Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Radiant Paper Pumpkin Pillows with May Arts & Imagine Crafts

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Hi everyone, it's Audrey, here today with a fun fall-inspired project and tutorial featuring our beautiful Radiant collection and lots of fun products from our blog partners this week, May Arts and Imagine Crafts.

Although Radiant is from our summer release, and contains bright and tropical prints and colors, it is definitely not just a summer collection. The warm orange, pink, and yellow tones also work perfectly for fall.

Fall happens to be my most favorite of all the seasons, and I love to decorate my home with lots of homey seasonal touches. I think these cutie pie paper pumpkin "pillows" will add a cheery festive spirit to my home decor this month.

If you're looking for templates or patterns for creating fun home decor projects like these, Google images is a great place to look. I found this pair of pumpkin shapes from a simple Google search, and used them as the jumping off point for my paper "pillows". It's so easy to right click on a pattern to save it to your computer. Then all you have to do is print the pattern from your home printer. Better yet, you can re-size the templates in any photo editing program, giving yourself unlimited papercrafting possibilities. Can't you image these cute pumpkins in all sorts of shapes and sizes?

Once you have your basic patterns, here's what you need to do.

Trace the pattern shapes onto 12x12 patterned paper and cut out. I used patterns with multiple layers to add extra detail to my finished shapes.

To help the individual layers stand out, ink the edges with a variety of fall colored Memento inks from Imagine Crafts. I used three different colors on my pumpkins, with heavy inked lines to really definite each shape.

Adhere the pumpkin layers together, then machine stitch around the edge of each shape for a decorative touch. Don't care to sew? No problem. Simply use a strong adhesive between the layers to ensure each piece will stay in place. Once my stitching was complete, I scraped my fingernail along the edges to add a bit of extra texture.

 Now we'll create the pocket for our paper pillows. Clip the pumpkin shapes onto solid Radiant Foundation paper to hold them in place. Don't use adhesive for this part, as you'll glue the pocket shut. Then machine stitch around the edge, leaving about a 3" opening at the top of the pumpkins. Again, if you don't care to sew, apply liquid tacky glue or strong adhesive around only the outer edges of the pumpkin shapes, leaving the top open.

Cut around the pumpkins, leaving about an 1/8" of the Foundation paper showing. Lightly stuff the pumpkin pockets with polyfill fiber, tissue paper, crumpled up newspaper, or whatever you may have on hand.

For the pumpkin stems, cut 5" lengths of May Arts burlap trim. fold in half, and tuck the ends into the top of the pumpkin pockets before stitching all the way closed.

Now the pumpkins are ready for embellishment.

I added rolled flower rosettes made from gorgeous May Arts V-striped twill ribbon. To make these, simply roll one end of a long piece of ribbon tightly around itself to begin. Continue wrapping the ribbon around and around itself, twisting the ribbon as you go. Secure the bottom with a few hand-stitches.

Using tacky glue or hand-stitches, secure May Arts pleated tulle ribbon around the base of each flower.

Die cut a large leaf from Radiant patterned paper, and ink the edges with Imagine Crafts inks. Tie a pretty bow around the pumpkin stems, then adhere the leaves and rolled ribbon flowers. Now we just need some curly-q vine.

To create the vines, dip May Arts natural twine into tacky or white craft glue, then wrap the twine around a plastic straw. Allow the glue to dry, then unwind the twine from the straw. You will end up with these fun coiled strings.

Tuck the curly-q's in and around the leaves and flowers.

Authentique Radiant Collection:
"beaming" 12x12 paper"sprightly" 12x12 paper"whimsical" 12x12 paper
"foundation two" distressed solid

Imagine Crafts Memento Inks: Peanut Brittle, Potter's Clay, Morocco
May Arts Ribbon: Burlap, V-Striped Twill, Pleated Tulle, Natural Hemp
Die: Sizzix


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  1. Love your pumpkin tutorail and the papers you used. These are beautiful.

  2. I know you're requested "unique" comments, but the uniqueness of these paper pumpkin pillows have pretty much rendered me speechless - with awe and delight! Seriously amazing!! And the photo tutorial is an extra wonderful treat! I'm shaking my head, dazzled...

  3. What a beautiful way to add a touch of fall, and Halloween, to your home! I just love the papers and the ribbon you used. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial for the paper "pillows!" Just lovely!

  4. Learned something new here ... how to make curly-q's. Genius. This is a great thing to meld all three wonderful companies. Genius, also!

  5. GORGEOUS pumpkin pillows and FABULOUS tutorial Audrey!!!
    LOVE the pretty papers and DELIGHTFUL combination of ribbons & trims decorating them - WOW - your flower is BEAUTIFUL, your curly-q's are CUTE too :)
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION!!!

  6. I would say that the Radiant collection is perfect for fall crafts! LOVE the colors and your pumpkin pillows ROCK!!! The beautiful flowers and curliques really take this from wow to WOW! Must give this a try! TFS!

  7. Fall is my favorite too and I love these pumpkins! It's ridiculous how excited I get when the pumpkins start showing up everywhere!

  8. How fun and creative!
    Great idea and cute.
    Carla from Utah

  9. I adore your pumpkin pillows! The stitching, papers and roses are so perfect.

  10. Very pretty and creative...love, love the colors!!!

  11. Love the pumpkins. The flowers are gorgeous.

  12. What a fun idea! I just love all these wonderful fall projects.

  13. the pumpkins are beautiful. So bright and colorful.
    thanks for the directions and a source for patterns.

  14. WOW!!! Beautiful and creative.


  15. Wow, these are so cute!! I love the colors, stitching and ribbon flowers. Thanks for the inspiration.

  16. The papers you used for these pumpkins is so pretty and fun! Totally need to make these gorgeous pumpkins!

  17. Love these bright and pretty pumpkins. Wonderful decor pieces!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  18. I adore these pumpkins! They are so colorful and those ribbon flowers are just awesome. Thanks for sharing with us.

  19. Love how you created these pumpkins.

  20. The pumpkins look like they are made out of fabric!

  21. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! The paper is perfect as well as EVERYTHING else!!!!

  22. I am amazed by these pillows - can't believe you used paper to make them!! You are right, the summer paper pad is definitely suitable to use for fall projects! Thanks for the tutorial for the pillows AND the pretty ribbon flowers!!

  23. Wow these are absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for all the detail on their creation. I love these papers, your beautiful ribbon flowers and the great swirled twine.

  24. What a neat idea. Those pumpkins rock. very detailed. love it.

  25. What a fabulous job Audrey!! It seriously looks like fabric. All of the layers, inking, stitching, and lovely ribbon work are truly inspiring! Love the neat things you can do with paper.

  26. Beautiful love the pumpkins and the layering is Cool. Love the colors. thanks

  27. What a pretty way to create pumpkins! (especially for a non gardener like me! lol) The details you have added really add so much. The stitching and inking around the edges and those lovely roses. Jack-o-lanterns have never looked so perfect!
    Thank you for sharing your work! :)

  28. Wow! These pumpkins are so cute and I love the Radiant papers you chose to use. They are perfect. Thanks for the awesome instructions because I am definitely going to make these this season.

  29. Awesome pumpkins! Gorgeous papers and details!!! Love the beautiful Radiant collection!

  30. these pumpkins are so adorable!!! thanks for sharing!

  31. I'm just swooning over these! I love everything about them!

  32. Wow!! Great centerpiece for all my fall celebrations! And LOVE the roses and curly q's!!!!

  33. Hands down absolutely brilliant! If I only looked at the pictures I would think it was fabric. Great job thinking outside the box!!

  34. Stunning! Thanks for the tutorial, you make it sound easier than it looks. Love the mix of textures, and this paper is absolutely beautiful. Very inspired to go create something fall-ish today! Thanks for the inspiration!

  35. So pretty. Thanks much for the inspiration and happy fall!

  36. I've never in my life seen paper pillows.These are just priceless.I'm in awwww.

  37. Love your clever use of ribbon and your color sense.

  38. Wow, totally fabulous project, thanks for the inspiration.

  39. Really great idea! I love pumpkins! These papers are awesome. I love how you did the twine and the rolled ribbon flowers. It all looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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