In a word. . . Welcome

Nothing says welcome quite like…

Well, the word…


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Sometimes projects don’t need to me over thought.

I’m prescribing to the ‘less is more’ theory here.

New cushions were needed for my front veranda 2 seater deck chair. The old ones were faded and not very inviting to any potential guests that might like to take a seat.

It was one of those jobs that seemed to be forever on my ‘To Do’ list. . . so yesterday I tackled it.


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I didn’t have a whole lot of time and wanted my cushions to suit the decorating theme of our home, which is a romantic mix of shabby, vintage and French farmhouse style. . . lots of white, neutrals and a little smidge of black for our man-of-the-house.

Having received a lot of compliments on my Christmas Sharpie pen cushions, I decided to make some new ones that could be left out all year round.


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If you haven’t made one before they are very easy.

I started by writing my word in a word program using a fancy font, then enlarged it to the appropriate size and printed it off.

I taped the print out on to my light box, lay my cushion fabric over the top and traced the design with my Sharpie pens. I used a combination of a super fine marker and a normal marker for the thicker fill in strokes.


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That’s it. . . too easy!!

Sew up your cover, insert your cushion and toss that baby down for all to admire.

Happy crafting


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  1. Love it! Simple and pretty.

  2. It looks perfect! I can’t believe you did that with a sharpie!

  3. So simple in concept but very effective and soooooooooo inviting.

    Toni xx

  4. Never thought of downloading fonts from the computer…and Sharpies! Thanks for the idea.

  5. is always a pleasure to link up blog as beautiful as yours, thanks for this recipe!

  6. So beautiful,I am always inspired when I come over. x

  7. Such a simple and yet very effective idea, I loved your Christmas cushions and will be adding this to my own to do list. Thank you for sharinf your wonderful creativity Kerryanne. x

  8. Ok…. totally impressed! Your choice of font is one I love and now must figure out how to add to the list of fonts on my computer. Awk!!!! More computer stuff to learn. I do have a light box so I’ve got one foot forward on this project. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Wow, I would never have thought this was a Sharpie, Kerryanne. I love it! What a great looking pillow; that font is wonderful. I love all the swirls to it.

  10. Oh my you did that with a sharpie! Wow you have a very steady hand it is simply gorgeous!!Even with a stencil I am not sure mine would look that pretty!

  11. Got to love a sharpie! Your pillow is great, what a nice welcome. Love the font you used. Take care and have a great day!

  12. Love how your cushions look! I have done this before, but would ahve been afraid to do it on decor! I did it for a flad for a skit and things like that….and I am so glad they have come out with so many sizes of sharpie pens now!
    thanks for sharing!

  13. Lovely! This is joining one of my Pinterest boards.

    Visiting from The Shabby Creek Cottage,


  14. Beautiful and simple! I’ve been making pillows and using Artist Trading Paper but you can’t do that with this fine little scrolls… I am so gonna try this! Thanks for sharing… I’m pinning this one!

  15. Incredible! I love how this turned out. It’s perfect with your little chair. I’d love it if you linked this to my new linky party, “What We’ve Accomplished Wednesdays.” It is live right now.

    Have a great week!

  16. hello lovely, when you say sharpie…is is any old sharpie or are they specifically for fabric and dont wash away or transfer onto clothing if you sit on it?? i think i could do it but it would not be as good as yours that is for sure!

  17. So pretty and easy! Wish I was sitting out on your veranda with you in the sunshine!! I’ll be featuring these tomorrow over at Clean and Scentsible. Hope you are doing well my friend!
    Jenn xo

  18. Jeanette Paisley says:

    Don’t Sharpies lose their colour if left out? This is a really nice project, but I would not want to spend that much time on something that was going to fade.

    • Jeanette, I’ve never had an issue with Sharpies fading. My cushions are more than 3 years old and have been washed numerous times as well and still look the same. 🙂

  19. The pillow is great! Did you make the heart on the chair next to the pillow? Where did you get it or how do you make one?

  20. What is the name of the font you used?

  21. I realize you did this a few years ago, but I just wanted to say how beautiful this simple pillow is and how great you shared it with everyone!

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