Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Birdie Pillow

The other day I flung open my window and heard the first sign of spring. Little birdies chirping. Squirrels skittering across the still brown grass and birds chirping on leafless branches are our first signs of spring in Colorado. They show up long before the daffodils, tulips, or dandelions. Gratefully, they let us know that spring is just around the corner!

Today I put away my Easter decorations. It felt good. I also mowed the lawn, fertilized it, and swept the walks in preparation for the snowfall tonight. Colorado is like that -- as unpredictable as a menopausal woman. (Not that I would know. Ahem.)

Anywho ... I did a little sewing today in honor of those birdies that I heard the other day. Last fall I made a few pillows for our family room from placemats. You can check them out here and here. They served us well through the fall and winter, but I definitely wanted to bring a little spring into the room. Our family room is predominately neutral colors (dark chocolate brown, milk chocolate and caramel) with splashes of warmer colors, like pumpkin orange, pomegranate red, golden wheat and moss green, so bringing in spring shades of pastel colors is not an attractive option. Instead of decorating by incorporating spring colors, I choose to bring spring in with spring-like themes. That's where my little birdie came in...

I started by finding a pattern for a bird that appealed to me. This would be the start of a stencil. I made a copy of the bird on regular copy paper...

I then cut out the bird and branch and my paper became a stencil. Then I taped the "stencil" onto my fabric...

Here are the supplies needed to stencil. Not exactly an extensive list...

The trick to stenciling is to not get much paint on your sponge. Wet your sponge with water and then wring dry in a paper towel. You want the sponge pliable, not wet. Dip your sponge into the paint. Then pat the sponge a number of times on a piece of paper to distribute the paint evenly on the sponge. If you have too much paint on your sponge, the paint will go under the stencil, thus ruining the image. Practice makes perfect. Just practice on a few pieces of cloth before you go for the big bucks. Don't feel as if you need to get the image all the same color -- variances in color make the image look more textured and realistic. This is what the image looked like when I was finished...

This is what the stencil looked like when I was finished. Totally wasted. When you use regular printer paper as a stencil, you won't be able to use the stencil a second time...

I designed another pattern for this pillow. It's the reverse of what I did for the pillow shams last week. This time I gathered the top and bottom and created a smooth panel in the middle for the birdie image.

Isn't it amazing how one little pillow can change the feel of a room? I love this touch of spring!(Check out this one out too!)


Linking to:
Visit thecsiproject.com
Trash to Treasure at Reinvented
Show and Tell @ Blue Cricket Designs
Be Inspired @ Room to Inspire
Get Your Craft on Thursday @ Life as Lori

25 comments:

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Awesome pillow!!! Thanks for sharing!

Debilou~Mississippi Mama said...

oh my , i love the way you gathered the pillow and the birdie is too cute.

Lisalulu said...

look at you.... just 'whipped' this up in my spare time today!!!! amazing AND beautiful

Tudy said...

I love the pillows.

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

Your birdie pillow turned out great. xo Joan@anythinggoeshere

Quilt Hollow said...

Very clever...and looks perfect there!

Tina said...

Suzanne, this cushion is gorgeous!! It looks fantastic with your other cushions on your brown couch and I love your bird stencil! Inspiration everywhere here for me - thanks for sharing :) Hope you are having a wonderful week ~ Tina x

Lorie said...

The pillow is gorgeous!!

I love spring...I just need someone to come and put away Easter for me!

Popcorn Served Daily said...

This bird pillow is wonderful! Great job!

Lisa

Renee said...

Ooooh, it's beautiful!

Krista@thegatheringplacedesign said...

What a sweet little pillow...love it! It looks great in the room. Your rug is beautiful :)

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Suzanne, you never cease to amaze me. That shot you took looks like a magazine cover.

And the pillow is stunning. You are one talented woman!

Jen

shannon said...

The bird is so cute!! I love it! I love the design of the pillow too. Very beautiful!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Great pillow!! I love the gathered edges and I also love how the bird image is sophisticated instead of cutesie!!

One Cheap B*tch said...

Your birdie pillow is amazing! Love it! I've been in pillow mode too but I wish someone out there would teach me how to ruche and ruffle. Then I'd be one happy camper!

Jeanine

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Looks great--I love the shirring on the pillow too1

Tolentreasures said...

I love these! What a great idea and such great instructions!

Cathy

Room to Inspire said...

This pillow really looks fabulous. I just love the simplicity on the image and the finished feel of the pillow! Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired.

Chelsea

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

absolutely delightful! I love it! Hope to see you back at my place. I have become a follower and hope that you will do the same. until later...

Santa's Gift Shoppe and Ideas said...

Hi I'm Barb from santasgiftshoppe on Life as Lori..I think that is totally awesome..that you saw those birdies & made a stencil & pillow..It never ceases to amaze me at the wonder of all of these women bloggers & their talents..Sooo Terrific. That reminds me I'm having a Link Party Monday April 12th @ santasgiftshoppe.blogspot.com
called "My Creative Space Mondays"
I'd love to have you join us...Barb

Maridith @ Strictly Homemade said...

Great pillow!! I just made a birdie pillow myself and love it. It does change the room!!

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Your pillows are so pretty! I have no sewing or craft-type skills. As for sewing I don't even like to sew buttons on shirts! I admire your skill so much. I am following you to see what else you create!

Lori said...

You always amaze me.. I love this..

Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday! Please join me this week for another great party!
Sorry, it's taken me a while to come and visit, but i was out last week!

Jenni said...

I LOVE you little birdie pillow. The pillow is gorgeous and I have a thing for birds :)

daisypetals said...

This pillow caught my attention because of that great bird. Beautiful!