I had so much fun playing with the new Love Mermaid stencil by Cathy Nichols . After playing with some ideas I decided to make a summery pillow. I hope you enjoy the tutorial and if you make a pillow I would love to see it. Just leave me a comment with your link or tag me on Instagram.
Mermaid Stencil, Fabric Paint (any brand will work), Mini Mister or small spray bottle if paint is not already in a bottle, Neutral Cotton Fabric, 2 printed fabrics that coordinate, Embroidery Thread, Embroidery Needle, Embroidery Hoop (optional), Straight Pins, Sewing Machine (you could also hand stitch), PolyFil stuffing.
Let’s get started!
Cut a piece of neutral fabric a little bigger than the mermaid. I cut mine the size of the stencil which is 9×12 inches but you can do any size. Using a fabric paint in a sprayer, spray through the stencil. I used two colors of Dye-Na-Flow paint. I already had this paint in my stash and just put a little in a mini mister. You can find fabric paint in spray bottles at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. Let paint dry or dry with a heat gun.
Pick out a coordinating background fabric and cut to your desired size. I cut mine about 2 inches bigger than the mermaid piece of fabric. Pin your mermaid to the background fabric.
Stitch you mermaid to your background fabric. I used a coordinating thread and used a simple zig zag stitch. If you don’t have a sewing machine you can hand stitch.
Insert your piece into an embroidery hoop and start embellishing some of the stencil lines with embroidery thread. I used a simple back stitch with a variegated DMC thread.
Here’s detail of her tail. I used a blue green variegated DMC thread. Have fun with this step! You can add detail to all the lines or just highlight some of the lines.
Now pick out a fun fabric for the back of the pillow and pom pom trim to coordinate with your piece. Cut your background the same size as your front piece of fabric.
Pin your pom pom trim all the way around the front piece of fabric as shown. Note that the pom poms face in towards your piece.
Stitch your pom pom trim to the fabric with a straight stitch. You have to stitch fairly slow to make sure your pom poms don’t get stuck under the stitching.
This is what your pom pom trim should look like after stitching. Be sure and remove the pins.
Pin the back fabric to the front fabric right sides together. Line up the edges. It will be lumpy because of the pom pom trim. Pay close attention to your pom pom trim and make sure the pom poms don’t get pinned in your edge seam.
Straight stitch around the edge and leave an opening at the bottom that is big enough to get stuffing and your hand in. It helps to sew slow so that the pom poms don’t get into your straight stitch.
Before you turn your pillow right side out be sure and trim the corners off so the corners turn nicely.
Turn your pillow right side out through the hole you left in the bottom. It should look like this. If your fabric is a little wrinkled you can lightly iron it before you stuff it.
Stuff your pillow with polyfil to the desired fullness. Then hand stitch your bottom opening shut.
And now you have a fun mermaid pillow for summer decorating. Have fun with this project. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below. I can’t wait to see what you make.
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More mermaid projects from Gwen Lafleur, Karen Gaunt, Tina Walker, and Louise Nelson can be found HERE.
Be sure and check out original mermaid projects from the designers HERE.
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