Do you love to decorate your home in the summer with Americana decor? I sure do and I just cannot wait to show you how to make one of these gorgeous pillow covers for yourself!
This post is sponsored by DecoArt. All opinions are my own.
I used this tutorial to make my Americana Drop Cloth envelope pillow cover using a paint drop cloth as my fabric. My method for measuring the correct size for my pillow cover is very simple. I lay the pillow on the fabric and eyeball it.
The only thing I did different with this particular pillow cover was to go back around the edge and sew about a half inch all the way around to create that little decorative edge. It’s a nice way to add an extra touch to a pillow cover without too much work involved.
DIY Stenciled Americana Drop Cloth Pillow Cover Tutorial
- American Tribute 12″x12″ Stencil (Americana Decor Stencil from DecoArt)
- DecoArt Americana True Red Acrylic paint
- DecoArt So Soft Navy Blue Fabric Paint
- DecoArt So Soft White Fabric Paint
- Paint drop cloth cut to size
- Repositionable Spray Adhesive
- Poster board
After making the envelope pillow cover using this tutorial the first thing I did was to measure the front of the pillow cover and center the stencil.
See this quick video for an ironing hack I shared while working on this pillow cover. There is a lot of ironing involved in sewing projects.
Then I used a repositionable spray on adhesive to hold the stencil in place. This stencil has a lot of detail so the spray was necessary. I also taped down the edges with paint tape, I just couldn’t help myself.
I placed a piece of poster board inside the pillow cover so the paint would not bleed through.
You will notice the top stars appear to have been painted but not on this pillow cover yet. I used those for another project. Don’t you just feel extra happy when you can use a stencil for multiple purposes!
Notice the blue background of the star field is already painted. I marked the outside line indicated with the arrows onto the cloth using a pencil. Then I removed the stencil and carefully painted the blue background. After allowing ample drying time, I carefully replaced the stencil for the remainder of the project. The painted blue background made the perfect guide to position the stencil back into place.
Notice that I painted all of the stripes white first. After allowing ample drying time, I came back and painted two coats of red over top of the white. The drop cloth serves as the white stripe but I still wanted to see some true white on my flag. We love the effect it gave us with that white framing the red strip which is noticeable in the photo below.
These are the paint colors which gave this project it’s wow factor! DecoArt So Soft White, So Soft Navy Blue and DecoArt Americana True Red. I’m totally in love with this Navy Blue and looking for another project to use it on!
My new Stenciled Americana Drop Cloth pillow is adorning my just made over porch swing which I will be sharing this week also! Another new paint color crush is the one I used on the swing also from DecoArt! You will HAVE to see the Before picture!
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