Monday, September 19, 2011

no sew whale pillow

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 :)

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

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

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


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

and then cut them out.

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.


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!!)

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.

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




Just call me Silly Sal said...

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!

Clare said...

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.

Rose Clearfield said...

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

Deb said...

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!

Laura said...

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

Unknown said...

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.

Unknown said...

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. said...

So cute:)

se7en said...

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

Saraccino said...

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

amy dame said...

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!

Emily said...

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:)

Wildflowerhouse said...

Just darling. So clever!

Joanne said...

This is just the coolest pillow ever!

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

Jules said...

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

jabbott said...

Love your work to bits

home security systems St. Louis said...

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

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studioGypsy said...

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

HRANDICA said...

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

HollyM said...

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

Serena Lewis said...

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

Samantha said...

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!

pve design said...

oh so no sew very sweet.


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