Making An Impression
Get ready to paint! The stamps themselves utilize simple shapes for making the impressions. But you’ll add the details—the eyes, beaks, and feet—using black fabric paint.
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You Will Need
Use the templates. Trace the designs using the soft-lead pencil, and then use the bone folder or small spoon to transfer the images onto the rubber carving blocks. You will have two bird bodies, two wings, and a tail.
On the fabric for the front of the pillow, use a different color fabric ink to stamp each bird body. Alternate directions with one bird on top of the other; two will be facing right and one facing left (or vice versa). Use the white ink to stamp the wing on each bird. Use a contrasting color of ink for each of the tails. Allow the ink to dry completely.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for heat setting the ink. Tip: When you heat set, make sure to iron the design on the reverse side of the fabric, placing a piece of scrap fabric underneath to prevent ruining your ironing board cover.
Cut the fabric for the back of the pillow as wide as the front piece and slightly longer. Cut the back fabric into two rectangles, one slightly longer than the other. Hem one of the long edges on each rectangle.
Lay the stamped front on your work surface with the impression side facing up. Lay the rectangles with right sides down on the front, and pin all the way around. The hemmed edges will overlap to create an envelope back. Sew the front to the back, and turn right side out. Stuff the pillow with the pillow insert.