Today I am sharing a quick and easy Stenciled Ugly Christmas Sweater Pillow. The holidays are just not complete without a Christmas Sweater, the uglier the better. Am I right or am I right? The Poly-Fil Premier Pillow Form from Fairfield World makes it soft and cozy just like that favorite sweater! Check out my step-by-step tutorial below created with my favorite Americana Acrylic from DecoArt and a variety of their outstanding stencils. and then scroll all the way down for a TON of inspiration!
Create a Christmas Sweater Inspired Pillow
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Here's what you will need to create a Stenciled Pillow:
- Poly-Fil Premier 20″ Square Pillow Form from Fairfield World
- Natural Canvas Pillow Cover 18″ by 18″ – I got two for under $10!
- American Acrylics by DecoArt – Titanium White, Mustard Seed, Bubblegum Pink, Santa Red, Country Red, Deep Burgundy, Sour Apple, Hauser Light Green, Festive Green, Forest Green
- DecoArt Stencils – Assorted
- DecoArt Stencil Brush Set
- Painter's Tape
- Strathmore Disposable Palette Paper Pad
- Iron and Ironing Board
- Poster Board or Card Board
Here's how to create a Pillow with Fairfield World:
To begin a Stenciled Ugly Christmas Sweater Pillow, gather all supplies. Iron the pillow cover to remove all wrinkles. Measure and cut a square of poster board or cardboard that will fit inside the pillow cover. This will prevent the paint from seeping through to the back of the pillow cover.
Position the stencil at the top left corner of the pillow cover. Secure the stencil to the fabric with painter's tape. Place a dime-size dollop of Festive Green and Santa Red on disposable palette paper. Dip a stencil brush into the paint and then pounce off a majority of the paint onto the palette. Gently add color through the stencil in a pouncing motion. Too much paint will cause seepage under the stencil and not enough paint will cause uneven coverage. Touch up any gaps with a paintbrush.
Apply each stencil design at the top and bottom of the pillow cover, moving toward the center. To create a shaded effect, first, apply the light Bubblegum Pink and then while still wet, add in the darker Santa Red. Stencil the leaves with Hauser Light Green.
Continue adding stencil patterns onto the pillow cover. To stencil, the entire width of the pillow, make sure to overlap the last image stenciled with the first image on the stencil. Use a ruler to keep everything straight. Mask off sections of the stencil with painter's tape to prevent the paint from going where it is not intended. A fun Nordic stencil provides a ton of inspiration with Deep Burgundy, Forest Green, and Mustard Yellow. Continue to work from the top and the bottom, so the pattern meets in the middle.
Add the final stencil pattern to the very center of the pillow cover with Americana Sour Apple acrylic paint by DecoArt. Accent the center of the design with Country Red dots created by dipping the end of the stencil brush into the paint, then onto the pillow cover.
Once the stenciled Ugly Christmas Sweater Pillow patterns are complete, add an additional overall texture to the pillow cover. A chevron stencil and Titanium White applied in a random fashion over the entire pillow cover gives added dimension and depth. Use more paint in certain areas and less paint in others. I think that this final step really adds that sweater effect!
Insert Poly-Fil Premier 20″ Square Pillow Form into the pillow cover. Now, this Premier Pillow Form is not your Momma's pillow form because it is soft, squishy, and extremely comfortable – not hard and stiff. The 20-inch square is a great size for a decorative pillow but is also perfect for snuggling and napping which are important pillow features! I always fold my pillow forms in half before inserting them into a pillow cover.
Quick and Easy Stenciled Ugly Christmas Sweater Pillow
I hope that you have enjoyed my Stenciled Christmas Ugly Sweater Pillow with Fairfield World and that you will use my project as a jumping-off point to create a fun, quick, and easy pillow to decorate your home this holiday season!
Now, here is the FUN part! A TON of holiday inspiration
I would like to send out a big THANK YOU to Fairfield World for sponsoring the Holiday Pillow Party! I am so excited to be a part of Fairfield’s Holiday Pillow Party again this year! It was so much fun making my Oh, Christmas Tree Pillow last year, and I love that we are keeping the tradition alive!
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