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? ;)
:: 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.
::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!!