Saturday, 4 January 2014

DIY Printed Cushion


One of the easiest ways to personalise items in your home is to print on to them with fabric paints. I wanted to create some personalised cushions for Christmas presents and decided to use a technique I'd tried before - stamp printing. Here are a few of the cushions I made for my friends and family and the steps you can follow to make your own too...


I purchased some plain 50x50cm cushion covers from IKEA. These are the strongest/thickest ones I've found for the best price. They were £3 each and cushion inners can be bought for £2 from IKEA too. You'll need some fabric paint and my favourites are these Dylon pots which are super easy to work with and dry soft and flexible which gives a more professional look to your projects. These are around £3 each depending on where you buy them and for this tutorial I'll be using the metallic gold. The best option for painting your handmade stamps (coming up) is to use little sponges or small paintbrushes. 


I printed my designs using handmade stamps. I'm going to do a mini diy tutorial in a separate post showing you exactly how to design and make your own stamps but basically I used self-adhesive foam cut out the shapes I wanted including the word 'love' and stuck them on to pieces of chunky cardboard. It works surprisingly well! 


001. Start by taping up your cushion cover. I used masking tape all the way around the stitched edge. Pop a few sheets of newspaper inside to stop any paint seeping through to the other side.


002. It's a good idea to test out your stamp on a spare piece of paper first. Paint a thin layer of fabric paint on to the stamp, turn over and press firmly on to a flat surface. It's important your cushion cover is lying on a flat surface with no lumps of bumps. I also gave my cover a quick iron before starting.


003. Go ahead and get printing! Make sure you take your stamp off the edges of your cushion too - this gives the appearance of a pattern and makes your project look more professional. Once dry peel off the masking tape. I found with these cotton cushions it takes only half an hour for the paint to dry which is great as I'm not so patient when it comes to crafts! 


004. Flip the cushion cover over to print on the other side. I made this polka dot heart by poking holes into the foam with a pencil. The idea with stamping on fabric is that it's not perfect and precise but I like the hand-made look and the soft faded shapes. Again I tested this stamp first on a piece of paper.


005. I decided after printing my polka dot hearts to fill a few in with solid gold. The gold paint has a shimmer to it which makes it look even more vibrant.

006. Leave your cushion to dry completely before giving it an iron. A hot iron helps to seal in the design and this is an important step for the fabric paint to become permanent on the cotton. Throwing your cover into the washing machine on a quick cycle will soften up the paint and make it more flexible.

007. Pop a cushion inner inside the cover, plump up and enjoy your new hand-made craft!


Here are a few other designs I created - I printed on to grey cushion covers with white and silver fabric paint and on to a brown/beige cover with black fabric paint. They were very well received presents and I enjoyed making something unique for people this Christmas. You could personalise yours with your name or your house number, favourite song lyrics, or a famous quote. Anything!


If you enjoyed this DIY please check out my DIY Archive for more crafty bits!

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24 comments

  1. This is such a lovely idea Gwen! And they look Fab! x

    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. SUPER IDEA!:) You're a creative kid' - well?!:)

    Bye & a nice weekend!

    NIKA Bittner

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  3. Gwen you are so creative where do you come up with this stuff?! You need your own deign/craft show I swear, beautiful pieces xx

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  4. I love the one with the leaves, and the one that says dreaming... you know what, i love all of them! ^^

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  5. bookmarking, this is such a lovely and cute idea i will definitely be trying it!

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  6. These are brilliant, love the dreaming one
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

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  7. So cute!! Really simple but effective, and such a good idea for presents like you say!
    Helen at Hels yeah! xx

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  8. Oh wow Gwen, these are really great! Might be something I'll attempt in the future for some extra special personalised home touches. Yours look so lovely.

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  9. great post!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  10. Such a brilliant idea and they all turned out so cool! love the leaf and acorn one!
    smozzy
    xxx
    http://todaisiesblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. These are fabulous, I love your DIYs Gwen! May have to have a go at a few myself this year :)

    - Tabitha at Scared Toast x

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  12. your cusion designs are all so creatice and i love them! will definitely be making some for my room or lounge

    xo Sarah
    http://absolutelysarahx.blogspot.com

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  13. These are great, and they look so professional! My favourite is the grey one with the little hearts - and I've got some fabric paint too so no excuse not to try this one! xx

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  14. Such a cool idea! Looks wicked xx

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  15. This is an awesome idea, I love it! They are such pretty designs x

    Kat from Blushing Rose Beauty

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  16. Love this, they look so cool! and such a good idea for personal unique presents. I will definitely be trying this idea out.

    Love Alana xxx

    www.alana-says.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. Love these, I am definitely going to make myself some! x


    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

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  18. You are stupidly talented.. I LOVE this idea. xx

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  19. So jealous, wish I could do things as pretty and neat as this!xx

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  20. what a beautiful but simple idea! mine would never come out so neat though!

    xx

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  21. Such a great idea, I'm not very hands on with things like this so usually avoid it, but I'm sure I could tackle something like this!

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  22. All these cushions look adorable! Love that idea, it's so creative!
    Tenancy cleaners

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  23. Exciting offer !! we are now providing Handmade Cushion Covers at an unbelievable discounts. These attractive designed cushions will surely catch your eyes.

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