Spring has been a bit of a teaser lately. It will get warm and wonderful, and then overnight it gets cold and windy (not even any rain!). I have been itching to get some outdoor cleaning done, as well as indoor cleaning, but I just can’t get myself to do anything while the weather outside is yucky. Even though I have dust in all the nooks and crannies, I can still brighten up my home with some new pillows! These pillows are so easy to make, affordable (especially if you already have some white pillowcases you can use) and completely customizable to your home color scheme.
It took me a while to pick the colors, but i finally settles on mint, navy and gray. I love how they turned out!
What you need:
- White Cotton Pillowcases (get a two-pack and make two throw pillows!)
- Acrylic or Fabric Paint
- Paint Brush
- Poly-Fil Stuffing
- Sewing Supplies
You can use either fabric paint or acrylic paint. When the acrylic paint dries, it will be rather stiff, while the fabric paint will be soft. However, once you throw your acrylic painted pillowcase into the wash, it becomes soft. It also comes in a wider range of color than fabric paint as well!
Wash your pillowcase before starting. Then start by cutting it about 20” wide.
From here, mix your paint and start painting! Place a piece of cardboard inside your pillowcase tot keep the paint from bleeding through to the other side.
I was going for a rough, choppy look so I used a small paintbrush, but if you want more of an even coat, use a larger paint brush to paint your stripes. I also mixed a little bit of water into my acrylic paint so it’s a bit thinner. The dry cotton drinks up the paint, so it goes on better and smoother when the paint is slightly thinned.
Once you are done and the paint is dry, turn it wrong-side-out and sew most of the open side shut. Make sure to leave about 4 inches unsewn (the middle is the easiest place to sew it up later) for the stuffing.
Keeping it wrong-side-out, iron it on high to seal in the paint. Then, turn it back to right-side-out and throw it in the wash and tumble dry low.
From here, keeping it right-side-out, sew around the edge of of the whole pillow except your open part.
Using your hole on the edge, fill the pillow with stuffing. I used about half the bag. Once it’s stuffed, pin the opening closed and sew it shut.
So fun! I am excited to make a few more for other rooms in the house!
What is your go-to way to brighten and refreshen a room?
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Originally posted at Pretty Providence
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