We are very lucky to live on the edge of the North Yorkshire moors. Throughout the year the view is pretty good but come August, the moors really come alive in a riot of purple as the heather flowers. This has a strong influence on my husbands idea of home decorating – with a running joke he’ll have something in any colour as long as it’s purple (walls, doors, sofas, cookers etc.).
So these cushions in a heathery tweed wool were an easy one to get past his Yorkshire tightness. I bought them a couple of ago from Dunelm and they’ve been doing a sterling cushiony job since, but they are a bit blah. Time for a moors inspired revamp!
This is Reynolds plastic coated freezer paper. It’s quite expensive at £6-10 ish for a roll from places like Hobby-craft or quilting supply shops like Cotton Patch (both links are unaffiliated btw). But it goes a long way and it’s fantastic for all sorts of craft projects as it can be ironed on to fabric and sticks to it with a very low tack. You can use it to stabilise fabric prior to cutting out for applique or quilting shapes. It can also be used to stiffen fabric you want to put through a printer. I’m using it as a stencil for printing onto my cushions.
I’ve traced round googled images of a pheasant and a grouse printed onto A4 paper. I’m using my self healing cutting board and a cheap craft knife. My tips here are to use some low tack masking tape to stabilise everything and don’t press too hard with your blade ( I use a Trimits retractable knife with snap off blades – which was only about £1.20 from my local “sells everything” shop). You only need an inch or so around the edge of the image so you can position it on the paper to use as little as you need.
Occasionally the blade decides to go somewhere other than the line so to prevent annoying mistakes, I try to go inside the line as much as possible. You can always take more off but you can’t put it back. For these images it’s less of a problem, but if you wanted to try text or finer images, you do need to be precise.
Once I had the images how I wanted (remembering it’s the shiny side that sticks to the fabric) time to get the iron out. The freezer paper needs a hot iron with no steam, but it’s very quick to get it to stick. However do check you have all the edges stuck down. If you find an edge has lifted, you can always do over it again later before the paint comes out.
I used a black fabric paint from Dylon (though cheaper to buy at Hobbycraft etc). I stippled it on and used the paintbrush to work it into the fabric. You have to be careful along the edges not to push the brush under the stuck down edge but other than that, it’s fairly quick and easy to do. Once dry (and you’ve checked for any missed bits), you pull the paper off and give it another go over with a hot iron. Et voila! These two are ready to go back into the sofa collection.
Here they are with one of my very first upcycles – I did this Labrador cushion nearly 4 years ago so you can see how the colour has stood up to time (and lots of fort building).
If cushions aren’t your thing, I have another blog post coming soon with a different stencil use on a sweatshirt this time.
Bye for now
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