Decorative Birdcage Pillow Tutorial

 How is everyone’s week going so far? Are the kids in school yet or are you still enjoying one last vacation? Thankfully our summers last through September so we are out enjoying the beautiful Northwest as much as we can. Gotta enjoy the sunshine while it lasts, right?

 I finally brought my sewing machine out of hiding last week and used it to make this vintage-inspire Decorative Birdcage Pillow! I am loving how it looks in my family room (I thought I was getting close to the reveal but I keep saying to myself, ‘one more thing, one more thing’).

Decorative Bird Cage Pillow

For this project I used Samantha’s Vintage White Cotton Fabric and Bird Cage Silhouette Graphic to create this vintage-inspired decorative pillow. Pillows are such a great way to tie a room together and add dimension to a space.

Bird Cage Pillow Tutorial

The Vintage White Fabric is gorgeous and the graphic is something I’ve had my eye on for a long time.  I was thrilled to see it was part of Samantha’s collection.

Bird Cage Pillow Tutorial

 Supplies Needed For This Project: 

– 1 Yard Samantha Walker Vintage White Fabric

– Samantha Walker Bird Cage Print/Cut Silhouette Graphic

– Heat Transfer Paper and Iron

– 1 Bag Pillow Stuffing or Pillow Form

– Sewing Machine/Serger/Thread/Pins, etc.

Now, are you ready?

Bird Cage Pillow Tutorial

Import the graphic into a new Silhouette project and size it to 10.5 X 5.5 “. Next, using the paint tool fill the graphic with gray (4th color on the top row).

Bird Cage Pillow Tutorial

Because we are going to iron-on the image, we’ll need to flip the image so it prints backwards. To do this, go to the ‘Replicate’ tab and choose ‘Mirror Right’. Then delete your original graphic since you won’t need it anymore.

Bird Cage Pillow Tutorial

Choose the ‘Print’ option and print the graphic onto heat transfer paper using an ink jet printer.

Place the paper face down on your fabric.

*Note: In general, when transferring images you’ll want to trim the excess paper around the image before ironing it onto the surface because it leaves a clear layer wherever the paper touches. But since we are going to cover the outside edges with fabric, I chose to leave it.

Press the iron firmly on top of paper and iron until you start to see the image through the paper. Make sure you iron over the whole image and get all the edges.

Let the paper cool for a few seconds and then slowly peel it back. If you come across an area that didn’t transfer very well, put the paper back in place and iron the spot again.

Bird Cage Pillow Tutorial

Once you transfer the image, trim the fabric to your desired pillow size. My pillow is 15X16″.

Using the left over fabric, cut two additional pieces at 15X16″. One will be used as your ‘Window’ and the other will be for the back of the pillow.

Take one of the 15X16″ pieces and cut out a 6″X11″ window (if you are using my measurements).

Place the window piece directly on top of the graphic and pin.

Bird Cage Pillow Tutorial

Top-stich around the window using a contrasting thread color and leaving a 1/4″ seam. I left the edges raw because I love giving my projects a little rustic flair.

Take the remaining 15X16″ piece of Vintage White Fabric and pin it to the other piece, with right sides together.

Sew (or serge) around the edges, leaving a 3-4″ opening on one side. I prefer to leave the opening on the bottom of the pillow so the finishing seam is less visible.

 Stuff the pillow with pillow stuffing (or use a pillow form) then close your opening using either a top-stich on the sewing machine or by hand.

Bird Cage Pillow Tutorial

 And now you have a chic vintage inspired decorative pillow! I’m thinking it might need a little buddy so be on the look out for some more pillow posts in the near future! (Basket is from World Market, although it doesn’t seem to be available anymore)

The post was originally posted on the Samantha Walker Blog here. I was contacted by the designer, Samantha Walker, and was asked to make a craft using her new fabric line and Silhouette designs. Samantha designs beautiful fabric for Riley Blake Designs and has is a very talented graphic artist. I’m in love with all of her Silhouette dies, they are so inspiring and the more I looked through her collection the more projects were being added to my ‘to-do’ list :)



Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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  1. Ira Morse says

    I just wandering, what kind of paper did you use? If you use an ordinary paper, I think the print image will not be transfer to the pillow.

  2. Tani@Tagana Rose says

    So gorgeous!!! Love how it turned out and it looks really simple and chic. Hope you have a wonderful weekend:)

  3. says

    I am so drawn to birdcages at the moment. This is gorgeous!! I don’t have a Silhouette but Im seriously considering it after seeing this beaut! Well done :-)

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