Thursday, November 1, 2012

a vintage deer pillow cover tutorial

Today I am excited to have a sweet little tutorial on how to make a vintage deer pillow top cover using the Oh Deer vintage digital image made by the sweetest Keren of Free Pretty Things For You. Just a little note that this tutorial is for a 16x16 inch pillow cover top, and not a complete pillow tutorial. Shall we get started? ;)
::Lovely Supplies::
:: Oh Deer vintage digital image that you can buy here
::Avery Light Fabric Transfer paper sheet which you can get here.
:: Thermoweb Heat'n Bond Ultra Hold which you can get here
::Pretty fabric for the top cover that measures 16.5x16.5 inches. Note: if you don't crochet an edging you can cut your fabric to measure 16x16 inches.
:: a vintage doily
::100% cotton batting that measures 16.5x16.5 inches
:: two 8.5 x11 inch pieces of white or cream colored muslin. White cotton fabric works just great, too. I just like muslin. ;)
::Follow the directions on the transfer paper and print out your vintage deer image. Make sure you print the image flipped! Cut around your deer.
::Now place your image on your white or cream colored fabric, and follow the directions for your transfer sheets on how to iron the image on. 
::Once your done, you should have a cute vintage deer on your fabric!!
::Now trim a little around the deer, so there is not a lot of excess fabric around the border.
::We are now going to put some Heat'n Bond Ultra Hold adhesive on the back of the image.  Cut a piece that is the same measurement as your whole deer piece. Make sure you do not have any excess of the Heat'n Bond hanging out because it will stick to your ironing board. 

::A little note before we start. Please turn your iron down to a low setting with no steam. I have mine on 4-blend, no steam. It is very important that you do these next steps with low heat, otherwise you will melt your image and it won't be pretty. Trust me, I have done it more than once! ;) 
::Take your second 8.5 x 11 piece of white cotton or muslin and lay it down on your ironing board. 
::Lay your deer face down on the fabric, and then the Heat'n Bond. With your low heat, no-steam setting carefully and lightly, without too much pressure go over the Heat'n Bond to adhere it to the deer image. 
::Carefully lift up your image, and it should look like this!! Hope everything is going great so far!! ;)
::Next, take some scissors and cut neatly around your deer. 
::Peel off the backing.
::Take your pretty fabric, sweet vintage deer and your doily, and practice where you would like everything to be place. I made sure there was at least 2.5 to 3 inches from the edge.
::Okay, now here is the next very important step that needs some patience and I know that this is breaking the rule of not ironing a transferred image.
 Make sure that your iron is still on a low heat setting with no steam. Carefully place the plain muslin on top of your image. 
Now, with very light pressure run your iron over the image. Let it cool. Carefully, lift up the fabric and check to see if the image is adhered to the floral fabric. If not, place back the muslin, and repeat. 
::You should end up with this prettiness! How are you doing so far?
::Next, sew on your doily.
::The last step!! Take your fabric and place it on top of the cotton batting. Pin and sew 1/8 of an inch around the edge. 
::Once your done you should have a pretty vintage deer pillow cover top!!
 ::Now, I am going to leave it from here for your beautiful and creative minds to make this your own pillow. You could crocheted an edging like I did, you could put some pretty lace or pom-poms for the edging, or even sweet ruffles would be most lovely. If you know how to crochet and want some help doing the scalloped edging, please feel free to email me, and I can tell you how I did it! ;)
::For the back I did a simple envelope cover. I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial and if you make one please make sure you link back, and let me know so I can come see your pretty pillow!! 
And, this pretty vintage deer pillow cover is in my shoppe!! 

Wishing you all a crafty and creative day!!


63 comments:

  1. That is soo gorgeous thank you very much....

    I will give it a go soon and when i do I will link back to you and let you know!

    Bestest wishes to you,

    Daisy J x

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  2. ......this is adorable...... Loving all things 'deer' at the moment and this is so cute - thank you x

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  3. Super cute! Thanks for sharing this, wonderful! :)

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  4. Great tutorial. Wish I was more talented with a needle. A glue gun just would not cut it on this project!

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    1. Thank you! I only wish I had more talent with a glue gun! Have a great night! ;) xo Heather

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  5. Really beautiful and we'll explained!!! Thank you so much,
    xxx Alessandra

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  6. Great job on the tutorial, Heather! I like the way you "sign" the back of your creations, too. That is a nice extra touch to highlight that it is truly handmade.

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  7. Love the colors and oh I do have that sweet fabric...now if only I can get a scallop hem on my pillows...smiles...Renee

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    1. Thanks, and I only wish we lived closer so I could teach you! You never know, maybe one day once we move, it will be near you! ;) xo Heather

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  8. I just love this pillow!! The image is darling!! Thanks for sharing the details!!

    chris

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  9. Love this cushion! I've seen lots of crocheted edges on fabric pillowslips but have no idea how you do the first row..can you explain it to us? Do you put holes in the fabric or just use a needle and sew the first row..blanket stitch? Curious xox

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    1. Thank you Carol!! I just emailed you! ;) xo Heather

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  10. Oh so sweet - your pillow is darling, I love that little deer. Have a happy weekend!
    Xx

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    1. Thank you so much Gilly!! Have a lovely weekend, too! xo Heather

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  11. So incredibly cute, will send you an email re the scalloped edges!

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  12. Wonderful tutorial! I've never tried this , so I can't wait to see what happens! The pillow is adorable! Thank you Heather!

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  13. Hi Heather,
    What a great tutorial, and how nice of you to also list your resources.

    You made it look so doable :)

    Hope you have a great weekend, my friend.

    K.

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    1. Thank you so much Kerin!! I am glad it all made sense. ;) Have a blessed weekend sweet friend!

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  14. Hi Heather! Oh, this is so darling! I love it. I'm such a dummy and have never thought of putting a transfer over a printed fabric! :)
    I noticed you started following my blog - thank you! I'm now your newest follower.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Hi Sheila! Thank you so much!! So happy to have you here!! Have a blessed weekend! xo Heather

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  15. This one is just as sweet as your first! Thank you for sharing the tutorial!! I just love that scalloped edging, it's so pretty! :) Have a great Friday, xo Holly

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  16. Thank you, Heather! YOU are a dear deer!!

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  17. What a brilliant tutorial and now I know how I have no excuses.

    Nina x

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    1. Thanks Nina!! Too funny! Have a great weekend! xo Heather

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  18. This is a marvelous tutorial. I love all the detailed photos and instructions. I have been meandering through some of your posts and they are full of charm and loveliness.
    I found you through mutual followers and I hope that you will share the love and follow me back. I adore making new sewing and crafting friends.
    Your new blogging sister, Connie :)

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    1. Thank you so much Connie! You're so sweet! So happy to have you here and for becoming a new follower!Yay! Wishing you a blessed evening! xo Heather

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  19. Hi! I fancy your blog. I have been following you for awhile now but I have finally recently decided to create a blog for my family. Anywho, I awarded you with a blogger award on blog! You can click 'here' to see it. I hope you like it! Have a good one!

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    1. Hi Jessica! Thank you so much and so happy to have you here!! Great, I will definitely go check it out!! Have a lovely evening! xo Heather

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  20. That is so sweet! Thank you for the awesome toot!
    Hope you have a great weekend!

    ~Liz

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  21. I want one so badly. I really need it. Or a couple of them. :)

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  22. Oh my...way too darling for words..thanks for sharing the joy...happy weekend. I love the little detail on the back! xoxoo

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    1. Thank you sweet Koralee!! :) xo Heather

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  23. This is so lovely! i do a little crochet. Is the edging difficult? I'd love to know how.

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    1. Thank you! It is not that hard, I can email you how I do it. :) Have a lovely evening! xo Heather

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  24. Such a sweet pillow. Thank you for this awesome tutorial! I have never transferred an image before, but your instructions make it sound so easy, one of these days I'm going to give it a go! :) --Fran

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    1. Thank you so much Fran, and you are so welcome! If you give a try, let me know how it goes! Have a great night! xo Heather

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  25. I love your little tag on the back!!! Great instructions!

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  26. Such a very sweet pillow and a wonderful tutorial, Heather! I love the fabrics and the vintage image :)
    Have a happy weekend!
    Helen x

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    1. Thank you Helen!! Have a lovely evening and week!! ;) xo Heather

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  27. I didnt know what u were saying until i finish reading the last steps. Gosh! Thats quite simple to follow yet creative enough to groom pillow. I can even make ds for gift ds xmas. Thanx alot

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  28. that is just adorable! so fun and sweet!

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  29. I love your sweet Bambi Cushion! You have so thoughtfully designed it and presented it in such a helpful tutorial. Your crocheted edging is beautiful..and, oh, the pink!
    Have a happy day, sweet Heather!
    Blessings,
    Carolynn xoxo

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  30. I only wish I could crochet that border. :-) It's the perfect complement to this pillow! And thank you for the tutorial -- this could be Chapter One of a vintage grey craft book. :-)

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    2. Aww, thanks! You are so welcome, and how fun would that be! Have a most lovely week!! xo Heather

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  31. absolutely gorgeous, nicely finished! really nice, Heather x

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