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.
- Craft knife
- Freezer paper
- Deep-edge around-the-page punch
- Scrap paper
- Craft paper or newspaper
- Small, round craft paintbrush
- Fabric paint
Start with fabric of desired dimensions. We started with a 17-inch square piece of linen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Once paint has completely dried, peel back freezer paper and discard.
Assemble pillow as desired.