Oh Deer... No Sew Christmas Pillow

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Apparently deer heads and antlers are here to say with holiday decor. I'm liking the trend but we're not really the rustic, hunter, deer-head-wall-hanging kind of people so I haven't been able to commit to one. Even if it's hairless, gold, and super cute from Target. Anyone else feel the same way?!

But I do love festive pillows because I think they are the easiest, low cost way to dress up a room for the holidays. Below is a prettier view of the pillow in our new home, after I learned how to use my big girl camera. So much better. ha!


What you will need:
H&M Home Canvas Cushion Cover: $5 (You can get this from Ikea for $4)
Deer Silhouette: Free pattern from Jenny Collier
Heat n Bond Ultrahold: Owned
Fabric for Silhouette: Owned (my fabric was originally a table cloth)
Scissors + Iron

TOTAL: $5

Not pictured: pillow form, iron and Mod Podge
First, print out your stencil on cardstock paper. If it's larger than a regular piece of paper like mine, just print it out in several parts, tape it together, then cut it out.

Pin the stencil to your fabric and cut the shape. You could also trace it with chalk before cutting, which I think would have been easier.

I wasn't anticipating using Mod Podge, but since my fabric is a thin tablecloth, the edges were fraying. I used a small sponge brush to apply Mod Podge on all of the edges, particularly on the antlers. If you have a thicker fabric you probably won't need to do this step! After it dried, I trimmed the frays and ironed it very lightly to keep it flat.

The most tedious part of this project is applying the Heat n Bond strips. I followed the instructions on the package. I probably overdid it quite a bit, but I wanted to make sure none of the antlers started pulling up with a husband and dog who tend to be rough with these types of things.

EDIT: I've been told by an awesome reader that you can actually buy Heat n Bond by the yard at your local craft store, which means you can trace it the same way you did with the plaid fabric and apply in one piece! I haven't done it myself but that sounds like a good option here, unless you already have the strips like I did and don't feel like buying more.


After ironing the strips onto the plaid fabric, I removed the paper and flipped it over. Make sure to center it because this stuff will hold the moment your iron touches it! I ironed the front for 10 seconds, flipped it over and ironed the back for 5, then let it cool before stuffing it.



That's it!! Want more holiday projects? Check out my gold leaf Christmas print here!


34 comments:

  1. NEW SEW?! AAAAAAAMAZING! Looks so wonderful! Thanks for sharing, cutes! xx

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  2. This is such a GREAT idea!! I am loving it & also how easy it was to make! The hubby is a huge hunter so he would love something like this around the house! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Wow! What a cute pillow! You made that so much easier than I thought!

    Lindi
    Sweet Southern Sparkle
    www.sweetsouthernsparkle.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you!! It's super easy! It only took about 10 or 15 minutes, with mosy of my time trying to get the hem tape on the antlers. haha

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  4. LOVE it! Definitely going to try it myself (I'm totally not a crafty or diy person) but this seems so easy :)

    lifeasabaltimoregirl.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Justine! You can totally do it, all you need to know is how to work an iron! (Which I didn't even know how to do until about 2 years ago.. haha!)

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    1. Thank you!! My husband even noticed it and asked where I bought it... haha! :)

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  6. I absolutely love the finished product!! And so easy!! Great job. I may try this with different colours to match my decor

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    1. Thank you so much!! It would look so great with other colors and fabric, let me know how it comes out!

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  7. Now that is INCREDIBLE! Love it! Mr. Redneck would actually like that pillow in our home.

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    1. Thank you Courtney!! My husband isn't into hunting and he actually really liked it. Sounds like it will be perfect in your home too!

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  8. Very cute! I have been looking for some plaid pillows that are an reasonable price and I'm striking out. This is a fun alternative!

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    1. Thank you! I bought a table cloth from Home Goods for $10 and made a table runner, pillow, and now this out of it. There is still a bunch of fabric to spare too, so maybe you can do something similar!

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  9. Uhhhh freaking fabulous! Love love love!

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  10. This turned out so cute - when should I expect mine in the mail? ;)

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  11. That turned out so amazing! I need to make that ASAP! Thanks for the tips :)

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  12. I love that this is no sew! Awesome! I want to try this - you can make them for all seasons!

    agirlandhersparkles.blogspot.com

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  13. This is adorable! I love the plaid fabric you used, and obviously that it is a no sew project.

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  14. I looove deer, so this is perfect!

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  15. It looks awesome!!! You're so creative! :-)

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  16. I'm definitely going to have to do this! SO CUTE! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. LOVE this! I was going back and forth over getting some for the holidays......now Ill be prepared for next year! Great idea. :)

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  18. Great pillow & so time appropriate (almost), I will definitely be making a couple of these. Thank you ever so much for sharing your talent--you generosity is appreciated.

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  19. Just a thought, you can buy Heat n Bond as a sheet. Just fuse to the wing side of the fabric. Then draw/trace reindeer in paper side. Cut out and then fuse to the pillow. Just quicker than having to piece the skinny kind. Such a cute and festive idea!

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    1. Thank you so much, that would be WAY easier! I'm editing the post now, you're awesome :)

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  20. This is adorable! Just curious if you provide a link to the deer silhouette?

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    1. Thank you so much!! I think I got the silhouette as a free download from Jenny Collier but here is a link for a similar one: http://madeinaday.com/2015/01/14/deer-head-pallet/ I'll also add the one I used to my post tonight! :)

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  21. I'm also looking for the deer hear silhouette. I printed it last year but need to re-do with better fabric.

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    1. Hi!! I shared a link in the comment above and edited the post to include it as well :) So glad to hear you are loving this project!!

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