Painted Pillow free hand Technique

The painted pillow can be completed in less than an hour. This project will create two 18” x 18” pillows. Adjust the measurements accordingly for other sized pillows.

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 Material Required:

  • Take two 22” x 54” strips of white cotton fabric.
  •  Fabric  paints in black, teal, bright pink, yellow, and dusty pink
  • Paint Brushes
  • Adhesive-backed craft foam
  • Blank wooden circles or you have used the cotton ball
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • White thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Ruler or Measuring Tape
  • Pins
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Step 1: Firstly we Use wide, flat brushes to create a brushstroke pattern. I painted quick, imperfect Vs around a center point to create bursts. Started with quite a bit of paint on the brush, painting until the brush is nearly dry. Don’t overthink it – messy can be good for this technique.

For a little change to the messiness here we added in circles of black dots by creating a ring of dots with a pointed-tip paintbrush and then filling more dots in.

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Step 2: Now we have cut  foam in circular shape . we  made five different irregular circle shapes – one for each of my paint colors. Remove the paper backing and stick to a blank wooden circle

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Step 3: Apply paint to circular shape foam using a paintbrush and stamp onto the fabric. Here we created a grid pattern with my irregular circles, using the edge of the wooden circles as a guide to evenly space my stamps.

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Step 4:Then in next step when  paint has dried, trim each fabric strip down to 19” x 46.”

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Step 5: After that fold ½” of fabric over twice on each of the 19” edges and sew each of the folded ends about ¼” from the edge.

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Step: 6 Then fold each of the sewn ends towards the center with painted side of the fabric facing inward so that each end is overlapping by 8” and the total pillow cover is just less than 18” wide. Press and pin into place and sew the top and bottom edges into place about ½” from the edge.


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Step 7: Our pillow is ready just turn right side out, press, and finish with an 18” x 18” pillow insert.

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