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state pride tour: indiana

Welcome to State Pride Week. This week I have partnered with 30 bloggers to showcase a project, craft or recipe to showcase our home state.  I currently live smack dab in the middle of the USA in Indiana.  I took advantage of my states initials and created an “IN love†silk screen that I can use over and over again.  I chose to make some pillows and a canvas out of my “IN love†silk screen.  I used an inexpensive Simply Screen set.  But if you have a Silhouette machine you could use that too and cut out heat transfer or vinyl to use as a stencil.  Or you can order it here. I chose to make a silkscreen so I could make multiple projects and not have to cut anything else out.


Simply Screen Silk Screen Kit (pretty sure it is still available at Hobby Lobby – use your coupon!)

Simply Screen ink (you could also any fabric paint)

For the glittered pillow: Simply Screen Foil & Glitter Adhesive

Pillows forms (like the Gurli from IKEA) or drop cloth fabric

sewing machine

IN Love Indiana image or order the stencil or iron-on here.

Masking tape

1.  I actually designed the image with my Silhouette studio program.  Here is the file for those of you who are interested.  I then printed it out on an 8 1/2†x 11†piece of paper.  Whatever I wanted to paint is the black part on the image. 2.  To see the full process of how to use the Simply Screen click here to see my Christmas Subway art pillow or here my deer family pillow. 3.  Once the screen was rinsed and my image came through I let it dry.  Then I decided what colors I wanted to use.  I did most of the silk screens on drop cloth fabric since it is cheap, abundant in my house, and neutral. indiana silk screen  4.  Use masking tape to adhere your screen where you want it to hold it in place while you drag the paint across.  Then squirt out some paint and drag it with the included plastic tool.  I usually let the paint sit for 2 minutes and then give it one more coat for good measure.  simply screen indiana simply screen pillow  Optional glittered pillow:  Use the foil & glitter adhesive the same way you would use the paint.  Then sprinkle the glitter over the glue.  Let is sit overnight.  Shake off excess glitter, iron to set. glittered indiana pillow 5.  Slowly pull off the silkscreen.  If there are areas that the ink didn’t cover put the screen down and press more paint into that area. silkscreening with simply screen 6.  Once the image has been painted you have to let it dry overnight.  Then with a press cloth iron your image to set the ink. indiana state project 7.  I then just used the hemmed side of the drop cloth to make an envelope style pillow. 8.  On the canvas I created a frame using this process and then wrapped my drop cloth image around it and stapled it in place.  Instant “IN Love†canvas art.  The possibilities are endless: canvas bags, shirts, sweatshirts, etc. framing a canvas indiana state canvas

A little Hoosier state love!  The little heart is right where my city is!

indiana pillows

green indiana pillow

glittered indiana pillow

state pillows

indiana state pillows

Check out how I made an IN Love soy painted paint stick art here

Indiana state sign DIY

Do you want some more state pride ideas?  Well continue on the tour and visit some other talented ladies…

Alabama: My Blessed Life

String Art Alabama

Washington: Today’s Creative Blog

cream cheese sour cream apple cake

Iowa: Sawdust & Embryos

State Pride Tour  IOWA

Vermont: 733 Blog


Hawaii: Attempting Aloha

Attempting Aloha how to make candy lei with origami dollar fish

Start creating your state pride project, recipe or craft this week.  There will be a link party on Monday to showcase your work. state pride 2_edited-1

Click here for Day 2 of State Pride Tour

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  1. They’re darling, Becky! Love the play on “IN”. Great tutorial too! Thanks for hosting! Excited to represent PA tomorrow. 🙂

  2. Your silkscreen pillows turned out awesome! Those would sell really well on etsy 🙂 I love your “IN love” idea, the font, everything– they are really good! Should I have expected anything less? 😉 And I didn’t know there were mini silk screen kits!

  3. These are awesome and I need to get my hands on them! Are you planning on selling these anywhere? I’d definitely try to do something that’s made in America focused. Have you ever heard of aftcra? They only sell American handcrafted products and they are super new. Might be a fun new place to feature state designs?

    Excited to see your next creation!

  4. I’m loving these ideas. Cream cheese apple cake…please send me a slice. That is worth every carb! As soon as I started seeing the Indiana things, I started thinking of things for Georgia and Florida. yes, I claim both.

    Love you, Deborah

  5. This Hoosier approves of this awesome design (my heart would be just a little south of yours!) Thanks for sharing our state pride!

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  7. This Indiana gal likes your pillows! I was trying to download the image but it is a .studio file. Is there a jpeg, pdf, or something else that would work? I don’t have a program to open the .studio file.
    Saw you in the paper the other day, love what you did for your kiddos room!

  8. Becky, I love your idea for state pride! And I really love your pillows, the silk screen art is perfect for your state!
    Debbie 🙂

  9. I am from IN so my daughter would love this! I tried downloading but I was unable to. Any help with that?

  10. This Hoosier loves these pillows!! I am so addicted to silhouettes; hoping to make one of these beauties soon! Thanks for sharing this great tutorial!

  11. You need to sell these! So Cute! Please let me know if you do and I will be your first customer!

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  13. I love everything maps, so these really projects really inspire me!
    Can’t wait to check out what all the bloggers are doing…
    I’m sure I’ll be pinning away! 🙂

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