15 November 2010

Michelle's Homemade Home

Here's a few images from my appearance on Four Live last week.   The piece was all about crafty makes for your home under a fiver.  I showed how to make an envelope cushion, applique a canvas and use iron on transfers to make a LOVE pillow.

You can view the show online here if you live in Ireland.

To make a simple envelope cushion
  • Take a cushion insert and lay it on top of the fabric you wish to use.
  • Cut the fabric as follows - 2.5 times the width of your cushion in length and two inches wider than the cushion in width
  • Turn over a hem on each end and sew
  • Now lay the fabric on the table (print side facing up) and place the cushion insert roughly in the centre.
  • Fold over each side, as if wrapping a present. 
  • Pull out the cushion insert and stitch up both sides. 
Turn the cushion cover right side out and insert the cushion.

Voila a fabulous homemade cushion cover :o)

HOME Canvas

Simply made by appliqueing fabric letters onto a white canvas.
 using a template I printed out on my computer. 
If you want the template drop me an email and I can send it to you.

  • Trace the letters onto the paper side of some bondaweb
  • Iron onto the fabric you wish to use
  • Cut the letter out and simply iron onto your canvas.


Finally the LOVE pillow

This is soooo easy to do (however it does use a lot of ink so keep that in mind).

As with the HOME canvas,
  • Type out the word LOVE on your computer with a fancy font (just google 'free fonts' there's lots out there)
  • Print each letter on a separate page of specialist t-shirt transfer paper (you can buy this in a Easons, WH Smith or any craft & hobby shop).
Make sure you print it mirror image or it will be back to front!
  • Then iron onto your pillow case
The same technique was used for this cushion cover.

I'll be back on the show soon with some Christmas Craft and other delights :o)


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