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19 April, 2013

Linen and Burlap Vintage Eiffel Tower Pillow

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Vintage Eiffel Tower Pillow Can you believe it? I haven’t made a pillow since Valentine’s Day! It’s high time to remedy that situation! So when I recently saw a pillow starring a vintage image of the Eiffel Tower superimposed on an old French dictionary page, I knew that would be my next project!

IsabellaMy co-host today, Miss Isabella, suggested that we use linen and burlap…one of my favorite fabric combinations. First we cut the fabric to fit our down pillow insert…a bargain Goodwill find at under $3.00.

How to get a straight cut with burlapShe has a tip for you for cutting a straight line on burlap. Do you know this little trick? Just measure, find a thread at the correct spot and pull it all the way through. You will have the perfect guide to follow when cutting!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Vintage Eiffel Tower Dictionary Graphic reversed
Next comes the graphic. To create it, I took a vintage image of the Eiffel Tower that I found here and added it to a page from a French dictionary from the 1800s that I found here. I printed it at 9x12 size on iron-on transfer paper (I use Avery brand for light fabrics) using Photoscape, trimmed the edges and then cut a slightly larger piece of linen. The image has already been reversed for you. Simply follow the directions on the package and apply it to the linen. Then stitch the linen piece to the front piece of your pillow cover.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Envelope Pillow ClosureFor the back of the pillow, I used an envelope style closure. You can find complete instructions for making it here. It allows me to remove the covers for storage to save on space and, since I seem to have become addicted to pillows, that’s a good thing!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Vintage Eiffel Tower Pillow And…taaa daaa…here it is! I love it! I think it is very frenchy and vintage-y without being too cutesy.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Vintage Eiffel Tower Book BundleJust in case you are wondering about the Eiffel Tower book bundle that you also see in the picture, you can find directions for making it here. It is a fun way to reuse and recycle your old books by stretching a favorite image across the spines.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Vintage Eiffel Tower Pillow And here’s a final look. I love the raveled edges of the linen and all the texture of the burlap! I think I am going to enjoy this one!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my vintage Eiffel Tower pillow! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party , Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday , Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday , Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday , The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday , A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday , Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop on Tuesdays , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures , Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays , DIY by Design for Swing into Spring , The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays , No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays , Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays , My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday , French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday , Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays , The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday , Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday , Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special,  My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for the All  Things Burlap Party
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43 comments:

  1. I love that pillow....so pretty...and those books are cool!

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  2. Perfect! And I love the book bundle idea too!

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  3. WOW!!!! Love your pillow but I am fascinated with the books! Everything looks wonderful....including Miss Isabella! xo Diana

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  4. Great suggestion from Miss Isabella! Putting the Eiffel tower together with the dictionary page looks wonderful.

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  5. Your pillow is gorgeous, I love it and have it pinned to try, thank you!
    Debbie :)

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  6. I love burlap and this pillow is beautiful. What a creative idea to add the books, a great duo.

    xoxo Michelle. thebashfulnest.blogspot.com

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  7. It's so awesome!!! I love it! You've done it again! Gotta copy!

    Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.

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  8. What excellent projects. They are both stunning!

    Cynthia

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  9. love, love, love this gorgeous pillow! I am hooked on pillows too, I think I will start using the envelope flap too, they are taking over quickly!

    xo, Tanya
    twelveOeight

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  10. I love the image on top of the dictionary page- it looks great! The book covers look really nice, too- another great idea.

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  11. Wow, that is so fantastic! Found you through Funky Junk Interiors Party Junk 183...

    Cher @ Designs by Studio C
    http://designsbystudioc.com

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  12. You are really on a roll. This is so creative. Love it.

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  13. Okay I'm in love with this one! Headed to France in a couple weeks and I can't wait. I have an affinity for anything with an Eiffel on it!

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  14. Debbie,
    THIS French pillow is definately "The Cat's Meow"!!!
    Sorry, Miss Isabella...I couldn't resist!
    Who could resist this adorable burlap and linen pillow, fabulous!!!
    I adore how you've paired the pillow with your books!!!
    Thanks for sharing, dear friend!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  15. Oh boy I love that pillow, thanks so much for the transfer image, awesome. (sorry some of So. CA left in me after years of being away from it, hung out with our kids alot.)
    We're going to be in a craft show soon so will be making some pillow covers to sell. I always make my pillows with the envelope closure so I can change pillow covers when I get the urge (which is quite often). I reuse pillow forms often also. I have a box I keep all my pillow covers in so I can find them when those urges come about.
    Love your blog and all your projects. I was linked here from Stone Gable about the LeLapin pillow. Thanks for all the info to make these.

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  16. This looks so beautiful. We love you crafts and wonderful tutorials. So inspiring!

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  17. Hello Debbie,
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful pillow at my party today. I hope to get some pillows like this made soon for my shop.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  18. Both are great additions to your decor. Love the way you frayed the edges on the linen.

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  19. Love both projects. I still haven't figured out the whole graphics transfer thing yet, but I would love to try. How do you reverse the image?

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    1. Natalie...The image has already been reversed for you. All you have to do is print it on iron-on transfer paper. I use Avery brand for light fabrics. Then just follow the directions on the package. One piece of advice...iron, iron iron and when you think you have ironed enough, iron some more! :-) Good luck!...hugs...Debbie

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  20. Great tutorials on both the Eiffel Tower pillow and the Eiffel Tower book covers. I'm inspired to make both of these!

    I've become your latest follower and invite you to become a follower in return.

    Judith

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  21. The Pretty Things link party is live, and I would LOVE for you to share this gorgeous pillow with us Debbie!!

    xo, Tanya
    http://twelveoeight.blogspot.com/2013/04/pretty-things-link-party-17-and-party.html

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  22. Oh my goodness this is just so wonderfully fun and french!!! I love love love this great design! I will certainly copy kat this!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!

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  23. Simply stunning! I have saved this page for future reference....thank you for the DIY! Love what you do....very French and fun!
    Nancy
    http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  24. Gorgeous pillow! Love it! the dictionary page is very neat! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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  25. Oh this is so gorgeous! I love both the books and the pillow ideas!

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  26. Beautiful! You really did a wonderful job on this pillow. I also love everything French. I may try this sometime.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Carol

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  27. This is fabulous! I may just have to make one of these as a fond reminder of my time in Paris :-)

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  28. Love the pillow, it's so romantic!!

    Just wanted to stop in and say hello from The Inspiration Gallery.

    Mandy@ The Hankful House

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  29. You are so awesome!! I love this pillow. Do you sell your stuff?? I am featuring in my weekly wow's tomorrow ( Sat)

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  30. That pillow is simply gorgeous! I love all things French and I was delighted when you posted about the book covers, so this is the perfect compliment... Certainly I´m making one of these soon! Thanks so much for sharing, all your blog is full of inspiring ideas.
    Hugs,
    K.

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  31. Oh, and Miss Isabella looks pretty much like my beloved Malu... It´s great to have such clever and beautiful assistants, isn´t it?

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  32. I love this pillow! I'm going to include it in my Friday Favorites round-up today :)

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  33. I featured your pillow today too (and your burlap runner!)- I love your burlap projects you liked up to our Burlap Party!! Thanks for sharing! Heather http://www.settingforfour.com/2013/09/8-burlap-diy-and-decor-projects.html

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  34. Just discovered your blogsite...LOVE the eiffel tower/dictionary pillow...but couldn't get the eiffel tower image. any help?

    thanks!

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    1. So glad that you like it, Denise! Just right click and save the image to your computer. I always use Photoscape, a free download, for printing. Just load the image at the 8 x 10 size and print on transfer paper. It has already been reversed for you!...hugs...Debbie

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  35. I absolutely LOVE your site. It has become my daily escape. Subscribed.

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie