Friday, April 24, 2009

Frugal Friday: Just A Little Something

Dreaming of Paris

One of my favorite blogs The Shabby Nest is having a frugal decorating linky party today.

I have pretty much decorated my apartment to the hilt. In small homes, you have to be frugal with space too!

Where do you go when every table and shelf is done?

How about the door knobs!

I made this little photo pillow for my sister-in-law out of scraps! Flickr has great photo editing tools. I was able to tint the picture pink and make the edges of the image fuzzy. The French quote came straight from a google search of "romantic quotes in French."

Here's the secret: I didn't use special photo fabric at all! I simply ironed some fusible web (Wonder Under) on the back of regular muslin. I left the paper on and cut the fabric and squared off the corners so that it would feed smoothly through the printer. (I know this pillow will never be washed, if you are using a printer for something that will be washed, I recommend using the special photo fabric.) After the printing has dried, peel off the backing and iron the image onto the pillow fabric.

The pillow construction is just a simple rectangle with ribbons sewn on.

Once my vacation starts-10 days!- I plan to make one of these for us!

For more frugal decorating ideas check out The Shabby Nest!


Misti of Studio M Designs said...

What a great gift idea! I would love to make one for my niece who is graduating very soon. Thanks for sharing.


Anonymous said...

That's a great easy idea! Thank you.

MaRiN said...

what a great idea, this would be cute for a nursery door too!

Nicole said...

How cute! What a great idea.

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Handmade gifts are the best! This one is adorable!!

The Masked Mommy said...

What a great idea to move onto the door knobs! This might also be a good way to bring beautiful fabric and the softness of a pillow into rooms that don't otherwise call for it. Like a kitchen.

Bahama Shores Mama said...

wow.......I thought it was wayyyy harder. Thanks for showing me I might be able to do it.

Free Art Printables said...

Very cite! Jen