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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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MOVE THAT BUS!

I miss hearing those words! The work Extreme Makeovers did in Joplin, MO was just short of miraculous. I wish I had something that awesome and helpful to post, but actually, I do have the results of our little camping trailer makeover to share with you…nothing extreme, for sure, but cute as a button, nevertheless. I’ve already shared the painting of the cabinets which lightened up the area considerably, so today,
let me begin with the window treatments. Here are the before pictures:
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The heavy lambrequins have been replaced. In keeping with the coastal tones that I had hoped for, I chose to mix natural and bleached burlap with a blue and white ticking striped fabric. At first, I tried to create the “poufs” I wanted by bunching and tying. That was ok, but not the look I wanted. I remembered the plastic “create a valance” frames I had picked up at a garage sale 3 for a dollar, and yes, I actually found them without any too much trouble. I used the hot glue gun to tack the poufs in place. I made these fabric flowers as accent pieces. I found these cuties here I didn’t follow the tutorial, just made my own by ruffling some with needle and thread and tacking together, and others by ruffling and attaching with hot glue. Either way worked just fine.DSC00060
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I added panels of the striped fabric to the window beside the sofa, but not to the window over the sink.
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Remember what the sofa looked like before? Lots of country blue print fabric. I thought this would be my biggest challenge because I wasn’t sure how to remove or reupholster it. Well, nothing says coastal like slip covers, and I had another brilliant idea. I tried a queen sized fitted sheet. It was too big. I tried a full sized fitted sheet. Still too big. I have no twin beds, but I borrowed a single fitted sheet from my bff, and voila! Just right. A stretchy T shirt sheet set from WalMart for about $15.00 worked perfectly.
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The booth cushions were covered with the same print. Saint helped me cover them with the navy striped fabric (also picked up in the pillow above) and keep them intact by duct taping; a trick learned years ago from Christopher Lowell on HGTV.
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And here it is.
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We covered the blue trim around the booth, under the sofa, above the door with burlap. I repurposed some white sheers and made tie backs with the blue ticking fabric. The ship in the background was one of the few purchases I made for this project.DSC00084
Here is the before picture of the bedroom.
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I’m not too wild about how these window treatments turned out, but the good thing is they untie to block out all the light. I like a dark room for sleeping. Here, I reused the banner from a baby shower above the bed. I’m still looking for a new comforter and shams, but this one is still okay for now.
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I’ll take more pictures when we get this girl on the road, but right now, I kind of like the way she turned out. I think this is still my favorite part.
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The chalkboard paint on the old fridge. Can’t wait to say, “Move that trailer!”