While looking for decorative pillows for Songbird’s bed, I came across this adorable anchor design. But $52 for a 20″x 20″ pillow?! I didn’t like it that much.
Naturally I decided to make it myself. I already had an unused throw pillow insert and white fabric left over from another project. Since I was sewing my own pillow, I cut two squares of fabric to size first. However, this technique can still work if you’re starting with a pre-sewn pillow cover.
To make the stripes, I used plain ‘ole painters tape. Since the tape was already 2″ thick, I just used a small piece of it as a spacer to mark off equidistant stripes.
Did you know you can paint fabric with latex house paint? True story. When dry, the paint is flexible and feels smooth. Since I wanted the colors to match what I had already used in Songbird’s room, I got out the sample-sized tester jars that I used for her ombre scalloped wall.
Apply 2-3 coats with a small brush.
The fabric may bubble a little, but you can run an iron on low over the back side of the painted areas to flatten them once the paint is entirely dry. (Never place a hot iron directly onto latex paint!)
Once the stripes were dry, I cut the anchor shape out of freezer paper (tutorial here). To make sure the stencil was properly positioned when the pillow was full, I sewed the pillow on 3 sides and slid in the insert. Then I pinned it in place. To protect my iron from the stripe paint, I placed a piece of parchment paper on top of the stencil when I ironed it on.
The stencil didn’t adhere very well my textured fabric, so I used a detail brush to clean up those edges.
And because I am terrible at blind stitching by hand, I bought a zipper and finished the pillow that way.
Ultimately, the zipper was my only cost for this awesome accent pillow – $3! Got exactly what I wanted for a price I can live with.
*** Please keep in mind that latex house paint is NOT machine washable. Since this is a decorative pillow I figured that wasn’t a big deal; I can spot wash it if needed. I recommend using fabric paint if you desire washability.