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Whether you’re already a sewing enthusiast or new to the craft, our hope is that this September will encourage you to create wonderful sewn projects.
Happy National Sewing Month!
Here’s today’s post:
Hi y’all! I’m Robie Dodson from the sewing blog www.SoSewSomething.com, and I am super crazy excited to be a guest blogger for AllFreeSewing.com today. I sew, I mean live in Austin, TX, where I am a wife to Jonathan and where I also am raising three children. They may not be the cleanest kids on the block, but they’re pretty fabulous nonetheless!
Speaking of these fabulous children, I chose to use them as my inspiration for today’s project. What is it about having children/grandchildren that makes you insist on having their faces on EVERYTHING!?! Well, this project will help make that dream a reality – thanks to Inkjet Fabric Sheets!
These come in many brands and all kinds of sizes. For this project I used one sheet of 8×10 cotton. I cannot tell you how excited I was to finally get to do this!
Isn’t this just too cute? I can’t keep smiling (okay, laughing!) at these little caricatures! Keep in mind, this project is MEANT TO BE KITSCHY! It’s supposed to make you smile! As you create your own people, remember to have fun with it. If you try to take it too seriously, it will end up as we say here, “a whole lot not right!”
Alrighty – making one of these fun projects really is quite simple. Let’s get started…
The very first thing you want to do is select the fabric for the pillow and cut out your two sides. If you need a tutorial for this part, just let me know… or, better yet, check out AllFreeSewing’s selection of free pillow tutorials!
Then, also on Photobucket.com, you can alter your image in a million different ways. I chose the “bronze” application to give my darlings a little bit of a glow. Feel free to call it an ‘Angelic Glow’ if you must!
Now head on over to your printer, load the sheet of fabric paper just as you would regular printer paper, and print your photos. Per directions on the Inkjet Fabric Sheets – you’ll want to apply a few light coats of Scotch Guard, too. Usually I’m a rule-breaker and short-cut taker but I did choose to do this step. SHOCKER!
Cut out your little cuties’ faces. (Right about now I start laughing … both at their cuteness and at the fact that I’m creating little fabric dolls out of my kids!)
I put their faces on a sheet of paper to get an idea of what size clothing to cut out for them. (Insert more giggling here.)
Then, cut out those shapes to use as a template for their clothing.
Cut out your clothing pieces. This was WAY more fun than I expected. It reminded me of the days when my MeMaw and I would create clothing for barbies. Just go to your scrap pile and start picking! Before sewing on to your pillow form, use some sort of adhesive to keep them in place. I used Stitch Witchery because it’s light and fast. You can also use Heat ‘n Bond or pins.
Head on over to your sewing machine, and machine applique your fabulous outfits to the front of your pillow. (For the red skirt and the blue baby dress, I just cut out a rectangle, serged up the sides, and gathered the tops. Also, if you look closely, you’ll see I put gray straps for the baby dress. Time for another giggle!)
It’s finally time to apply those darling faces. The fabric sheets have a backing to make printing easier, so pull that backing off. They do NOT come with any sort of adhesive. So, just like with the clothing, you’ll have to pick your preference. I again chose stitch witchery.
Using a short stitch and sewing pretty close the edge, sew those faces on!
You can see that on my sweet baby Rosamund’s face I got a little pucker by her right eye. Not to worry, I just steam ironed that pucker right out! Whew!
Oh my goodness y’all, we’re just about done with this fun project!
After you’ve clipped away all your dangling thread pieces, you’re ready to assemble your pillow. I used a linen fabric for my pillow, so I chose to back it with some cheapo fabric. This will help the pillow keep it’s shape and prevent it from being bumpy.
Just sew up all four sides, right sides together leaving an opening on one side to insert your pillow form or stuffing. After you’ve stuffed the pillow, just sew up that hole and……
You have yourself a People Pillow!
I love the 3D aspect of the skirt and dress!
Are you still giggling like I am!?!?
This would be the absolute best gift for a grandmother … I’m even thinking it would a great gift to give a Kindergarten teacher – just get photos of each student and make one big pillow for him/her…oh, the ideas are rolling in!
Now, my ideal sewing projects are Easy, Fast and Cheap – so I always do a breakdown of the cost and the time involved. So let’s do that…
Time: this takes a bit longer than my usual projects – it took me about 2 hours. I didn’t do it all in one setting, so it’s a estimate. It takes a while to decide which fabrics to use and to apply the Scotch guard. But don’t worry, nothing is difficult!
Cost: $1.50!!! (if you use scraps for the entire project, like I did!) The fabric sheets were $15 for 10 sheets. I only used 1!
So there you have it…I hope you, too, are inspired to fill your life with photos of your little darlings! If you are, share your photos with me at www.sosewsomething.com!
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