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Last week on a trip to my favorite thrift store, I found a place mat for 25¢.  Well, let me re-phrase that.  I thought I had two place mats.  Even the guy who rang up my order thought I had two.  He was going to charge me for two anyway, until the lady putting the items in the bag assured him it was 25¢ total.  Imagine my disappointment when I got home and realized I only had one. Grrr =(

Place mat

Well, since I was still planning to make it into a pillow, I made an executive decision.  Isn’t it nice to be your own boss and be able to do that? I decided to use up some more of the canvas drop cloth I had on hand.  Man, that stuff lasts…for.ev.er.  I bought a 6′ x 9′ drop cloth at Lowes back in August to repair my yard sale director’s chairs and then used some leftovers to make leaf pillows.

Now that I had a defined plan, time to put it into action.

I knew I wanted to put our last initial in the center.  I opened up Word, typed a capital C and scrolled through the fonts until I found one I liked.  This is Algerian at 650.  You have to click next to the font name and type the size.  I made it big enough to fill the page.

Algerian Font

I used an Exacto knife to carefully cut out the letter and leave a negative space to use as my stencil.

Cut-out Stencil

To attach the stencil I used spray adhesive.

Spray Adhesive

Following the directions for temporary bond,  spray lightly and wait 3-5 minutes until tacky.  Then I just eye-balled the center of the mat and smoothed the stencil down.

Attached Stencil

I used 2 different shades of metallic copper acrylic paint and a stiff bristled paint brush.

Copper Acrylic Paint

I swirled the paint into the fabric, starting with the darker shade first.  Then I went back around the outer edge with the lighter shade.

Peel Back Stencil

The paper started to release once it got wet with paint so I quickly peeled off the stencil.  Except for a couple minuscule boo-boos, it turned out really well.

Stenciled Initial

To complete the pillow casing, I stitched a piece of canvas to the right side of the place mat leaving a 4″ opening to fill.  Flipped it right side out and filled with polyester fiber fill.  To close up the opening, I just fired up the glue gun and sealed the hole. (I was just too lazy to pull the thread off the sewing machine and find a needle to stitch it closed.)

And here is the final product….

Custom Pillow

 

Thrifty tip of the day…. Always make sure you know what you’re paying for.

 

Please take a minute to scroll down and leave a comment.  I would love to know what you think.  Did this inspire you?  Will you use this as a jumping off point for your own project? Or just say –  Hi, I was here.  Comments are the only way to let me know what you are thinking.  If you enjoyed, please share with your friends or followers.  Thanks =) 

  Andrea


 

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Jamie
Jamie
October 17, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Looks great! I have been stenciling a ton lately, most of it on burlap. I’m following you now :) I’d love if you stop by my blog sometime when you get the chance!

jamie@sewrockin.com

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Cap Creations
Cap Creations
October 11, 2011 at 1:44 am

Your pillow came out great! And it’s the perfect initial lol! Thank you for linking this up over at Cap Creations.

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Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy
Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy
October 11, 2011 at 12:04 am

Ohhhh I just love this. So simple and wonderful and just great! Thank you for the inspiration! :o)
Jaime

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Katie @ OhhBaby
Katie @ OhhBaby
October 10, 2011 at 6:17 pm

This is so great! Thank you for linking up to Fabulous Friday at OhhBaby Designs! I will be featuring you tomorrow! Be sure to come by and check it out!

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Whitney Ulrich
Whitney Ulrich
October 10, 2011 at 1:53 am

I have been wanting to do this. Thank you for the tutorial and inspiration. Thank you so much sharing and for linking up to our party Show and Share this week! Come on back this Wednesday to link up your current projects.

A mommy’s life…with a touch of YELLOW
tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com

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Carol
Carol
October 8, 2011 at 11:13 am

Love it Andrea! And I just happen to have a canvas drop cloth in my stash!

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Holly L
Holly L
October 8, 2011 at 3:50 am

So pretty! The copper is great and I am such a sucker for anything with letters or numbers! You made that placemat shine!

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Courtney
Courtney
October 7, 2011 at 12:10 pm

This is just awesome!! I love it! I would love if you would come share this at The Crazy Cute Link Party @ Between U & Me! :D

http://www.betweenuandme.com/2011/10/crazy-cute-link-party-22.html

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deZeal
deZeal
October 7, 2011 at 5:35 am

What a fantastic tutorial! I guess it’s no excuse for me now not to try, hahaha:) The pillow looks great!
Hugs:)

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Lindsay
Lindsay
October 6, 2011 at 9:22 pm

I would love to do this! What a pretty little pillow! Super cute idea!

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Keren Duchan
Keren Duchan
October 6, 2011 at 3:06 pm

How lovely! This may be the millionth time I’ve said I want to learn to paint/stamp on fabric… Cute pillow! I love the clean design.

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Little Bird Threads
Little Bird Threads
October 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Great Work! Love your technique. Saw you on Tip Junkie and Homework :)

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Marilyn
Marilyn
October 6, 2011 at 10:40 am

This is so awesome and turned out beautifullly..I would LOVE for you to add it to my ‘Pin Inspirational Thursdays’ blog party today.. http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/10/pinspirations-pinterest-inspirational.html Thank u:))

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Erica
Erica
October 6, 2011 at 9:49 am

I love this pillow! I don’t have anything Monogrammed in our house, and I really want something! This just might have to happen!!

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Tina
Tina
October 6, 2011 at 9:34 am

This turned out really cute! I’ve made a few pillows from place mats- love the colors.
~Tina

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Suzie
Suzie
October 6, 2011 at 7:47 am

So glad you left a comment on my blog. i had never run across your blog before—I’m your newest follower!

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Laura Ingalls Gunn
Laura Ingalls Gunn
October 5, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I love this pillow! Great tip about the craft bond. Thank you So very much for linking this project gem up!

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Brandy J.
Brandy J.
October 5, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I just found your blog and am your newest follower. Thanks for creating such a fun blog full of inspiration. I love your pillow — so simple and cute!!

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michele@hellolovelyinc
michele@hellolovelyinc
October 4, 2011 at 11:32 pm

i’m nuts about stencils right now too!

love it! found you via tipjunkie and hope you’ll enter my giveaway and decide to follow:

http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2011/10/more-stencil-splendor-giveaway.html

michele

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Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer
Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer
October 4, 2011 at 8:47 am

Well it seems like only 1 place mats worked out, you got a really cute pillow out of it. Love the stencil, and thanks for letting us know what font you used, so many times people don’t, and I always want to know.
Great job!

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Jacki
Jacki
October 4, 2011 at 7:49 am

I love how this turned out! The colors look amazing, and I’m super impressed that it was a place mat to begin with!

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Em
Em
October 4, 2011 at 7:29 am

I love the copper color! I’m doing a lot of copper and orange things in my workroom lately and this is just a wonderful idea for it. Great font too, by the way. I really like the extra lines on it!

~Em

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Kirsten
Kirsten
October 4, 2011 at 12:26 am

LOVE this! You make the cutest stuff!

;) Kirsten

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Shannon at madiganmade
Shannon at madiganmade
October 3, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I love typography projects! What warm colors, too. Love the copper accent.

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debbie
debbie
October 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Hi Andrea, thanks for sharing you fun colorful pillow with the newbie party. I love it, and simple too.

Andrea Clem

Hi, my name is Andrea. I’m a Designer and decor junkie. My emphasis is on do-it-yourself projects, making trash into treasure, recycled/re-purposed materials and seeing things outside the box. [ Read More... ]

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