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.
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.
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.
I like to use a foam craft dauber to get the right amount of ink.
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.
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.
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 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!