Painted Striped Pillow Tutorial
I wanted to show you a quick tutorial on how to make a painted striped pillow.
This all started when I found my duvet set for our master bedroom. The images featured it with gold accents and an awesome gold pillow.
This image took my inspiration in a totally different direction.
The ticket price for this pillow was a whopping $65.
There was no way in hell I was spending that type of money on a pillow so I shopped around for other gold accented pillows and came up with these two…
This pillow was even more ridiculously priced but I liked the look of it.
Still I would never pay this for a pillow that’s 100% cotton with only 5% down and dry clean only.
This pillow was more reasonably priced but still more than I wanted to spend. I was thinking more like $15-$20.
I decided that I would make my own striped pillow.
Now this pillow did not turn out the way I planned but I thought I would share it with you anyway as it may work for your decorative purposes.
I bought some Gold Acrylic Craft Paint and some Fabric medium.
I mixed the paint and medium in a 2:1 ratio. 2 parts paint 1 part medium.
To save money, I used some scrap white cotton fabric for the pillow cover.
I used an old toss pillow as my template. It measured 12″ x 18″
I wrapped my fabric around the toss pillow and marked the edges with fabric chalk. The green line is where I want my design to stop.
I pressed and sewed a hem into both ends of the fabric.
I taped the fabric to the table and taped my borders lining up the sides with the green mark that I made earlier.
I started off making really large stripes.
As I progressed, I decided that I wanted the stripes to gradually get thinner as I reached the middle of the pillow.
I made my own “Striping Tape” using Scotch Blue Painters Tape for Delicate surfaces.
Martha Stewart makes an expensive striping tape that I refuse to buy.
It costs almost $7 for 5 yds so this little trick ranks pretty high on the “Clever Ideas” list to me.
I rolled the tape out onto my cutting mat .
Then I cut tiny slices of tape in 1/8″, 1/4″ and 1/2″ increments using the clear ruler as my guide.
The tape is re-positionable so I carefully pulled the tiny slithers of tape off as needed.
I eyeballed the placement of the tape but tried to keep them as equidistant.
I pressed the edges down really good.
Whenever striping, I suggest painting fabric medium over the tape to prevent any “blurred lines”.
I loaded up a High Density Foam Roller with the paint/medium mixture.
I rolled on the first coat and let it dry for 20 minutes.
Next I rolled on the second coat.
While it was still wet, I peeled off the tape.
Once it was dry, I wanted to make sure I didn’t have any big voids so I used the window as a lightbox.
I hand painted in the voids and then placed the fabric in the dryer on the rack for 1/2 hour.
I pressed the fabric on medium heat (polyester) setting. Then I assemble the pillow.
I wrapped the fabric around the pillow lining up the green edge with the edge of the pillow.
Carefully, I slipped the pillow out of the fabric and pinned in place for sewing.
I sewed the pillow cover closed on both sides inside out.
I placed a piece of tape on the machine as my guide.
I trimmed away the excess bulk .
Then I turned the pillow cover right side in.
I poked the corners out with the edge of a ruler.
I pressed the edges flat and stuffed the pillow in.
Nice and snug.
But unfortunately it doesn’t look as I envisioned it.
It lacks the dimension and texture I was looking for.
So I bit the bullet and bought the Pier1 Pillow.
Luckily I snagged it with a “30% off all pillows & throws coupon” and it was only $21.
Finally I made 3 Navy Blue Velvet Euro Shams and ditched those navy sofa cushions that I was using as placeholders.
These look much more polished and official. I sewed them with invisible zippers.
This little DIY snafu only cost me about $4.00 (Gold Paint) so it’s not a big deal. I actually like the pillow I made, just not for the space.
As I stated before, I just wanted to give instructions on making the pillow to those of you who are interested in striping or painting fabric.
I hope you find it useful.