Hi everyone! My name is Sarah, and I usually blog at Becoming Martha, but for the next few months, I’ll also be stopping by with some craft ideas that are fabulous for the teens and tweens in your life. The first project is this beautiful dip dye and sequin dropcloth pillow that can be created in no time.
DIP DYE & SEQUIN DROPCLOTH PILLOW
I actually bought two drop cloths awhile ago, and turned them both into a pile of pillow covers – I think I got about 16 out of the two cloths. I keep them in my craft room, for whenever my own tweenager wants to create one. (She loves to use my Cricut and iron-on vinyl to make pillows for her friends birthdays!) If you want to follow that process, you can check out my really easy tutorial for dropcloth pillow covers (just a few straight seams to stitch, so your teen could do it if they are familiar with a sewing machine), or you can pick up a premade canvas cover (affiliate link). Drop cloths may seem rough at first, but after you wash them (which you should do before you sew) they get much softer.
In addition to a pillow cover, you will also need:
- fabric dye in preferred color (Rit has a great color mixing website – I used 4 tsp petal pink and 1/2 tsp of purple to create Pantone’s Radiant Orchid.)
- deep bowl for mixing dye
- sequin trim (1m thin and 1.5m thick)
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
Start by mixing up your dye. If you want a bright, vibrant color, follow the instructions on the dye. I, however, was going for a more faded, washed out look, so I mixed the dye with the recommended amount of water, but used room temperature water instead of hot.
I dipped my pillow cover about half way in the fabric dye and let it sit for about five minutes. After that, I lifted it out so that a quarter was left in the water, and let it sit another five minutes. This created a subtle ombre effect.
After dying, rinse your cover until the water is clear, and then throw it in the dryer. When dry, cut the large sequin trim and lay it out on the pillow to form your chosen design. I taped off the areas where I wanted my letters to start and end, and used tape on the top and bottom as guides so it stayed straight. After you have them in place, use the glue gun to secure the sequin trim to the pillow.
Next, lay the thinner sequin trim out in a cursive design. It’s really thin, so don’t use too much glue. I also discovered that it was easier to write directly on the cover with the glue gun, and place the trim on top of the glue, as opposed to placing the glue on the trim. When the glue goes directly on the trim, it becomes less flexible so you don’t get the nice curves.
Once the glue has dried, you’re all done. There’s nothing left to do but stand back and admire your handiwork – unless of course, you have friends over – in which case you’ll have enough orders until Christmas. Speaking of Christmas, wouldn’t these make an adorable gift for friends?
And if you did use a drop cloth and are wondering what else to make with it, I love these easy banners that we used in my daughters Christmas photos.
A full tutorial for that one is also over on my blog – and trust me, it’s even simpler than this one.
So, are you making a pillow? Who would you make it for, and what would it say? I think I will make my daughter another one that says “Have Courage” so she can place it beside her “Be Kind” – that’s her favorite movie quote! I’d love to see what ideas you have up your sleeve though! Leave a comment below, or tag us on instagram if you make your own (I’m at @becomingmartha, and Kirsten is @sweetteallc) – we would love to see!