I fell in love with Dot & Bo's Love You To The Moon pillow below. So I got inspired to make my own version.
I thought it would be a perfect addition to the new vintage entryway bench I got at the Sacramento Antique Faire a couple weeks ago. It would also follow the theme of my framed love poems along the entryway wall. Read about that DIY here.
I choose a vintage linen light gold fabric that looks like burlap to create as a pillow cover. To make your own pillow cover, here is a super simple sewing tutorial for a 14" x 14" pillow from A Curiously Chic Life. I bought an oversized throw pillow insert which is a 20" x 20". To cut the fabric, cut 21" wide and 46" in length.
Materials for the Pillow Cover:
fabric of your choice, scissors, pins, measuring tape, and thread
Here is my pillow cover final result (inside out pic):
To add the text "To The Moon & Back" to the pillow, I needed a stencil that almost matched the Dot & Bo pillow. I ordered my letter stencil stick-on from Craft Cuts. I was able to design my own through their website. The font I used for the text is Arial Black Stencil. Since my pillow size is a 20" x 20", I choose the height of my stencil to be 3" which equals to 9" total. Make sure that when you order, the height and the width of the stencil is less than the size of your actual pillow. For the fabric paint, I used Simply Spray in black from Michael's. Below are steps to adding stencil art to your pillow cover:
1) When you receive your stencil order from Craft Cuts, peel off the thick backing. Apply the stencil onto your fabric surface. Make sure it is centered. This is an important step: make sure to smooth out the stencil onto your fabric surface, using your finger or a spatula. To prevent the paint from bleeding through, make sure to also smooth out the vinyl around the letters.
2) Carefully and slowly peel off the transfer tape from the front of the stencil. I would smooth the vinyl out again. Important step: Use wax paper or parchment paper to put inside of the pillow cover to prevent the paint from bleeding all over the back of your pillow.
3) Find a piece of cardboard to paint your pillow cover. Make sure to cover the parts of the pillow where there is no stencil to prevent overspray.
4) I sprayed the paint onto the fabric with Simply Spray. I followed the instructions on the package. Spray 6 to 8 inches away from your project in a circular motion. The paint comes out in a thick stream so be careful not to overpaint like I did. I waited overnight for the paint to dry. I carefully removed the stick-on stencil from the pillow and removed the parchment paper from inside the pillow. You can make the paint fade by washing the pillow, but you will need to wait 72 hours from the end of your project. If you have any questions regarding this DIY, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Home is where the heart is" and love should be all year round. If you can't get enough decorative pillows that send the message of love, check out the Love Mix & Match pillow from thestore.com.
Thanks so much for reading! ~ marissa