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23 May, 2013

DIY Vintage French Script Bird Pillows...and an Interview on the Back Porch

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Vintage French Script Bird PillowsI can’t wait to show you this super-easy, fun and very stylish project! I have been eyeing those wonderful pillows that combine one of my favorites…French document fabric...with fabulous vintage prints. I have seen them featured at $85 on sale for $56yikes!  But I have yet to see one that looked exactly like what I had in mind. Then it dawned on me…why not just make my own?  I already had the exact same French script fabric in a pillow I had made three years ago. Sooo…I just took it apart and…taaa daaa…I had what I needed to make two new pillows!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Vintage French Script Bird Pillows My next job was to find the just-right vintage print to go with my fabric and I didn’t have to look very far! Karen at The Graphics Fairy had shared some lovely bird prints that I knew would be perfect! This pretty Victorian scrap piece of a bird with flowers added exactly what I was looking for!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Vintage French Script Bird PillowsAnd best of all, there was a companion graphic of a pretty bird with pink cherry blossoms! Woo hoo! Thanks so much, Karen! I just printed them out in mirror images on iron-on transfer paper (I used Avery Light Fabric Transfers), trimmed them closely and followed the directions on the package to apply them…easy peasy! I love how the script shows through the transfers just like it does on those expensive pillows!

Envelope Pillow Closure TutorialNow you may be wondering how I managed to get two pillows from one…I used burlap to make the pillow backs! I now use envelope closures for all of my pillows because it allows me to remove the covers for easy storage and to reuse my pillow forms. You will find a tutorial here. I might add that I have found Goodwill to be an excellent source of down pillows…usually for under $3.00. I have several in my stash and just pull out the ones that are the right size for my project.

Isabella I love my new pillows but Miss Isabella says she doesn’t know what the big deal is. They are just fake birds, after all! She prefers the kind that flutters and tweets.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Vintage French Script Bird Pillows But I think they are just perfect for me! They look just like those $85 pillows, have the vintage prints that I wanted and mine were…wait for itFREE!!!! You can’t beat that!

And here's where you will find me today...on Anita's beautiful back porch at Cedar Hill Ranch for an interview! Head on over and check it out. I am revealing a few secrets! lol

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my French script bird pillows! 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 Graphics Fairy for Brag Monday ,The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday , A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me 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 , The Everyday Home for Home{work} Wednesday , 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
See you next time! À la prochaine!
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40 comments:

  1. Oh I love this and what a great way to reuse a pillow you already have. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me too. Hugs, Marty

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  2. Gorgeous. Love your ingenuity and love those pillows. Joss & Main should be taking lessons from you. I predict you'll be curating an event with them soon.

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  3. You know how to make all of us drool with envy...they're gorgeous, and look every bit as fabulous as the pricey ones!!

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  4. Oh..those pillows turned out so pretty! They look even better than the ones you can buy.

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  5. I'm a huge fan of envelope closures too for the same reason. I love these pillows! They came out beautifully, and the burlap for the back to double the fabric for the price of one was a great idea.

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  6. Gorgeous and my kind of price!!! Beautiful work as always!!!

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  7. What a beautiful way to recycle and reuse. Thanks for sharing these with us! Sue

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  8. It doesn't get any better than this. Gorgeous pillows! You always do such a beautiful job. Very pretty!

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  9. They are beautiful, Deb. "Hi Isabella"

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  10. Those are beautiful, Debbie! laurie

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  11. Absolutely LOVE these!!! Beautiful!!

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  12. Beautiful, Debbie! I love them! I also like how you were able to get two out of the one original pillow cover. That's even more savings in my book!

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  13. The pillows do look like they cost a small fortune, beautiful indeed!

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  14. Awesome job Debbie. I can't decide whether I like looking at your blog because of all the great and lovely ideas you are so talented at making or if I should avoid your blog because I am jealous of all of your talent...can't help myself, I just have to look. Your home must be just beautiful. Thanks for sharing this.

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  15. I love how these turned out!

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  16. These are so beautiful!! They turned out perfectly.

    Cynthia

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  17. These are just beautiful...love them.

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  18. Lovely pillows! I enjoyed your interview on Anita's back porch.

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  19. Thanks so much for sharing. I need to go out and find some script fabric and I am off and running.

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  20. Congratulations on your interview over at Cedar Hill. You are so talented with your creative soft goods designs that I really think you should go into business!

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  21. These pillows are just gorgeous! I'd love to try to make one!

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  22. Seriously... how many words are needed beyond "gorgeous" to explain how I feel about this project? You did great.. so creative! And I so thank you for sharing this idea. Ok.. headed over to read your interview!!

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  23. You have THE BEST PROJECTS!!! Loved your interview and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

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  24. Gorgeous pillows, but then you know that. I had to print out the bird images and put them on pillow covers also. I won't have the perfect French script fabric you do but do have some pretty good stuff I get at HL, love it also. They have two French fabrics but I think I prefer the one without the Eiffel Tower on it.
    I can only hope my pillows will look half as great as yours. Love, love your pillows. I make them with the envelope closure and have as I like to be able to change things as the mood goes.

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  25. Beautiful and how clever to reuse a pillow and come out with two new one's!

    hugs,
    Linda

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  26. Amazing project! I found you through Anita of Cedar Hill Ranch and so enjoyed your interview..also the pictures of your home and talents were gorgeous!!

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  27. Ooh, beautiful pillows! Hope you're having a great weekend!

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  28. thanks for the tutorial. These are just outstanding and so much cheaper. I already have that fabric too!

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  29. Debbie,
    Another amazing DIY project, dear friend!!!
    I adored reading your visit with Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch!!!
    Miss Isabella is such a beauty!!!
    Hope the Staff is enjoying this gorgeous Spring weather!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  30. Debbie, I won a similar pillow a couple of years ago in a giveaway and I love it! You always have the best projects and your pillows turned out fabulous. Thanks for linking to the Open House party.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  31. They turned out really well, lovely cushions.

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  32. Those pillows are gorgeous, and I love your tip about using thrift store ones! Thanks for the tip.

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  33. Debbie
    These are stunning! Just gorgeous!
    I'm visiting you today from The Scoop. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesday (open thru Sat) and I'd love for you to link up! I hope you get a chance to stop by, link up and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Join me each Tuesday for Brag About It Link Up Party

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  34. Did you layer all the writing before you printed it out or did you do separate printouts and ironed them on. That looks like a 16 inch pillow and the sheets only come in 8 1/2 I think. I love the pillows would like more information on how you did them thanks

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    1. Hi farmerswife! So glad you ;like it! The script is already printed on the fabric so that part was easy. I just printed the birds at 8x10 size, trimmed them and ironed them on. Hope that helps!...hugs...Debbie

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  35. These are absolutely beautiful...thanks for sharing your talent and inspiration for us wannabees.

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