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.
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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.
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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.
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It helps to have one of these when making a template for the letters:
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After measuring and cutting out the template with removable contact paper, I placed the template on the sham:
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Practice with paper first until you know exactly how big you want the wording and where to position it.
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Next, I used a fabric paint to fill in the letters:
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I used a dauber and pounced up and down carefully so as not to get the paint under the template. 
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All done and waiting for the paint to dry so I can remove the templates:
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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:
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The 15 inch pillow shams called for 16 inch pillow inserts.   Here are the finished pillows…
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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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3 comments:

  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 ;).

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

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