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DIY Stenciled Linen Pillows…..

I am a pillow lover.It goes along with my obsession of lampshades and tea towels.I thought you would love how to paint your own DIY stenciled linen pillows too! I love making my own pillows and customize them with stencils because it is  a nice way to get a custom look with out spending a lot of money. I also love making my own stencils. I used to do it all of the time when I was doing hand painted furniture.
how to print a DIY pillow at home

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To custom print your own pillows, you’ll need: fabric or screen-printing ink, a pillow cover, and stamps or stencils.  You can also use your Cricut machine to cut custom stencils and screenprint .  You can find the supplies here.

Screen printing fabric ink

I like Speedball ink, It’s specifically for screen printing, but I use it for all kinds of fabric crafts all of the time. By volume it’s cheaper than fabric paint and it’s a bit thicker (You can thin it with water if you want.), and lasts much longer. After it’s heat set it’s very colorfast. and is also non-toxic. I buy mine when they are on sale or with a 40% off coupon at the craft stores.

Mixing fabric ink colors

There aren’t as many color choices as fabric paint, but they have all of the primaries,secondary’s and black and white, so you can mix your own colors. I save old jelly jars and pickle jars to keep the custom paint colors in. You an also use fabric paint with this project. It’s all personal preference. I just prefer screen printing ink.
Load fabric ink on the foam pouncer
I like to use a foam craft dauber to get the right amount of ink.
When stenciling use an up and down pouncing method
 I just lay my craft stencil down and pounce away. I’ll use painter’s tape to tape it down if I want to make sure it doesn’t move. To get a custom printed look, I just overlay my stencils  and try different pressures to get different patterns.
Using a greeting card cut out as a stencil
 And anything can be a stencil . This bird cut-out is from a Christmas card! I also used a  doily stencil too. Sometimes I like to use letter or number stencils like I did on this tray project.
Paint a hand painted custom DIY stenciled linen pillow
After my ink dries, I heat set it,sew my pillow and stuff it. If you have a pre-made pillow case, you can just add the insert in.
DIY handpainted linen pillow
DIY stenciled linen pillows are a great way to get those custom colors or images you just can’t find in the store, and there are so many stencils you can choose from. Happy Stenciling and DIY pillow printing!

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  1. Your pillow is beautiful. Very creative to use old Christmas cards as stencils. I live close to you in Carpentersville, IL. What a great project since we are in the middle of a snow storm right now. When you say you heat set the pillow is that just running a hot iron over it after its done? I hope I can meet you one day your blog is such a inspiration.

    God Bless you.

  2. It is fabulous and very Anthro. Thanks for all the fabric paint tips. I’m going to have to try those screen paint.

  3. Beautiful Jen! LOVE this technique even I can do this ;-). Your pillow is so pretty!Love the colors you chose too!

  4. Jen how do you know exactly the inspiration I am looking for, at exactly the right time? The blue is a color I have toying with to complement the living room. Love it and hadn’t thought of using the screen paint. So beautiful, thanks so much! Eleni

  5. That’s so pretty. I have a pillow obsession too and so does my daughter. She is teaching herself to sew and has made two pillows. This is something she could try.

    Thank you!

  6. I have never liked any stenciled fabric- it always looks, well, stenciled. This, however, is GORGEOUS!!!!! I’m dying to do some now. I cannot begin to say how much I like it! Thank you!

  7. Jen, I, too, am a great believer in screen print paid, namely Speedball. You just cannot beat it for vivid and lasting color, as I attest to on my blog “Mimi Mine.” Your bird pillow is great. What a good idea to use a Christmas card for a stencil!

  8. What a great pillow. I love that you stenciled it. I would love for you to come and link this up to my Winter Blues Wednesday party going on right now (if you haven’t already). Hope to see you there.

  9. Found you from savvysouthernstyle. I’m a big-time linen-ohlic. Must say that I particularly like the colors and patterns you chose for this pillow (and appreciate the tip about screen printing ink). Lovely and, best of all, uniquely yours.

  10. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I have been desperately searching
    for pillows for my newly painted décor and these are perfect!

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