Tuesday, October 19, 2010

{Tutorial Tuesday} Halloween Doily Throw Pillows

I shared this tutorial a few weeks ago on The Life of a Sippy Cup Mom, I thought it would be a good time to share it with my readers!
 Materials Needed:

White doilies of your choice. (I used 4 larger ones for the big pillow, and 3 small ones for the smaller pillow)
1/2 yard black broadcloth. Two squares cut 18" x 18"
6" x 18" piece of matching fabric
Orange Rit Dye
Black thread
1/2 yard Heat n Bond

How to Dye the Doilies:

*You will notice that the pictures are of dying a onesie, but the process is the same as dying the doilies.

First, fill up a large bowl or container with hot water. Enough water to cover the item(s) you are dying. And add the dye to the bowl. Add as little or as much as you want. Stir the water and dye together making sure that it is all dissolved.

Next, take the doilies you are dying and drench them in hot water so that the dye will soak in better.

Place your doilies into the dye. Let the doilies stay in the dye until you are satisfied with the color. I leave mine in for a while to have a more vibrant color.
Take the doilies out of the dye and rinse in the sink until the water runs clear.

Lay flat to dry. And they will look like these.
Now that the doilies are dry, we can now make the pillows!

How to Make the Pillows:
Take the doilies are iron them onto the Heat in Bond. I found it easier if you iron them on from the back of the Heat n Bond. The doilies are too thick to iron on top of them.

Once the doilies are all ironed onto the Heat n Bond, peel them off and use scissors to trim off any excess around the edges. Iron the doilies onto the black broadcloth, ironing on the back of the fabric again.

Once you have the doilies ironed onto the black broadcloth, place the two squares right sides together and pin. Sew around the edge of the pillow, leaving on side open to stuff.

Stuff the pillow, turn the open side, pin and sew with the sewing machine or whipstitch with a needle and thread.
Do the same process with the smaller pillow. And that's all there is to it!  Pretty easy, and you can make these in any color for any holiday!  You can make brown and orange for Thanksgiving or red and green for Christmas!

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