How To: Make Summery Sun Print Pillows

Martha Stewart

We are in the height of summer, or at least the rest of the country is, but here in Seattle the sun is playing a nasty little game of hide and seek. So instead of soaking up the Vitamin D like I should be doing I have been sun-dreaming instead. Here is one of the projects I'm gonna jump on when that big bright star decides to make its appearance in the Pacific Northwest again.

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Sun-printing and cyanotypes are one of the first projects I did in college photography way back when, you know when film and darkrooms were still all the rage. And now that I have sold my darkrooms and am strictly digital like most people, I could use a little hands on traditional photo based project like this to delve into.

This project by Martha Stewart combines sun-printing on fabric and pillow making all-in-one. You begin by gathering objects with interesting silhouettes, like botanicals, and compose them on top of your light sensitive fabric in the sun for the specified amount of time. Then you just bring your fabric back inside, rinse it, dry it and get your sewing machine out to assemble your beautiful new sun-pillows!

For the complete tutorial check out Martha Stewart's How to Make Sun-Print Pillows.

Purchase raw silk or silk velvet sun fabric from blue prints on fabric or blue sunprints.

Images: As linked above.

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Alysha is a photographer and designer living in Seattle who loves dark chocolate, tea, and all things furry. In her spare time you'll find her with paint in her hair renovating her 1919 Craftsman and sharing the process on her blog Old House New Tricks.