DIY Home Sweet Home Pillow

I don’t know about you, but I’m reallly ready for spring. I’ve been feeling a little cooped up, so I decided to make a new pillow to brighten my spirits. Contrary to what Anthony may think, I’m not sure I can ever have enough pillows.

This DIY Home Sweet Home Pillow, well it’s one of my very favorites, just like my DIY rosette pillow.

DIY Home Sweet Home Pillow by The Wood Grain Cottage

I know sewing a pillow cover can seem a bit intimidating, but if you can sew a straight line, you can make a pillow cover. Truth be told, you could probably hot glue instead of sewing, but I find that each time I sew, I get better, and that keeps me motivated.

To make the pillow form, I followed my instructions for the DIY rosette pillow

DIY Home Sweet Home Pillow by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then, I designed my wording in my Silhouette design studio and used the Silhouette to cut it out on freezer paper…

DIY Home Sweet Home Pillow by The Wood Grain Cottage

I made sure my words were centered on the pillow…

DIY Home Sweet Home Pillow by The Wood Grain Cottage

And ironed it in place…

DIY Home Sweet Home Pillow by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once all the letters and edges were stuck really well, I used some black craft paint and dabbed it over the letters…

DIY Home Sweet Home Pillow by The Wood Grain Cottage

I covered the letters for the most part, but I did leave a few areas of the fabric showing through. Once I was done with the paint, I peeled off the freezer paper…

DIY Home Sweet Home Pillow by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then used a razor blade to gently lift off the letter centers…

DIY Home Sweet Home Pillow by The Wood Grain Cottage

DIY Home Sweet Home Pillow by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once everything had dried, I used one of my stencils (from Michaels) to add the olive branches…

DIY Home Sweet Home Pillow by The Wood Grain Cottage

I just placed it where I wanted, then taped it in place and used the same black paint…

DIY Home Sweet Home Pillow by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once I finished painting, I washed the stencil to remove any paint, then flipped it over and placed it on the other side of the wording…

DIY Home Sweet Home Pillow by The Wood Grain Cottage

I did the exact same thing as the opposite side, and was I was done, I let the paint dry for a few hours.

Once the paint was dry, I began stuffing the form…

DIY Home Sweet Home Pillow by The Wood Grain Cottage

DIY Home Sweet Home Pillow by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once I had it filled to the thickness I wanted, I used my sewing machine to sew the bottom closed…

DIY Home Sweet Home Pillow by The Wood Grain Cottage

If you didn’t want to sew it with a machine, you could easily hand stitch it closed, but I find the machine much quicker!

I couldn’t be happier with the finished result:

DIY Home Sweet Home Pillow by The Wood Grain Cottage

It’s such a happy pillow… and the wording is so true!

DIY Home Sweet Home Pillow by The Wood Grain Cottage

It looks great in our living room reading corner, which has quickly became one of my favorite corners in our home…

DIY Home Sweet Home Pillow by The Wood Grain Cottage

This pillow… it might just complete me!

DIY Home Sweet Home Pillow by The Wood Grain Cottage

DIY Home Sweet Home Pillow by The Wood Grain Cottage

Home Sweet Home… that just about sums up how I feel!

Enjoy your day!

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Lovely comments so far...

  1. I do not own a Silhouette nor have I used one and I am confused as to how freezer paper adheres to fabric with an iron. Can you explain this to me? Darling pillow!

    Thank you!

    • THANK YOU so much, Karen! Freezer paper adheres really well to fabric! It has a waxy side that sticks to fabric when it’s heated with an iron. However, wax paper will not work. Freezer paper has a paper top and a wax backing. Somehow the wax heats up and molds to the fabric. The Silhouette just makes it much easier to cut than doing it by hand with a razor blade.
      I hope that helps! :-D
      -Shayna

  2. Love it Shayna, beautiful job.
    Have a great day
    Rose

  3. I love how it turned out! Might have to try to make my own :)
    Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  4. Elizabeth Torma says:

    Beautiful!

  5. Love it! And I love your living room corner! :)

  6. hi shayn! i wish i have that silhouette and sewing machine. God knows how i love pillows. i don’t know if this silhouette machine is available in our country. If it is, i bet its super expensive. Huh!! any recommendation?

  7. Adorable, super sweet, & where can I get one? This pillow would look awesome with my decor!!! Nicely done girl…blessings & <3
    M

  8. It turned out great! Learning to make pillows (all kinds) is on my list of things to do in 2014. Thanks for the easy tutorial!

  9. I just got a silhouette for my birthday and I have not had a chance to use it. Can you point me to any great resources on getting the hang of using it? For instance designing your own graphics or cutting freezer paper?

    • Hi Hannah! You will love your Silhouette! I had a bit of trouble using mine in the beginning, but it’s really all about trial and error. I would recommend cutting on freezer paper or thick card stock before you start cutting on vinyl, which is more expensive and a little trickier to use. The silhouette design studio is very user friendly and quite similar to Microsoft Word. I have noticed that even though the silhouette can cut any font on your computer, it doesn’t love the tiny script fonts. It will still cut them, but they’re not as clean of a cut. To get a grasp of it, maybe cut a stencil, much like this one: http://www.thewoodgraincottage.com/2014/01/29/wood-slab-sign/. Also, your mat will be super sticky for a while. It makes it a bit hard to lift off paper, vinyl, freezer paper, etc. It will eventually lose a bit of its stickiness, which is a good thing!
      Have a bit of patience when you first start. I was ready to throw mine in the trash, but after I kept playing with it, I found out how amazing it is! :-D
      Happy cutting!
      -Shayna

  10. This was a very well done and complete tutorial ! Thanks ! I believe I will give it a try ! AWESOME JOB !

  11. Hi. This is such an adorable pillow! Can I ask when you purchased the stencil (from Michaels) and some specifics about it (brand, design name etc)? Thanks!

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