Saturday, March 12, 2011

Jones Design Company copied pillow tutorial

I've been following a blog, Jones Design Company pretty religiously for a while now. She did this amazing painted wallpaper tutorial a while back and I'd been wanting to try it. I want to paint it onto a thick drop cloth and use it as a rug. But to test my theory first, I tried it for a pillow. I'm VERY happy with the results and can't thank Emily enough for doing the hard part for me.

Here's a run down of how I did my project. First off, go here and at the end of the posting Emily has a free template you can download. I shrunk it to the size I thought would look good on the pillow and cut it out. Then I stenciled it onto the fabric just like she did on her wall. After that I mixed textile medium and white paint and started painting it on. Just follow the directions on the bottle. It's 2:1 but I don't remember which part is the 2.

It went on relatively easy. I didn't even have to do two coats.

One Jackie Chan movie and 2 episodes of Yo Gabba Gabba later and I had finished.

Then I washed the fabric and put them facing each other and sewed along the outside leaving a small gap (but big enough to stick the pillow back through).

Flip it right side in and pin the edge not sewn.

Sew the edge and you're all finished!


  1. Okay I could so do it on fabric, I just have zero motivation to do it on a wall.

  2. How did women share home-making ideas before Al Gore invented the internet?

  3. LOVE! Is it crackly? Or did it dry nicely? I've been wanting to paint fabric with a saying, but not sure how it will turn out. Any pointers?

  4. this is fantastic. i just found your blog from better after... and it's nap time so i'm pouring over it. i also saw the template somewhere recently and have been wondering if this would work for curtains? and i want to try it on a cheap ikea rug... but they won't be in the same room ;)

  5. Love, LOVE this! I will be using this idea to make pillows for our living room. Thanks so much for the idea!!

  6. That is fantastic! Great idea!