Hands-On With Holley: DIY Art Pillows
Shauna | Jan 29, 2013 | 9:00AM |

Holley Simmons reports on fashion, beauty and dining for The Washington Post Express and FW, the fashion magazine of The Washington Post. When she’s not sprinkling red pepper flakes on something she’s about to eat, you can find her sewing a dress from a 1950s pattern or gluing glitter on everything.

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With the way the weather has been, you’re probably looking for some things to do indoors (preferably from under the comfort of 85 blankets,  but….).  Well Holley, our (new) resident DIY Queen has come up with a cute, decorative solution to chase away the winter blues for you and your place.  Feel free to request some DIY projects in the comments and we’ll get to them when we can!  Good luck! Happy Crafting!

Materials:

  • Sewing machine
  • Large oil painting on canvas
  • Canvas fabric (a yard should be plenty)
  • Scissors
  • A square-shaped item
  • Polyester fill
  • Marker

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1. Remove the canvas from its frame. The painting I used, which I got at Mom N’ Pops Antiques in Petworth for $10, was secured with just a few nails and staples. NOTE: If you should discover an original Monet lurking beneath, you are contractually obligated to split the profits with me.

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2. Using a square-shaped item in the desired size of your pillow (an old album covers, a pizza box from last night) and a marker, trace the item onto the back of the painting. I used the Sunday Times cover and took my frustrations with sheen pants out on Jenna Lyon’s face.

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3. Trace the same shape on your canvas fabric. I got mine at G Street Fabrics in Falls Church.

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4. Normally when you’re constructing a pillow, you sew the two pieces of fabric together inside out along three sides and then turn it right side out before stuffing it and hand-stitching the final side. This hides the excess fabric that makes up the seams. However, since the oil paint makes the canvas very stiff, the fabric isn’t as pliable and shouldn’t be handled as such lest it crack. Instead, align your two pieces of fabric atop of one another, right side facing out, and sew a straight stitch along three sides with your machine.

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5. Never, ever, mention what you just did to your old Home-Ec teacher.

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6. Stuff enough Poly Fill into the pillow to fill it out and give it shape.

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7. Sew the remaining seam with your machine.

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8. Trim any excess threads and toss it on your couch.

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MORE PHOTOS OF CRAFTY CUTENESS:

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