Monday, September 19, 2011

no sew whale pillow

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So while we are ready and prepared for the arrival of our new addition (at least with the necessities) I have now been taking a little time here and there to craft a few more things for her room. I mentioned last week in this post that the colors are blues and greens and the theme for her room is the ocean (of course). I've been adding just a few pops of the theme here and there and I decided I wanted just one ocean pillow to add to the cozy couch/bed in her room- and it had to be a whale pillow :)


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I started by sketching out different whimsical whales for practice and I liked them so much that I decided that to use both.



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Next I lightly drew a larger version of each whale on a scrap piece of light weight raw canvas


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and using Tulip Soft Fabric Paint I painted the whales with color and just a little bit of shading.


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Last, I added a some detail lines with black fabric paint


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and then cut them out.


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So even though I have a new book all about sewing, there are times when even I don't feel like sewing or times when I want something a little quicker. This was one of those time and I grabbed a bottle of Aleene's Fabric Fusion fabric glue.


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I actually already had a brand new pillow that I purchased for the great graphic fabric design that I had set aside to be the backdrop for this project a while back- you could certainly whip up a handmade pillow but again, I was looking to cut a few corners in this project (I'm really busy right now!!)


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I used the fabric glue and a paint brush and spread the glue generously on the back of each whale and then applied to the surface of the pillow and let dry.


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And voila! I have the perfect accent pillow to add to the cozy couch.


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alisa-burke

24 comments:

  1. So glad you showed all the products that are readily available to all of us that you use. Now if I just had your talent to go with it. Love your theme and colors for the baby's room!

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  2. I remember watching the whales playing from the hospital window after having my daughter (in Mosselbay in SA) - how wonderful to have whales playing in your new daughter's room - you're gonna make a great mom.

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  3. The pillow is adorable! The entire theme for your baby's room is perfect.

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  4. I love the pillow and the room. Don't know if this is the place to post this note about your Sew Wild book, but here goes: I've been sick and down in the dumps about it (nothing too serious) and your book came in the mail a couple of days ago. It was just the thing to cheer me up! It's wonderful and I love how you have so much fun creating. It's contagious. I felt well enough to load in the video and watch it last night and I am so, so ready to get back into my studio and have some fun. It's just super, and thanks for sharing your talents!

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  5. I just found your blog and I love it!So much projects to do.:)

    www.sweetdesignblog.blogspot.com

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  6. Yes, I love the whale pillow!
    I am all about easy, and that is why I am enjoying painting on fabric, after your recent class.

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  7. Yes, I love the whale pillow!
    I am all about easy, and that is why I am enjoying painting on fabric, after your recent class.

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  8. I just love your whales... beautiful!!! That is one lucky baby - all that ocean and love!!!

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  9. The whales with the background are stunning! The combination just works so great, love it! :)

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  10. i was admiring this pillow on flickr, it's gorgeous!

    i really like that you didn't sew it on. i love to sew to, but sometimes you really just want that graphic punch that seam lines detract from!

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  11. So... Pinterest has taken me away from blogging for a while now, but it was on there that I put it together that you were preggo (cute maternity clothes and baby/kid clothes)! Congrats! I heart whales, and this pillow is completely adorable. Congratulations, again, Alisa! What a lucky baby she is to have not one, but TWO artists as parents:)

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  12. Just darling. So clever!

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  13. This is just the coolest pillow ever!

    Hope all goes well with the arrival of your sweet baby girl!!

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  14. I am crafty, but you are ridiculously talented! Follow you on bloglovin and love your blog!

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  15. Love your work to bits

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  16. Excellent idea...will get some of my cushions get those whales swimming.

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  17. Nice article. Thanks for it.

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  18. it's just perfect and sooo adorable! :) xo

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  19. Uau, looks so easy when you make it :)). Lovely

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  20. That baby will be luxuriating in all that artistic bliss. the sofa and pillows are so beautiful!

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  21. I ADORE beach themes....very cute pillow!

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  22. I LOVE the quilt you have on this as well! I would love to know if this was one of your beautiful creations or if you found this at a store?

    I am finding so much inspiration here with one on the way. Best wishes for a continued healthy and happy pregnancy!

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  23. oh so no sew very sweet.
    pve

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