The “self-made culture” – most commonly known as DIY – is a trend that’s here to stay. Gone are the days when you have to go through tons of retailers to make sure you find the perfect home décor items to spruce up your space. Today, homeowners are designing, creating, customizing and even repairing things on their own.
As a Christian, I’m sure you are trying to look for different opportunities to create and demonstrate your faith through DIY home décor items. So, here’s one of them.
DIY Scripture Pillow
Materials you’ll need:
½ yard of white cotton fabric
Floral printed fabric
16-inch square pillow form
Five other fabric colors for the scriptures
Embroidery floss that matches the five chosen fabric colors
Instructions on how to make a DIY scripture pillow:
Step 1: Print out the templates of the scriptures you want on the pillow. The choice is yours. You can either choose some of your favorite scriptures or choose according to the room in which the pillow is going to be.
Let me clarify this: If the pillow is going to be in the living room – a room where all family members gather to spend quality time and a space that represents love, warmth and comfort – I suggest choosing the following scriptures:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
– From Corinthians 13:4-7
“My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.”
– From Isaiah 32:18
If the pillow is going to be in the kids’ room, you can choose the following:
“Don’t be afraid … Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”
– From Nehemiah 4:14
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
– From Ephesians 6:1-3
“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.”
– From Psalm 127:3
“Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.””
-From Matthew 19:14
“Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.”
– From Psalm 34:11
However, if the pillow is going to be in your room, i.e. the parents’ room, I suggest choosing from the following scriptures:
“Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
– From Mark 10:9
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”
– From Romans 12:10
“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
– From Ephesians 5:21
Step 2: Place a piece of fusible web on top of the printables with the paper facing down and the web side backing up. Start tracing the outline of the scriptures onto the fusible web.
Step 3: Each word should be cut into a long strip. Take the webbing off of the paper backing and finger press the webbing onto the back of the fabric you’ve chosen. And, remember each word should be finger-pressed onto a different color fabric – my color palette was based on the colors of the rainbow. Once this step is carried out, cut out each word.
Step 4: Take the floral print fabric and cut the flowers out. If the fabric has leaves, try to cut them out as well or you can just create some simple leaf shapes on the fabric and cut them out. Then, remove the paper backing off of some fusible web and put it on the back of the leaves and flowers.
Step 5: Now it’s time to arrange the flowers, leaves and words. Keep the words in the middle of your ½ yard of white fabric. With an iron, press all the letters, leaves and flowers onto the fabric.
Step 6: Embroider some stitches into the flowers, leaves and letters with the embroidery floss.
Step 7: Now, place your white fabric down with the design facing up. Keeping the main design in the middle, try to fold one side of the white fabric and repeat the same for the other side as well.
Step 8: Next, pin and sew along these two open edges, keeping in mind ½ from the edge.
Step 9: Trip the sewn edges and notch the corners. You can now insert a pillow form.