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.

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.

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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