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Spring Pillows Using Drop Cloth Fabric

Spring is like a flirty young girl.  She bats her eyelashes, twirls her hair self consciously, and giggles shyly behind her hand.  You can see her full potential, but in the blink of an eye she hides it away again.  That is how spring is here in Indiana and it makes it hard to get into the mood to change up seasonal decor.  To help get me inspired and bring a touch of spring to our home, I decided to work on a spring pillows project.  It was just the thing I needed to get me in the mood.

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Easy DIY pillow covers made with drop cloth and self adhesive stencil.

Spring Pillows from Drop Cloth Fabric

Now let me just say that I am not a crafty person, not in the slightest.  But when my tribe throws down a challenge, I just can’t say no.  I pulled out the fabric I had cut months ago to make into pillows and started pinning them together to sew.

It will come as no surprise to find out that I am not the best at sewing either.  I have made pillow covers before, with some success, so I went back to my fellow blogger Jann Newton’s tutorial for making envelope pillow covers.  Her tutorials are wonderful and so easy to follow.  Just a half an hour later I had my two envelope covers for my spring pillows.

I chose to use drop cloth fabric for these pillows.  It is hands down the most inexpensive fabric to buy and it has the feel and look of linen without the hefty price tag.  You can pick up one up in the paint department of your local hardware store for around $11, depending on the size you buy.

This isn’t my first project with this amazing fabric I also did a makeover on our headboard that I am very proud of and a shower curtain for our $100 Master Bath Makeover.

Adding a Design to Spring Pillows

Now came the hard part.  I am terrified of stenciling.  I know you may think that is an irrational fear, but usually my stenciling turns out with all types of bleeding and you can’t even tell what the pattern is supposed to be.  It’s just ugly…truly ugly.

Around the same time I cut the fabric I also went looking for a stencil to put on them.  Yes, this was months ago too.  I came across self adhesive stencils at Meijer.  Self adhesive sounded much easier than trying to tape it down on the fabric so I bought one and it ended up getting stuck away in a cabinet with the fabric.  I used this  Momenta Feather Stencil

I put the stencil on the fabric and started dabbing on the paint.  I wanted an ombre effect so I used white, then light pink into darker pink.

Easy DIY pillow covers made with drop cloth and self adhesive stencil.

Easy DIY pillow covers made with drop cloth and self adhesive stencil.

Now the moment of truth, the most terrifying part of this whole stenciling thing…taking off the stencil.  I literally held my breath.

Easy DIY pillow covers made with drop cloth and self adhesive stencil.

SUCCESS!  I may or may not have done a little dance in the kitchen.  No bleeding.  This stencil is amazing.  It cleans up with soap and water, put it back on the plastic sheet it came on, and it is ready to use the next time.

I chose pink so that it would go with our area rug.  I think it’s a pretty close match.

Easy DIY pillow covers made with drop cloth and self adhesive stencil.

I really love how they look next to the yellow fabric that I painted for my Forgotten Living Room Makeover

Easy DIY pillow covers made with drop cloth and self adhesive stencil.

I am going to count this project as win.

Do you stencil?  Is it easy for you or do you struggle like I do?  I would love to hear about it in the comments below.

Visit all of these talented ladies below for more spring inspiration

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The Inspired Makers Tribe are bringing you all the
spring decor and inspiration you need to kick the winter blues!

Lisa @ The Purple Hydrangea | Sarah @ 1915 House | Kim @ Farmhouse Made
Toni @ Small Home Soul | Susanne @ Pearl Street Designs | Sherri @ Savvy Apron
Stephanie @ One Mile Home & Style | Denise @ My Thrifty House

The Inspired Makers Tribe are bringing you all the
spring decor and inspiration you need to kick the winter blues!

Lisa @ The Purple Hydrangea | Sarah @ 1915 House | Kim @ Farmhouse Made
Toni @ Small Home Soul | Susanne @ Pearl Street Designs | Sherri @ Savvy Apron
Stephanie @ One Mile Home & Style | Denise @ My Thrifty House

Happy Spring,

Susanne


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16 Comments

  1. Your stencil painting is perfect! I always get nervous when I remove the stencil and mine doesn’t usually look as perfect as yours does. I love that you used drop cloth too.

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Thank you Sherri! Self adhesive stencils are the way to go!!

  2. I love how your pillows turned out, Susanne!! That stencil is one of my favorites, too. 😀 And drop cloth is amaaaaazing! 😀

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      I couldn’t believe when I watched your fb live stenciling those kitchen towels….I had just bought this stencil, lol!!

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      It really is Stephanie, and I love the feel of it!

  3. I share your irrational fear of stenciling. I would also include anything requiring Mod Podge to my list of craft fears.
    Drop cloth pillows are the best canvas for a stencil. I love your free-spirited design, my friend.

    Happy long weekend.

    Lisa

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Thank you Lisa!! Yes mod podge is on my list too, lol!! Have a wonderful Easter!!

  4. Drop cloth is definitely a favorite in my house. It’s so versatile and easy to work with too. Your pillows turned out perfect and look great with the rug and chair.

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Thank you Denise! I can see doing more of them in the near future 😉

  5. Susanne I love your pillows, and the stencil turned out great. You are a better crafter and sewer than you give yourself credit for. I love the bright color pink you used for your feathers and it does match that fab rug perfectly. Just lovely!!

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Thank you so much my friend!! When I take my time and put a lid on my impatience I can do a decent job, lol!

  6. Gorgeous pillows! I need to get me some drop cloth asap, can you believe I have never used it before?? And those stencils, ah so lovely! Happy Spring!!

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Thanks Katrin!! Yes, you have to get some drop cloth! It is the most amazing fabric, thank you for stopping by 🙂

  7. I love using drop cloths in my house! Your stencil looks great!! I’m not so handy or careful with stencils, but I love how this one has a sticky back – gives me hope! lol

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Thanks Kim!! The sticky back is amazing!!

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