I have been wanting to stencil a fleur-de-lis for awhile. After I did my latest chair, I thought this would be a great addition. When my old laptop fizzled on me last month, I got a new one. The new computer runs Windows 7. Apparently the new computer is a snob and won’t communicate with my very old but lovable printer. I was unable to print the fleur-de-lis, so I used this trick I saw on a blog. I’m so sorry, I read hundreds of posts each week, I’m not positive where I saw it. I believe it may have been Candace @ crafty sisters. If it was/wasn’t please let me know in the comments, k?
Since I was not able to print this, I simply laid my cardstock on the computer monitor and carefully traced the outline.
A lot of crafters use an exacto knife to cut their stencils. I was a pre-k teacher for 19 years, which means I spent hours and hours cutting things out. I poked a hole in the paper and then used scissors to cut on the lines. It’s a lot like using a drill to drill a hole and then a jigsaw to cut your pattern.
I used this Elmer’s craft bond to create a temporary bond. If you spray and immediately place your piece, it becomes permanent. If you spray, then wait a few minutes before applying your piece/stencil, it is a temporary bond. Cool, huh?
I attached the stencil to a piece of my freebie drop cloth. I dabbed my paint brush up and down to fill my stencil. I removed the stencil while the paint was still wet. I used regular craft paint because I don’t plan on washing this pillow.
I let the paint dry overnight.
I had a pre-formed pillow shape, but I have never made a pillow with one of those, and I couldn’t figure out how to do it. (and have it snug)
I took the easy way out, sewing 3 sides and most of the 4th side leaving enough space open to fill it with polyfil. The polyfil was given to me by a friend (thanks Sherry)
Here it sits in its new home, my newly covered chair. I don’t know why I have such a fondness to the fleur-de-lis. I was fortunate enough to go to France years ago with Jamie on a school trip, and the fleur-de-lis is also our city’s symbol.
I’m still working on the media center base. I have it mostly done. It needs one more coat of paint and I still need to attach the doors. Let me tell you, this mdf is heavy stuff! I am so glad I built it 3 feet from where it will spend a very happy life. Hopefully I will have pictures to show you early next week. I have not decided what pieces I willl add to it yet. I want to get it in place and test drive it! 🙂 I’ve had the armoire for so long, it’s hard to imagine what the space will look like after it is opened up.