Friday, February 11, 2011

Mr. & Mrs. Pillowcase Tutorial

Hi everyone! I'm Stephanie from the blog and shop, Sand & Starfish, and I'm Sew Full of Love!! Seriously, if you're going to live life, you might as well live it full of love! I'm in love with heels and twirly skirts. I'm in love the beach (especially since it's right down the street!). I love cheese! Sharp cheddar, port wine, string, provolone, fried... love it all! I love my daughter's giggle. I swear it's the cutest sound God could have ever blessed anyone with. My husband is the man of my dreams so I am definitely not falling out of love any time soon! And I love my life. Sure it has it's ups and downs but I love it, roller coaster and all!

So what's more loving than becoming a Mrs. to your Mr. ?! I'm happy to be able to share an amazing (and surprisingly super easy) tutorial with you all.

Your supplies:
Freezer paper (not wax paper)
X-acto knife
Fabric paint
Paper plate
Sponge brush
2 pillowcases
mr. and mrs. printout
(and possibly scissors)

1. Cut a piece of freezer paper to a size slightly larger than your printout. Tape your printout to the freezer paper and using your exacto knife, slowly cut away your mr. and mrs. and discard your leftover printer paper. If your letters look a little jagged, just grab a scissors and trim them up.

2. Position your new stencil on your pillowcases. You don't want them to line up perfectly along the edge and bottom because your pillow will poof the case out. I went about 4 inches up and in for my pillows. Once you have it where you'd like, start ironing. You want the shiny side of the paper face down because once you iron it, it sticks to the pillowcase and makes it so the paint doesn't bleed.

3. Slide your piece of cardboard under where the stencil is. This is such a necessary step! It protects the back of your pillowcase so the paint doesn't bleed through.

4. Put some paint on a paper plate, take your sponge and dip it in! Kinda dab it a little bit off to the side of your paint so it soaks slightly into the brush. Then you just want to start dabbing away! I noticed that mine had some bubbles and I was going to wait until it was dry to see if they mattered and they didn't. In fact, I didn't even need to put a second coat on!

5. Let it dry. I let mine dry four about an hour and then tested it with my finger to see if it was actually dry. It was :)

6. Peel away the paper.

7. Slip over your pillows and toss on the bed! Then step back and admire your work. Seriously. Step back... and *sigh* aren't they just awesome!

The cool thing about these pillowcases, you can make them for yourself, you can make them as a wedding gift, how about a housewarming gift? And the possibilities are endless when it comes to what you want your pillows to say. "his" and "hers"... "mine" and "yours"... "sweet" "dreams"... so let your imagination, and your room speak to you!

A special thanks to Tammie for letting me contribute! And hop on over to Sand & Starfish tomorrow for a tutorial on how to make the "&" pillow in the middle!

and thank YOU stephanie for a great guest post!  :)  love this idea!


Candice @ Made With Love said...

The pillows are awesome! This may be my new go-to wedding gift! :)

affectioknit said...

Those are Super CUTE! I just did a freezer paper stencil post funny is that...

Lauranie said...

This IS a fabulous wedding gift idea!!! LOVE it! :)

Wedding Gifts For Bridesmaids said...

Very creative ideas. Couples will surely love that pillow! I might try this at home since you've provided the steps and materials to use.. Thanks!

Jen of ReannaLily Designs said...

Those are REALLY fun pillow cases!

Sabina@Slipstitches and More said...

This is an awesome tutorial. I am a new follower and so happy to find your blog. Please stop by anytime!

Kristin said...

What a charming idea! Love them!


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