My four year old son is absolutely obsessed with PEZ dispensers, he has 30+ and his collection is always growing. It's actually a fixation due to his Autism, but we love to encourage him since it's age appropriate and I'm just happy he's over his whisk and kitchen utensil phase!! I scoured the internet and found PEZ fabric (found on eBay)! When it arrived, he was so excited. But he'll have to wait until Christmas to get what I made...
Here's a tutorial on how to transfer a word to fabric. For this application, I used felt, since it doesn't require hemming. You'll need a few supplies...
- Iron on transfer pen (I love these babies!)
- Pillow fabric
- Sewing machine and materials
- Piping and bias tape or pre-made piped bias tape (optional)
For starters, find a font that you love and that will transfer well, I used the PEZ font (it's a free download). Because the PEZ font has two parts, the white rectangles and black shadow, I printed out Andrew's name twice.
Trace & Cut
Using the iron on transfer pen, outline your letters on the paper you just printed. Next, pin your paper, letters down to your felt and iron on the words (see first image below). When using iron on transfer methods, your image will be ironed on as a mirror image. If you are using felt, this doesn't matter, if you are ironing on to a print, make sure you transfer the letters on the "wrong side" of the fabric. For the PEZ fabric, on one printout I traced the rectangles and the other I traced just the black shadow. For the white rectangles I was able to use the iron pen transfer method, then cut them from the felt. For the shadow, I traced the shape, pined it to my dark blue fabric and cut it out (see second image below). This works ok for large shapes, but is a pain for smaller shapes.
Pin & Sew
Next, pin your rectangles onto the shadow and sew them in place. Once you've got your word, pin and sew to your pillow fabric (see image 3 & 4 above). I decided the size of my pillow after this step and cut my pillow backing according to this size.
Making the Pillow
Pin right sides of name fabric and pillow back fabric together with piped bias tape in between. Make sure the piping is facing inward. Sew around the edge, making sure to catch all layers. Make sure you leave a hole for turning right side out! Stuff pillow and hand sew the hole closed. There you go, a customized PEZ pillow! Merry Christmas Andrew!
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