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I’m slowly making over my eat-in kitchen to have a colorful farmhouse look and this sweet floral farmhouse cow pillow is going to fit right in!
When we moved to Tennessee, I knew that I wanted the kitchen (the whole house, really) to have more of a farmhouse look. Not because it’s super trendy right now – though that does make it easier haha – but because it’s always been my dream house style. I have some exciting changes to show you in the next couple months but today we’re starting smaller with this cute floral cow pillow!
I have fallen in love with the oversized floral cow artwork that I’ve been seeing at all the barn sales out here, but it’s usually pretty large, and pretty pricey. I decided to make my own and I used Mod Podge Photo Transfer and some pretty floral watercolor fabric to do it!
I’m just dying over her cute little face! I really need a baby cow. Or a miniature cow so it stays tiny forever. If anyone is still needing Christmas ideas for me, I’d like a baby cow please. :)
Ok so onto the tutorial!
How to make a Sweet Floral Farmhouse Cow Pillow
- Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium
- Brush or even better, the Mod Podge squeegee and brayer
- White background fabric
- Blue fabric – 1/2 yard
- Watercolor floral fabric
- Red Plaid Fabric – 1/4 yard
- Fusible Webbing
- wax or freezer paper
- Photo for transfering – My cow photo came from this cute Etsy Shop
Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium Steps
- IMPORTANT: This is not a super quick craft. The transfer alone takes 24 hours to do so make sure you allow enough time.
- IMPORTANT THING #2: You must use a photo copy or laser printed image for this – you can’t print something out on your inkjet. The image won’t transfer correctly. So pop into your local copy or mailing store and make a couple copies of your photograph first.
- IMPORTANT THING #3: When you go to create your image, keep in mind that the image will transfer reversed. So if you have lettering you’ll need to print out a reversed version of the image first.
Ok so now we’ve got all the big things out of the way – let’s start crafting! For this image, I cut a piece of white fabric larger than my photograph so I’d have plenty of space to work with. I did this so I’d be able to trim the edges after the image transferred. If you’re working with fabric this is the easiest way to get nice clean edges on your transfer.
Lay down a sheet of wax or freezer paper on your work surface – things are going to get messy! Apply the photo transfer medium in an EVEN coat across the photograph. Make sure you’ve covered all the way to the edges and you don’t have big globs of transfer medium. It’s thicker than Mod Podge and you want a good coverage, so you can’t see the photograph underneath.
Carefully pick up the image (without rubbing off the transfer medium on the edges) and flip the design so it’s face down on your fabric. Begin in the center of the photo and smooth the paper onto the fabric. Make sure you get out all air bubbles – it will affect the transfer if you don’t. Also, if you’re not trimming your fabric you’ll need to remove all the transfer medium that squeezes out along the edges. Once it’s dry, you can’t remove that.
Now we get to wait 24 hours.
I recommend going to the movies and maybe making a cheesecake during the wait. That’s entirely optional though and will in no way effect the outcome of your project. :)
Now it’s time for the reveal! Lightly dampen your image. I used a sponge and it worked great. Let the water soak in a little bit, then begin rubbing the paper off your image. You’ll start to see the photo reveal itself!
Fun right? Keep rubbing lightly until all the paper looks like it’s off. It’s not, but it will look that way. Let the project dry a bit and you’ll start to see a cloudy whiteness that is more paper show up.
Keep rubbing and removing paper until the image is completely clear after drying. As you get closer to the end, you’ll need to be more gentle or you’ll rub the image off a bit. You can see I did that a little on the ears of this image.
Now onto the pillow portion of the event! Trim the cow photograph just inside the photo transfer edges.
Cut out a piece of fusible webbing the size of the photo transfer and iron to the back of the image. Do this with the image face down on your ironing board. You don’t want to iron onto your transfer image.
Cut out fabric for the pillow – to make this size you’ll need a 12″ x 16″ piece for the front and two pieces for the back – one is 12″ x 12″ and one is 12″ x 8″. Remove the paper backing and fuse the cow to the front piece of fabric. Stitch carefully around the edge of the design. I recommend putting some tape under your presser foot like you wood with a leather or vinyl.
Cut out some florals from a fabric you love and iron them around the cow using fusible webbing. To iron these on, place them around the fabric and use a pressing cloth to press them in place.
If you’re planning on washing your pillow, I would stitch around the flowers. I’m just doing spot cleaning on mine so I didn’t sew around them.
Finish the pillow any way you’d like – I did an envelope back and a flange edging. I’ll be doing a tutorial on that just after the holidays – it’s a fun trim for pillows!
Pop in your pillow form and you now have a sweet floral farmhouse cow pillow!
You can check out more fabulous Mod Podge Photo Transfer project from the other Plaid Creators at the links below!