Decorative Pillow-Take One

I love old linens….napkins, tea towels, table cloths, sheets. When I go to a yardsale that is one of the first things I start looking for.  I also love things that were made with flour sacks. I have an old quilt that belonged to my great-grandmother that has the tell-tale signs of being at least partially made with flour sacks. I enjoy LOOKING at old European-style grain sacks. However, finding an affordable one just hasn’t happened. I prefer things that are not perfect, that show a history….things with character.
With all that in mind, I set out to make a pillow cover that looked a little shabby….a little faded…imperfect….aged. The first thing that I learned is imperfect doesn’t necessarily mean easy quick! The second thing I learned is I definitely need to buy a new chair for sewing….oh my aching back. ;-)
Well without further ado, here is my first attempt at a faux-old pillow cover:
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It is made with bleached canvas (AKA a bleached drop cloth). The image came from The Graphics Fairy, which I transferred onto the fabric using Citra-Solv. This was my first ink transfer. It came out a little more imperfect than I was going for, but I was pleased for a first try. Plus I keep telling myself…."even REAL old printed flour and grain sacks weren’t always perfect”.  Leave it up to me to want something PERFECTLY imperfect. Now…do I keep it, sell it or give it as a gift???
Have a wonderful, creative day!!!

I'm linking up for Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy .


  1. I think it looks great!!! It has a nice worn aged look to it, and so pretty too! I would say it's a keeper for sure! Thanks so much for linking this up to Brag Monday.

  2. You did a wonderful job! Can't believe it was your first time, but I bet it won't be your last!

  3. The pillow looks so lovely and beautiful.

  4. I think it is beautiful! Citra-Solv can be hit or miss, but that is half the fun of it.

  5. Lovely pillow. Do you have any idea why your image came out so lightly? What would you do differently when using the citra-solv method?

  6. Thank you all for the kind words. Right now I am without a sewing machine (mine decided that it did not like that I was actually USING it instead of allowing it to just sit around looking pretty)...Once its replacement arrives, it will be back to the experimenting with the Citra-solv and different fabrics to see if I get different results.


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