Thursday, March 14, 2013

Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Shimmer Mixer Flower Pillows (and a coupon)

Pink burlap pillow with flower (800x609)
I have a fun and easy home dec project for you!  I wanted to embellish some ivory and pink burlap pillows I made for spring, and Sakura’s Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Shimmer Mixers were the perfect choice!

This is a great time to try this project, because Terri Sproul Shimmer Mixers are on sale for the month of March!  Just enter coupon code Shimmer03 for a 20% discount!
Pink burlap pillow closeupI made these beautiful shimmery flowers with die cut canvas.  I used the Tattered Florals die by Tim Holtz.  The canvas frays a little, but I decided to go with a slightly tattered look, rather than stiffening the fabric as I usually do (for more on diecutting fabric, visit my tutotial here.  Here is what the canvas petals look like:
Canvas petals (800x680)
I mixed some Crystal Lacquer with Terri Sproul Shimmer Rose Shimmer Mixers Powder in a disposable cup and stirred it together with a popsicle stick.  I painted the flowers with my Crystal Lacquer mixture using a small, inexpensive paint brush.  As they dried, they curled up, which gave them some added dimension.
Tray of petals (800x600)
Then I just stacked up the layers I wanted and sewed them to my pillows!  I used a button to anchor the stitches.  I recommend button thread for this, as it is much stronger than regular sewing thread. I also sometimes use several strands of embroidery floss, which comes in more colors than button thread. You could also use glue.  I made my pillows, but you could use purchased pillows.  If you decide to make your own, please check out my Tips for Sewing with Burlap.
Ivory burlap pillow with flower (800x580)
The Crystal Lacquer gave the flowers texture but wasn’t so stiff that I couldn’t sew through it.  And the Shimmer Mixer gives them the prettiest glimmer!
Flower closeup (766x800)
I  also made some brooches by sewing the flower layers together and then sewing on a pinback.  You could use these flowers for many other projects, too!

I am having so much fun creating with Sakura Hobby Craft products!  I hope you'll visit their website and try some of their products, too!


  1. Karen, this is AWESOME! I wondered how it would work on fabrics, so now have even more ideas. The pillow is FABULOUS! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Very Nice Karen! Love the pillow and the color!