Saturday, March 29, 2014

Drop Cloth Decorative Cushion

Hi Everybody!

Mr. M. and I were taking what we like to call a Bumming Around Day a couple of weeks ago. That's where we head into Edmonton with no purpose except to spontaneously stop wherever we get the notion, maybe have a Tim's, you get the idea. 
We don't necessarily buy anything. We just hang out. 
Once in awhile we all need a day with no goals in mind, yes?

This time the car took us to Chapters...

 ...where I spotted these:

How cute are they? 

I did a double-take when I saw the price tag.
Did you know that you can purchase a 9'x 12' drop cloth for less?
Of course you did; you're a DIY'er!
Anyway, let's get started on these pretties!

Measure your cushion and add 1" for 1/2" seam allowance all around.
My cushions are 18"x 18", so I cut out two squares 19"x 19".
I chose a much shorter stencil to make for my pillows.
Cut out a front and a back from the drop cloth.
Cut your stencil and center it on your fabric. 
Use masking tape to hold in it place.

Using a stencil brush or small paint brush with very stiff bristles, 
apply the paint in a pouncing motion. To paint the "o" and the "e",
tape the center piece down and fill in as much as you can, then
remove the tape and touch it up.

Lift your stencil off carefully. 
Let the paint dry thoroughly, and heat-set the paint by pressing it on the wrong 
side of the fabric for about thirty seconds, no steam.

Press the bottom edges under 1/2". Open up the fold and zig-zag or serge the edge.

Pin right sides together, and sew around the three unfinished sides. 
Finish the edges with a zig-zag or serging stitch.

Press the seams to one side, and press the fold up.

 Turn right side out. Here is how the opening looks.

Insert your pillow form and pin the opening together.

Using a long straight stitch on your maching, sew the opening closed.
You may have to squish the pillow form flat to do the seam.
I never hand-sew if I can get away with it!

I love this font. 

The total cost for these two cushions is about $3.00. 
The pillow forms are from our old sofa-bed, which is also
where I got the cushions for my $8.00 ottoman
 And there is still a lot of drop cloth left to play with!
Update: I had a question about the font and size.
It is Snell Roundhand, size 340.

Hope you all have a great day!


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  1. Hi Val, oh I love these pillows.....will have to pin this for sure!!! Thanks for leaving me a sweet reply on my blog Little Brags (the post about hiding a thermostat in plain sight). I tried to reply directly to your comment, but you come up as a non reply blogger (Google glitch). Thanks Christine from

    1. Hi Christine, thanks for the comment! I'm going to steal your idea for my ugly thermostat (will link to you of course). Have a great day!


  2. So cute Val! I have got to make some pillows, I love these! You are awesome!

    1. Thank you Mindi! They were fun to make!
      Have a wonderful day!


  3. Hi Val, it's Christine again...I did get your comment just fine that you send through your Google account...however I can not reply directly to it though my come up as a non reply blogger. glad you liked my little Gallery wall!

    1. Thanks Christine. I will send feedback to Google. Have a good day!


  4. Ooooh, I love your pillows! I haven't been brave enough to try and figure out the stencil thing yet but I love how it looks. Great tutorial!

    Elizabeth @

    1. Hi Elizabeth! This was my first attempt at stencilling. If I can do it, I bet you can too! Thanks for the sweet comment, and have an awesome day!


  5. Hey Val,You've been featured at Worthwhile Wednesdays

    1. Allie, that's awesome! My first "featured" post! Thank you!


  6. Thanks for making this look so easy I might just give it a try!

    1. Thank you Kelly. It was easier than I thought it would be!


  7. Love this! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

  8. These turned out so great!!!


  9. Your pillows are lovely, Val! I think it's so sweet that you and your husband have Bumming Around days. I think my husband and I need to have more of them too.

    1. Thank you Brandi! Yes, Bumming Around days are great. Love the no agenda part!

  10. Love the pillows... so cute. And what great savings. -- Sabine


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