I love when friends give me a creative challenge. While attending The 2016 Lady Project Summit in Providence, my friend saw a pillow on the stage that she just had to have.
(She had just discovered that her husband of 25 years had been cheating on her, so you’ll understand why she needed this pillow!) We checked it out and it was from Wayfair. The price tag on the pillow read $200 (say WHAT?); I later found it for $97. My friend asked me if I could make this pillow for her. I said, “heck yes!”
I contemplated sewing a pillow, and looked at fabric, but then realized that I could probably buy a cheaper pillow from somewhere else. (I found these little pillows on sale at Jo-Ann Fabrics for $11.99. They have gold dots on one side and are plain on the back—perfect.) Next, I brainstormed with Deanna Agresti, my artist friend extraordinaire, about how to stencil the words on the pillow. She instantly had a solution. We opened Adobe Illustrator and typed in the phrase. I then went through multiple fonts until I found one I liked. From there we turned the font into outlines which made it into a shape so that the Silhouette die cutting machine could recognize the outline to cut it out. If you’re not familiar with a Silhouette die cutting machine, check out this blog for the basics: www.iheartorganizing.com. I am saving my pennies for this one, as well as learning how to use Adobe Illustrator because I see a bright future with these two babies in my toolbox. Continue reading DIY Expressive Pillows