you to follow me back. Growing Old With Grace http://growing-old-with-grace.blogspot.com/

Marilyn said...

This is awesome.. I LOVE IT…Found ya on hop and officially following ya with smiles..Hope you get a sec to stop in & say hello..:)) I have a fall inspired blog party going on and would LOVE for you to link this awesome piece to it today ) TY http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/09/fall-crawl-day-5-blog-party.html

Hannah said...

this is so clever! i like your DIY version better than the original.

Katherines Corner said...

these are so lovely.Thank you for linking up to the Thursday favorite things blog hop. Big Hugs!

Jillian@FoodFolksandFun said...

This looks awesome! Thanks for linking at the Fall Crawl link party!

The Tablescaper said...

This is a great idea!!!

- The Tablescaper

Jo's This and That said...

Beautiful idea! Thanks for sharing,JoAnn

Honey at 2805 said...

Your botanical print pillow is really pretty! Thanks for the resource and the tutorial!

Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday. I appreciated your participation. Sorry I'm so tardy in commenting, but I've been away for the past four days. Hope to see you again this week! Please include a link back to my Blog in your next party post. It's so appreciated! See you Friday!

drum containment said...

I will sure to do this work within a month. Your botanical print pillow is really pretty, Happy to read, linking to Potpourri Friday. I appreciated your participation.

Scrappy Gifts said...

What a cool idea. Cute too!