DIY moose silhouette pillow

diy moose silhouette pillow

i saw this pillow at target and loved it, but wanted to make my own version!  i was already incorporating this plaid fabric into our christmas decor, so i decided to use some for a simple pillow.  i had also been saving up some high quality felt for a couple years for just the right project.  its a sickness i know. #fabrichoarder

diy moose silhouette pillow

i copied my inspiration pillow as much as possible, but also used a simple google search for “moose silhouette images” for reference.

diy moose silhouette pillow

i sketched on parchment paper since it was the closest thing to tracing paper that i had.

diy moose silhouette pillow

i put the moose silhouette over the felt, and pinned it all over.

diy moose silhouette pillow

i used really sharp scissors to get it cut out, and tiny ones for the tight spaces.

diy moose silhouette pillow

i was using an 18″ x 18″ pillow form, so i cut the plaid fabric to 18 1/2″ x 18 1/2″, and stitched the silhouette to the plaid.  i had to stitch really closely to the edge, and also walk the needle slowly around the tight corners.

diy moose silhouette pillow

i was so excited to get this pillow made that i forgot to take any pictures!  here’s a great tutorial for making a zippered pillow.

diy moose silhouette pillow

and now this little guy lives on our couch!

the pleated poppy_moose pillow tutorial

i’ve made a little pdf for you if you’d like to try this on your own.  my moose is a little bigger than the pdf, so you may want to enlarge it a bit.

click here for the pdf.

enjoy!

 

 

luxe lodge christmas wreath

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like i said yesterday, i believe the wreath on a door is like the invitation to a party:  it gives the visitor a taste of what to expect inside!

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this was my first attempt at a wreath. blah.

i bought a styrofoam wreath and wrapped strips of fabric left over from my moose pillow, hot gluing the ends down on the back side.  then i borrowed some of the all white pom poms the kids have been making and tied them onto the wreath.  i really wanted something glitzy so i added little bits of tinsel and sparkly acorns.

 i knew something was wrong about it, but i just couldn’t figure out what it was.  so i put it out to my friends on instagram and Facebook.  well… turns out i have many opinionated friends – 137 of them to be exact!  i got so much input and great ideas!  most common critiques: fatten the wreath, add green, no acorns, spread out the pom poms, ditch the tinsel.

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so i did just that!  i took an old plain pine wreath i already had, spread all the branches until the wire form was exposed beneath it, and smashed the plaid wreath on top of it.  i used thick black wire to attach the styrofoam wreath to the pine one, using long pieces of the wire twisted tight in the back.  i tried to “hide” the black wire where the black plaid parts were.  another option would’ve been to use fishing line to be more hidden.

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now that the wreath was thicker, the pom poms made more sense, so i just spread them out a bit, and added a sparkly snowflake in the mix.

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to add a woodsy element, i tucked a branch under the plaid wreath.  and because i’m loving gold and glitter spray paint, i added a little sparkle to the tips of all the branches!

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and here it is!  isn’t she pretty?