Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cute Graphics + Ikea = FAB Pillows!

I made some fun and easy pillows this weekend.  I think they turned out great.






I started with this pillow cover that I purchased at Ikea.






I used this graphic that I found on  The Graphics Fairy's blog.  I absolutely LOVE The Graphics Fairy's blog!!   I flipped the image so it would work correctly when I ironed it on the pillow.  You can flip an image in Picasa by pressing Control/Shift/H. 


I bought this package of Jolee's Easy Image Transfer Sheets for White Fabrics from Michael's.  I saw on The Mango Archive's Blog that she used iron on transfers on dishtowels.  I figured it'd work on pillows too.

I copied the graphic onto the transfer paper using my inkjet printer.



  The directions on the transfer paper say not to use directly on an ironing board, so I used our old bread board with an old pillow case over it. Then I put the bread board and old pillowcase INSIDE the new pillow cover.   I didn't want the graphic to somehow get heated to both sides.  (not sure that it would have, but didn't want to find out.)
I ironed the pillow a little, so the major wrinkles were out, but didn't go crazy getting it perfect.



I then cut the transfer paper.  But please note--cut closer to the image than I did here!  This was my first attempt and the transfer paper does show up around the edges. You need a little bit of an edge--about 1/2" is probably good.  


I placed the transfer paper on the pillow cover and made sure it was centered pretty well.


I used an iron without steam set on COTTON.   I put the iron on one spot and held it for 20 seconds.  I would then lift the iron up and set it down on another spot for 20 seconds.  I made sure all of the areas were ironed, especially the edges.  I probably set the iron down at least in ten different places to make sure I got everything.

I peeled the paper backing off carefully and the image stuck to the pillow.






On this one, you can see where I messed up and didn't cut close enough to the image, so you can see the transfer paper.  I did cut the paper closer in pillows I made after this one and they all look great.  Even though the edges show up on this first one, it is not nearly as noticeable once the pillow insert is put in. 






Here's another one I made.  I collect old scales and love this image too! 

I am so happy with my new pillows.  I even made some for birthday gifts. 
Here's the breakdown in cost:  (if you're one of my friends who received this as a gift, you can quit reading now!)  :)










Pillow cover:  $6.00 Ikea
Pillow Insert:  $6.99 Ikea
Transfer paper: $0.60 each Michael's.  (a pack of 10 was $6 after coupon)
Total per pillow: $13.59!




Thanks so much for coming by.  I appreciate your visits and comments.

Pam






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77 comments:

  1. Ohh Pam, they turned out great! I've heard lots of great things about the Graphics Fairy blog. I really love the images you chose! Well done my friend!

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  2. Love the pillows and the birdcage and the scales are perfect images. They turned out great. Hugs, Marty

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  3. They look great Pam. I love the Graphics Fairy too. Your price per pillow is really good and I really like the images you chose.

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  4. Both pillows are fantastic. You know, I think I could actually do this!!! We don't have an Ikea, but I bet I can find similar pillows locally.

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  5. What a clever idea! I love the graphics, too... totally custom. I think I'll try this soon. :)

    Lisa
    http://chicmagnifique.blogspot.com

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  6. Love it! Your pillow turned our fabulous! I didn't realize that Ikea had pillowcovers. Missed those the last time I was there!

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  7. How cute!
    I love IKEA, I can't wait for mine to open!!!

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  8. Hi Pam, I didn't know Ikea carried these pillow covers. This is perfect for non-sewers like me! Your pillows turned out wonderful and the images you used are great. Thank you so much for sharing this at my new party.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  9. I love this Pam! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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  10. Pam, these are great!! I've been looking for old feed sack pillows but every one I find is so expensive ($60- and up)... these would do just fine! I didn't see them at our IKEA - maybe I'll go back.

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  11. I made the same mistake with transfer paper, I did not trim it close enough bummer, but it looks great !

    Carol

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  12. Love the pillows! What a great idea!

    I keep hearing about the Graphics Fairy and am going to check it out.

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  13. I have been wanting to try this even bought the paper yesterday. Unfortunately I bought for inkjet and we have two laser printers. Your pillows look fabulous. Nice tutorial!!

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  14. Super sweet, Pam! I have a small addiction to pretty pillows. Love these! ;)

    Roeshel

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  15. Great pillows, I need to do some of these!I did some years ago and you are right about trimming the paper closer.

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  16. Really clever idea,P am. Nice job!

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  17. FABULOUS! I didn't even know that Jolee's made transfer sheets AND I didnt know how easy these projects were! I have been to Ikea 4 times in two weeks, I should have seen this before I went Monday!!!
    Visiting from No Minimalist Here : Open House linky party... stop by and visit me at cookscleansplayswithpaper.blogspot.com

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  18. Love the pillows! I need to make me some.

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  19. Love it - thanks for sharing!!!

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  20. ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea. I also LOVE the Graphics Fairy too! :)

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  21. Love it! And what a steal!

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  22. AWESOME Pam! I have to tackle this project one day. It seems so easy and I tend to avoid projects that don't involve a leaf blower or a paint brush. Thanks for the inspiration....

    Have a great weekend with your family.

    Take care,
    Lisa

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  23. Cute idea. I have that birdcage - it's in the laundry room (Alabama Stone Cottage).

    Allison
    Atticmag

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  24. Love the pillows, they looks awesome!!! Enjoy your weekend!
    XO

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  25. I have to go get me some of those paper transfers....how adorable your pillows turned out. I will be stealing your idea too...LOL, love that about blogging.

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  26. Thanks for the great tut.- I'm bookmarking this!

    -Jami
    An Oregon Cottage

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  27. Those are really cute. I had NO idea you could flip an image in Picasa. Great tip!

    Visiting from Tatertots and Jello.

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  28. those are super cute, I love them. Stopping by from Tater Tots and Jello. Having a fun giveaway on my blog in case you're interested. :)

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  29. I'm so happy to be following your blog now too! I've been going through your posts so fast, love them all! we share taste in style...you just happen to have more of it! LOL! so happy to be following along your adventures!

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  30. For $6 each it does not pay to sew your own. I really like these, I have some transfer paper, I need to do something like this some day soon.

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  31. Love this! you chose awesome images! Definitely bookmarking this page and am now following you! Hope you can come check me out some time too!

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  32. I need some black and white pillows-love these

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  33. Thanks so much for posting that tutorial...I just love the pillows! And really, your technique has so many other applications that it could be used for.

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  34. SO Pretty!!!! http://runwithglitter.blogspot.com/

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  35. They look great! I'd read about Graphics Fairy long ago, but forgot all about it! Thanks so much for reminding me, and for such a great tute!

    Consider yourself bookmarked...

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  36. Hi Pam...

    Ohhh...your pillows turned out sooo pretty, Pam! And...what a great price! I haven't tried my hand at doing any type of transfers yet but would love to. Of course, I don't have an ink jet printer...so I would have to get one. I could just see endless possibilities to use transfers on! Hehe! You could do tablecloth and napkins, etc. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pillows and the great tutorial, my friend!

    Also wanted to thank you for stopping by my place! I always enjoy your visits and sweet notes, my friend!

    Happy spring wishes...
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  37. Adorable pillows -I'm now a follower!

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  38. I love how they turned out! I'll have to check out The Graphics Fairy. http://charmingdecor.blogspot.com

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  39. Hey Pam,
    I'm finally making it through my Google Reader, and I have to say I LOVE how your pillows turned out! They're so graphic and sophisticated and it looks like they were super easy to do too!
    Have you ever shown us your scale collection? I know you mentioned you had one when you saw our little green canning scale - I'd love to see the goods! :)
    Have a great one,
    Meredith @ Welcome to Heardmont

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  40. I copied this and put it in my file for crafts. Great tutorial and a fabulous pillow.

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  41. I came this close to buying a pillow in this sort of style, and after seeing your fantastic tutorial, I'm glad I waited! Thanks for the superb instructions.

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  42. Thanks Pam for joining me:) Always a pleasure to have you.

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  43. Pam I WANT THAT PILLOW!!!! Love it! Martina

    PS- Love the chair too!

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  44. Oh My Goodness! They look like something that would have a high price tag in a gift store. I love those! Thanks for sharing them for Favorite Things. laurie

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  45. Pam, I came over from Debbie's. Love the pillows, too.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  47. Your pillows are so cute! Love the images you used.
    Visiting from the Graphics Fairy. TFS.

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  48. That came out great. I have to try that. I host a party each Wednesday. Hope you stop by and link up this project.

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  49. Love this! Looks like something I might could even do! Cute!

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  50. Pam... get some TAP transfer paper.. I LOVE it for my GF images!

    Maddie
    www.domesticanarchy.blogspot.com

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  51. hiya visiting from debbis newbie party x what a fab easy pollow have to give it a try xlove graphics fairy too x tfs hope to see youat mine soon x
    xmaggie

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  52. These pillows are wonderful. I love that transfer idea. Will have to try it sometime. Hello! I'm visiting from The Graphics Fairy Blog - Brag Monday! Have a great day.
    Joan

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  53. That turned out wonderful! You chose the perfect image. If I saw that pillow in one of my local shops it would cost a pretty penny. I'm looking forward to following you for more great ideas. Have a wonderful evening!

    Ann-Marie

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  54. Pam those pillows are great! Found you from Debbiedoos. The Graphics Fairy is awesome!

    Hope you have a great one!

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  55. Hi Pam, The pillows turned out great! Thanks for sharing such a cool idea! ~Cheers, Michelle

    PS I bloghopped here via the newbie party!

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  56. Beautiful my friend, the Graphics Fairy totally rocks!!! Your project inspires me!!! Do you have an Ikea now?!

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  57. I love your pillows and those directions are fantastic! Thanks for sharing such a fun and wonderful project with us.

    I am now your newest follower.
    Dee

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  58. Your pillows are YOU! Through you I am going to discover another new side of myself. I mean Pam, you betta watch out!!! xoxo

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  60. I love this...so simple for sooo much cuteness!

    Stopping by via Debbiedoos Blog. I love love love the idea of a newbie blog hop, so fantastic.

    I wanted to make sure to come and give you a very warm welcome to the blogsphere and let you know we are having lots of fun over on my blog and you are invited!

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  61. A cute cute pillow cover for someone who can't sew and doesn't have a Silhouette. Great idea. Thanks.

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  62. I totally love this pillow. And there is an IKEA close to me. I am a new follower from Debbiedoo's and hope you find my blog one you would like to follow. Totally going to make one of these.
    Laurie

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  63. I have seen that image at the Graphics Fairy blog and love it on the pillow. Great idea!

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  64. so cute! I too love the graphics fairy! I found this project on serenity for now though. good stuff!

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  65. Great tutorial! Your pillows are fantastic! I love the graphics you chose...I need to head over to the Graphics Fairy, stat. ;)

    Thanks so much for joining my Crafty Cutter party. Have fun finding some crafty inspiration, and I hope you’ll visit me at Serenity Now again soon. I have a new Silhouette project up today!

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  66. Beautiful pillows!!! I love them. Your instructions are great. Not everyone wants to share ideas... Thanks!!!
    Lucyna (Poland)

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  67. Yay! These turned out great! Love them!

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  68. I love your blog!!! Realy! Your posts are so helpfull!!! Amazing!

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  69. Both pillows are fantastic. You know, I think I could actually do this!!! We don't have an Ikea, but I bet I can find similar pillows locally.


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