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Project

Monogram Embroidered and Painted Pillow

Two fonts, a combination of paint and embroidery, and a mixed palette enliven a solid pillow.

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Materials

  • Monogram Clip Art
  • Light-colored fabric pillowcase
  • Graphite transfer paper, by Saral; dickblick.com
  • Waterproof paper, by National Geographic; waterproofpaper.com
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Lumiere acrylic paint, in Metallic Pewter, by Jacquard; dickblick.com
  • Wide paintbrush, Series SN stencil brush, by Loew-Cornell; misterart.com
  • Masking tape
  • Embroidery hoop, by Colonial Needle; purlsoho.com
  • Tapestry needles, size 22, by John James; purlsoho.com

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Print two letters in two fonts, enlarging to fit pillow as needed. Place transfer paper, chalky side down, on pillowcase; arrange letters on top. Trace letters with a pencil to transfer outlines.

  2. Step 2

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    Place a piece of waterproof paper on cutting mat. Center left-hand letter (here, the T) on top; cut out to make a stencil. Lay stencil over outline on fabric; fill in with fabric paint. Tape off a 1 1/2-inch border on all sides of the pillowcase; fill in with paint. Let dry completely.

  3. Step 3

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    Center the second letter in an embroidery hoop and, with a double strand of thread, create a running stitch along outline.

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