Friday, January 21, 2011

Ballard Designs “Sassified”

So excited to be partying with my pillows at 
The KNOCK IF OFF contest at seven thirty three &
The DIY Project Party

So last night when I should have been sleeping, I was thumbing through the new Ballard's catalog

This is a really bad thing for me to do. Especially at night.  Then my mind never shuts off!

While I love Ballard's clean, crisp and fabulous stuff, I have a hard time adopting the whole look in my home.

No matter how hard I try, I keep adding too much color.

But,when I saw these, I had to have them.

Mr & Mrs Burlap Pillow with Insert
I know, FABULOUS right?

But $59.00? No, not right!

I dreamed about these pillows.

I woke up this morning and had to make some.

So, I grabbed my old, ripped, glued, previously used drop cloth’s.  I ironed them to look like a pillow.
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Because we all know, I DON’T sew. Actually, CAN’T would be a better way to describe my skills.

Examples of my non-skills can be found here and here. And I’m sure if you really want to see more gluing, you can just look around a bit more.

So what is a girl to do when she can’t sew?
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Glue..of course!

So, I “glued my pillow together. I used heat and bond and my glue gun.
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After I had my basic pillow shape-I printed out some letters on my cricut.

They are 5 1/4” and from the Plantain School Cartridge.

I cut them out of vinyl, thinking that I would use the leftover as a stencil.
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Well, that was a pain!

So, I used the letters themselves.

This worked fabulously because I could stick them on and move them around how I wanted them.
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Then I pulled out my paint pen. I originally used silver/gray.
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I HATED how this looked, so I went over it with black. But I will show those pics in a minute.

I just traced the letters with the pen, like this. (sorry about the crappy pic-hopefully you get the idea)
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After I did that, I pulled the vinyl off and pretended I was in 2nd grade and tried really, really hard to color in the lines.
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Like I said, I hated the gray so I filled it in with black.

Much better, but still a little too dark.
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So, I pulled out a nail file, like I used here, and sanded each letter so it looked a little “aged".”
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More what I was wanting..
After:
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Then I stuffed and glued some more and I was done.
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Doesn’t she look super cute on my bed?
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Never mind that all day, my room looked like this while I made pillows!
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Really?

Pillows?

I know, I know.

But, I dreamed about this pillow, I had to get it done!

So what if it took twice as long because I am indecisive and have to change everything.

The results were totally worth it. (now that I look at the pics, I think I am going to dry brush some brown paint onto the letters) See, totally indecisive!!
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Now, I  had to make another pillow.

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I couldn’t just make one. I had to have 2!

Remember when I found this throw at Target the day after Christmas?

I had a plan for this all along.

Really, the WHOLE time I planned to make a pillow from it. Really, I did!

Anyway, I pulled out the pinking shears and cut it into strips. I cut them in a scalloped pattern.
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I then used my trusty needle and thread and made them into ruffles.

Because the best thing I do is “tweak” I added some ruffles out of some linen fabric as well.
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I love the texture it adds! Fun!

See,is not my bed is so much better with 2 new pillows instead of one!
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This would be where my husband rolled his eyes.
Silly man, he has no appreciation for the finer things in life.

Although, I must give him credit, he does get me fresh Diet Coke’s when I have been in my craft room all day!!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

I have another project in mind. So excited to make this one. I hope it turns out as cute as it is in my head!

Make sure to check out these parties!!
DIY Club  &


Love you all!!

30 comments :

  1. I love those pillows! Your version of the Mr. & Mrs. Pillow is so much more fun with black printing than the Ballard Design one. Great job!

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  2. So dang cute!!! I LOVE it!! I like it much better than the one from Ballards. Filing it was the perfect touch.

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  3. For someone who can't sew, you sure make gorgeous pillows! =) I'm a pretty bad sewer too and still waiting to learn how to make ruffles. Tell me how, pleeeeeeaaaaase! ;)

    Jeanine

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  4. caaaaa uter than a computer... ha ha..

    Great job on the pillows. And who cares if the bed gets made.. bah... not this gal.

    Di

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  5. I love those pillows! You sure were persistent and it paid off!

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  6. they turned out darling! i love them! i need to find a headboard for my bed...and i'd like and new bed spread...can you help in that dept? you love me

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  7. So fun Tausha!! What a cute project. And I love the ruffled pillows!!

    xoxox
    Jen

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  8. I love the fact that you glued instead of sewed the pillows, I have a sewing machine but don't know how to thread it!!! Lot of good it does me :) The outcome of both of your pillows are fabulous, I love them!

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  9. Your pillows are great! I was just thinking I need to make something similar! I'd love for you to come link up to my party today: http://fastdaze.blogspot.com/2011/01/linky-fridaze-2.html

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  10. The pillows are awesome!!! Thanks for taking the time to take pics and show them to the world. I can't wait for our stake thing! Then I get to see wome of your cute ideas in person!! Remember if you really need something sewn, I can help you.

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  11. OMG...thank you for sharing these wonderful pillows!!! I love them!! I am in the process of redecorating my bedroom and these would make a GREAT addition to my bed!!! Come by and see my room...would love any ideas you have!!!

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  12. Great idea to use the vinyl lettering as a template! This pillow turned out better than the Ballard one! Looks great!

    Take care,
    ~Michelle :)

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  13. Love these! Great idea to take the nail file to it. Thanks for linking up :)

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  14. They turned out great! They look so good for not being sewed together! Great job! And thanks so much for linking up to my Catch a Glimpse party! :)

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  15. Those are just adorable. Having a Diet Coke steward on hand is VERY important. ;)

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  16. so fun. I cannot believe you glued it!:) you are awesome.:)

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  17. I'm loving that Mr & Mrs pillow!!! So much so that it's featured in this week's feature post from Fancy This Fridays!!! :) Hope you'll check it out and grab a featured button for your blog!! Thanks for linking up! http://trulylovelywiththelaneysisters.blogspot.com/2011/01/fancy-this-features-8.html

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  18. WOW I love those pillows...I just started getting into the drop cloth pillow thinking and I will be making these babies for sure! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Those turned out great! Love the ruffle pillow too!

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  20. Sooo cute! You did a great job re-creating Ballards pillows!! I also love the ruffled pillow as well! BTW, my husband would have totally been rolling his eyes too! They just don't get it! :)

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  21. I saw those the other day in my catalogue too!! I love them & also cannot sew so well - great idea to use glue...I was thinking stitch witchery might work too! Also, looove the ruffle pillow ~ thanks for the great ideas!

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  22. Great job! These pillows are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Thanks so much for linking these up last week! I featured you this week, so go grab a button!: http://fastdaze.blogspot.com/2011/01/linky-fridaze-3.html

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  24. I've been dreaming about those pillows too! Guess I'd better get busy...yours looks great :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

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  25. GREAT IDEA. THANK YOU FOR SHARING. I AM YOUR NEWEST FOLLOWER AND I WOULD BE HONORED IF YOU WOULD LINK YOUR SUPER CUTE BLOG UP ON MY BLOG STALKIN' PAGE.

    http://alaynahoward.blogspot.com/p/blog-stalkin.html

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  26. So cute! I have been drooling over those Ballard pillows for weeks now and I can finally make them myself! Thanks!

    Blessings,

    Alison
    Stuff and Nonsense

    p.s. This project is oh-so-follow worthy, so I am!

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  27. I love the Mr and Mrs pillows. I have them on my to do list. I saw some that were cute and said
    Mr Right & Mrs Always Right.

    Cheri

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