I won’t even attempt to play the rockstar-time-management card today. We’re struggling over here y’all.
Between Robert being swamped with work at the office, family events all over the calendar, and continuous running around, the big home improvement projects have been on the back burner lately. (We now have a farmhouse kitchen sink sitting in storage waiting to be installed right now, and I can barely stand it! Eek!)
I wouldn’t trade this busy, fun, creative life for anything, but let’s just say it was amazing to somehow finish this little craft yesterday that I’m about to show y’all.
For over a year, I’ve had this idea to make a vintage botanical print pillow inspired by this one I spotted at Magnolia Market. It was so sweet and simple and perfect for spring; although, I’d keep it around any time of year really.
But… it was $98. And even if I’d planned on spending $98 on a pillow, it’s out of stock right now anyway.
So, I attempted my own Joanna Gaines inspired version. I’m sure hers would still be way more fabulous, but this gave me my fix.
Supplies used: (Affiliate links are provided below. For more information, see my full disclosure here.)
- Canvas pillow cover (I picked up this one at H&M for $5 or you could sew your own.)
- Fusion Transfer Gel
- Botanical prints printed on plain white paper with a laser printer (I used this graphic and this graphic from The Graphics Fairy.)
- Large craft brush
- Laminated burlap sheet
- Computer and printer
- Heat n Bond Tape (Every anti-sewer’s best friend.)
- Pillow insert to fit your pillow cover
Honestly, if you were to buy all of those items just for this one specific project to only make one pillow, you’d be better off just buying a similar version in a store somewhere for around $35. But since I already had almost all of the supplies already in my stash (hello, my name is Lauren and I’m a craft hoarder), it was well worth it.
I try to come up with projects based on what I already have before I run out to buy more at the craft store, so this was one of those mostly “leftovers” type of projects.
There are multiple methods to transfer images to fabric out there, but I’d never been super successful with any of them before, so I wanted to try the Fusion Transfer Gel. I’d used it on wood before but never fabric.
I will say though, you might want to stick to white canvas like I did since the gel may possibly leave a white ring on other colors.
For it to work though, you need to use an image printed from a laser printer, which I don’t have. I sent off my four botanical graphics to have printed at Staples instead for a total of 30 cents.
When I got the prints home, I trimmed the edges and decided on their placement on the pillow cover.
For the Transfer Gel step, I just followed the directions on the back of the bottle. Use your craft brush to spread the gel on the front of the cover as if you are painting it. Place your paper, print side down, on top of the transfer gel you just applied. Then, smooth it out. I used an old credit card to press out any air bubbles underneath the paper.
At this point, go distract yourself because you have to wait about 16-24 hours for the transfer gel to work. It’s worth it though, I promise! Have a Netflix binge on Friends re-runs. (I mean… that’s what I do anyway.)
After 24 hours, run your paper pieces that are still stuck to your pillow cover under a faucet and get them soaking wet. Then, lay it on a flat surface and use your finger tips or a cloth to rub away the layer of paper. Keep wetting the paper as it dries and continue to remove it. You can scrub it a little with a rough sponge too, but be careful not to scrub away your transferred graphic.
Once the paper is all rubbed away, hang up the pillow cover to dry. You can finish it with a little clear soft wax too if you want. I sprayed mine with Scotch Guard to help protect it. (Three year-old on the loose around here, y’all. Beware.)
I wanted to add some wording, so I used a laminated burlap sheet to run through my printer. I just typed it up in PicMonkey using the font “Special Elite”.
I cut out the burlap wording, and since I have an aversion to sewing, I attached it to the pillow cover using the Heat n Bond tape and a hot iron.
I stuffed it with an insert and it was done! It really wasn’t hard at all, just a lot of waiting time while the magic happened.
I love the saying on it, “He said there are always flowers for those who want to see them.” I think we always need that reminder, don’t you? Always look for the flowers even on the coldest, dreariest days.
You could definitely do any kind of graphic for any kind of decor you want, but I have a major crush on botanicals, especially during the spring and summer months. I still have enough materials and transfer gel leftover to make about 6 more. Yay! Maybe in the fall and winter I’ll try it out again with a different graphic.
So now our entryway still has the Irish Blessing love happening, but our single pillow doesn’t look so lonely anymore.
What do you think? Cute? I think I’m ready to find other ways to transfer graphics on things. I’ve always failed miserably at it before now.
P.S. Thank you guys SO much for your input on some of the kitchen choices we’ve been making lately. I finally have the vision more clearly in my head and I’m so excited to see how it’s going to turn out.
P.P.S. A couple office changes are being wrapped up now that I can’t wait to show you guys.
P.P.P.S. The master bedroom is stuck in limbo while we wait on a project supply that’s been backordered. That room mocks me. So close!
P.P.P.S. How many P.S.es can you have at the end of a post before it gets ridiculous? Four, apparently.