February 14, 2011

Jane Austen Pillow Tutorial


I love Jane Austen's novels.  I first read Pride and Prejudice in 7th grade, and from then on, I was hooked.  I loved Mr. Darcy.  I loved Mr. Darcy played by Colin Firth and Laurence Olivier and later Matthew Macfadeyn {although what he saw in Keira Knightley's Elizabeth is beyond me}. So when I saw this quote appearing on several blogs, I had to make something with it myself.


Instead of a plate, I made a pillow by printing the quote onto my fabric.  Now I can keep it around all year long, not just Valentine's Day.


I had been wondering if you could print on fabric by using freezer paper.  When I came across these labels around Christmas, I found out you could.  Now I finally got around to trying it myself.  Here's how I did it.

Iron your freezer paper to your fabric. 

Using a sheet of printer paper as your template, cut it down to size.




I just wrote the quote in a Word document, and printed it onto my fabric.  Don't worry if your fabric wrinkles a little.  It will be fine once you peel off the freezer paper and press it.

The font is an attempt to replicate Jane Austen's handwriting.  It came from dafont.com.  You can just type "Jane Austen" into the search box and it should come up.


After removing the freezer paper, I trimmed the top and bottom of the fabric and added some more fabric to get the shape I wanted for my pillow.  Then I just sewed it together like a regular pillow.




Linking here.

16 comments:

Samantha said...

I love this, it's gorgeous!

Let me get one thing right though.....if you iron freezer paper to your fabric, you can print directly onto your fabric?! That's genius! I'm so doing that!!!
Thanks xx

Karen said...

That is the coolest thing ever!! I so want to try this. Thanks for sharing!!

Jill said...

Great pillow! I tried the same printing idea a while ago and was really happy with the result. I find that only my black ink stays after washing though - have you tried other colours with any success?

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Terra said...

Jill-This is the first time I've tried it, and I was wondering about washing. Thanks for the tip!

Tanya said...

Sad to say I have never read that book:O I plan to now though. Love your pillow and I love that you printed that with your printer.
Found you on Tatertots and Jello.

jenclair said...

Love it--for the colorful appearance and the text!

Jane said...

Love Austen and LOVE your pillow! Thanks for the great idea. My daughter shares this love, so this would be a great pillow to make for her to go off to college next year! I recently bought transfer paper and printable fabric to make labels but haven't tried them.

Going to follow your blog!

Also, I love Elizabeth Gaskell, do you?

Thoughts from my Page said...

What a neat idea, thanks for sharing this.

Michele said...

Love the movie (2005)! Love the pillow!

Thanks for sharing!
Michele

Sachiko said...

How pretty, I just love the movie!

Jamie said...

So beautiful. I'm your newest follower. I'm having my first link party tomorrow (Monday). It would be great if you could stop by and post your project. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

Amy said...

Wow! I can't wait to try this. I love this idea!

AllieMakes! said...

That turned out SO darling!! I love it!! And thanks for linking back to me! Awesome blog ettiquete!

Melody said...

Very neat! I've been thinking of making something with a Jane Austen quote on it. :-) I love Jane Austen's stories! (So much I made a blog centered around them! hehe)

Anyways, just commenting to let you know I looked at your post. :)

Karen en Marc said...

I love it, who wouldn't love it. I'm also a hug fan of Jane Austen and i'm so glad with your comment of Keira. I wish I was Elisabeth...

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

I love it! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures