Get ready to make the cutest State pillow... and its so simple!! If you missed the pillow tutorial last week, click HERE to get your pillow cover ready to add your state appliqué. You can also use an already owned pillow cover or store bought one, but it needs to be removable. You will be laying it flat to iron on the state.
What do you need?
fabric for your state
pen or marker for tracing
heat bond (sewing or non sewing... depending on your preference of finishing the appliqué)
fray check to seal the edges
state face free font- download HERE
any accessory embellishments
The StateFace Font
select the font and type your corresponding letter for your state. You will need to increase the size of your state to fit your pillow. Just increase the font size as you would when writing a word. I increased my state to approx. 250pt. I also changed the fill to white or no fill and just made a black outline of the shape. This saves your printer from using a lot of black ink. Not all word processors and page layout programs will let you easily do this, so just play around with it. I use Adobe InDesign for all of my page layouts.
Print your state and cut out your shape. Now put on your thinking cap and look at your fabric. You are going to trace your state onto the fabric. Lay the state on the right side of the fabric and trace onto the fabric. Use a pen or marker that will not bleed into the fabric. There are special fabric pens for tracing, but I just used a non-pernament fine tip marker.
Carefully cut out your shape along the inside of your traced line.
Now take out your Heat Bond material and read the directions... a couple of times :) Cut out a piece of the heat bond that is slightly larger than your state. Lay your fabric down with the good side on the ironing board and lay the sparkly (not the plain paper side) onto the wrong side of your fabric. Set your iron to Medium/no steam. Place the iron on the paper side of your heat bond material for 2 seconds to slightly adhere the adhesive to your state. Let it cool. If you have any non-adhered pieces just do a couple more seconds with the iron and remember to let it cool. Otherwise, you will pull off the adhesive.
Carefully peel the paper off the back of your fabric. You will be left with a shiny film on your fabric that you will use to adhere the shape to your pillow cover. You can see how the paper peels off in the photo below.
Now, make sure your iron is still on medium with no steam. Center up your state onto your pillow cover. Place the iron on the state for 6-8 seconds for each section. You may need longer for thicker fabrics. Let it cool and test to make sure that all of the shape is stuck... if not just heat it with the iron for a little longer. You can also flip it over (if you can get to it) and iron it that way for a few seconds.
Put your pillow form in your pillow cover and you are all done! Just like that, so easy! I stitched a button onto the middle of Oklahoma for an added personal touch, since we live in the middle of the state. I made this one for a dear friend... so now I need to go make another one for myself.
My daughter and I used this same method to make a girly camera pillow as well.