Wednesday, August 8, 2012

R.E.A.D!

Check out these pillows I made! (Ignore my paint job- I have to do some touch up - before school starts!)
I recently (April) got a new cricut and haven't had the opportunity to use it!  I decided that I'd try it out and was inspired by these two pins on pinterest:
READ pillows. Disney Family Fun READ pillows Apartment Therapy

So... I used my cricut to cut out my letters and then appliqued them onto the fabric.  Then I turned those squares into pillows.  I'm not going to give you a step by step tutorial but I do have few tips.

1. If you are like me, and you have seen applique and kinda know how to do it (but not really) look it up on You Tube!  Search applique and watch a few videos this will give you exactly what you need - even if you're not an expert!

2. Try out your zig-zag stitch with a few different sizes first.  This way you'll know exactly what you want before you start.










3. Stabilize! I can always remember my mom sewing with adding tape under her projects - I always wondered why? Now I know!  If you put paper under the project it will hold the stitches so they don't pull your fabric and it will look so much better.  Not to mention it's also easier to sew it.  The needle will poke so many holes in the paper you'll be able to pull the paper away afterward.  (For some reason I felt the need to keep with my color theme and use a sheet of green paper)


 4. Have fun!  I love the way these came out and I hope my kids will too!


Here is a sneak peek of my room so far.  As you can see I don't even have anything on my bulletin boards and nothing on my shelves... but I still have two weeks!  Thank goodness!  I am also working on some common core goodies for fifth grade that I will put in TpT store!
Hope everyone is enjoying those last minutes of summer!

3 comments:

  1. Such great looking pillows. Love the green ruffled borders... that's got me thinking. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I love your pillows! What a great idea! I nominated you for an award - here is the link if you'd like to check it out ~ http://teachprayloveadventures.blogspot.com/2012/12/liebster-award.html
    ~Lauren

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  3. Just saw your scrunchy border! Looks fabulous!! Great job! Thank you for the shout-out! Happy New Year!
    Laura
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

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