Saturday, April 14, 2012

Painted Throw Pillow with Kassie

Today we have Kassi from Truly Lovely to teach us all about how to paint fabric.  I love painting fabric!!  Let's turn the stage over to Kassi!

Hello lovelies!!! I am thrilled to be here guest posting at Crafting to Do!!!
Kassi and Kayli

My name is Kassi and I blog over at Truly Lovely. It's an 'all things lovely' blog written by me and my sister, Kayli. We write about crafts, DIY, recipes, being thankful... you know... the lovely things in life. ;)
Anyways... Did you know you can paint fabric? Don't laugh all you crafty smarties out there... I just had this revelation recently, so if it's old news to you... Don't judge... haha.
With my new found fabric painting knowledge I made a Painted Throw Pillow Cover for our living room!!!
paint a throw pillow
This tutorial isn't about sewing an envelope pillow cover, but if you're really looking for a few instructions this tutorial from Rae Gun's Ramblings is a really good one.
To make a painted throw pillow I go ahead and hem the top and bottom (for the edges of your envelope) as well as sew the top and bottom of the pillow cover so that you'll know where the 'face' of your pillow will be.
Then I used my handy Silhouette SD to cut a stencil out of some sticky backed vinyl. If you don't have a craft cutter (Silhouette, Cameo, Cricut), you can always make your stencil using freezer paper and scissors.
painted pillow cover stencil
I chose some team ropers for my team roping hubby and because our living area is western themed/decorated. {Stay tuned for a full reveal of our entire made over living room coming soon!} I centered the stencil on what was to be the face of my pillow cover. Using a soft bristle paint brush and some brown Enamels paint, I carefully filled in my stencil.
I let it dry completely overnight, then went back to the sewing machine and stitched up the sides of my pillow cover. Note - It's SO much easier to paint the stencil on before finishing your cover!!!
That's it! Now you can display your pretty painted throw pillow in your home! ;)
You could do this with any shaped pillow cover, any stencil, and {it would appear} any paint... If it's going to be washed often, I would make sure to get fabric specific paint so that it can be washed frequently.
My thanks again to Melissa for having me over! Hope you'll stop by Truly Lovely for a visit sometime!
Happy crafting lovelies!!!
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