After I decided on the size pillow I wanted, I had to create the numbers. Here's how I did it:
1. At the computer, create a document with the numbers 1-3 using Engravers MT font at 700% (#2 in photo). The document will be 3 pages long with one number per page. Print.
2. Once printed, I enlarged each number on my home printer 125% using cardstock. Now that is the right size for the 20 x 20" pillow! I printed on cardstock because the weight of the paper helps control the shape of the number once cut out. If you use plain printer paper the cut number will have a tendency to curl up, making step 4 a bit harder.
3. Iron Heat'n Bond to the number fabric. I used a felt since these are just for the trade show booth. If you want the pillow covers to be washable please pick your fabric accordingly but remember you want a sturdy fabric, preferable one that does not fray since the letters are top stitched on, not appliqued (where the edges are tuned under).
4. Once you have the Heat'n Bond ready to go, flip your number over (so it will be right after cutting out) and trace onto paper backing.
7. Now's the time where you find a movie you want to watch (I chose Pride and Prejudice), sit in a comfortable chair and stitch around each number. It takes a bit of time but it was nice to have a moment to just relax and stitch away.
8. Back at the sewing machine...with right sides together, sew the two panels together. NOTE: It is up to you at this point whether or not to add piping to the edges or a zipper so the cover can be removed.
9. Clip corners, turn right side out and stuff.
A word on pillow forms. For my home, I always choose a down pillow form (I just like the way it looks and feels), though they can be costly even from the fabric store. I usually buy them from Pottery Barn since they are the same price as my local fabric store (which do not come in a plastic bag, so they always look hammered). I say, if I am going to spend the money...I require a certain expectation of "newness" to be present. Pottery Barn gives that to me. And really, when can you ever buy something at Pottery Barn that is the same price as another store?....never.
Just to clarify, the pillows I made for the booth are stuffed with a pre-made polyester form that runs $12.99 ($5.88 with my 40% off coupon), perfect for the trade show. The down alternative would have been $18.
I'm looking forward to a great weekend...it is suppose to be warm at the coast (now if only the spring wind would stop, it would be great. Add in a little antiquing with friends at Remnants of the Past show and my local favorite, Ruby Rose. Top that off with a barbecue on Saturday with friends and family and it should be a weekend to remember.
cheers that yours is too!
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