Monthly Archives: February 2012

DIY: No Sew Ampersand Pillow

Lately, I’ve been enamored with the Ampersand Pillows I’ve seen, especially one at Crate and Barrel. I have a serious problem with being very picky about pillows. I might like one, but it’s not the right color, or I get one and it’s just not working,so, lo and behold I have a pillow-less couch. I don’t know how it happened, I swear I had one this thing.

Anyway, I decided to not spend the $30 to find out I hate it, and make my own. AND I LOVE IT!

Project Total: $10

What you’ll need:

1/2 a yard of fabric

Pillow (I used 16×16)

1-2 pieces of paper

Scissors or exacto knife


Liquid Stitch


Straight pins

1. Chose which ampersand you would like to use. I just googled “ampersand” and picked one.

2. Zoom in to the size you would like your ampersand to be and trace on to paper. I had to use 2 pieces of paper for this. (Also, please excuse my janky cellphone photography)

3. Cut out your ampersand to create a template. While you have the scissors out, cut your fabric to the size of your pillow.

4. Tape down your square of fabric to a sturdy surface so that it is smoothed out. Make sure you have something underneath it to protect your table, or floor, or what-have-you.

5. Place your template where you would like your ampersand to go. I placed mine in the center.

6. Using a thin paint brush, lightly trace along the outside of your template. I used medium strokes aiming to stay half on the paper and half on the fabric.

7. With a thicker paintbrush fill in your ampersand. I used two coats, but I was digging the rough look of one. Make sure to keep it even and not glob on too much.

8. Let dry.

9. When it is completely dry, take your two pieces of black fabric and sandwich your pillow insert between them. Make sure the painted side is face down. Use strait pins to mark the seams on three sides, leave the bottom seam open and give it a little slack.

10. Remove pillow and flip inside out.

11. Line your rule up to one side of  on the pins, use liquid stitch between the pieces of fabric in a straight line against the ruler, do this on all three sides.

12. Let dry for a few hours, if you are patient enough.

13. When glue is dry, insert the pillow. Tuck in the fabric for the bottom seams  and carefully glue together. You may have to hold this in place for a bit.  Let sit to dry.

I hope you enjoyed this fun little DIY! I absolutely love mine, I think it’s so graphic and really added something to my pillow-less couch.

XO Jenna

Inspired by Hugo

Last night after months of literally begging my husband, he took me to see Hugo. Now, if you know anything about me, you know I’m obsessed with  Georges Melies (If you don’t know who he is, look him up. He is inspiring).  Hugo is about an orphaned boy who lives in a train station and a cranky toy shop owner. It was magical.

Needless to say, it was amazing  and now I’m in an Oxford and tweed blazer mood.

DIY Scalloped Cardboard Letters

Okay, this is a project I learned a lot on, it was last minute and could have been better planned out, but I absolutely love that it’s a little rough around the edges.

What you’ll need:

A big piece of cardboard (I used a tri-fold poster board from target)

And exacto knife

Tissue paper


Glue stick

Step One: Draw out your letters on your big piece of cardboard, lightly. The tissue paper is pretty transparent.

Step Two: Cut out your letters.

Step Three: Cut your tissue paper into scalloped strips. (Or zigzags or fringe, whatever floats your boat.) I kept the tissue paper folded to make the cutting easier.

Step Four: Swipe glue stick across bottom most section of your letter. Apply your first strip so that no card board is showing. Trim the side, but leave a little room.

Step Five: Swipe the glue stick in a strip above that and apply another strip of tissue paper. I staggered mine when I could, it’s up to you how far apart , but the closer together the better I think it looks.

Step Six: Repeat until you have the entire letter covered.

Step Seven: Flip the letter over. Apply glue to outer edges and fold tissue paper onto it. I started from the bottom and worked my way up.

Step Eight: Congratulations! You’re done. Hang or prop up as you please!

Next time I think I’m going to try a portable version of this.

DIY Happy Birthday Banner

This Happy Birthday banner took me a full day and $2 to make. Worth it? Absolutely. (I would give yourself a few days though, cramping hands are no fun) Originally, I was going to paint the letters on, but when I realized you would be able to see them as well, I decided to cut the letters out in almost a stained glass pattern.

Here is what you need:

7 – 8 pieces of 8×11 cardstock. (I used chipboard)

An exacto knife

A pencil

Step One: Cut all of your 8×11 cards in half.

Step Two: Lightly draw your letters in pencil. I used a ruler and winged it, but you can trace a font you print out or use a stencil, the sky is the limit

Step Three: Using the exacto knife cut out triangular shapes. I kind of just winged it. I will say, my triangles started out small and calculated and got bigger and more arbitrary towards the end, when I got tired. You couldn’t tell the difference.

Step Four: Stretch your fingers.

Step Five: Finish, even if it seems daunting, you already put in  a lot of time. It’ll be worth it.

Step Six: Congrats! You made it! Hang it up, I taped mine to the window, but you can also use a hole punch and string it up with some yarn or pretty ribbons.

Step Seven: Make sure no one steals it. You worked too hard. Keep it forever.

Happy Birthday, Miss Victoria!

Yesterday was my boss, Victoria Davis’ birthday. Originally I had planned to throw her a mini celebration at my house, but when the day ended up having a lot of meetings planned, I had to regroup a bit.

It’s amazing what a bunch of balloons can to make a small space fun!

Anyway. I made everything myself, which what fun, but a horrible last-minute decision. I should have given myself a week, not two days to get everything done.  Tutorials to follow.

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