I love me a pretty pillow. I really love me a pretty pillow that I made myself…bragging rights and all ya know? I have been a fan of Cutting Edge Stencils for a long time and have used them in several projects.
Cutting Edge started a new company called Paint a Pillow and they have these great kits with everything needed to paint your own designer pillows. I have seen others paint pillows with stencils before, but for a few different reasons I never tried it. They have thought of everything and made this as easy as possible.
When you order one of their kits, you get a giant box in the mail like this…I love getting giant boxes on my front porch. Especially when they are packaged cute like this!
You get to choose the pillow fabric, the stencil and the paint color. Included in the kit are:
- Stenciling Frame
- Reusable pillow stencil (just the right size for a standard 17″ throw pillow)
- 17×17″ pillow cover
- Pillow insert
- Mini Roller and Stencil Brush
- Paint tray and stirring stick
- Free mini stencil and practice fabric swatch
- One fabric paint
If you want to add more pillows you can get the insert and the case for an extra $19.99, or if you just want an extra case, you can get those for $9.99.
I got some extra jars of paint (the best fabric paint I’ve ever used, and is just $3.95 a jar) and a few embellishments (tassels, studs, etc…) for my pillow making adventures too. I unloaded all of my fun treasures and got a fun little helper.
On a side note from pillow making…My house has become a zoo. We now have two cats, two dogs, two rabbits and a hamster…I think we might need to get a petting zoo permit or something and start charging admission. Please do not show me or any of my family members pictures of baby animals that need homes. We have a real problem with saying no to the cute little faces. 🙂 ♥
Back to my fun pillow…I poured the paint in the paint tray, and rolled my roller in the paint. You want it to look almost dry because it is so absorbed.
The stencil frame keeps everything together so nicely. You just roll the roller over the parts you want painted.
I did the same thing with my second color. If you need to get around the edges a little bit where the roller doesn’t reach then you can use the stencil brush. Then you just let it dry. You can speed this process up with a hairdryer.
I decided to accent my pillow with some fun little square metal studs. I left the case on the cardboard and pushed the studs through.
I put them on the tips of all the gray arrows.
And just to keep it real here, I had too much paint on my roller or something when I first started painting and the first little bit of my first arrow is quite smudged. BUT, once I put the insert in, it doesn’t show. YAY!
I then took the cardboard out and pushed the tabs down on the studs inside the pillow case. I LOVE the little added fun this adds to the pillow. A little extra texture and style.
Adding the pillow was easy peasy, the zipper goes all along the bottom. You can heat set the stencil and use these pillows outdoor, or if you know that you will need to wash the cases, this will make them washer safe.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE how it turned out, it looks so professional and cute! If you are interested in making some beautiful designer pillows I would highly recommend this fun company! They even have pillow party kits where you could do this for a fun girl’s night out or a crafty kid’s birthday parties. How fun would that be?
Thanks Paint A Pillow for the fun project and for making such great products!