This post is sponsored in conjunction with The Blueprint Social. However, all opinions are my own.

More often than not, I have been finding myself going the direction of DIYing a project as opposed to buying it. The perfect example is this small console table we recently made. Now, pair this DIY desire with the fact that I have a “pillow addiction” and you have my new project I am sharing with you today – how to DIY a pillow. I easily pulled it together using a stencil from Stencil1.

My new plan to combat my pillow addiction is not to stop buying or making them – but working with just covers that can be easily changed out. Okay, I am totally lying – I will still buy beautiful pillows – just some of them will just be covers.

This pillow was super easy. To begin with, find your pillow cover. Mine is a heavy linen type of fabric and I picked it up at Hobby Lobby. Then I used FolkArt Multi-surface paint and a stencil from Stencil1 I went back and forth on picking which color I was going to use and in the end decided on Parchment. I love the subtle nature and somehow this pattern reminded me of a more modern lace.

Think out of the box with your stencil – you don’t just have to do an overall repeat of the pattern. I wanted to create a pattern with the pattern, so I decided on a stencil stripe. To start with, cover the whole front of the pillow with lined up pieces of painters tape.

Then remove every other one. This allows you to have evenly spaced stripes without having to measure each one and try to get them straight.

Start at the top left of your pillow and hold the stencil in place with another piece of painters tape. The mylar material of the stencil is really easy to move around and when you are finished cleans up easily and can be used again.

When applying paint, I used a round foam brush. I also was sure not to dip in the paint and go right to my surface. I dabbed some off on piece of scrap paper as I went along. This makes sure you don’t end up with too much paint on your pillow. The multi-surface paint is going to be your best choice because you can use it on fabric.

Keep moving along your pillow, lining up the stencil with the previous part you painted so you can continue your pattern.

Remove your tape once you are completed with the whole pillow. When it was done, I decided I also wanted to add some fun trim to it. I used fabric glue to attach strips of pom pom trim. I love that it makes it a little more fun and modern in a more traditional room. DIY-Pillow-Instructions If you would like to try a similar project, Stencil1 has some really fun patterns and images to work with. They can be found at Jo-Ann Fabrics and other craft stores. Or, you can follow along at these locations for more information.

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Thanks so much for reading and wishing you a great day. Disclosure: This post was sponsored by The Blue Print Social, however all opinions and ideas are my own.
March 27, 2014 — Laura Putnam