A 'vintage' feed sack towel from Joann Fabrics, a graphic from the Graphics Fairy, and an image transfer tutorial and voila! A faux grain sack pillow.
Once I figured out how to get the transfer onto the towel without looking smeary the project went very quickly. I transferred the image to the center of the towel. Then I folded the bottom up and the top down to form an envelope of sorts. Sewed down each side and tucked a pillow form inside. Easy peasy. It could even be a no-sew project; just used Stitch Witchery at the sides and iron it to fuse it.
Below is the graphic I used. I just edited out the background and reversed the image. Then I printed it on my laser printer and used CitraSolv to transfer it.
#1 Iron the fabric to remove wrinkles. Wrinkles make it hard to keep the paper with the image perfectly still. (Imperative!)
#2 Fasten your paper with the image WELL. You do not want it to move AT ALL! I used a combo of pins and tape.
#3 Too much CitraSolv will make the image run. :(
I learned this by trial and error. My 3rd try was the one I was happy enough with to use. (Thankfully the towels come 3 to a pack!)
As a side note: Is CitraSolv the same thing as Goo Gone?! It sure smells and looks the same. Wondering if anyone has ever tried image transfers with Goo Gone. :) I bet it would work just as well.
Here's the pillow residing in it's new home.
The chair was another DIY project. I'll share before and afters in another post. :)
EDIT: I'm including the edited image in this post if you want to grab it for your own project.
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