It’s easy to dress up plain minimalist pillows yourself—all you need are fabric paint, a foam brush, and regular erasers. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make a striped bars pillow.
What You Need
- pillow cover, kraft paper, ruler, pencil, masking tape, plastic plate, fabric paint, foam brush, rectangular eraser
Follow These Steps
- Remove the pillow insert from its case and place a few layers of kraft paper inside the cover. This keeps the fabric paint from seeping through to the other side of the pillow cover.Tip: Wash and iron the pillow covers prior to stamping so you have a clean, smooth canvas to work on.Tip: If there are buttons along the back, you may need to use something thicker than kraft paper, like non-corrugated cardboard, so you don’t get an imprint when you stamp.
- Measure 1½ inches from the left edge of the cover, and lightly mark the spot with a pencil. To create a nice straight line, tape the ruler to the table so you can use it as a guide.Tip: These measurements are for an 18-inch pillow cover, so you’ll need to adjust them if your pillow is a different size.
- Add some fabric paint onto a plastic plate; this can act as your palette. Using the foam brush, coat the thin, long side of the rectangular eraser with the paint color of your choice.Tip: It’s a good idea to do a few test runs on fabric scraps so you can get the hang of it before you’re ready to move on to your pillow.
- Starting at the left edge of the pillow cover, press the eraser down.
- Apply another coat of paint to the eraser (do this after each stamp). Press down again, about ½ inch lower than the first stamp. You don’t have to have to measure this; you can eyeball it. Continue until you reach the bottom of the pillow cover.
- Now take the ruler and measure 3 ¾ inches from the right side of the stamped bars. Lightly mark it with a pencil and tape the ruler in the new spot.
- Repeat the stamping technique to create the middle stripe.
- For the last stripe, measure 3 ¾ inches from the right side of the middle stripe and mark the spot or tape the ruler in place.
- Repeat the process again to stamp the last stripe.
- You can stamp one side of the cover, or both—just make sure to allow an hour of drying time for each side. You can experiment with a variety of eraser shapes and sizes, including the one at the end of a pencil. Play around with patterns and colors to find the one that suits your style.Tip: After the pillow cover is completely dry, “fix” or heat-set the fabric paint to allow you to machine-wash or dry-clean the cover without the colors running: Using a dry iron on the appropriate fabric setting, press the reverse side of the pillow cover. If there are buttons on the cover, place a cloth inside as cushioning prior to ironing.