How to Make a Flamingo Cushion
After making my pineapple cushion, I couldn’t resist having a go at creating another design to join it out in my garden. This time I opted for flamingos (another big trend for the summer), and used fabric marker pens along with some freezer paper to create my bright and colourful loved up flamingo pair . . .
Time to make : Two to three hours plus drying time
Suitable for : Beginners
- Cushion cover in a plain, pale cotton or linen fabric
- Reynolds Freezer Paper
- Tulip Fabric Markers
- Pair of Scissors
- Black Sharpie Marker pen
- Some scrap cardboard
- Download flamingo template »
1. Print off the Flamingo template and go over the lines with a black Sharpie to make it easier to see. Then trace it onto the matt side of the Freezer Paper.
2. Cut the flamingo out, carefully.
3. Now turn your template over , you should clearly see a reverse image where the Sharpie bled through to the back, trace this reverse image onto the matt side of the Freezer Paper and cut it out. You should now have two opposing Flamingos.
4. Place your Flamingos where you would like them on your cushion and iron into place with a hot iron (no steam). Make sure every edge is stuck down to make the next step easier.
5. Take the black Fabric pen and carefully draw around the Flamingos to create a black line. Don’t forget the part between the legs too.
6. Now you can peel off the Freezer Paper and add in the details like the wing and the eye. Do this with both birds.
7. Time for colouring it in. Take the yellow fabric pen and add colour to the top three quarters of the beaks.
Then add black to the tips of the beaks, but take care not to go into the yellow too much in case the black bleeds.
8. There are two pinks in the Tulip Fabric Marker packs, a pale and a bright.
Use the pale pink colour in the Flamingos body.
Then use the bright pink add features for the wing and tail feathers.
9. Use the bright pink to shade the knees and feet, then colour the legs in yellow.
Please note: Flamingos legs are usually pale pink, so if you wish you can colour them in pink, but I preferred the yellow as it draws the colour from the beak.
10. Now colour the other bird in to match.
11. Leave the cover to dry, preferably overnight, before putting in a cushion pad. Display with pride.