7.07.2008

More Decoupaged Letters (with a twist)

After seeing the preview of Heather Bailey's new fabric line, I suddenly felt the urgency to redecorate my whole house with it. If you haven't seen the fabric yet, you need to check it out; it is the very definition of "eye candy."

I have resigned myself to only sprucing up my daughter's room, though. I plan on making a patchwork quilt, a few pillows, and some drapes. But since my local fabric shop told me that it wouldn't be in the store until August, I needed something to tide me over until I get my hands on the real thing. 

Hence, a "quilted" decoupaged letter with Heather Bailey paper! (This is the same paper I used on my notebooks)
 

Using an oversized MDF letter and a selection of my favorite papers, I got to work (Quick tip: to save money, give your child a name that starts with a letter that is not common; I always find G's on clearance. I'm thinking X, Y, or Z would also be great options.)


I cut the paper into strips.


And arranged them in layout that I liked. Then I placed the letter on top to make sure that I had enough paper to work with. 


After setting my machine to a zigzag stitch, I "quilted" the strips together. 


While I like the look of the stitches, this project could have been done without the sewing machine by just cutting the paper and gluing each section down.


Next, I traced the letter onto the paper.


And cut it out. 


My goal is to see how many shots I can have on this blog involving me applying Mod Podge. 

 
After adhering the paper, and applying a top coat of Mod Podge, I finished it off with yet another flower. I know I said I wouldn't continue talking about them anymore, but it is too cute to not mention.  

 
Be forewarned, I am in love with this paper, and eventually the fabric. I will, no doubt, have many projects including these patterns. I apologize in advance for my lack of variety.  

24 comments:

Songbirdtiff said...

I love the idea of sewing paper, I'll have to try that sometime. As for my future son, I think we will call him.... Zelda. :)

Mikki said...

Fabulous!!!! I might let my girls try something like this for a craft. They'll love it. Thanks!!

Jenny said...

my "sew" very crafty friend... I have to admit I am totally addicted to my daily dose of GRACE VIOLET! I have a fab place for custom mdf shapes if you are interested. My first shipment should be here any day!

BTW~I think I saw Kev at the parade...

AmyDe said...

Hey bring on the "lack of variety" as you are right - the papers and fabrics are GORGEOUS! My kids are "A" & "T" - no chance of a clearance item there, but that's "o" & "k".

Julie said...

Another amazing idea!

Is there a trick to sewing the paper or does it flow pretty easily?

Autumn said...

I love the stitched paper! And if we end up having a little girl this time and I am seriously considering using that fabric in a nursery too:)

Jenny and the Princess Peonies said...

I totally understand the "lack of variety" thing! As soon as I can get my hands on the rest of my Sandi Henderson Farmer's Market fabric that will be all I use for a long time! I will be doing my daughters room in that. I really like the Hether Bailey fabric as well. I am still trying to figure out what to do my toddlers room in. Maybe it should be this! Kudos to you - I love altered letters! I use them all the time!

randi said...

I love the way these prints look together! What a cute idea.

My daughter wants to do something new with her room and I have been thinking of doing something with Heather's new line. I can't wait for the fabric!

Aimee said...

that is sooooooooo cute! love it.

Erin said...

O.k., I love the paper quilting idea. However, where on earth can I get Heather's paper and/or fabric? I love that idea and I think that we'll do something like that for one of my other upcoming craft nights. Wow! You are full of ideas. I'll have to check with you before I do anything! :)

Nicole said...

I LOVE it!!! I want to make one right now. That is just the cutest idea, and I love the paper. Where did you get it, I have the hardest time finding cute paper. I love the fabric, I wish it came our sooner the August. Thanks so much for sharing, it is seriously adorable.

Erin said...

I love the quilted paper. Where does one find Heather's paper and / or material? Does she have a website where you can buy them?

Great idea! This will also have to be a project that we use for one of our upcoming LNO craft nights! Thanks for the idea!

Domestic Chicky said...

I love this idea! I have been trying to find a unique way to do letters in my boys room, and I have seen some scrapbooking papers that match their room exactly! Thank you!

PS - and there really AREN'T enough modge podge action shots IMHO...you are doing a service! ;-)

Heather Bailey said...

This is fantastic! I'd love if you'd add your photos to the HB Paper Crafts group on Flickr (I just started it last night & haven't told anyone yet). Great project & tutorial. I'm thinking my daughter could use a big letter "C" for her room now - love this!

Oh, just now read the comments. Guess I better add that we'll be carrying the entire scrapbook collection at our new online store set to launch in about a week. Much of it is also available online at twopeas.

xo--Heather

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Love it - another brilliant idea!! After being inspired by your notebooks, I was delighted to find some Mod Podge at my local art/craft shop (I didn't think I would be able to get it in Australia!)I think I could easily become addicted to decoupage!

Andrea said...

What a coincidence! I was just at the craft store and bought a large R to scrap/mod podge for our living room. I've done decoupage before, but never actually used mod podge before. I'm looking forward to it.

muralimanohar said...

How much do I LOOOOVE that stitching!!! It totally makes it...brings it another level above! The flower is nice, too, but the stitching is uncommon, for that kind of paper work. :p

April said...

beautiful.....

Amy said...

Um, technically that's piecing, not quilting, unless you were putting some kind of backing (and perhaps "batting") on there too. Maybe "patchwork" would describe it?

Sorry, Mom's a professional quilter and as much as I resisted, I learned a lot!

I remember her backing her applique projects with old school papers to stiffen the structure (I think that was the purpose). I liked to help her peel off the paper shapes when she was done. I also was paid a nickel per item to run a string on a safety pin through the casing! Ah, how many years of my early life did I spend at craft shows...

Krista said...

YES, I LOVE that paper too!! I've got some of it for Briley's baby album I'm currently working on! I LOVE the way your G turned out! Hope y'all are having a GREAT week! It's getting HOT here!! =)

www.adorn-jewelry.blogspot.com said...

oh this is so cute! love the patterns. i also love those flip flops you got. too cute!

Mindy said...

That is too darn cute! Love that you sewed the paper together first -- I would have never thought of it because it seems to make it easier in the long run -- I must always do things the hard way! I love that paper too!

Netta said...

"Quilting" paper... such a fun idea! Thanks for sharing it! and...
Long Live Mod Podge!

celesteb said...

You are an amazingly crafty gal!! I love stoping by to get inspiration. I must say that I am an idea stealer!!

I am officially addicted to your blog!