We are going to stencil a pillow cover.
If you are making your envelope cover you will need a piece of fabric 19'' X 42''.
I love to use drop cloth material.
Overlap by 4'', with stitching facing out.
Pin and stitch sides. Pillow should measure 18 '' on side.
Turn right sides out.
This is the back side of pillow with opening.
This is the front of the pillow.
Iron both sides to remove wrinkles.
I absolutely love my Inspired Barn Stencils!
This stencil can be used so many ways.
I decided to go with a traditional patriotic color scheme.
I used Acrylic paint. Since this pillow cover can be removed I can safely
hand wash if needed.
The paint colors I used were Apple Barrel- Black, Bright Red, Pure Gold
Craft Essentials- Navy
Painters Tape and a stencil Brush
I put a piece of thick cardboard inside the pillow cover to
make a flat surface for working as well as a barrier in case the paint goes through by mistake.
On my pillow the opening is turned laterally, with the overlap top over bottom!
First I measured for placement. I had about 4" from seams to outer ring.
Tape in place.
I started with red only because I was sure about my choice for the stripes.
Remember when stenciling... not too much paint!
Then painted the ring.
Let dry a bit-
Then I painted with Navy.
Tape off tight areas....I also use the fingers from my other hand to block the paint brush.
I taped off the flag so I could paint the pole- Gold.
This is how is looked originally.
One of my pet peeves is dirty stencils!
They will last a lot longer and give you sharp lines if you clean them after use.
I put the stencil in a deep utility sink, run warm water.
Be gentle and use a soft brush or your fingertips to remove paint.
So much better now!
Hang to dry.
Now back to your pillow, it is probably dry .
I am not sure if I liked the way my flag turned out.
The white stars did not show up well on the pillow.
So I had another idea...I taped off the flag again and painted over the stars.
After your stencil work has dried set the paint by using a
clean cotton cloth on top of stenciled pillow and a hot iron.
Then I went digging through my jar of white buttons.
I have all my buttons separated by color, don't you ???? :)
I found 13 of these......
13 stars for 1776!
I liked it better -
Now you can see the stars.
Fill with an 18'' or 20'' pillow form or one of your own pillows.
Since it is an envelope pillow it can be changed often but we have
Memorial Day coming soon and then......the Fourth of July.....Flag Day...
lots of opportunities to display your pillow.
This type of pillow can be used on the porch or patio and is easy to store
once you remove the pillow form.
Thank you so much for visiting today!
xo Lisa S