In honor of Veterans Day and the 2016 history making Election Day, I thought I would share my quick and easy Americana pillow tutorial. You will be amazed at just how simple this pillow cover is to put together. I only used items I already had so it cost me nothing. But even if you have to purchase a couple supplies it is still very inexpensive.
- Pillow Form (I actually used a small decorative pillow that no longer worked in my decor)
- Fabric to cover the pillow: this needs to be a sturdy fabric, drop cloth material works great.
- Fabric Paint: Red, White & Blue ( I chose barn red, English navy, and bright white)
- Thread that matches your fabric
- Sewing Machine
- Sponge Paint Brush
- Star shaped sponge
- Measuring Tape
- Measure the size of your pillow form (mine was 12" X 18"). Add 1" to both width and length to allow for a 1/2" seam on all sides. Cut fabric to cover both front and back of pillow. To avoid a seam on one side and because I was using remnant fabric, I cut my fabric to 13" X 37". This allowed me to fold the fabric length wise.
- Sew 3 sides. With the "pretty sides" of your fabric touching sew 3 sides of the fabric with a 1/2" seam. Leave one side open so you can turn the cover inside out and stuff with the pillow form. You should have a pillow case at this point.
- With the cover turned seams inside, insert a piece of cardboard. This will keep the paint from bleeding to the back of the cover.
- I use chalk to roughly sketch the image I wanted on my pillow. Chalk works great because a stiff brush can be used to remove after painting is complete or if you make a mistake with your design. For my image I wanted half the pillow to be blue with stars and the other half to have large red stripes. Get creative. There is no wrong design.
- When you are happy with the chalked image, start applying the paint. I was looking for an aged look so I didn't do full coverage with the paint. I used a sponge paint brush and limited the amount of paint I put on. I started by painting the blue half. Then painted the red stripes. When I was finished with the red stripes the blue was dry so I could add the stars.
- Stamping the stars. You can purchase a foam star stamp at any craft store, which makes adding the stars very easy. Unfortunately for me I didn't have one so I improvised and cut a template from plastic and sponged the stars. I think my results
- Let the cover dry completely before stuffing with the pillow form and completing the remaining seam.
The last step is to find the perfect home for it. AND I DID! On my front porch in my gorgeous red rocking chair. If you are interested in seeing how I restored this old rocker, check it out here.
Shared At: Coastal Charm