DIY Brush Stroke Pillow Tutorial {Article by Lauren Densley}

This is my plug for accent pillows; they can be one of the easiest and cheapest things to make, and can make the biggest difference in any room.  Not to long ago I made some DIY Hand Stamped  feather pillow cases to cover some horrific green pillows I had; now I love them!  Well, I came across some more pillow forms, and I just had to turn them into something fresh and new!  Here are just a few ideas to get you started on freshening up your living room, front entry, or bedroom.

Materials Needed:

~ White Cotton Fabric

~ Pillow Form (I used a 12″ x 12″)

~ Sewing Machine/Matching Thread

~ Acrylic Paint/Paint Brush

~ Wax Paper

~ Needle and White Thread

Pillow Case Tutorial

1: Cut out your pillow case

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Using the measurements of your pillow form (whether it’s 12 x 12, or 14 x 14 etc.), add 1/2″ to all sides, and cut out the square on the FOLD. This will result it a long rectangle of fabric. (Example: If your pillow form is 12 x 12, the square you cut out will be 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″).

2: Sew along sides

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 Now, with your long rectangle folded with RIGHT SIDES together, sew and/or serge along the opposing sides, leaving the top open.

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Now I would serge along the top opening to prevent fraying.

Turn the pillow case right sides out.

3: Prep for Painting

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 First, insert a piece of wax paper in the center of the pillow case (to prevent the paint from leaking to the other side).

Now, for painting, there is fabric paint you can buy, but I already had a ton of acrylic paints on hand, and to be honest, of all the acrylic paint I’ve gotten on my clothes, they have never come out in the wash.  So I felt pretty safe using them.

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So grab your desired color(s) of paint, and mix it with just a TINY bit of water. (If you use to much water, the color will not be as vivid)

Now here are just a few ideas to get your creative gears turning

Brush Stroke Ideas

(Note: Using a brush with bristles will give you a better “stroke” look then a sponge brush.)

1: Yellow Brush Stroke

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 I originally got this idea from a pillow I saw on West Elm that was upwards of $60! My rendition was much nicer on my wallet 🙂 .  I love the idea of the brush strokes because you don’t have to worry to much about little imperfections.

2: Black Dashed Stroke

This is an example of just going with the flow.   I didn’t think to hard about how I wanted it to turn out, I just did what feels right!

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3: Coral and Gold Straight Stroke

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I wanted a cute pillow to match my daughters room, and this was just the ticket!

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Use tape to create the straight lines, and dab along the edge.

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Finishing the Pillow

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Once you’ve created a masterpiece on the pillowcase, make sure to set it out to dry completely.

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Once dry, insert the pillow form, fold the top edge in on itself (so the serged edge is hidden in the middle), and hand stitch it together with a needle and thread.  (Make sure the stitches are not TOO tight or close together). That way, when you want to change the pillow case, simply un-pick your hand stitching.

Now go create some beauties of your own!

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  • Nikki
    May 9, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Wow they are really effective! I think the leaf print one is my favourite! Great Post!

    • Ashley Brown
      May 9, 2016 at 12:44 PM

      It really is. I am very happy to have Lauren Densley as a guest on here 🙂

  • Tamara
    May 9, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    Looks so easy yet so pretty! I’m might do it soon!


    Tamara –

    • Ashley Brown
      May 9, 2016 at 12:42 PM

      I am definitely doing this one day soon. I have a new thing for gold paint and I want to try it out.

  • Brittany
    May 9, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    ok one: You are adorable. Two: these pillows are so awesome! Three: You have such a good eye for colors and patterns. I have zero sewing ability and that makes me really sad because all I want now are these pillows!! Four: your blog name is so good!! ha!

    • Ashley Brown
      May 9, 2016 at 12:40 PM

      They are, aren’t they! Lauren did such
      a great job on this tutorial.

  • Jen
    May 10, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    What a fun project – I can even see my kids making a pillow like this!!

  • Melissa Macauley
    May 10, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Love, Love these! I have been itching to make pillows for my bedroom!

  • Ahu Shahrabani
    May 10, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    These pillows are gorgeous, and it actually looks pretty easy! Thank you for writing an approachable and simple tutorial. 🙂

  • Kathleen
    May 10, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    Those came out great!! I love how you can do whatever you want with them

  • Darci
    May 10, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    Love this tutorial! I love changing things up in a room with pillows. Will have to try.

  • Victoria Graham
    May 10, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    I don’t know why I have been so scared to paint pillow cases, but you make this look so easy that I think it is time to get over that and just do it. Such a cute idea!

  • Chauntel
    May 10, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    I just love this! It looks so fun! I am definitely trying this! Thank you!

  • Meg
    May 11, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    I love this tutorial! I can hardly sew at all, but even I think I could manage this project!

  • Lisa
    May 12, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    Those look so fun!

  • Nicole
    May 10, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    This is amazing! What a CUTE idea! I would love to make this!

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