Another favorite repost from my old One Cheap B*tch blog:
I have a thing for bugs. I don't love actual bugs (lady bugs and water bugs being the exceptions!) but for some reason I love them in my home decor. And if you've seen the latest Ballard Designs catalog, they have bees everywhere which led me to this:
I used my newest Cricut cartridge to print out a bee stencil and then got to work painting it with black fabric paint onto a piece of burlap. I used a different approach this time: first I sprayed the burlap with spray adhesive so the stencil stayed in place (I had been using tape but it doesn't hold down well on the fabric). Then I used a sponge-brush to kind of dot the fabric paint on which is 1,000 times faster than using a paintbrush and light strokes.
I sewed the burlap onto a piece of muslin, stuffed and voila - done!
Total cost: $0. Don't you just love when you already have everything you need?!