Last year I went through a phase where I was stenciling my own pillows. So in this post I’ll share how to make an adhesive stencil for pillows and more. Here is the result of our family’s group pillow-making effort…
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Pillow #2: “Be Merry” Pillow Cover.
How to make an adhesive stencil for pillows
The reason I use adhesive stencils on fabric is the quality of your stencil is much better. I found really inexpensive pillow covers at Hobby Lobby for only $4.99 each. If you want to take the extra step get really crafty and make your own stencils, my recommendation is to purchase a Silhouette Cameo. It sure beats calling specialty printers like I have in the past. I also use Con-tact Paper from Walmart to cut and make these. Here is a list of materials:
DIY Stencil Transfer Process
The process is very similar to the process I used to make my own farmhouse signs. The contact paper adheres perfectly to the fabric. You simply press them down onto the pillow like a sticker, then peel the top layer off. This is what makes the stencil look so clean and perfect when it’s freshly painted–even on fabric.
Place a plastic sheet inside of the pillow cover to ensure no paint bleeds through, and start stenciling. In my case, I used a light coat of craft paint in Platinum shimmer along with Martha Stewart Foam Pouncers. Be careful to not use too much paint. For this project I used the acrylic paint without the fabric medium, then I used and iron on the reverse side to heat-set the painted design.
Once the paint is dry, I carefully peeled it off…and the paint looked as if had been printed professionally. No bleeding and no leaks under the stencil. I simply turned inside out and heat set the pattern, and I was done!
I followed the exact same process for the antler pillow.
Here is a glimpse of a sign we made for another friend of ours…
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