painted holiday pillows {with DecoArt SoSoft Fabric Paint}

December 10, 2013

If you are like me, you may want to add lots of Christmas to your home decor without accumulating lots of bulky stuff.  Sound familiar?  Try pillow covers.  Just swap out the ‘out-of-season’ covers for some festive ones and you are good to go!  Today, I am sharing some pretty pillow covers I made recently using DecoArt SoSoft Fabric Paint.  I love how they turned out!


Here’s what you need:

  • DecoArt SoSoft Fabric Paint in White, Silver Platinum, and Indian Turquoise
  • pillow form
  • cotton or cotton blend fabric, washed
  • freezer paper
  • scissors
  • exacto knife
  • cutting surface
  • iron
  • sponge applicator
  • sewing machine or needle and thread


Prepare your surface: Cut one piece of fabric one inch larger, lengthwise and widthwise, than your pillow form.  For example, if your pillow form is 19×19 inches, cut your fabric 20×20 inches to allow for a 1/2 inch seam.  Cut two more pieces that are half the size of your first piece, plus 4 inches.  If your fabric is cut to 20×20 inches, the second and third pieces will be cut to 14 inches each.

Prepare your stencil and paint: Download the file below to use with Silhouette® electronic cutter to cut the pattern from your freezer paper.  Likewise, you can print and cut the pattern using an exact knife and a cutting surface.

Holiday Freezer Paper Stencil Template

Iron one un-cut piece of freezer paper on the reverse side of your large fabric square, shiny side to the fabric.  This will be your base so that colors don’t bleed and your fabric doesn’t shift.  Iron on your freezer paper stencil(s) on the right side making sure the stencil is ironed on flat an there are no gaps or creases near your stencil opening.


Use the sponge applicator to paint the open areas of your stencil.  Allow to dry overnight.  Remove the freezer paper.


Sew your Pillow: Sew a 1/2 inch seam on one of the long sides on each of the smaller pieces of fabric.  Lay painted fabric on a flat surface, painted side up.  Lay the smaller pieces on top, right sides down, seams in the middle, and edges aligned.  Pin together.  Sew a 1/2 inch seam around the edge.  Remove the pins and turn right side out.



Put that new cover on your pillow, fluff it up, and enjoy!



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