Friday, May 13, 2011

No Sew Bleached Sand Dollar Pillow

Hello, Sweet Friends!  I have missed you!  I'm sorry I've been MIA, but I have to admit I had hit a crafting brick wall until Delia invited me to join her Color My Summer series that she is hosting along with Kojo Designs.


I chose the color BLUE because it screams SUMMER to me...blue skies, cool pools, and crashing waves just make me want to pop on my sunglasses and soak up some summer sun.

I wanted to introduce a little bit of a beachy feel into my home for the summer, so I customized some fabric to create this sand dollar pillow in Caribbean blue!


You will need:  a pillow form or fiberfill, Heat n Bond, fabric scissors, disappearing ink pen, iron, fabric (I used broadcloth), a print out of your desired design, and a Clorox Bleach pen.


Start by cutting two pieces of fabric approximately 2" larger than your pillow form.  My pillow form was 14", so I cut my fabric 16" square.


Cut out the image and trace around it using the disappearing ink pen.  I found my image using Google, copied it into PowerPoint, enlarged it, and printed it.



Now trace around the lines using the Clorox Bleach pen.


Allow the bleach to work it's magic.  Let it soak in for about 10-15 minutes (or longer).


Then wash and dry the fabric. I love how the bleach spread unevenly giving it a more organic and natural feel.


While I could probably sew a straight line, I don't have a sewing machine. :( One of my favorite bloggy gals, Cassie from Hi Sugarplum!, made some no sew pillows awhile ago and I was instantly inspired to make one of my own.

Following the directions on the Heat n Bond package, fuse together three sides of the pillow (leave about 3/4 to 1" seam allowance on all sides).  I put the sand dollar image right side up, adhered the Heat n Bond strips, put the back of the pillow on top (like a little Heat n Bond sandwich), and ironed it together.


Turn the pillowcase right side out and press the seams.


On the open end, turn the fabric under and iron a crease to create a finished seam.  Apply the Heat n Bond to one side of the pillow (see image below), insert the pillow into the case, and then iron the last seam.


Plop the pillow on a bed or your sofa, and you are finished! :)  It's as simple as that!


I wanted to bring in the seas so I bleached the fabric with a sand dollar design, but this project could easily be adapted to fit into any decor...think monograms, floral patterns, stripes, etc.


I'm so thankful Delia invited me to join her fantastic series!  I adore my pillow.  It's soft, squishy and reminds me of the seas!  How are you getting ready for summer?

I'll be linking up to some of my favorite parties on my sidebar. :)



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32 comments:

  1. very cool project!! love it :)

    Jackie
    http://jaclyndesigns.blogspot.com/

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  2. Oh so fun! I've always wanted to do some sort of project with a bleach pen. Love your design! Especially on the vibrant blue. And, of course, I love the no sew pillow. :)

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  3. Wow Erin! It looks like beautiful, professional batik! Well done!

    Jenn

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  4. You make no-sew so beautiful and professional looking. I love this bleach pen technique. I want to use it to make a patterned fabric or something. Love it! Thank you for being my guest.

    Oh and I am getting ready for summer by Spring cleaning...kind of backwards but that's what I'm doing right now. :)

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  5. you make it looks so easy.
    thank you for sharing!

    Rose
    http://www.FineCraftGuild.com

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  6. I've missed you and what a way to come back! It's gorgeous...looks like you made it from batik material! Pleeeeeeassssse come link it up at my now weekly link party?

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  7. I LOVE it Erin. I have wanted to try this technique for so long. The sand dollar is perfect and the bright blue - I am ready for summer!This is gorgeous!

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  8. I really really like it!!!! At last I can bleach something ON PURPOSE!!!

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  9. wow, what a fun idea! i love that it's no sew!

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  10. AWESOME idea! It looks gorgeous! I would love for you to link up to me new Summer Lovin' Saturday Party at http://www.homemakerinheels.com/2011/05/brand-new-summer-lovin-saturday-soiree.html
    I am also a new follower! :) Have a great weekend! :)
    Crysta
    Homemaker in Heels

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  11. That is gorgeous Erin!! I love how the desing turned out with the bleach pen. I might do something like this for the artwork in my bathroom - what a cool idea!!

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  12. Erin- I love it! I have one of those bleach pens and I want to try something like this!! It's good to have you back!! I love reading all your cool ideas:) Have a great weekend!

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  13. this is so creative! i love what you did. we used sand dollars for our beach wedding theme....this pillow would be a beautiful reminder of that! thank you for sharing.
    christy

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  14. Oh how cool?! I LOVE how pretty this turned out! I miss being around the ocean so much ... this reminds of being on the coast. Love it!

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  15. This is such a fun project - it looks gorgeous and no one would ever believe how easy it is (as in, you didn't have to batik it and melt candle wax on it and dye it 12 times) - love it! : )

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  16. Fantastic - love it. Found you at The Girl Creative and looking forward to linking up.
    Jen
    http://shimistore.blogspot.com/

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  17. This is so great!! I'd love for you to link up!

    http://polkadotsonparade.blogspot.com/2011/05/wow-me-wednesday-9.html

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  18. Erin, this is awesome! Great technique and you are such a fab all-around creative type too. Fun fluffy pillow! xo Malia

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  19. Oohhh! What an awesome use of the bleach pen! A great effect for a beachy pillow. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

    Popping over from 504 Main!

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  20. I've had this open on my computer for 3 days because it's FANTASTIC!!!

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  21. Oh my gosh over the past few weeks I have become obsessed with the Calypso home collection at Target and your pillow reminds me so much of it! Love it and who would have ever thought a bleach pen would come in handy one day as a craft neccessity? LOL

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  22. Very impressed! I love the summery image.

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  23. Erin - your pillow looks fabulous! I love the bleach pen idea and have been trying to figure a way to use it - this is fantastic! Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase Party - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this Sunday. Have a wonderful week.
    ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  24. Love it especially since I don't sew or have a sewing machine either. Thanks so much for sharing this easy idea for people who do not sew. :)

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  25. Erin--this is amazing! I would have never thought to use a bleach pen to distress the pillow! I'm now thinking about how I can make my own unique pillows... Anyway's this is amazing!

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  26. Very nice!!! I really love this idea.

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  28. I love this idea and went to try it myself, but I bought fabric that's mostly polyester. After a lot of failed attempts I finally googled it and learned that polyester doesn't bleach well. Just a heads up for anyone else who's unaware like me!

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  29. I never knew that they made bleach pens. My clothes will never be the same...

    The great thing about this project is that you can easily add a zipper if you want. Thanks for sharing.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

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