As promised, here is this week’s how-to: a luxurious, one-of-a-kind-made-by-you music pillow. ..yay!
However, before we begin i must fess up….i am a computer iron-on transfer paper junkie. if you are one too (admitting it is always the first step) you will love this project. if you are not, then you will be introduced into a world where you can transfer your fave images on to just about anything.
OKAY, FIRST… PICK YOUR IMAGE.
all that vintage music that i am sure you have acquired by now will give you a good selection. Pick a piece that means something to you, but that is also visually interesting. i chose the back cover of an old Chopin music book that had both musical and graphic interest.SECOND…..IRON-ON TRANSFER PAPER
my favorite product in this arena is one made by June Tailor called “Print ‘n Press”. you can find it by going to www.junetailor.com or any craft/ fabric store. her product is easy to use, the directions are in english and the results are fab.
THIRD….SCAN YOUR IMAGE
don’t have a scanner? take a pic! you can upload a picture of your image or scan it directly to your computer. once you have a saved image, you can edit as you please making it the exact size you wish.
FOURTH….PRINT YOUR IMAGE
follow our friend june tailor’s directions on printing for your type of computer/printer located right on the ‘ol package. WHoa! always make sure you follow the directions from any brand of iron-on transfer paper to insure that the image prints as a MIRROR image. otherwise you will have a funky backwards result on your project.
FIFTH…CUT YOUR IMAGE OUT
for awesome results stay as close to the image’s edge as possible. doing so will prevent excess clear transfer paper on your fabric.
SIXTH…LAY IMAGE DOWN ON SELECTED PILLOW FABRIC
i chose neutral vertical stripes so the music piece would blend in to the fabric carrying on the vintage -look theme, but you can be bold and colorful if you choose!
SIXTH…IRON ON PAPER TO FABRIC
don’t be scared, you really can’t screw this part up (unless of course you’re like me and a child starts screaming while you have the iron down and you end up melting the paper to the fabric. if so, throw away and start over…no one will know!) in any case follow the paper manufacturer’s instructions to make sure the image is properly transfered on to your fabric.
SEVENTH….PEEL BACK TRANSFER PAPER TO REVEAL YOUR INCREDIBLE IMAGE
i recommend putting your free hand down on the fabric (not shown as my “free hand” was holding the camera…insert smiley). then, using both hands, carefully and excitedly pull back your paper to reveal your image. use the fabric as the front of your pillow, center (or not) and sew the cover like you would any other pillow. (further help on that part? go to cottage magpie…love her…at http://cottagemagpie.com/how-to-sew-pillow-cover/).
embellish it, put trim on it….LOVE IT! and, if you completed it, send me a photo!
have a great week’s end!