Spruce up any setting in your home with this great pillow.
By: Sue Warden
18" x 18" black pillow, stuffing or insert removed
1/4 m ivory muslin fabric
1 m 1-1/2" Offray ivory grosgrain ribbon
1 m 1" Offray black grosgrain ribbon
1 dragonfly stencil
1 small bottle black brush-on fabric paint
1 medium stencil brush
1 roll Heat’N’Bond UltraHold Iron-On Adhesive
1 piece palette paper
1 roll stencil tape
measuring tape or ruler
medium stencil brush
1. Wash the muslin fabric as well as the pillow. Dry both items and press them flat.
2. Preheat dry iron to the silk setting.
3. Cut a piece of muslin fabric approximately 7" x 7". Cut a piece of Heat’N’Bond UltraHold Iron-On Adhesive the same size as the piece of muslin.
4. Following the instructions on the packaging, place the piece of Heat’N’Bond paper side up on the wrong side of the muslin material. Glide the dry iron across the paper side for 1 to 2 seconds. Allow the fabric to cool. Leave the paper backing on for now.
5. Squeeze a small amount of the black fabric paint onto the piece of palette paper. Centre the dragonfly stencil motif in the middle of the piece of muslin. Use stencil tape to hold the stencil in place.
6. Dip the stencil brush into the paint and lightly tap the end on the surface of the stencil, covering small sections at a time, filling the design in completely. Remove the stencil. Wash the stencil and stencil brush and blot them dry on paper towel. Allow the dragonfly motif to dry completely.
7. Cut two pieces of Heat’N’Bond exactly the same length and width as the two pieces of grosgrain ribbon. Apply the Heat’N’Bond to the ribbon in the same manner as the muslin fabric. Set the ribbon aside to cool.
8. Remove the paper backing from the piece of muslin. Centre the piece of muslin, dragonfly right side up, in the middle of one side of the pillow. Iron over the muslin for 4-6 seconds. Ironing time may be increased for heavier fabrics or when using several layers.
9. Cut four 9" pieces of the ivory grosgrain ribbon. Remove the paper backing on each piece. Lay one piece along each edge of the adhered piece of muslin, overlapping the raw edge of the muslin by approximately 1/4". Miter the corners of each piece of ribbon using scissors to create a neat fit. Iron the ribbon in place.
10. Repeat the same process with the black grosgrain ribbon, adhering the black ribbon along the inner edge of the ivory ribbon.
11. Replace the stuffing or insert and sew the opening of the pillow closed.