Gold Foil Word Pillow - Pillow Instructions

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If you read my blog at all, then you know how much I love throw pillows.  I have shared tutorials before but I put a different spin on this one.  I will be walking you through the process, once again.  I will also direct you (in detail) on how to add GOLD FOIL to the pillow.  This is such a fun project and it's really fast.  I made two of these pillows in less than 2 hours and that includes taking photos for the tutorial. 

For this project, I used synthetic down pillow inserts from Pillow Cubes.  
These pillows measure 17" x 13".  

Our first step, is to cut the fabric.  
The FORMULA (below) is the easiest way to figure out your cutting measurements...

(Height of pillow) + (1/2 inch)
(Width of pillow) x2 + (7 inches)

My pillow measures 17”(h) x 13”(w)

In order to sew a covering for a pillow that measures 17" x 13"
this is how you'll calculate using the above formula...
(17") + (1/2 inch) = 17 1/2 inches
(13")x2 = 26 + 7 inches = 33 inches

Cut fabric to measure 17 1/2 inches x 33 inches

Then... you turn under the short edges 1/4" and sew
then turn under again 1/4" and sew again.  
Do this on both short ends.

Next step, with right sides facing each other, 
fold fabic to the size of the pillow 
with an overlap (that will be about 6 inches)
Then pin the outer edges and sew, as shown in diagram…

 Now, turn the pillowcase back to "right-side" out.  Push out the corners with a blunt edge
(like a ruler or scissor handle)
and place the covering on your pillow.
This is what the back opening looks like…

And that's how you make an envelope pillow cover.

Now, let's move on to the GOLD FOIL portion of the tutorial HERE.

***Disclosure:  I was compensated with 2 free sample size pillows for this project by Pillow Cubes.  The opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not swayed by these free products.
You can read more about my Disclosure policy here.***

I'm so happy to have discovered Pillow Cubes. They have many different types and sizes of pillows. Their shipping was very fast and the prices are GREAT.  If you have shopped for high quality, down pillows, you know they can be very pricey.  I am happy to have found a new supplier.  So, check them out.  You won't be disappointed!  Here's the link to their website...
Pillow Cubes 

Here's a link to my previous pillow posts and tutorials too...

Mix, Don't Match Your Pillows
Burlap Holiday Pillows
Hello Beautiful
DIY Beach Pillows
DIY Slip Pillow Tutorial

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Gold Iron On Vinyl Tutorial

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Gold Iron-On Vinyl using Silhouette Cameo

I have been wanting to try out this gold iron-on vinyl for months but to be honest, I was a little intimidated.  In the past, I have had my fair share of "iron-on" FAILURES, using my ink jet printer and t-shirts.  Still, I decided to give it a try.  I was so surprised that I didn't have any mishaps or hiccups along the way.  The foil worked perfectly and the pillow looks like it was professionally made.  This was such a fun project and it was very quick!  I made two pillows in a couple of hours and that includes all the design work, sewing and photographs.  Here's the other pillow I made...

I'm going to walk you through every step of this DIY project.  

The ENVELOPE PILLOW sewing tutorial can be found here.  
This DIY post only includes the gold iron-on portion of the project.

Affiliate - Read my Disclosure HERE.

First of all, I bought my gold iron-on from Happy Crafters.
They have many great products that I love using with my Silhouette Cameo.

Let's get started on the tutorial.
Start by opening a "new file" in Silhouette Software.  
I set my design page settings to 12 x 12 inches.

Go to 'library' and choose your design.. I used the 'echo park arrows' from the Silhouette store.

Choose 'object' tab and select 'ungroup'. 
Delete unwanted arrows.

Select "arrow"

Click 'object' tab and then click 'rotate', rotate 90 degrees clockwise.

Next, add text.
I used the font "dazzling diva" for the word HELLO.

I used the font "Aaargh" for BEAUTIFUL. 

From the 'Object' tab, I grouped all the text and arrow.
Then, I adjusted the size of the graphics to fill the screen.

 Now, it's time to flip the image.  
Go to 'object' tab, choose 'mirror' and then 'flip horizontally'.

Now open 'cut settings'

Choose 'Heat Transfer Material - Smooth'
Adjust your silhouette blade to a "3".

Send to Silhouette Machine.

Attach your foil to the Silhouette Cutting Mat.  Attach it gold side DOWN. 
Sorry, I don't have a photo of this step.

Choose "Cut" on your Silhouette Machine and Software.

After the machine has finished cutting the gold foil, remove the foil from your silhouette cutting mat. Now begin peeling away the "negative space" around your design, leaving only the part that you want to be ironed onto your pillow.

See (below) the clear sticky backing that is left behind with the design?

Mark the center of your fabric, as shown below, then remove the pillow insert.

Now place your design on the fabric.  
The design will adhere but it's not too sticky so you can move it around.

Place a towel on a hard surface and set your iron to HIGHEST HEAT with NO STEAM.

Press down with iron on the design for 30 seconds.  I moved the iron around so I didn't singe the white fabric.

Turn the fabric over and press the back side with your iron again for 30 seconds.

Remove iron and allow the design to cool completely.

Now, peel the design slowly.  

This is what it looks like after you have peeled away the transfer. (below)

Ta-da!  It's beautiful, right?

You can find the sewing tutorial for the envelope pillow cover HERE.

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Your security alarm goes off in the middle of the night... do you have a plan?

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I want to tell you a true story that happened to my family a couple of years ago when my kids were 9 and 11 years old.  My husband was out of town.  I was getting sleepy on the living room sofa so I went through my normal nightly routine, going room to room, turning off lights, checking all the locks on doors and finally, arming my security system.  Near the kitchen, my dog was asleep in her crate and my kids were in bed upstairs. I fell into bed and was asleep within minutes.  A short time later, I was startled awake by first, my dog barking and then, the sound of my alarm system, WAILING loudly.  I had a plan for this!  My husband and I had discussed what to do in this very situation. I jumped up, dialed 9-1-1 on my cellphone, and ran to my bedroom door and locked it.  I then went to the bedroom closet and unlocked the gun safe, loaded the ammunition quickly and headed back out to my bedroom where I stood holding the gun aimed at my bedroom door.  I was talking on two phones.  First, on my cell phone, was the 9-1-1 dispatcher and second, on my landline, talking to the alarm company (which had called me and the police).  Before hanging up with the alarm company, they informed me (and the police) that the security breach was at my back kitchen door.  The dispatcher told me to continue to hold my gun on my locked bedroom door and stay on the line with her until the policeman arrived.  Suddenly the alarm stopped wailing.  Someone had shut it off.  I heard a little voice at my door, "Mommy?"  I opened the door to find both of my girls, looking confused and a little afraid (after all, Mommy had a gun in her hand.)  They had the dog in their arms and they informed me that something was wrong with the alarm so they had come downstairs and turned it off!  I immediately pulled them into my room, closed and relocked the door, said prayers of thanks that they were safe and continued to hold my gun on the door.  I asked them to lock themselves in my bathroom but they wouldn't leave me.  They huddled under the covers on my bed, now crying and shaking. The dispatcher informed me that the police officer had just arrived at my house and that he was standing in my kitchen.  He had come through the back door that the burglar had left open.  I was told to secure my gun in my gun safe and meet him in the kitchen.  That night, everyone in my home was safe and this story had a happy ending.  The police assumed that our alarm scared away the intruder. The police searched my entire house, looking under beds and in closets.  They even searched the attic, assuring me that no one was still in our house.  My kids slept in my bed the rest of that night.  I don't think I slept at all.  I sat listening for sounds and trying to calm my fear.  The thing that startled and terrified me more than anything was my kids coming downstairs. What if that person had still been in my house?  What if he had shot my kids?  We had a plan for our gun and for our alarm but we had completely missed filling the kids in on "the plan" and what their role was!  The following day, after my husband returned home, we sat down with the kids and we made a plan.  If the alarm ever went off again, they should get up, lock their bedroom door, go into their closet and stay there hiding with the door closed until they heard one of our voices outside of the door telling them it was safe to come out.  They sat with BIG EYES, nodding their little heads and my oldest said that was a good plan for anytime they heard anything suspicious in the house... they would just hide in their closets.  The following Monday, my husband was leaving for work at 7am.  He found me in the back yard, pulling some weeds and watering plants.  He gave me a goodbye kiss and headed out for work.  About 30 minutes later, I decided to head back inside only to realize that he had accidentally locked the door behind him.  Let me paint a picture for you - I was in my sleep t-shirt and sleep shorts, bed head, no bra and I started banging on my back door.  After all, my kids were upstairs in their bedrooms, surely they could come down and let me in!  No one answered.  I went around the house to all the doors and windows, I BANGED AND BANGED AND BANGED.  No answer.  I finally had to walk to a neighbors house... barefoot, braless in shorty night shorts and ask to use her phone.  Steve had to drive all the way back from his office to let me in (he worked 30 minutes away).  When we got in the house, we frantically ran up to check on the girls and found them hiding in their closets.  They thought a crazy, lunatic had been banging on the door and they were only following protocol!

So, why am I telling you this story?  

Did you know that June is National Safety Month?
I thought I'd write a little something about how you can make your home safer.  The lesson I learned from the very true story that you just read, was the importance of having a plan for all emergency situations! A plan will keep you safe and could save lives.  June is a good time to review safety information and rules.  We need to educate ourselves and our families about these important topics.

I have noticed that while there is a lot of online information about safety for children, babies and the elderly, there's really not much about safety for teens.  I have two teenage daughters now so my perspective on safety has changed.  I used to worry and fret over them sticking a metal object into an electrical outlet or falling out of their highchair.  Things are definitely different now.  I still worry just as much but I worry about different things.  With age, comes independence and it's important to teach our teens about safety in those new realms.  So, I decided to give you some helpful safety information and guidelines for teenagers.  I hope it keep you and your family safe from injury this summer and throughout the year.  

Here are some safety guidelines for teens...

Heat Stroke 
  • When it's really hot outside, wear loose fitting, lightweight clothing.
  • Wear sunscreen.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Never leave anyone in a parked car (temperature in car can raise 20 degrees in just 10 minutes)
  • Take it easy during the hottest part of the day
  • Get acclimated to heat before participating in a strenuous activity
  • Be aware of certain medications that increase risk of heat stroke.

Fire Safety
  • Never leave a candle burning, unattended.
  • Cooking is fun but you should always turn handles away from edge of stove and have a fire extinguisher nearby.  Know how to put out a grease fire.
  • Have a fire escape plan.  Make your entire family participate in a practice fire drill.  If you really want to humiliate them, do it at night, after they are in their pjs.  Teens love standing in the front yard in their pjs!  haha
  • Have a collapsible fire ladder in every upstairs room.  Keep the ladder stored near a window.

Swim Rules
  • Never swim alone.
  • Never swim near drains or suction outlets.
  • Learn CPR

Bike Safety
  • Wear a helmet!
  • Always make eye contact with driver before crossing street in front of a car
  • Ride with direction of traffic, not against.
  • Know and use proper hand signals
  • Wear retro reflective materials at dawn, dusk or evening.

  • Never take someone else's prescription drug.
  • Be aware that "huffing" or inhaling certain household items can be fatal.  This is a form of drug abuse.

Here are some safety guidelines for parents of teens...

Gun Safety
  • Half of all unintentional shootings are committed by children and teenagers.
  • Keep kids from accessing firearms by storing ammunition and firearms separately, keeping guns unloaded and locked away, and ensuring that both are safely out of reach.
Phone Numbers
  • Visibly display a list of important phone numbers ... Fire, Police, Poison Control, Mom/Dad's Cell Phone Numbers and Neighbor's Phone Number
Hot Water Heaters
  • Set to 120 degrees

Carbon Monoxide
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms on every level of home.  They should be located near bedrooms.
  • Never leave car running with garage door closed.
  • Never use a gas grill or camping stove inside the home.
Smoke Detector Batteries
  • Change the batteries at least once a year.
Security Alarm Plan
  • Know what to do if your security system alarm sounds.
Although Asbestos isn't something you will include in your "teen safety talk", it is definitely worth taking a few moments to read about.  Make sure that you and your family are not being exposed. 

In collaboration with National Safety Month, I hope you will take a moment to read this inspiring, yet heart wrenching story about Heather Von St. James.  

Heather is a Mesothelioma survivor.  She was diagnosed in 2005, only 3 months after giving birth to her daughter, Lily.  Her cancer was caused by exposure to asbestos fibers on her dad's construction work clothes.  She underwent treatment that involved the removal of her left lung, which saved her life.  She now works to spread awareness of mesothelioma and asbestos.  Be sure that you and your family are protected.  Here are some important things to know about this deadly disease: 

    •        Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer caused only by asbestos exposure.
    •        Asbestos was widely used up through the 1970's in building materials.
    •        Asbestos is still not banned in the US and Canada.
    •        Mesothelioma affects the lining of the organs, most commonly, the lungs.

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