Hi there! Kristen here today, we have been focusing on Baby projects this week and I have a cute home decor project featuring Cricut cuts that I hope will inspire you to do some of your own decorating.
I have fallen in love with applique lately, and the Cricut machine is spectacular at cutting out nice images for your designs. You will need some adhesive, I prefer the strongest Heat and Bond I can get. All you need to do is cut your pieces of fabric to about the size you want your finished images to be. Then iron on the Heat and Bond to the reverse side of your fabric.
Let’s get started.
I first cut my pillow fabric at about 14 inches square. I found this adorable flannel fabric with cute designs that I played off of with my images. I then took that larger piece and sewed on some pretty pink gingham in a square. I left the edges raw and pulled the fibers to get a pretty edge.
Next, I decided that I wanted a little scene on my pillow. I loved the fun little hippos on the flannel, so I created a hippo scene of my own.
When you cut your fabric, you’ll want to place the fabric side down on the cutting mat and cut through the heat and bond paper. I also use a brand new blade and if I can a new sticky mat as well. After your piece is cut out, peel off the backing and iron to the fabric.
I use a paper towel over top of my cut fabric to iron the fabric on. This way if any glue seeps out from underneath, it’s getting on the towel and not ruining another cloth.
Now, simply layer your image as you like, adding layers with fabric.
When you have added all your cut layers, detail with floss, buttons, wiggle eyes, etc.. .
Remember that this is a decorative pillow and is not meant to be placed with baby.
I used floss to sew on legs on my bird, and sew on the buttons. I also used a craft glue to glue on the wiggle eyes.
Now, place your pillow backing right side in against the pillow front and sew the edges, making sure you leave a space to allow you to stuff the pillow.
Once you have sewn all the way around your pillow, you can do as I did and add a flange edge.
Turn the pillow right side out then simply sew about 2 inches in from the outside edge. I used my gingham piece to help me with spacing.
Remember to also leave a space for stuffing the pillow.
Now is the time to stuff your pillow, and then hand sew the openings.
Your pillow is done. You could make a set of these with different safari scenes, your background fabric is really what sets the theme, so boy/girl or surprise you could different colors – any color scheme for a nursery or little one’s room.
Designed by: Kristen Swain
Cricut Machines Used: Cricut Expression Electronic Cutting Machine, Cricut Craft Room
Cricut Cartridges Used: Create a Critter, Nate’s ABC’s
Other Supplies: Fabric Squares (Walmart, JoAnn’s), Heat and Bond, Fiberfill, Buttons, Sewing Machine, Thread, Embroidery Floss, Wiggle Eyes, Craft Bond