Merry & Bright ‘Chalkboard’ Pillow – Silhouette America Blog

Merry & Bright ‘Chalkboard’ Pillow

Merry and Bright Chalkboard Pillow

 

I just can’t help myself… I am still loving the chalkboard trend, and thought it would be fun to create a faux chalkboard pillow! The look is super easy to achieve…

 

After sewing the pillow cover, I used my CAMEO to cut the ‘merry and bright’ and the star shapes out of stencil vinyl and applied them to the pillow cover using transfer tape. Once the stencil was adhered, I carefully removed the transfer tape.

 

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Then, I inserted a square piece of cardboard inside the pillow cover so the ink wouldn’t bleed through the other side, and  using a small paint brush and white fabric ink I painted over the stencil. By using only one uneven coat I achieved the chalky look I was going for, but if you want the paint to be more even just let it dry a bit between coats.

 

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Once the merry and bright was mostly  dry I removed the stencil vinyl and randomly placed the star stencils around the phrase and repeated the fabric inking step.

 

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Once those were dry I removed the stencil vinyl and went over the image with a warm iron to set the ink. Voila, easy peasy chalkboard pillow!

 

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There are a lot of great shapes and phrases in the Silhouette Design Store that will work well for ‘chalking’ projects… I hope you’ll grab a few and give this fun technique a try!

 

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Shapes:

merry and bright phrase

9 starburst seal set

 

New to using fabric ink? Here is a video tutorial to help you get started…

 

 

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27 comments

  1. Super Cute!

  2. I love it! I wish there was a way to reuse the stencil vinyl & transfer tape. I always feel like there is so much waste of the negative space.

  3. Wow…this is so cute! I love it!

  4. Great idea! What font is it?

  5. Whoa, that is SO cool! Love how you achieved a chalk-like effect with one thin coat of paint!

  6. I can’t believe how much that looks like chalk! I was surprised that it was only white ink paint!

  7. So cute! I love this Jeana!

    1. Thanks Tori!

  8. I am impressed with what the Cameo can do. This is an amazing project. However, I am new to this machine and I was wondering if there is a definition list available for each icon on the software? Thanks!

    1. Thanks Angie! 🙂 You can find a list of icon descriptions in the user manual starting on page 6, or we have a video on our YouTube channel that will walk you through the icons and give a description of each http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_4BKg4VSPM

      1. EXACTLY what I needed! Thank you so much. 🙂

  9. Ah! You are so clever, Jeana! I love the chalkboard look on fabric!

  10. I LOVE this!!! What kind of fabric did you use? Is that velour? Thank You.

    1. Thanks Cathy! I used a simple cotton fabric, it takes the fabric ink really well.

  11. This is so cute!! Well done~

  12. I love this! I want to make some!!!

  13. Absolutely adorable and what a great use of the Silhouette’s capability. I just received the Cameo on 11/29/13 and I can’t wait to try this project. Thanks for sharing!

  14. can you please help me with this design? i purchased the design and edited it to overlap like pictured BUT I can’t get the “y” in merry to intersect properly. I believe I tried “subtract” but what *should* I have done? thanks so much!

    1. You are on the right track! 🙂 First, do an offest of Merry, {mine is a distance of .040) Then, select the offest and the banner and do your subtract.

      1. Thank you so much! That’s works! 😀

  15. I love this project. What a final result, it is beautiful.
    Where was that stencil vinyl when I went shopping during that 40% off Sale. Egads, I missed that one. Looks like tons of fun.
    I love the uneven painting that looks like chalk when dry. That is the coolest thing! Thanks for sharing.
    Got to say, that all that talk about subtracting went way over “my” head. I really like a more thorough step by step for the projects. I am not a computer whiz to start, but my Cameo is more logical, and I love logical! I am moving into some unknown territory utilizing all the features. I watch the “how-to” videos quite often, but I need more details most of the time. Is it just me???
    TFS, your pillow project is fabulous!!!

    1. Hi Anna,

      We try to do a mix of tutorials for both beginner and more advanced, so if you ever have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask 🙂 For this project, to get the space around the y, select the word merry and in the offset window {6th icon from the right at the top of your screen} and click offset. Then use the arrow to change the offset distance to .40 and click apply. Now you should see a border around ‘merry’. Select that border, and the banner shape {you can select them both at the same time by holding down the shift key as you select} and open the Modify window which is the icon just to the left of the offset window icon. Then click subtract and you’ll have a nice cushion for the y inside the banner. Here is a great video tutorial on our YouTube channel for the features you’ll find in the Modify window https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RVi18N8t9Q so you can see the subtract in action. 🙂

  16. I am confused about the subtraction part as we’ll. does anyone know of a tutorial for that?
    LOVE the chalk board designs.

    1. Hi Mary! For this project, to get the space around the y, select the word merry and in the offset window {6th icon from the right at the top of your screen} and click offset. Then use the arrow to change the offset distance to .40 and click apply. Now you should see a border around ‘merry’. Select that border, and the banner shape {you can select them both at the same time by holding down the shift key as you select} and open the Modify window which is the icon just to the left of the offset window icon. Then click subtract and you’ll have a nice cushion for the y inside the banner. Here is a great video tutorial on our YouTube channel for the features you’ll find in the Modify window https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RVi18N8t9Q so you can see the subtract in action. 🙂

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