Crafting Ideas

How to Make Photo Pillows

How to Make Photo Pillows for gifts and friends

One of my favorite teaching projects is to make photo pillows for friends and family.  My 4 year old grandson said “I’m so proud of Grandma for Making this Pillow”  Photo Pillows are a great way to share memories of fun times.

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Photo Fabric

Photo Paper Printing

It’s As Easy As 1.2.3
Print, Peel and Sew Photo Pillows
Follow the directions on the package for printing and then you are ready to sew!

1.Frame your photo with any 1/8” or 3/16” decorative cording with lip.

A. Sewing Welt Cord on fabric photo









2. Tips for sewing square corners with lip cord: While your needle is in the down position fabric cut into the lip along side of the zipper fo

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3. While the needle is in the down position, pivot fabric to sew around corner and continue sewing the cording to the next corner and repeat on the remaining corners to frame the photo

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4. Press the cording towards the back of the photo.
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5. Place the photo on the center of the pillow fabric. Measure all 4 edges to insure it is placed in the center.
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6. Pin the photo in place. Attach the photo by stitching in the ditch. (Stitch between the edge of the photo and the decorative inside edge of the trim cording).

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Viola’! Your photo is stitched to the pillow front!

N Finished Photo Pillow
Purchase the Photo Paper online at and receive free printed instructions.

Download Instructions

Pillow Template Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to our Pillow Template Giveaway Winners

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1. Danette Swenson, MO & Debbie Hart. FL

Both winners will enjoy our Mini Tapered Corner Pillow Template, 12×18 Rotary Cutting Mat and Olfa Rotary Cutter.  Can’t wait to see the new pillows their going to make with these great tools.

Over 500 Entered the Pillow Giveaway and everyone will receive a 15% discount on:

1. Mini Tapered Corner Template
2. Large Tapered Corner Template
3.  12″ x 18″ Rotary Cutting Mega Mat

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You can use scissors or a cutting mat and rotary cutter are much faster, either works to prevent the Dog Ear Corners on pillows.

How to Use Jute Webbing

Have you often wondered how to use Jute Webbing?

Jute webbing is available in many beautiful colors for year around crating projects.  It comes in the basic black, holiday green, luscious blue/purple and bight and cherry red/orange.  So the question is how to use jute webbing?

Jute Webbing DIY Craft Projects

1. Decorating candles by wrapping the jute webbing around the candle and using Craft and Hobby Tape to secure the webbing.  Next add the upholstery tacks or vintage jewelry for the finishing touch.  Enjoy a few of my favorite ideas below.  A cute little shop called Vignette Designs, Opulent Cottage & Organized Clutter

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Jute Table Table Linens

How about weaving a  table runner with jute webbing?  To keep it in place I use Craft and Hobby tape but you can sew the jute webbing or even us a hot glue gun.  To pop the colors why not weave two colors of jute webbing, orange & black for Halloween, red & green for Christmas, blue for Hanuka.  The jute webbing creates a ambiance from rustic to French Country to Shabby Chic.

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Download Table Runner Project by Tara Dennis

Download Table Runner or Hall Runner from Martha Steward Living

Other Craft Project

Our friends at Jodees Inc, shared a great Tote made with Craft & Hobby Tape and Burlap Jute webbing.   Craft & Hobby tape is a double sided adhesive tape that will bond to most any texture.  It can be used with fabric, paper, bricks, metal, etc.  When you apply it to the application it takes 24 hours to cure and the your project is permanent as well as machine washable. ( Check fabric for washing instructions).  I love using the craft and hobby tape for trims, small detailed projects and it even sticks to candles.  Below is a video by Debi’s Design for a Jute Webbing Tote Bag.

We offer the finest craft and upholstery jute webbing  in several colors and widths.  It is sold in small 4 yard packages as well as 12 yard and 72 yard full rolls.  It comes in Red/Orange, Blue Purple, Green, Black and Natural. We ship your orders 1-2 days by priority mail.  Starts at $3.99 4 yard package.  Order Today!

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How to Use Fast Set Metal Grommets

Have you tried Fast-Set Metal Grommets?

Fast-Set Metal Grommets also known as EZ-Set Grommets are perfect for draperies, curtains, shower curtains, purses, handbags and totes.    The are so easy to use and stay in place no matter how much you tug and pull on the totes.

Many crafter’s and purse experts are using the metal grommets because the keep on holding! much better than Dritz plastic grommets that you find in hobby stores.  The Fast-Set Metal Grommets were designed for professional drapery workrooms to use when fabricating clients draperies, with out the expensive cost of buying a large grommet setter and dies for the setter.

Grommet Ideas for Handbags, Purses and Beach Totes

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How about a few Fun Grommet Pillows?

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The greatest thing about Fast Set Metal Grommets is that the grommet is set and crimp together to is stays in place.  The Fast Set Metal Grommets are available in round, square and 6 colors – Matte Nickel, Polished Silver, Frost Silver, Antique Brass, Antique Copper & Black

Using a hand Grommet Setter is required with the Fast-Set Grommets.  Fast Set Grommet Setter for # 12 Grommets

Self-aligning grommet setter for use with #12 EZ-Set round and square grommets only.
Use with carpenter’s hammer or rubber mallet to quickly and easily set grommets into drapery panels, curtains, pillows, purses, & totes.

Below you will view the step by step photos of setting your Fast Set Metal Grommets with the self-aligning grommet setter


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