Main Attraction: Custom Collage Pillow
Sorry mom! I forgot to tuck in the covers when I shot this picture of my newly-sewn collage pillow. But what my bed lacks in tidiness, it makes up in style! In a small bedroom, a throw pillow can be the main attraction, distracting the eye from the room’s shortcomings.
Like so many DIYer’s out there, I’ve amassed a huge collection of fabric scraps. And since I don’t know how to quilt, I made my version of a modern collage pillow. The idea of pairing an eclectic mixture of patterns and colors made me excited.
Helpful Collage Rules
There are no real strict rules of collage. But if you don’t know where to start, this design approach can guide you in the right direction. I like to combine at least three main design elements: a focal point like a photo or transferred art, something that has writing on it or typography, and a classic or iconic pattern like stripes, checks, animal print or damask. I also like the mixture of textures. Here I used velvet, linen and cotton.
Custom Fabric Transfer How-to
You can use regular ink jet t-shirt transfer paper for this project, but here’s a way to shorten the steps. Use ink jet printable fabric sheets in white cotton. With a home computer, I printed a photo of a duchess in the 18th century directly onto a pre-cut, printable cotton sheet. No need to iron the printed transfer separately onto fabric.
The pillow brings in just enough color and personality into this small bedroom. Not sure if I’ll ever need to make my bed again! Happy decorating.