September 9, 2012

Fall Pillow Tutorial

Fall is here!  The birches and oaks are bright yellow now. Nights are quite cool and days are so crisp! Love it. Although, it might snow this weekend. Don't love that.

While rummaging through my old napkins in my linen cabinet, we found these off-white linen napkins.  I never use them.  With my new sewing machine, we decided to put them to good use and make some fall pillows!

First I grabbed maple, oak, sycamore, and gum tree leaves from the neighborhood while walking the dogs.

Then I picked a few fabric paint colors that matched the leaves (oranges, reds, yellows).

 I painted the leaves using a paint brush, pressed them on paper to test and get rid of extra paint, then on to the napkins and let them dry over night.

Here is a close up of a sweet gum leaf.  Some paint globbed a little, but not too much. I then threw the napkins in the dryer for 15 minutes on high so the paint would be permanent.

After that, I sewed the napkins together and stuffed in an old cheap IKEA pillow I had on hand. I should have done an envelope pillow, but didn't have enough fabric with the napkins. I can always slip an envelope cover over this pillow for the next seasons/holidays.




  1. Mandy, I also have a leaf print table cloth. Maybe we discussed doing those? Glad you were able to reuse yours. I love this blog, you are so creative.


    1. Hey Lisa! You know what, I think we might have! That was during the time we had Christmas Ornament making parties etc every year. I haven't used them in so long and forgot how cute they are. Would be fun to have another one of those parties.

  2. What a cool pillow! :) Stopped by from Get Your Craft On. Love the leaves.

  3. I love the pillows! What a great way to reuse your napkins into a fun new project..

    Thanks so much for sharing this at our Weekend Wonders link party! We hope to see you back on Thursday night! Have an excellent day :)


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