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Create some unique home decor with this simple and fun DIY stencilled cushion cover project!
I’ll admit it: I’m totally obsessed with cushions/throw pillows. Despite the fact that I have more cushion covers than I know what to do with (I literally turned a cushion cover into curtains just to reduce the size of my stash), I still keep collecting the damn things.
(In my defence, throw pillows are really useful for changing the look of a room, which is something I like to do often because
I’m an indecisive loser seasonal decorating is so much fun.)
Over the weekend I decided that I needed yet another cushion cover. I mean, it had been nearly two months since I made my no-sew removable cushion cover, and my cushion obsession requires frequent sacrifices to keep it at bay.
After a whole lot of indecisiveness, I eventually settled on a DIY stencilled cushion cover. I designed the stencil in Adobe Illustrator, cut the stencil out using my Cricut, and painted the design with fabric paint.
And here’s the finished result:
This DIY stencilled cushion cover was a lot of fun to make, especially as someone who loves weeding vinyl (wow, I really do have an exciting life).
As a service to my fellow cushion-obsessives, today I’d like to share the step-by-step process for making your own stencilled cushion cover.
So, let’s get started!
How to make your own vintage stencilled cushion cover
To make your own stencilled cushion cover, you will need:
- This .zip file, which contains the SVG needed to make the stencil. Alternatively, you can find the project pre-prepared on Cricut Design Space.
- A white cushion cover, preferably with a linen texture (for added vintage charm!) There are a lot of great options here.
- Black fabric paint. I used this brand as it’s what’s readily available here in Australia, but it seems to be quite pricey in the US. Here’s an affordable alternative if you’re in the U.S.
- A Cricut or Silhouette Cameo, two pieces of regular vinyl, transfer tape, a scraper tool, and a weeding tool. (You can get these tools in this basic tool kit, which has saved my life more than once).
- A sponge. I just used a “so old it’s probably harbouring a deadly disease” dish sponge. What can I say, I always forget to change my sponges. Oops.
- Some cardboard. I ripped up an old moving box. You could also use a cereal box or similar.
To begin, use your Cricut or Silhouette Cameo to cut out your stencil. The exact size is up to you. My cushion cover was roughly 19″ x 19″, so I made my stencil roughly 11.5″ x 16″ and then cut it across two standard 12″ x 12″ mats. If you’re a Cricut user and not sure how to cut a large design across multiple mats, you can:
- Check out this post which explains how to cut large stencils using the regular 12″ x 12″ Cricut cutting mat or;
- Click here for the pre-prepared project in Cricut Design Space.
(Sorry, Silhouette users: I have no idea how your machine works. I’ve never even seen one in person.)
Once you’ve cut your stencil, use the weeding tool to remove the letters and numbers.
Next, cover your design with transfer tape (contact paper also works well). Run the scraper tool across the design several times, pressing as firmly as possible. Doing this helps those little fiddly bits (such as the vinyl that makes up the inner part of the letter “e”) stick to the transfer tape.
Holding on to the transfer tape, peel your design from the backing paper. Don’t fret if some of the smaller bits of vinyl are still attached to the backing paper. Simply use the weeding tool to slightly lift them from the backing paper then try again.
Stick your design to your cushion cover. Applying as much pressure as you can, run the scraper tool over the stencil several times until your stencil is firmly stuck to your fabric. Doing this will help reduce the chance of the dreaded paint bleed.
Once your stencil is firmly attached to your cushion cover, remove the transfer tape.
Next, slide a piece of cardboard inside the cushion cover. This will stop fabric paint seeping through to the back of your cushion cover.
With your cardboard in place, you can start painting! Dip your sponge in fabric paint, then dab the sponge on a piece of scrap paper to remove excess paint.
Lightly dab your sponge over the stencil. Less is more here, as it’s much easier to add more paint later than it is to fix the bleed that results from too much paint.
Side note: About 10 seconds from being totally finished, I smudged fabric paint on my cushion and freaked out. If this happens to you, you can skip the overdramatic freakout I had because it will come out. If you get a smudge, use a wet toothbrush and dishwashing liquid/dish soap to lightly scrub the smudge. It will take a few goes, but it will come out.
Once you’ve finished stencilling, let your fabric paint dry. I’m not sure what the “magic number” is in terms of drying time. I left mine overnight as I got a serious case of the “I hate this project for no real reason” when I was like 80% done.
(I’m neurotic, what can I say? You’ve got to be to run a blog.)
Once your paint is dry, slowly peel back the vinyl stencil to reveal the design. Use the weeder tool to remove any small pieces of vinyl that stay stuck.
Finally, use your iron to heat-set your fabric paint. Different brands have different ironing times, so it’s best to check the instructions on the back of your fabric paint.
And with that, your stencilled cushion is complete! Here are a few pictures of my cushion to show you how it all turned out.
I hope this DIY stencilled cushion cover project inspired you to create something unique for your home! If you try this project, I’d love to hear about it (and perhaps see pictures of your beautiful creation) in the comments.
Have a lovely day! xoxo
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