Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mr. and Mrs. Pillows – Ballard Knock Off - Tutorial

Ballards Design catalog is always full of great ideas and great decor, and these fun pillows are no exception and seem to be favorite in blogland.
Many of you have already done this knock off project, but I thought I’d share my no-sew version.
First I purchased some pillow shams.  (I love no- sew projects!) After hunting at several craft stores, I finally purchased the ones I wanted online.
These were exactly the color I wanted, and the texture is lovely.  It has the burlap color and look, and it has a framed area in the middle of the pillow for your pattern.
It helps to have one of these when making a template for the letters:
After measuring and cutting out the template with removable contact paper, I placed the template on the sham:
Practice with paper first until you know exactly how big you want the wording and where to position it.
Next, I used a fabric paint to fill in the letters:
I used a dauber and pounced up and down carefully so as not to get the paint under the template. 
All done and waiting for the paint to dry so I can remove the templates:
Once the paint is dry, I removed the stencil and then steam-ironed the shams to set the paint color.
I purchased some pillow inserts at Hancocks Fabrics to fill the shams:
The 15 inch pillow shams called for 16 inch pillow inserts.   Here are the finished pillows…
The pillows are a pretty tea-stained color, though my camera makes them look more off-white.  I’m very pleased with them.  This pair is sold, but I may make more with different lettering. Stay tuned!
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  1. These are so cute, I never would have thought to purchase the pillow shams. I plan on posting another version of Mr and Mrs. pillows sometime tomorrow ;).

  2. Love this no sew project. What is that you used to make the template?