Oh boy, I am excited to share this one with you! This pillow, along with a couple other Christmas-y updates I’ve made to my decor this year is making me one happy girl. In the past we’ve done a red and gold theme, then added silver, and I’ve been craving simplicity. This year we ditched almost all of the red in favour of a simple and neutral holiday decor style. And I’m loving it. This pillow is one of the updates and I love the somewhat Scandi appeal it has to it. Other updates are these glittered wood star ornaments (which are attracting a lot of attention from little hands!) and my Holiday Lyric Wood Round.
The best part about this tree stamped pillow ‘cover’ is that it’s more of a slip cover. It’s made to fit over an existing throw pillow so your Christmas stash doesn’t get a whole pillow bigger! If you’ve used a sewing machine before, this pillow cover will come together in a snap. Mine took me less than an hour start to finish (other than dry time).
- Sewing Machine with White Thread
- Drop Cloth (Uncoated is best- which happens to be the cheapest kind at Home Depot) & Scissors
- Black Fabric Paint (this stuff is my absolute favourite)
- Wood Block & Felt (or Foam) to create stamp
- Paint brush
Alright, let’s get started! First grab the pillow you want to slipcover. Lay out your drop cloth and trace your pillow. Now add 2.5″ all the way around and cut it out. You should have one lovely square. Lay that square on top of your drop cloth and cut out another that is three inches taller on one edge. Now you have a square and a rectangle. Take the longer one and cut it in half. This is the part where you will be ‘slipping’ your pillow in. Fold and hem the edges that you just cut. Then lay them overlapping each other (lining up the rest of the square) with the pretty side facing the square piece of fabric. Sew all the way around the edge. That’s your slip cover! Trim the excess then turn it right way. Follow me? You’re fantastic, I knew you would. I did a quick Google search and found a full tutorial on how to make this type of cover in case I’ve lost you.
Okay, so now we have a GORGEOUS pillow cover made of our drop cloth. Before we talk about painting, can we talk about how obsessed I am with drop cloths right now? I had always kind of scoffed at this trend because you can get some cheap fabric that looks pretty nice without resorting to… painting rags. Right? But I gave in and got one to make a tree skirt (DIY coming soon!) and had SO much left over, I’ve been using it for everything. I love that it doesn’t fray too crazily, it has some attractive flecks of colour in it and it takes paint incredibly well without bleeding through (probably because that’s it’s job). So what can I say, I’m hooked. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Back to the DIY? Sure, let’s make a stamp. You could pick any shape you want, but I’m partial to the way this little tree turned out. Cut yourself out a stamp- foam works so much better for this, but I had a bunch of felt left over from my honeycomb felt backdrop, so I used this. That wasn’t the BEST medium I could have chosen- let me be clear. I ended up painting the paint onto the stencil to get even coverage because the felt soaked up so much of the paint. But sometimes you gotta use what you got- right? I glued the felt tree to a piece of wood (also leftover from this Star Mobile) and got to stamping. I’ve shared my love for the Tulip Soft Black Paintbefore, but let me tell you another reason that I love it. If you don’t use set it with an iron, it has a sort of graphite paint-like appeal to it. So if it’s not something you’re going to wash often- maybe consider skipping the ironing!
That’s really all there is to it! When you’ve stamped your little heart content, make yourself a coffee while it dries, then stuff your pillow in and admire your “hard work”. Oh, also if you didn’t catch on- this project cost me a big ‘ol $0. I had all the supplies on hand from past projects- so that was a big win in my books.
So, let’s hear from you! What’s your Christmas style this year? Have you gone through a holiday decor identity crisis like me? How did you change it up without blowing the budget? And, Drop Cloths!! Have you used them? What’s your thoughts on the trend?
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