Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tutorial: Use Ink Effects paint to create a personalized pillow!

I am so pleased to have been given the opportunity to try out Ink Effects by DecoArt. It's a new fabric-transfer ink that is so very easy to use and the possibilities are seriously endless! The paints are new to the market and will be hitting stores soon, but! you can purchase them online now, here! 

When I first got the paints, I knew I wanted to have my kids help me with this project - and I'm so glad I did because they had a lot of fun with it and I think our pillow turned out quite cute!  

What you will need to make your own personalized kid-painted pillow:

* A variety of different sized paint brushes
* A glass of water to rinse your brushes
* Plain white copy paper
* Iron
* Air-erasable fabric marker
*  About a half a yard of white synthetic jersey-knit fabric for the front of your pillow
* Half a yard of any kind of coordinating fabric for the back of your pillow
* Poly-fil to stuff the pillow

Steps to create the pillow:

First, PAINT! Simply paint your designs onto white copy paper. Let your imagination go free! I knew that I wanted to create some sort of flower design for the pillow, so I told my kids to paint shapes and designs, knowing I would cut up their work to fit into a design. 

We ended up with a bunch of designs! Fun!

Let your paintings dry for about one hour. 

Next, figure out how you want your pillow to look. I cut out the different design elements I wanted to use and arranged them onto the white jersey fabric - I cut out circles and the little spirals and sun that my daughter painted. 

Set your iron to its hottest dry setting. Do not use steam!

Place your pieces painted side down onto the white fabric, and place a piece of plain white paper over top, then iron. Keep the iron moving and apply constant pressure for a minute or two. 

Peel off the painted piece to reveal your design!

I was very pleased with how the paintings transferred to the fabric! These paints are really cool!

Transfer all of your painted pieces onto the fabric as you choose, keeping in mind the shape of your pillow and your desired overall design.

Since my circles were to become flowers, I traced a circle around them with the eraseable marker, then sewed on the line using a zig-zag stitch. Embellish your pillow design how you choose.

I added ribbons for flower stems.

I embellished it by hand, too, stitching around the smaller circles and adding stems.

The really cool thing about the Ink Effects paints is that you can use the painted pieces of paper over and over. I decided at the last minute to add in 'grass' to the bottom of my design. 

I cut up a green zig-zag design my daughter painted and positioned it onto the bottom of the pillow and ironed each piece where I wanted it. Using just two pieces of the design repeatedly I was able to fill up the bottom of the fabric with the 'grass'!

Next, cut off the access white fabric around your design to your desired pillow shape. 

Pin your backing fabric right-side-up to the front of your design. Your pieces will be right side together. Sew together all four sides of your fabric, leaving about a four-inch gap so you can turn it right side out. Once you're done sewing, cut the access fabric off with pinking shears - leaving about a quarter of an inch from the seam. Clip your corners closely. Do not trim the gap you will use for turning the pillow. 

After you've finished trimming it up, turn the pillow right-side-out, poking out the corners with the eraser-tip of an un-sharpened pencil. Then, stuff the pillow!  

Sew closed the hole - I pinned together the hole securely while sewing to prevent any puckering. Use a tight hand stitch with white thread to close the hole. 

Now your child's artwork will be preserved forever as an adorable pillow!

My daughter loves to draw suns so I had to include her Mr. Sun at the top corner of the pillow! After all, flowers need sun to grow!

Connect with DecoArts to learn more about this amazing product!

I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with DecoArt and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

Check out what other crafters are making with Ink Effects!


Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

What a great idea .... I love it! And it must make the artist feel pretty special!

Amber said...

Very cool! I also love the two placemats people did!

Amber said...

P.S. I'm totally going to buy some of that when Jo-ann's gets it. And when I get to Jo-ann's. (It's super far away now that I moved.) :-(

Wrestling Kitties said...


Love that and what great designs!! The pillow is beautiful!

Ky • twopretzels.com said...

Absolutely adorable. LOVE.

Albert Jackson said...

Oh I love it.

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