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November 5, 2014

DIY Snowflake Toss Cushions {Tutorial}

* I am so thrilled to have received a complimentary Ink Effects™ kit from DecoArt. I had already planned on making pillows before receiving the product.  All opinions are 100% my own. I only share products that I believe in and think will bring value to my readers.

Now that Halloween is over it's time to start focusing our attention on the holidays. We've already got snow on the ground so it's not hard to get into the Christmas spirit. As I was taking down the Fall/Halloween décor I started thinking about what I could add to our holiday décor this year. What can I say, I love the holidays!

One thing I don't have enough of is holiday themed toss cushions.  I've been seeing them pop up on the retail shelves over the last couple of weeks but my budget I'm to cheap to spend the money they are asking for them.  So I thought, how can I make a couple of  DIY Snowflake Toss Cushions without spending much money?

DIY Holiday toss cushions

Here is what I used:
1 metre White Cotton fabric ($6.00)  (a fabric drop cloth is another inexpensive option) 
4 metres Red Twisted Cord Trim ($11.00 splurge)
2 16" Pillow Forms (already had on hand)
1 pkg mini mirror circles (already had on hand but Michaels carries them)
2 white 12" zippers ($1.75 each at WalMart)

STEP 1
Fold your fabric so you cut both the front and back pieces at the same time. For a 16" pillow form measure a 17" square (allowing for 1/2" seam allowance). Sorry I forgot to take a picture of this step but I'm confident you understand what I'm talking about.

STEP 2
I found the Snowflake image at The Graphics Fairy and resized it to 12" wide before printing it.  

Snowflake graphic for DIY toss cushions

Place a sheet of bond paper over the graphic and with an art brush paint the Snowflake with Red Ink Effects Fabric Transfer Ink™.  Let it dry for 30 minutes.
Note:  I tried painting directly onto the printed snowflake but when I transferred it onto the fabric some of the black ink transferred as well.

DecoArt Ink Effects™ Fabric Transfer Ink

Tracing a graphic with DecoArt Ink Effects™ paint for image transfer onto fabric

STEP 3
It is recommended that you use fabric with less than 60% cotton fibres.  I choose a 100% cotton fabric therefore I needed to prep the fabric first with Ink Effects Basecoat™.

DecoArt Ink Effects™ Primer for cotton fabric transfers

Mask off the area surrounding the snowflake with sheets of white paper or painters tape to avoid over spray on the rest of the fabric. Shake the bottle well, lightly and evenly spray a coat of Ink Effects Basecoat™ where the snowflake will be.  Remove the painters tape and let dry for 30 minutes (see picture below). 

Cotton fabric sprayed with DecoArt Ink Effects™ Primer before transferring an image

STEP 4
Set your iron on the Cotton (no steam) setting. Place painted Snowflake side down onto the dry treated surface. Place a larger sheet of unpainted paper on top to protect the fabric and iron directly on top of sheet for three minutes. Caution: Keep the iron moving or you run the risk of burning the paper. Continue ironing until you have a good paint transfer. Carefully remove the paper and let the fabric cool (see picture below).
Image transfer onto cottom fabric with DecoArt Ink Effects™ paint

STEP 5
Using a hot glue gun attach the mini reflective mirrors onto the snowflake (like pictured below).

DIY Snowflake Toss Cushions close up

STEP 6
This is the step where you sew your pillow together.  I added red trim around my pillows but if you're not comfortable doing that then with the good sides together simply stitch the seams together with a 1/2" seam allowance.  Make sure to leave an 8" opening on the bottom to slip your pillow form through after turning the pillow right side out.  Insert the pillow form and stitch the opening closed as close to the edge as possible (I prefer hand stitching this step).

If you're comfortable with sewing trim and zippers then move onto the next step. 

STEP 7
Using a Zipper Foot baste the red trim onto the good side (Snowflake side) of the pillow lining the lip of the trim with the raw edge of the fabric.  Snip slices into the lip at each corner to avoid bulk and make it easier to turn.

Sewing decorative trim onto DIY pillows

STEP 8
I added a zipper on the bottom of each pillow.  I'm a novice sewer and didn't feel my skill set was good enough to offer a tutorial on this step but there are many available online.  I found this tutorial on Pinterest very helpful.

Once you've added the zippers sew all the seams together still using your zipper foot to get as close to the inside edge of the trim lip as possible.  Open the zipper (it'll be upside down) and turn the pillows right side out.  Push the corners out (I use the blunt end of a wooden skewer).  Insert your pillow forms and ta da!

DIY Snowflake Toss Cushions using DecoArt Ink Effects™ kit After

Thank you so much DecoArt for so generously providing the Ink Effects™ kit for this project.  It was super easy and fun.  I'm looking forward to doing more projects with it - the possibilities are endless!

Decorating for the holidays with DIY Snowflake Toss Cushions

If you're having difficulty with my tutorial, please leave your questions in the comment section below and I'll be happy to answer them.

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