"Hello again, Penny here and welcome. Today we have another fabric and stencil project.It does involve a little bit of simple sewing (I can't help it - it's what I do! ) but you could display the same design on the wall as a covered canvas".
I started by making my own giant stencil using freezer paper. (If you are unfamiliar with this product it is paper with a wax coating on one side which when ironed onto fabric makes a temporary bond, easily peeled off.
I ironed the paper to my fabric. I probably should have said that it is normally recommended that the fabric is pre-washed before painting to remove the size (chemicals) but sometimes I am lazy and I don't. If your project is to be washed frequently (maybe for a child) it is probably best to use a brand of special fabric paint but for this I chose to use Fresco Finish Acrylic Paint mixed with fabric medium.
Leandra stocks a fabric medium online in the PA shop, and generally with textile medium you mix a small portion (1:8) with your paint, paint your fabric as normal, then heat set the paint (iron, or tumble dryer works well) and your paint will be soft on the fabric, washable and permanent.
I started building up layers of stencilling using Lin Brown's stencil 002 and JOFY's 007 overlapping onto the paper with a small stencil brush.
Layer, right sides together as shown, pin and sew a half inch seam all round the edge.
Finally, turn right side out and insert a 16" cushion pad.
I liked it so much I made two more! I kept to the same colour schemes,lovely and bright.
Leandra Says: Wow Penny, what a fun idea, and so easy to co-ordinate with room decor.
Gillian Says: I adore everything about this project from the beautiful bright/tropical colour palette to the butterfly stencilling. These cushions would brighten up any home and bring many an Ooo and ahhh!
If you would like to join in this week's challenge and play along with Penny's techniques, then do link up your creativity here, and go in the draw to win some PA stamps of your choice! You need to link your entry by 17:00, Sunday June 22nd 2014.