DIY-Faux Screen Print Pillow Tutorial

I saw an interesting DIY about screen printing onto a T-shirt here. It looked do-able, however as I read WAIT for the Mod Podge to dry completely, I questioned if this were the technique for me. Patience is not my best virtue Watching paint dry is not on my bucket list. So then I had another brilliant idea.
I told you I wanted other pillows for the camping trailer, but decorative pillows are over priced. At the flea market the other day, I picked up some cheap thrifty navy sailcloth (four yards for two bucks) that I thought would be perfect for nautical pillows. What do you think?
Here are the easy steps to follow if you want to make faux screen printed pillows.
First, I decided what size I wanted my pillows to be and cut four panels that size, two for each pillow.
Next, I googled free printable sea creatures and found a perfect starfish and an acceptable seahorse. I printed them and cut them out.DSC00117
Then, I gathered a foam brush, some white latex paint, Mod Podge, Gel Medium, and a paper plate. DSC00116
You see, I decided I could just paint the back side of the starfish shape and “stamp” the shape onto the fabric. I placed the fabric inside an embroidery hoop to hold it in place. It worked fine, but I omitted that step on the second print, and it worked just as well. I mixed a bit of Gel Medium and a bit of water to thin the paint so that it would not be stiff when it dried.
I filled in some of the lighter areas with my foam brush and left them to dry overnight.
The next morning, Satisfied with the way they looked, I put up my trusty old sewing machine that I “don’t sew” with, and wouldn’t you know it, I had to thread the bobbin because white thread stitches on navy would not be pretty glare at me. I did it! Yep, we non-sewers celebrate the little things! I placed the painted side of the fabric facing up and placed the unpainted back panel on top of it, right sides together.DSC00122
I sewed around three sides and just a little into the fourth side. I left it mostly open so that I could stuff it.
After sewing and stuffing both pillows, I came to the hardest part of this project; getting a wiggly piece of thread through a microscopic hole in a needle. Seriously, folks. Why?! There has to be an easier way. But since I needed to hand stitch the bottom after stuffing, I had to do it. I used a blind hem stitch to finish it who am I kidding? You would have to be blind not to see those stitches, but since it was the bottom of the pillow, who cares, right?
I couldn’t wait to see how they would look in the camping trailer, so I took them right down.
I know some of you detail oriented people are dying to ask, “Are they washable with the paint on them?” Hmmm. I’d say probably not no. But, again, who cares? Do you really ever wash your pillows? Heck, no. That’s why they call them throw pillows. When they get dirty, you throw them away.

If you are really crafty, go ahead and try the screen print from the blog I mentioned earlier, but if you want the look without the work and the wait, just do this. I kind of like them.

Call Me Crazy

And I will surely answer!
Before I begin a big largehuge home project, I usually think on the decision forever for a long time. I research options, do a cost analysis, and start a portfolio of ideas that would make an old Sears Catalog look small. For some odd strange reason, I plunged head long into this one without a clue. I decided to do a makeover on our little travel trailer.

We bought this little 27 foot camping trailer from the original owner who upgraded to a motor home, and although it has been gently used and is only a few years old, the decor looks like it is straight out of the eighties; country blue print upholstery, light oak colored cabinets, and gold trimmed cornices over the windows.

Saint did not complain one bit much when I said I wanted to do a makeover, despite the fact that he said it looked fine to him. He’s way more interested in the tires and the tongue than the curtains and comforters. My thought was that just getting rid of the oak look would be a good beginning, and we had leftover cabinet paint from our kitchen update.


Removing all the screws and hinges was enough for Saint. And after seeing what a coat of primer would look like on this…whatever material these frames are made of, I was a little disheartened. The doors, however, are a better quality material and, after two coats of primer and two coats of cabinet paint, look like this will be do-able great!

After the initial scare of this project, I looked online for ideas and photos of trailer makeovers. I have seen some cute transformations, but nothing that grabs my full attention. I’m leaning toward coastal decor. I would appreciate any suggestions, links to pictures, or personal success (no horror stories, please, I’m already scared enough) annecdotes you’d like to share. Until then…this will be a WIP and I will keep you posted.