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DIY No Sew Scandinavian Inspired Stamped Pillow


Throw pillows are one of the easiest ways to freshen up your home decor and the great thing about them is that you can easily swap out the covers, whether seasonally (or on a whim) and then store them away. I have a bit of an addiction to pillows, but I try to avoid purchasing pillows where the covers can't be removed. They are more difficult to clean and as a result, I think they end up being tossed (literally) into the trash when they are past their prime. Instead, invest in good quality inserts that you can re-use. I love Homesense for that. They have a great selection of on-trend pillows, often with feather inserts, in standard sizes.

Ikea is also a great source for throw pillows, inserts and covers and I picked up this linen cushion cover from there to re-create the on-trend look of block-printed textiles. This easy DIY adds a relaxed Scandinavian inspired, modern style to your living space. Here's how to do it.

You'll need:
  • a plain 100% cotton or linen cushion cover, pre-washed.
  • Fabric ink
  • Rubber stamp
  • Cardboard
  • Iron
  • a piece of cotton fabric for ironing

Step 1: Prepare cushion for printing.

Cut a piece of cardboard to fit inside a pre-washed and ironed cushion cover. This will prevent ink from seeping through the fabric. It also provides a sturdy base for stamping the fabric. I have found that a 100% cotton or linen fabric works best for taking the fabric ink. Synthetic mixed fabrics don't seem to absorb the ink as easily.

Step 2: Start stamping!

Plan out your design and test the stamp and ink on a scrap piece of fabric. This will allow you to get a feel for the design and application of the ink.

Start stamping! I used a simple plus sign stamp that I had on hand from an antique wood stamp box but you could just as easily get the look using rubber stamps or one of the pretty Indian hand carved wood stamps you can purchase on Etsy.

 Step 3: Let it dry.

Wait several minutes for the ink to absorb completely and until it is dry to the touch. This will vary depending on the ink and fabric you decide to use. 

 Step 4: Heat-set the ink using an iron.

Once the ink is dry, place a piece of cotton fabric on top of the stamped design and heat-set the ink with the iron. Iron all the inked areas for approximately 15 seconds on the cotton or linen setting of your iron. No steam! Once your pillow is heat-set it can be washed, if desired, in cold water using a gentle detergent.

The results!

 This pattern was an easy way to try out stamping fabric and I liked the simple, Scandi look. Next time I'm going to try one of the Indian woodblock stamps .

A DIY no-sew Scandinavian inspired stamped pillow

DIY no-sew Scandinavian inspired stamped pillow

a close-up of a DIY no-sew Scandinavian inspired stamped pillow

DIY no-sew Scandinavian inspired stamped pillow

DIY no-sew Scandinavian inspired stamped pillow

Some of these images were originally created for and published in a DIY column I wrote for The Toronto Star.

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Stay organized - DIY a pretty fabric memo board

In an era of smart phones and tablets it's easy to store notes, reminders and access virtual pin-boards to save ideas and inspiration - which makes memo boards a little old school. But there's something useful about having things visible and not buried away in our devices. Memo boards can still be handy tools to help keep your home or office organized. Whether you use it as a space to display family photos, magazine clippings, or to-do notes to share with others, it's nice to have something that compliments your room's decor. I turned a pretty gilt frame found at a thrift store into a custom memo board that looks great and is the perfect spot to corral things you want to keep visible. It's super easy to do.

Here's how to make a fabric memo board in 3 easy steps.

You'll need:
  • Picture frame
  • Fabric
  • Cork
  • Foam core
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Finishing nails and hammer
  • Ruler

We used foam core as the backing for this project. It keeps the memo board lightweight and easy to hang. If you prefer something sturdier look for a thin piece of MDF at your local hardware store. When buying fabric don't forget to allow approximately 2 inches of extra fabric on each side so the fabric can wrap around.

Step 1: Measure and cut the foam core and cork to fit inside the frame. 

Then glue the cork onto the foam core. Measure the back of your frame, in the area where your fabric covered foam core will fit, snugly, in order to purchase and cut the right size of materials. I used wood glue to attach the cork to the foam core. Make sure that the glue is applied evenly and smoothly. Press out any bubbles or creases in the cork after it has been applied to the foam core so you have a smooth finish.

Step 2: Apply the fabric.

Wrap the cork covered foam core with the fabric. Make sure the fabric fits snugly and lays flat. To ensure a smooth application, staple the fabric to the foam core board one side at a time.

Step 3: Secure the board inside the frame.

Your frame may have metal tabs that will help hold your board in place. If not, gently hammer small finishing nails into each side of the frame to hold the board in place.

Hang and enjoy!

Frame, Thrift shop
Foam core and cork roll, Dollar store

These images were originally created for and published in a DIY column I wrote for The Toronto Star.

*This post contains affiliate links for some supplies. 

Pretty painted pumpkins - autumn decor

Painted pumpkins are everywhere these days, but when I saw this colour palette from Fusion Mineral Paint's Penney & Co. Collection I just had to try out the delicious colours for a diy decor story I was working on for The Toronto Star. Turns out it was a great way to add a pop of colour to the autumn table. I love the fresh, bright palette.

A basket full of pumpkins, large and small, turned into a pretty tablescape of painted pumpkins filled with flowers, tea light holders and a cheerful welcome at the front door.

Decorate your table with painted pumpkins filled with flowers.

I hoard all the mini pumpkins. Do you?  I like to add them everywhere, whether it's perched on a bookshelf or piled in bowls on the table. Although I always opt for white, sometimes a table needs something fun and colourful. So why not paint a bunch, fill them with flowers and candles and scatter them down the centre of your autumn table?

You'll need:

Cut out the stem of the pumpkin and scoop out the flesh and seeds. Paint the pumpkin. Let dry. Fill a small glass with water ( a shot glass works well) and fresh flowers. Place inside the pumpkin.

Add candlelight

 Pop some tea lights inside mini pumpkins to add a whimsical glow to your tabletop.

You'll need: mini pumpkins, sharp knife, acrylic paint, paintbrush, tea lights.

Carve out the stem of the pumpkin, ensuring the area carved is large enough to hold a tea light candle. Gently push the stem inside the pumpkin, deep enough for the tea light to sit. Paint the pumpkin. Let dry. Place a tea light inside the carved space.

A cheerful welcome

Stencil a friendly hello or your house number to a bunch of pumpkins and stack them in a planter or on your porch.

You'll need: large pumpkins, stick on vinyl letters/numbers, acrylic paint, paint brush, acrylic sealer coating spray (optional).

Apply vinyl stickers to a pumpkin to spell out your house number or a friendly hello. Add a coat of paint, carefully remove the vinyl stickers while paint is wet and then let the paint dry completely. Once the paint has dried, you might want to apply a coat of acrylic sealer to protect the paint from the elements.

These images were originally created for and published in a diy column I wrote for The Toronto Star.