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DIY Outdoor Monogrammed Drop Cloth Pillow Project

I am in the process of doing a mini make over on my back patio. I am planning to spending a lot more time out there doing hand embroidery - I have a few unfinished projects that I would like to complete.  I wanted to add some pillows to my patio chairs  - the plan is the more comfortable I am, the more I will get done:) [caption id="attachment_1152" align="aligncenter" width="401" caption="Outdoor canvass drop cloth pillow"]Monogrammed pillow[/caption]

 The Pillow Process

Out door pillows are relatively inexpensive - you can pick them up at any big box store for between $13 and $20.00. However, if you prefer not to have the same pillows as your neighbors, then you can easily whip one up. [caption id="attachment_1162" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Monogrammed 'm' Pillow"][/caption]

I had some pieces of canvas drop cloth left over from another project (I'll tell you about that in another post). I decided to use them for my outdoor pillow project.

  • First I cut the drop cloth into 18 inch squares
  • I selected a font on my computer and printed it on 11 by 17 paper.
  • I used carbon paper to transfer the monogram to the fabric - I happen to have a large supply of carbon paper - I got them from an office that was going out of business.  You can pick them up at any office supply or craft store. They are sometimes called transfer paper.
  • I used color craft markers to outline the letters and then filled in the outlines with a contrasting  fabric paint.
  • To make the fabric water proof, I used Thermoweb Heat'n Bond Iron-On Vinyl. Follow the manufacturers instructions and apply the vinyl to the drop cloth.
  • Construct your pillow.
I like the look of lower case font - I think they look casual yet sophisticated. [caption id="attachment_1165" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Century Gothic Font"][/caption] I like bold colors and choosing a large font - (I used 1200 font size) - made the monogram pop. [caption id="attachment_1166" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="'w' Monogrammed Pillow"][/caption] Notice the rose on the left side of the 'w'? There was a flaw in the drop cloth - a silk ribbon carnation covered that right up. I was going to add flowers to the other pillows but I decided the single rose was more interesting. xoxo Al

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