Sunday, February 20, 2011

Canvas French Pillows


I love pillow covers. They change a room dramatically for very little cost. And, they change the mood of the room....it's so easy to have a totally different feel with just a simple pillow cover!



I decided to try my hand at making pillows from canvas drop cloth. I purchased a lenght 4' wide and 15' long. Plenty to make some pillow covers.


I found some French-inspired images from my favorite lady--The Graphics Fairy.


And I used my transfer paper to apply them to the pillow form.

A dear reader just sent me the translation to this pillow: Hi, I live in Montréal, Québec. I came across your “chocolate pillow” and here is the translation for you:

Chocolat (Chocolate), Cacao (Cocoa), Dragées (We use this word for two things, but I believe that it is the almonds that are coated with a colored sugar candy which are immensely popular in French Europe and the other is the little silver balls that you put on cookies or cakes), Confiserie (candy shop)
SENEZ-STURBELLE  (Senez-Sturbelle was a Belgium company. I know they were around at the turn of the 20th century up until the 1950s. I know for a fact that they are no longer in business)
Gros : (Head office/Wholesaler)               Rue Vanschoor 55-57, Schaerbeek. (This was the address ~ rue = street)
Maisons de détail :  (Shops)
Bruxelles :           Rue Neuve No. 161
                                Rue Royale No. 74
Anvers :               Place de Meir No. 84

I picked images that appealed to me....one with a little bit of color, but the rest black and white. This pillow has a lovely "chocolate" theme. What's not to like about that???

I followed the tutorial to make envelope pillows from the lovelies at Lemon Tree Creations. So easy! And all straight seems! I can totally do these. Totally.

My husband asked me what this meant...I have no idea...but isn't it great nonetheless?

Anyone have a translation for my chocolate pillow? I love it!

Here's all my lovely pillows in a row. The transfer paper instructions suggested washing after applying to create a "softer" look. Of course, I didn't have the patience for that! I did try to cut around the image as close as possible, to avoid transfer paper lines. It worked pretty well. Don't look too close!

A weather vane! Ours needs to point to warmer weather! We just got another foot of snow! Grrrrrrrr.

Remember my no-paint kitchen subway art made from a dish towel? Well, I had a leftover piece and I hemmed the raw edge and made a handy little dish rag!


Let's not waste things, right?

47 comments:

  1. Those are great! Very straight seams~that's an art.
    They're all fabulous!

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  2. What a great set of pillows! The dish towel from the leftover fabric is awesome, too!

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  3. These are great! I have new sofas and need some cushions -something like this would be perfect!

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  4. I really like your neat pillows......and I want to learn how to use the transfer paper for the printer. Oh, what fun I can have!! I am thinking of transfering some photos of the grandsons to fabric and making some pillow for my bedroom.

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  5. Those turned out beautifully! I've seen several decorating projects using drop canvas as fabric and I love it - but especially how you used the iron on transfers for your pillows!

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  6. These pillows are beautiful. Great job! Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Great pillows...isn't the graphic fairy great? I use her too...a lot! I got some wonderful old feed sacks this weekend...so more pillows for me! Yeah

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  8. Your pillows are beautiful. I tried to make some myself but I didn't know to cut the transfer paper really close to the design... now I know, yours look great. I'm going to try again. Thanks for the advice!
    Susan

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  9. I love the Graphics Fairy and I love those pillows!

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  10. You are right, changing pillows makes a big difference! These are perfect! T

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  11. Hi I love these pillows! Do you have a tutorial somewhere on the transfer method you used? I would love to do that , but only know how to run the fabric through the printer which makes a pretty small pillows! Thank you sooo much! Visiting from BNOTP

    Carol

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  12. How does this work with transfer paper and a printer? Do I just print it off on the transfer paper???

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  13. Oh my goodness I love them, how fun!!! and those straight seems are way more than I could ever do, I am jealous yet again.

    Thank you for another big smile.

    Leila
    azsbsm.wordpress.com

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  14. So as far as I know, the translation goes like this:
    "Chocolate - cocoa - sugared almonds (something eaten at weddings & baptisms) - sweets"
    "name of the shop (probably a family name)
    "wholesale firm - address"
    "retail - two addresses in Bruxels and one in Anvers, Belgium"
    I guess it's the Belgium way to give first the street and then the number, for French do the other way round.
    Wonderful pillows by the way, and I'm always here if you need an other translation...
    Wish I could send you a ray of French sunshine, but it's been rainy all day!
    Magali

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  15. You did a great job on the pillows, Meg! The designs you chose from the Graphics Fairy are fab. Hopefully, you'll get a translation for your chocolate themed one and can share it with all of us. ;)

    Look forward to seeing your creativity linked to the party this week.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  16. Love the pillows Meg and that little dishrag is perfect!!

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  17. Hi Meg! Your chocolate pillow is just adorable!!! You did an amazing job on them all!! Happy WW!

    xoxo laurie

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  18. I love your pillows! I am going to have to try this on my next weekend off! I'm in the process of redoing/decorating my living room and it could use some pillows!

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  19. I so love these pillows...so badly that i want a few. thanks for sharing
    hugs
    janet

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  20. Gorgeous darling! I would love that in my home.

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  21. So pretty! I used that same graphic on a tea towel. But my method wasn't conducive to washing so I have to do it over.

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  22. SO GREAT! I've wanted to try the pillows but am nervous to try. Thanx for sharing

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  23. What a beautiful job. You used the graphics perfectly. Hugs,Kim

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  24. Beauties!.. Great work on the pillows!..

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  25. I saw these on the Shabby Chic Cottage--I am just about to make some of these. I love how these turned out! You did a great job.

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  26. i'm so glad you shared these at my party, i love pillow covers too, i just made some out of red and beige ticking. great stuff!

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  27. Beautiful! I just got a drop cloth yesterday and can't wait to get started making pillows with it. :) You did a great job.

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  28. I love your pillows, you did a fantastic job,
    xoxo
    Angela.

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  29. Fabulous. Found this post via The Shabby Chic Cottage. Love these pillows!! Keep the good work coming. I'd love for you to take a look over here at http://thirdfloordesignstudio.blogspot.com

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  30. I love your pillows. They are amazing. I'm your newest follower. It would be great if you could stop by my blog Monday and add your project to The More The Merrier Link Party.

    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

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  31. Your pillows look great. Which brand transfer paper did you use? I did this and my images are not as bright and clear as yours.

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  32. I love the Graphics Fairy and your pillows, Meg! Cute dish rag too. Loved the subway art last week. Thanks for linking up with air your laundry Friday again, sweetie!

    Jami

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  33. Love your pillow covers, and your new dish cloth was a great idea!
    ~Amanda

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  34. Gorgeous pillows, Meg! The chocolate one is edible, no? LOL Love them displayed in the wire basket too. Thanks for the link on envelope styled pillows. These are fun!
    xo,
    Michelle

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  35. Your pillows are great; I love the transfers! I will definatel have to try the drop cloth material!

    I found you from your link on freckled laundry!

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  36. nice pillows they look so formal with a little whimsey. Good job!

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  37. Love love love these!! So fun and beautiful!
    Thanks for linking!
    XO
    Kristin

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  38. Such pretty pillows! I love the weather vane and the chocolate!! :) I haven't worked with transfer paper yet, but I'd like to! If you could please add a link back to me, I'd really appreciate it. :)

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  39. I love your pillows and have scheduled a feature of it for this afternoon at Extreme Personal Measures.

    Denise
    Extreme Personal Measures

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  40. You did a great job on these. love how they curve on the sides, makes them look professionally done.
    xo,
    Sena

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  41. Thank you so much for linking up to the French Obsession party !
    Come back on April 1st for another party !

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