Diy Striped Pillow that didn’t make the cut

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.

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The ticket price for this pillow was a whopping $65.

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Via Nordstrom

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…

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Via Nordstrom

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.

Pier 1 metallic beads pillow

Via Pier1


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.

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I used an old toss pillow as my template.  It measured 12″  x 18″

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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.

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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.

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I started off making really large stripes.

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As I progressed, I decided that I wanted the stripes to gradually get thinner as I reached the middle of the pillow.

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 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 .

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Then I cut tiny slices of tape in 1/8″, 1/4″ and 1/2″ increments using the clear ruler as my guide.

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The tape is re-positionable so I carefully pulled the tiny slithers of tape off as needed.

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I eyeballed the placement of the tape but tried to keep them as equidistant.

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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.

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I rolled on the first coat and let it dry for 20 minutes.

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Next I rolled on the second coat.

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While it was still wet, I peeled off the tape.

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Once it was dry, I wanted to make sure I didn’t have any big voids so I used the window as a lightbox.

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I hand painted in the voids and then placed the fabric in the dryer on the rack for 1/2 hour.

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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.

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Carefully, I slipped the pillow out of the fabric and pinned in place for sewing.

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I sewed the pillow cover closed on both sides inside out.

I placed a piece of tape on the machine as my guide.

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I trimmed away the excess bulk .

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Then I turned the pillow cover right side in.

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I poked the corners out with the edge of a ruler.

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I pressed the edges flat and stuffed the pillow in.

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Nice and snug.

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But unfortunately it doesn’t look as I envisioned it.

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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.

Gold Pier 1 Pillow

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.

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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.

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