Yeah.  My head is filled with stuff. And fluff. And stuff filled with fluff.  Fiber-filled fluff.  The fluff that is stuffed to the brim in my drop cloth design co. pillows …

… I’m so, so, so very close to opening the Etsy I can taste it …

… the very same Etsy shop that will be filled with my fiber-filled stuffed drop cloth pillow designs.

… although the taste in my mouth is bittersweet as I write this.

Because I spent the last half hour adding a shop header and profile and listing my first item for sale …

… and then …

*poof *

… my hard work vanished.

Does anyone have Al Gore’s number or email address?  I mean, he did invent the Internet after all, right?

Perhaps he could tell me where to go to recover my Etsy shop header and listing?

* sigh *

So instead of giving you the link to the Etsy, I’ll give you a tutorial on how I made the very first product that will be featured at the Etsy.

But first I’ll invite you to share your favorite pillow talk at my pillow fight pillowpalooza link party next week …

The party is co-hosted by some of my bloggy buds: Thistlewood Farms and The Cottage Market

… because, like the Pom pillow I’ll be offering on Etsy, Kari and Andrea and I cheer each other on.

Now this party is open to all bloggers.  But I’m also opening this party up to Etsy shops.  Etsy shops that stock pillows, that is.  And if you’re and Etsy shop without a blog and have never done the link party thing, click here for a tutorial on how to link up …

I started with my thrifty pillow form to determine the length and width of fabric needed and snipped …

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… ripped …

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… pinned …

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… and stitched …

b pillow how to sew (550x413)
…then pinned and stitched again.

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Then I transferred the monogrammed letter (see how I made mirror image text using Microsoft Word here) …

b pillow mirror image (550x413)
I followed the package instructions and ironed on …

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… under the supervision of Ernie the Beagle …

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… he’s not looking too pleased with me …

[A side note:  I used iron-on transfer paper made for laser printers on my inkjet printer.  It was a mistake I made months ago … but I much prefer the end result.  The transfer comes out grainy … which I like … and doesn’t leave behind that annoying film outline … which I like even more.]

The finishing touch:  hand sewed on the rosettes I made here

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One “b” down.  One “a” to make …

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b pillow how to final 2 (550x413)
b pillow done (550x413)

Oh, and that particular “b” pillow now lives in Montana …

P.S. My Etsy is now up.  Click here to find out more and enter a giveaway to win your very own customized monogrammed pillow …

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  1. says

    Oh geesh….I have a pillow obsession. I’ve made almost 20 in the past 6 mo that I’ve been blogging. This will be really great….but I will have to have some self control while looking at all the awesome pillow ideas!

  2. says

    Linda, Thanks for sharing your tutorial on how to make such a fabulous pillow! Your niece is one lucky girl. :-) I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Please stop by when you get a moment to check it out. I hope you have a great night!

  3. says

    Aren’t pillows the greatest?!! And drop cloth pillows even more so!!! In fact I am waiting to for the laundry to finish so I can work on my next pillow cover. And isn’t Karianne just the sweetest thing ever!! I am so glad that I found both of you!! And I know I’ve not said it before but THANK YOU so very much for being one of my VERY first Linky Followers!!


  4. says


    Can you believe I just made my FIRST pillow last Friday? I totally want to do the transfer paper stuff. Seems much easier than some of the other ways to get lettering on fabric. I’m all about the easy button 😉

    I just gave you a like on facebook 😉

    Have a great Wednesday!


    Jessica @ The Junk Nest

  5. says

    If that is not the cutest pillow ever!!! Your shop will be so awesome. Would you mind sharing this inspirational post at our WIW linky party? Hope to see you there!


  6. says

    Ohhhh noooo you get that darn etsy shop all figured out, because I CAN’T wait to check out what you are going to be selling!!! I will start saving my pennies! Thank you for the great tutorial too! I am pinning!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  7. says

    *swoon* I am in love with your fun and fabulous pillows! I especially love the tip on the laser/ink jet transfer paper…happy accidents are the best and I like the faded look too!

    I love your blog!

    I am always up for a good party & love the invite!!!
    …now of I can just figure out this new linky to my etsy shop!


  8. says

    Glad to soon be seeing the official Etsy shop become reality! The pillows are amazing – you’re sure to be a success!

    And looks like Ernie is nice free labor too – definitely add him to your cheering section!

  9. says

    CONGRATS to being so close to the shop opening. I absolutely love those rosettes, and a “b” anything would work really well in my space…just sayin’. 😉
    I’ve got your button in my sidebar, and shared your link on facebook. Cheerleaders of all shapes and sizes are supporting your every endeavor. :)
    And I think you should make Ernie CEO.

  10. says

    I love that pillow!! And what a pinning job! You look very meticulous. :) I can’t wait until pillowpalooza! I really enjoy theme linky parties. So glad you girls are doing one. Now I’ve got to get busy stitching something up!


  11. says

    This is gorgeous! I have never made a pillow before, but you’ve inspired me. I’m going to give it a try and join your Pillowpalooza. Thank you for sharing this and for inspiring me to get reacquainted with my sewing machine!

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