Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Scrabble Tile Pillow

In December, my friend who you've read about HERE had a birthday!

This year she got a new place and I knew I wanted to do something fun, personal and a little funny to go in her new space. 
I knew months ago what this would be. 

I found the idea from the wonderful Krystal at Sassy Sanctuary.
(you should know her if you don't, she also designed this blog)

So of course I had to do a double sided pillow, because one side I just had to do Diet Coke. Now that she's kicking the habit, I wanted her to have a second option on the flip side of the pillow. 
So I started thinking about what other things she loves. 
I considered Robert Pattinson's face 
Eclipse Limited Edition Robert Pattinson PDF silhouette portrait
but knew I wasn't nearly talented enough to stencil it. 

Then I thought about her love for games

So, then was born the Scrabble Tile pillow!! 

It's actually pretty perfect, as her nickname is "Deedee" 
(DD...and the value of a D scrabble tile is a 2! kinda like D squared, but not really...you get me right?!)

If you're wondering HOW I did it... 
It's freezer paper stenciling!
Never heard of it?
It's actually surprisingly simple...just a little time consuming.

Here's the steps:

Step 1: Buy Fabric 
(I used canvas. I yard yields approx 3 pillows)
Step Two: Cut out your fabric pillow shape 
(square, lumbar, circle perhaps?)
Step Three: Print out the image you want from your computer.
Step Four: Trace out the design onto the matte side of the freezer paper.
Step Five: Cut out the stencil using an exacto knife. 
(Remember to keep any insides of "o's" or "e's" etc...)
Step Six: Iron the freezer paper stencil onto your fabric, silicon coated side down.
Step Seven: Paint in the stencil using fabric paint
Step Eight: Sew up & stuff your pillow as you please :)

Here's some pics of the stenciling:

Loved this project so much, I actually made more. 
I'll post them soon to show you what I did!

Make sure you check out my Link Parties tab to see which parties I'll be participating in!


Courtenay@Signal Hill Interiors said...

Ok, where did you say you got that freezer paper from? I'm starting to have ideas and I'm on kind of a pillow making kick. I think you may have just inspired me...

Krystal said...

It is SOOO cute! Glad my pillows inspired you. Freezer paper stenciling is addicting huh?! I bet your friend LOVED it!

Nancy said...

So, so cute! I am going to use that freezer paper method some day for stenciling. Years ago when I used to do sewing, I'd make dolls, etc. using freezer paper as pattern pieces. It works so well!

Thanks for sharing your method for stenciling. The pillows are really neat!


Matt and Chelsey Davis said...

These pillows turned out great!!! They look so nice! I love freezer paper.

Summer said...

omg. I want one a Scrabble letter pillow of my last name!

Jane said...

Love these! We are *big* time Scrabble fans over here. I have made Scrabble cookies and I have a Scrabble necklace. We even have Scrabble party lights which are super fun because you can spell words! I am going to copy this pillow. Oh and my initial is worth 10! ;)

Ladybird Ln said...

Cute, I like how it is double sided.... Also, I think I have been in school way to long I saw the D2, and was trying to think what element it was!! But now I get it, and I love it, thanks for sharing!

amyg @ My 3 Monsters said...

Co clever! I love freezer paper stencils. Thanks for sharing.

Julie said...

I'd love for you to come link up at Inspire Me Mondays

LambAround said...

I love these! I'm a Scrabble fanatic who loves to drink Diet Coke while I play. To top it off, D2 reminds me of D squared, which Sexy Nerd and I joke that we are (Danni + Derek).
My kinda post! :)

Dave'sWife@{thediaryofdaveswife} said...

Found you via TT & J, and your Pillows are DARLING! The Scrabble Tiles are Genius and I am a huge Diet Coke Fan, and I seriously need to make my self one;0) I just featured it on my blog here http://daveandkristycall.blogspot.com/2011/01/for-love.html ♥ DavesWife

abeachcottage said...

Very very cute. Thanks for the tutorial. Adorable scrabble pillow!

April said...

What a sweet gift! I bet she will really apprieciate the personalization! And I love the d2 cute! Thanks for linking up!

Dixie Diva Deals said...

Love your great blog!! This is a great idea. I wish that I was that talented. I am your 299 follower! Found you at Lamb Around blog hop. Please visit and follow me back if you get a chance, I would appreciate it SO much.
Divalicious Deals

L said...

So cute! Would love for you to add to my Thursday Treasure Party @


Lauren said...

AMAZING! I am crazy addicted to diet coke and need one of those pillows! The scrabble pillow is amazing as well :) Love Love Love this!

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

LOVE the pillow!! What a creative idea! Would love for you to come link up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings www.ladybug-blessings.com

Inspire Me Heather said...

Too cute! I'm just loving that Scrabble pillow!

Kimberly said...

I love the scrabble pillow! It would be perfect for our family room - we love scrabble.

Kristin said...

What a neat idea! I will definitely give it a try!

Tanyia said...

totally love the scrabble pillow!

I am stopping by from Sugar Bee's Take a Look Tuesday! Would love to have you take a look at my project, too : )


Jenny @ Embellishing Life said...

Cute pillows!! I have a thing for scrabble tiles! I hope you'll come over and link them up at the craft catwalk!

Amy said...

I LOVE this! I haven't tried a freezer paper stencil yet, so I'll give this a whirl! I'm going for a "G" for our last name and then a small 5...for our family. Thanks for sharing!!!

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

Such a cute pillow! Way to go!!

jenclair said...

I haven't done in any freezer paper stenciling in a long time. I used it when making some onesies as gifts a few years ago. However, after seeing your delightful pillows, I'm inspired!

{northern cottage} said...

love it! I've been wanting to try out the freezer paper method and here you hand me a great tutorial! Thanks - your projects look fab!

Hip Hippo Designs said...

Oh, I love that Scrabble pillow! So fun!

Dani @ Drops in the Bucket said...

definitely doing the d squared pillow for my hubby and i. dani and dave. how stinkin' cute. oh and the fact that we play scrabble alllll the time (ps, i've never beat him). making the pillow can be my little personal win.


B.Large said...

I love your pillow! So talented! I'm a follower now, and I'm excited to see what else you have!! Please check out my blog! I'm new to this and am loving all the new and fun stuff!
Much Love and blessings,

Jenn Erickson said...

Visiting from the hop at "Lamb Around" -- Love your pillows! What a wonderful, heartfelt, personalized gift! Great tutorial, and wonderful project!!! Your newest follower, Jenn/Rook No. 17

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

We are crazy for scrabble at our house so I love this project. Thanks for the inspiration.

Warmly, Michelle

Amanda @ Ninth Street Notions said...

Great project! I love this pillow. I will definitely have to try this sometime.

Mandy Coffey said...

i know this wasn't the purpose of your post but you've inspired me to make Scrabble bean bags. how fun would it be to use the WHOLE ROOM floor as a scrabble board? Your D2 pillow inspired me. thanks.
I'd love for you to bring your creations to my link party this friday!

Kimmie @ Sugar and Dots said...

I will be featuring this tomorrow at Sugar and Dots!

Robby Swandanu said...

Nice share bro ..
On a visit back to wait for my crappy blog ..
Thank you ..

Anonymous said...

I have a birthday in December...I have a D in my name...I am NOT kicking the diet coke habit...but I like pillows! hahahaha

Great job Sarah!

Love Deb

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