DIY Expressive Pillows

Wake Up, Kiss Ass & Repeat
Wake Up Pillow by Creative Whimzy
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.
Wake Up Pillow by Wayfair
Wake Up Pillow by Wayfair
(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.
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Breathe by Creative Whimzy
Once we had everything just right, we printed out the stencil. Using a ruler, we measured the approximate center of the pillow. Then we placed the die cut on sticky-backed paper so that when we placed the die cut on the fabric it would be right-side up.  Finally, I carefully peeled back the sticker and pressed down hard on all the edges.
Silhouette die cut machine
Silhouette die cut machine
Next, using Speedball Screen Painting Ink in black, I painted over the stencil. I let it dry for about 10 minutes and then peeled off the sticky piece from the fabric. IMG_6120I found that using a tweezer helped with the narrow areas of the font. Once I get more proficient at the steps via Adobe Illustrator and the Silhouette machine, I'll post step-by-step instructions. I love the finished product. What do you think?IMG_6138    IMG_6141IMG_6127
Wake up Pillow by Creative Whimzy
Wake up Pillow by Creative Whimzy
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