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How to Stencil Pillows


How to Stencil a Teddy Bear Pillow
Teddy Bear Pillows make great ensemble decor.
Teddy Bear Pillows make great ensemble decor.

Teddy bears bring ­comfort and cheer in all kinds of weather. Rain or shine, this pillow turns a reading nook into a cozy retreat.

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Stencil Design: Download the Teddy Bear Pillow as a PDF.

What You'll Need

  • Fabric medium
  • Plaid FolkArt acrylic paint: Navy Blue, Turner's Yellow, Honeycomb, Glazed Carrots, Licorice, Lipstick Red
  • 8-1/2-inch square prewashed muslin
  • Disappearing-ink marking pen
  • Painter's tape
  • 1/2-inch stencil brushes, 3
  • 3/8-inch stencil brushes, 4
  • Soft, clean cloth
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Iron-on adhesive
  • Pillow, 12- to 14-inch square

Instructions Step One: Follow manufacturer's instructions to add fabric medium to the paint.

Step Two: Center stencil A on the muslin; mark registration points. Stencil the umbrella, raindrops, and water splashes Navy Blue with a 1/2-inch brush. Stipple lightly in the center of the umbrella, stenciling more heavily around the outer edges. Stencil the duck Turner's Yellow with a 3/8-inch brush. Stencil all other openings Honeycomb with a 1/2-inch brush.

Step Three: Align stencil B; stencil the duck's beak, wing, and feet Glazed Carrots with a 3/8-inch brush. Stencil the duck's eye Licorice with a 3/8-inch brush. Stencil all other openings Turner's Yellow with a 1/2-inch brush. Using a 3/8-inch brush and Lipstick Red, lightly shade the edges of the raincoat, hat, and boots.

Use red to lightly shade the edges of the coat, hat, and boots.
Use red to lightly shade the edges of the coat, hat, and boots.

Step Four: Align stencil C; stencil the underside of the umbrella Navy Blue with a 1/2-inch brush. Stencil the bear's facial features Licorice with a 3/8-inch brush. Stencil all other openings Lipstick Red with a 3/8-inch brush.

Carefully stencil the edges of the umbrella.
Carefully stencil the edges of the umbrella.

Step Five: Let dry. Place a clean cloth over the design, and run an iron over it in order to heat-set the paint.

Step Six: Iron the stenciled square onto a square of iron-on adhesive. Follow manufacturer's directions to iron the muslin onto the pillow.

If you're looking to add a touch of country elegance to any chair, learn how to make a Sweet Seat Cushion in the final section.

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