A while ago I stumbled upon these really cute pillows by Beth Cummings at her Etsy Shop FourEyesHandmade.
I decided I would need something like this for my breakfast nook. Although these pillows are adorable, I needed a different size and color. I also wanted to try my hand at screen printing with an at-home solution. So, here’s my first try:
Here’s how I did it:
1) First, measure your pillow and add an inch on either side.
2) Cut out the pattern pieces based on the pillow’s measurements. I created an envelope-style pattern. You can see how I make the pattern on another post of mine, Slipcovers for Your Pillows.
3) Create stencils for your artwork. Once complete, I print them out and trace them with a permanent marker on a plastic sheet, ( for the plastic sheet I destroyed a couple old folders I wasn’t using anymore).
4) After cutting out your shape, center it on your front pillow pattern piece. Tape it down on the sides, so it doesn’t slip away, and then blot the empty shape with your paint using a sponge. The sponge texture actually gives the artwork a worn look. Make sure to dab on top of the stencil and don’t rub. This helps keep the shape of your stencil.
5) Remove the plastic sheet and let the pattern pieces dry.
6) After the fronts of the pillows are dry, sew your pillows together.
My breakfast nook is still a work in progress, but these three pillows add a touch of cute to the space.
Here’s the BEFORE (with seller’s furniture):
My next project will be to re-finish the table.
Now it’s time to celebrate!
CELEBRATORY WINE: Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet, $10. This is a great wine for the price! It had just enough berry along with the rich, deep taste that comes with a cab. I selected this to go with today’s project because combining two things, (ie. screen printing DIY and sewing DIY) can be a good thing. CHEERS!