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Room decor for cheap
I'm not generally a fan of decor involving words... esp. when they're mass-produced and say something cheesy and generic like "inspire" or "dream" or whatever. But when I saw this www.cb2.com/family.aspx?c=587&f=6584, I fell in love! Positive, but open to interpretation. However, with a $150 price tag I decided to make them myself, but in plush form, costing a total of about $20!

Posted by Gorey DeTails from Portland, Oregon, United States • Published See Gorey DeTails's 15 projects »
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  • How to make a shaped cushion. Plushy Alphabet - Step 1
    Step 1

    Make your templates. Newspaper is great to use... but I used old paper bags. I wanted these to be about 22" tall and about 3" wide. Draw it out using a ruler & cut.

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Plushy Alphabet - Step 2
    Step 2

    To get nice, uniform rounded corners for the S, I used a candle holder. for the smaller corners on the inside curve, I used the candle.

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Plushy Alphabet - Step 3
    Step 3

    I didn't leave a seam allowance on my template - that comes next.

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Plushy Alphabet - Step 4
    Step 4

    trace the shapes onto your fabric. I moved the template over about a centimeter to give a nice seam allowance, but on the other letters, I just eyeballed it. It doesn't need to be perfect. Make sure to cut two of each, with the sides you want to show facing each other.
    It may help you to mark your seam line on the opposite side.

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Plushy Alphabet - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut! Making sure to leave that seam allowance.
    Note: I used Minky fabric (also known as cuddle) and boy does it shed! Someone told me that once your pieces are cut out, if you throw them into the dryer for ten minutes, it pulls off all the fuzz and it won't shed anymore... however, if you cut again, the shedding will start back up. Since we have coin-op laundry, I didn't do this at first and my house looked like it snowed neon. Everything was covered in acid snow! I highly recommend the dryer treatment.

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Plushy Alphabet - Step 6
    Step 6

    You could just sew the pieces together at this point, but I wanted a little more depth. I cut my scraps into three inch strips (and sewed them end-to-end) for the sides. Its an extra step, but I think it adds so much.

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Plushy Alphabet - Step 7
    Step 7

    Stitch together! I didn't pin the Y or the E together first because there weren't any curves to worry about. Although, after the front was stitched to the side piece, I marked all the corners on the side to match the front. I learned this the hard way - my Y came out really crooked the first time!

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Plushy Alphabet - Step 8
    Step 8

    Stitching the S together was not the most fun ever, but definitely doable.

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Plushy Alphabet - Step 9
    Step 9

    Make sure to leave a space unstitched to turn your piece right side out, and to stuff it.

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Plushy Alphabet - Step 10
    Step 10

    stitch it up once you're stuffed, and voila! You're done!!

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Gorey DeTails
Gorey DeTails · Portland, Oregon, US · 16 projects
Its called minky... its this wonderful fuzzy knit thats great for baby blankets & pillows and such and sometimes you can find it on mega-clearance. I lucked out and found this in the remnants section, so unfortunately I don't have anything left, sorry!! but its wonderful to work with!
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MyPinkRainbow
MyPinkRainbow · North Olmsted, Ohio, US
these are so so very cute, is that velvet fabric you used ? do you have any left , would you care to do a little swap for some goodies?? i am in clevleand ohio
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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects
awesome job you've made, love it, great tute as welll!!!! and thanks for the sharing;=D
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