Monday, March 11, 2013

Stenciled Pillow

I had a bit of this green fabric left from my basket liner project and decided I would use it to make a throw pillow for my bedroom. I made the pillow cover using the same method I used on my Burlap Rosette Pillow to cover a 16"X16" pillow.

Once I completed the cover and tried it on for size. I removed the pillow form and inserted a thin piece of cardboard inside to avoid paint bleed through to the back.

I then centered my stencil on the cover - You can tape it down if you like. I didn't have a piece of masking tape handy so I skipped that step.

Using the small stencil sponge I picked up a small amount of paint and lightly pounced the paint onto the stencil. Wanting an uneven look - I intentionally pounced lighter in spots.

 I spaced my stencil and repeated until the entire front was done being careful to make sure the cardboard inside was under the spot I was stenciling. I also used an additional piece of cardboard to cover my work surface when stenciling the edges.

I used Tulip brand Metallics fabric paint in Black. I couldn't find any labeled charcoal which is what I wanted but this is definitely not black. In the end - This is exactly the color of charcoal I was looking for with a little shimmer. The instructions on the paint say to let dry for 4 hours, washable after 12 hours.

So, I waited......

After 1 hour I removed the cardboard and stuffed my pillow form inside (I just couldn't wait - I think it'll be OK).


I am so pleased with how it turned out - But, to tell the truth - I was only going to stencil one image in the center of the pillow until I laid the stencil on it and realized the stencil was too small or the pillow was too big - Yes, definitely one of the two.

Sew (pun intended!), I whipped out another smaller pillow, this one is 12"X12" and is the perfect size for one stenciled image!
 I filled the stencil image in solidly on this one. I like both variations equally.


Wow! I did that!

The End (or at least the end of this fabric)  "D

Supplies used:

Fabric and thread to match
Pillow form
Sewing Machine
Fabric Paint
Stencil Sponge

Thanks for stopping by - Questions and Comments welcome.



  1. Love this! So very pretty. Thanks for sharing and blessings to you, Patti

  2. Gorgeous work!Newest follower here :) Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! Would love to have you visit me sometime.
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft


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