We have been having so much fun making this project in our Arts Barn classes that we decided to share it with everyone! It is the perfect project for the spring, especially with the trees in bloom.
- 10 x 10” square of white muslin and of printed fabric
- Brown and green felt or fleece (or fabric that does not fray)
- Acrylic “gems” in pink and white
- Fabric paint in pinks
- Fabric glue
- Ruler or tape measure
- Stuffing for pillow
- Sewing needle and thread (sewing machine optional)
- Brown and green embroidery floss (optional)
- Embroidery hoop (optional)
Cut the white muslin and printed fabric into 10 x 10” squares. Draw a simple approximate 4” tree trunk on the back of the brown fabric and an approximate ½” leaf or two on the green fabric, and then cut them out. If you are using an embroidery hoop to help hold the fabric smooth, center it on the white muslin.
You can either use the fabric glue to adhere the trunk and leaves in place or embroider the fabric down with the floss. Next, add the acrylic gems in a variety of sizes scattered above the tree trunk; these are the center of your flowers. Then add the fabric paint around each of the gems—five dots around each flower. Let the paint and glue dry thoroughly.
To finish it into a pillow, place the muslin face down on the printed fabric face up (faces together). Sew three sides completely
and on the fourth side, sew from the left and right, but leave a small gap in the middle. Pull the fabric through the gap, so the pillow is right-side out. Fill the pillow with stuffing and sew up the gap.
For photos and step-by-step guidance, check out our post on Facebook @ArtsontheGreen. We also have an example at the Arts Barn, so come on by!
– Jaree Donnelly
Art Education Coordinator
City of Gaithersburg Arts Barn