Monday, May 21, 2012

Stencilled Pillow.... So Easy!

Hurray for Monday! (I'm just trying to give myself a pep talk.) 
I did this project for a guest post a while back, but I'm reposting it here in case you missed it.
 Today, I want to share with you a super easy project I did in under an hour and looking at it, you won't believe what I did it with.
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Let me just start by saying that I really stink at stencilling!  I can't tell you how many projects I have ruined when I got to the stencilling part.  I have finally come up with a better alternative for me and maybe for you too!

I made my own pillow, you can find the tutorial here, but really, you can do this on any pillow cover or case that you like. 
You'll need 4 things to get this project started:
A Pillow Cover
A piece of paper (I used a cut up grocery bag)
A Fabric Marking Pen
A Fabric Marker

The first think I did was cut a paper grocery bag and fit it inside the pillow, just in case there was any bleed-through.  (In this case there wasn't any, but I'm a safety girl!)
Once I eye-balled where I wanted my design, I used the fabric marking pen to trace it on.  You could probably skip this part, but if you mess it up, you can just use a little water and erase the fabric marking pen lines, not so with the Fabric Marker itself, it's permanent.
Next, using my Fabric Marker (these come in wonderful colors, but for this project I chose black) I just traced over my design. Fabric Markers do not bleed like regular markers.
It doesn't have to be exact because if any of the blue shows, it's going to be gone the first time you wash it, and from a very short distance, you can't even see it.
After you have finished tracing with your fabric marker, pull the paper out, put your pillow in and just made a beautiful stencilled pillow! No paint involved!
Seriously, so fast, so easy and so washable!  Gotta love it!

(I will say that I tried this with a Sharpie, and it bled too much.  I also let the Sharpie dry on a piece of test fabric and then wet it and it ran like crazy.  Maybe it depends on your fabric, but I'm sticking with the fabric markers.)
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  1. I'm all thumbs at stenciling too- thanks for the tip, I'll give it a try!

  2. Wow - you're so clever - I would never have thought to use a fabric marker!!!! Cool xxxxx

  3. This is a project after my own heart! it is easy, quick and it looks so beautiful! Gorgeous!!!
    am already eyeing my pillows...

  4. Wow, I've never heard of a fabric marker before. Your pillow turned out very nice! Thanks for sharing this info.

  5. Looks great... sweet, simple and rustic :)

  6. WOW Danni, turned out great! I'm totally trying this!
    Hugs from Spain

  7. Adorable pillow! I love this, and I love that it's something I can actually do!! Yay - just pinned!

    Hope you're off to a great week!

  8. That is a GREAT IDEA. So clever-so easy!!

  9. That's great! Thanks for sharing, so clever! Heather

  10. simple and elegant... looks very beautiful...

    With Love

  11. This is a sweet little method! Thanks for sharing and I am a new follower!
    Hope you have a great week!

  12. Danni, this is so classy! You did an amazing job No one has to know it was easy! ;)

  13. Wow! I love it! I have never thought to do stencils on pillows! Very creative!!! It looks absolutely darling! Great job. Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.

  14. Beautiful and simple! I'm loving what markers can do now days! So much easier than paint!

    Thanks for sharing.


  15. How cool that you did this with markers!! Great job. Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

    1. I will be featuring this at our party on Thursday! YAY!! Stop by and grab a button if you would like.

  16. Oh, and look at you now. Such a cocky pillow maker that you just give a I made it here link and then go on to show us that amazing stencil!



    Again, thanks for the Pillowpalooza link up and button!

  17. Fabric markers? Why is this the first time I am hearing about such a thing? I am inspired! Glad to see your 1st and 2nd pillow making experience didn't scare you away from making another one. I love the stencils you added for embellishment. Adorable.