I have been making many items for my September Wedding with the help of the Lovely Ladies on Project Wedding, so when I discovered this texturizing technique for my ring bearer pillow, I HAD to share it with you!
The Materials cost around $15-$20, and took about 2 hours to make.
Here's what you'll need:
Fabric of your choice, though cotton or calico is reccomended. You'll need about a half yard.
Texture Magic texturizing fabric. A picture of the package is shown below.
Ribbon (preferrably thin)
A sewing machine
Ruler or quilting kit (shown below)
chalk pencil (a regular pencil should work too)
Any embellishments you might want.
I purchased this from a local Quilting store, but I'm sure you can find it anywhere. This is what I used to create the texture on my fabric.
Its a thin fabric that is easily cut just like regular fabric. A few tips: don't try to iron the wrinkles out; this won't matter, and by doing so, you will activate the fabric and it will be useless. Also, the fringe on the bottom is no big deal, it disappears when you add the steam from the iron so you don't need to worry about removing it.
I used a quilting kit to cut my fabric and mark the texture magic. But you can use sissors and a ruler just as easily. Many quilt stores have an area for people to work on their projects, you may be able to find these tools there to use for free (along with a sewing machine and iron!)
I cut my fabric Into 2 13"x13" squares, One for the front, and one for the back. This, believe it or not, may seem large for a pillow, but the finished pillow will be 9"x9" when completed. The Texture Magic package insert gives a conversion chart if you wish a smaller or larger pillow, though I found that the finished pillow is the perfect size.Once I had two pieces of my fabric cut, I cut two pieces of Texture Magic in the same exact size to continue the project.
Next, Mark the Texture magic using a ruler or your quilting kit. On mine, I made 12 lines horizontally and 12 lines Vertically, each one inch apart so the final squares were 1"x1". Tip: it doesn't matter which side of the texture magic you mark on.
This is what it looks like when the grid is done. Remember, don't worry about the wrinkles!
Next, pin the texture magic grid side up to the WRONG SIDE of your fabric.
I only secured the corners, but if you are worried about the fabric shifting when you sew, then pin all around the edges.
The next step is to sew along the chalk (or pencil) lines you made. Keep in mind you are only sewing the first of two panels; you should have one cotton piece and one texture magic piece. You will have to repeat this step for the other set.
I found that it was easiest to sew the first 6 lines starting at the far right edge, and then turn the piece around and start at the other side. This avoids having alot of fabric built up on the "inside" of your machine. Make sure you do all the lines, horizontally and vertically. Trim the strings around all four edges.
Next is the fun part! Fill your Iron with water, and set it to the highest setting. Mine is "linen." Then, working fabric side up, hit the "steam" button about an inch above the fabric, and watch the texture magic shrink the piece. Continue creating steam, which is what will shrink the texture magic fabric. It's a pretty cool process. You can go over it as many times as you need. Make sure to hit all the edges and corners as this can alter the shape of your fabric if you miss a spot. You can gently touch the iron to the fabric along the way if you need to. It may seem damp once this process is finished, this is ok.
Repeat the process with the other piece of texture magic (gridding and pinning) and fabric (sewing the grid) for the bottom of the pillow.
Once you have both top and bottom gridded and shrunk, pin the two pieces, RIGHT SIDE together (wrong side up) to be sewn together. Make sure you leave a space about 2-3" wide in the center of one of the edges to allow for stuffing.
(I pinned all around the edges on this part, to make sure my fabric didn't shift.)
Sew around all four edges, again leaving that 2-3" open for stuffing. I found that using the first line on my grid all the way around gave me a nice even guideline to sew by.
Shown above: one mistake I did make was leaving my space too close to a corner; I made it work when I finished the piece but if you are new to sewing definitely leave the space in the middle of the edge!
Flip the pillow inside out to stuff it.
Make sure you poke out the corners fully; you can do this with your fingers or something like a pencil if you need to.
Finally, using fiberfill you can find at any fabric store, stuff the pillow, making sure to get the fill into the corners well. Once you have the pillow full of fill, give it a little extra toward the top, and fold the fabric from the hole you left in and hand sew it shut. I finished my pillow with a ribbon and a button in the center; I used an extra long tapestry or knitting needle (the kind that looks like a standard sewing needle but is used to finish off knitted projects) to feed the ribbon all the way through to the backside, and back up through to the top. then I fed the button on one side of the ribbon, tying it behind the button, and then fed the other half of the ribbon through the other hole, and tied it again behind to secure. Finally, I wrapped the ribbon around the whole pillow like a birthday present, and tied it off. Voila!
Hope you enjoy making this as much as I did! Happy Wedding and good luck!