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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.)
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).
- This .zip file, which contains the SVG needed to make the stencil.
- A white cushion cover. There are a lot of great options here.
- Black fabric paint, like this.
- 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.
- Some cardboard (scrap will do).
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.
(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.
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.
To finish, 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.