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Stenciled Pillow




Simple stencil work can add sophistication to a standard throw pillow. This stencil pattern by lead TV crafter Hosanna Houser is made with freezer paper and a craft punch.


Freezer paper available at your local grocery store in the same section as aluminum foil and waxed paper. Wild Flowers around-the-page punch available from Martha Stewart Crafts.

Get Hosanna's stenciling tips on the Crafts Dept. blog.


  • Fabric
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Freezer paper
  • Deep-edge around-the-page punch
  • Scrap paper
  • Iron
  • Craft paper or newspaper
  • Small, round craft paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Fabric paint


  1. Step 1

    Start with fabric of desired dimensions. We started with a 17-inch square piece of linen.

  2. Step 2

    Using a craft knife and a ruler, cut freezer paper into 12-inch squares. For fabric of a different size, be sure that paper dimensions are even numbers -- 6, 8, 10, etc. -- to work effectively with the punch.

  3. Step 3

    Using a deep-edge around-the-page punch, punch all edges of freezer paper. To get a perfect pattern and to prevent jamming, place a piece of scrap paper underneath freezer paper and punch both together.

  4. Step 4

    Place punched stencil, shiny side down, in center of fabric (use ruler to ensure it's centered) and affix stencil to fabric with a hot, dry iron.

  5. Step 5

    To create small stenciling brush, with sharp scissors, trim bristles of a small round craft paintbrush to about 1/4 of an inch. The starting brush should be between 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch in diameter.

  6. Step 6

    Place fabric on craft paper or newspaper to protect work surface, and using a careful pouncing motion, apply fabric paint to stencil with brush, being sure not to go off the edge of the stencil.

  7. Step 7

    Once paint has completely dried, peel back freezer paper and discard.

  8. Step 8

    Assemble pillow as desired.

The Martha Stewart Show, March 2011



Reviews (4)

  • sammi867 4 Jul, 2011

    I love these kind of projects. They make great christmas gifts.

  • cookiesgalore 4 Mar, 2011

    oops, it didn't show the full link. Just go to, , and type "martha Stewart" in the search and it should come up.

  • cookiesgalore 4 Mar, 2011

    Here's a website that has some of her pattern punchers discounted
    (i think they are $11.95):

  • AllysonRae 4 Mar, 2011

    I love this! How about stenciling the edges of sheets and pillows? Too cute!