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August 9, 2013

Down by the Sea Pillows

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The latest stencils I designed for StencilGirl had me thinking of boardwalks, foamy waves and saltwater breezes. If you want to transport yourself back to your favorite days on the beach, forget holding a shell to your ear and try stenciling instead.

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I made the three pillows above using my hot-off-the-press stencils (above) plus other materials I had on hand. Granted I have a pretty decent material stash (hoarder alert), but I promise these pillows are simple and quick to pull together. Here’s a general tutorial of how to create your own comfy beach pillows.

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MATERIALS: (but feel free to improvise)

fabric paint (I used Lumiere acrylics for a bit of sparkle) .  stencils . stencil brush . canvas on a roll (click if you want the exact stuff I used) .  burlap (for pillow back) .  material scraps reminiscent of the sea . trim . pillow form . sewing machine . needle . thread

 1) Cut the fronts and backs of your pillow from fabric sized to fit your pillow form. I used burlap for the pillow backs and the unprimed side of the canvas for the pillow fronts (I liked the natural canvas side better for this project.)

2) Plain out your design before stenciling on the fabric. Taking the time to do a practice pillow on a similar size piece of scrap paper will be time well spent. You get one shot on that fabric folks!

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3) When ready to stencil on the fabric: lay ironed canvas flat, position stencil and apply paint. Make sure your brush is not too wet. Again, practicing before will allow for better results on the real deal. Take my word for it.

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4) I used several warm Lumiere colors to add depth and interest. Subtle, yet awesome. You can kind of see the variation of colors above, but admittedly it’s hard to capture in a photograph.

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5)  Let your pillow fronts dry. Above see how I chose to design my pillows (Wet, please don’t touch.)

6) Add some fun! Buttons, trims, fabrics etc. Stitch embellishments to the pillow fronts before you sew the front and back together. Otherwise you will have a seriously difficult time here.

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7) Now place the front of the pillow under the front of the back of the pillow (inside out). Add some side trim if you desire and sew together. Remember to leave an opening to insert the pillow form.

8) Insert pillow form and hand stitch the pillow shut the rest of the way.

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9) Enjoy a bit of the sea even if like me, you don’t have an oceanfront address.

Thanks for stopping by. It was certainly nice to meet you if you’re new over here. The blog hop party continues below with the Original Stencil girl, Mary Beth Shaw! (that must be how it feels to be a presenter at the academy awards. I sure lucked out.

Blog Hop Order
StencilGirl Talk
June Pfaff Daley (you are here…now go on to next)
Mary Beth Shaw
Leslie Tucker Jenison
Paula Phillips-Journal Artista
Kirsten Reed
Marjie Kemper
Mary C. Nasser
Carolyn Dube
Maria McGuire
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90 Comments »

  1. WOW what a fantastic project.. I love your pillows!
    Great to see your progress!

    froebelsternchen Susi — August 9, 2013 @ 3:02 am
  2. Oh are these adorable….love what everyone is doing woth your stencils, can’t wait to play with them too! xox

    Corrine Gilman — August 9, 2013 @ 5:15 am
  3. all I need now is a little sand on my feet… Love them!

    Jane — August 9, 2013 @ 8:47 am
  4. June–I already told you what an AMAZING project this was. Now you have an AMAZING tutorial for it! Thank you so much for all your hard work helping with this blog hop! Maria

    Maria McGuire — August 9, 2013 @ 9:22 am
  5. Love your stencils June ~ must make some pillows like yours! :)

    Kirsten Reed — August 9, 2013 @ 9:22 am
  6. I absolutely love what you did with this stencil. Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us.

    Devin — August 9, 2013 @ 9:50 am
  7. wowser!
    If I had a machine I would try this. They turned out gorgeous!

    Monica Lowrance — August 9, 2013 @ 9:53 am
  8. Wow! Love these pillows- they are elegant! Truly elegant! I love the ocean so I was drawn to your stencils in a big big way!

    Carolyn Dube — August 9, 2013 @ 10:10 am
  9. Beautiful designs, your pillows ended up fantastic!

    AyalaArt — August 9, 2013 @ 10:11 am
  10. Love those pillows and the photos. Reminds me of my summers as a college student

    Denise Spillane — August 9, 2013 @ 10:32 am
  11. Love some stencil fun

    marilyn — August 9, 2013 @ 10:34 am
  12. Awesome Stencils! Love the pillows!! Thank you for Sharing!

    Carmen Buster — August 9, 2013 @ 10:36 am
  13. The gold was a great idea. Goes with everything and so rich looking. :-)

    Elizabeth Kaplan — August 9, 2013 @ 10:53 am
  14. Love the cushions and the stencil.

    Melva Bates — August 9, 2013 @ 10:54 am
  15. I LOVE these stencils & your projects are just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

    Heidi Bound — August 9, 2013 @ 11:41 am
  16. Great use of your stencils. It makes me home sick for Galveston. These would make great home decor items, not just pillows, but wall hangings as well. Thanks for sharing.

    Glenda Lovchik — August 9, 2013 @ 12:05 pm
  17. Love the sea theme/collection. Can “sea” them on t shirts and shorts for little girls. Beach bags, wall quilts, espadrilles, hats…oh yes!

    Peggy — August 9, 2013 @ 12:23 pm
  18. I love this. I’ve never stenciled on fabric before. I think I will try this.

    Kathy — August 9, 2013 @ 1:07 pm
  19. June your cushions are beautiful. What a fabulous use of your wonderful stencil designs!

    Linda Kittmer — August 9, 2013 @ 1:11 pm
  20. I love this project. I would just have to find blank pillow cases!

    Lee — August 9, 2013 @ 1:13 pm
  21. Love your stencils! Thanks for the tutorial!

    Gerd Andersson — August 9, 2013 @ 1:19 pm
  22. I love what you’ve produced with these fabulous stencils!

    Gill — August 9, 2013 @ 1:20 pm
  23. love those pillows and stencils used–thanks for great tutorial

    Barb — August 9, 2013 @ 1:23 pm
  24. Beautiful!

    Saranne — August 9, 2013 @ 1:31 pm
  25. these pillow are fantastic. I love them. reminder to self – need more stencils.

    lizzie — August 9, 2013 @ 1:32 pm
  26. Love, love, love these stencils and this tutorial. Since I can’t be at the beach all the time, I have decided to have a beach inspired room in my house. Going to have to try this.

    Clarice — August 9, 2013 @ 1:59 pm
  27. Oh my, they are BEAUTIFUL.

    Kirsten Alicia — August 9, 2013 @ 2:39 pm
  28. I can see those pillows on my couch. Guess I’ll just have to win one of those stencils….fingers crossed.

    Jo Murray — August 9, 2013 @ 3:53 pm
  29. These are gorgeous June! Very creative way to use the design!

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

    Trena in Naperville — August 9, 2013 @ 4:26 pm
  30. wow i just absolutely love, love, love what you did with these stencils. super duper job. sure would love to win this set. xox

    Lura Brown — August 9, 2013 @ 4:27 pm
  31. It is nice for various sites to have stencils that we can win. It’s really appreciated by me to have an opportunity to win and to use stencils of various subjects.

    Barb J — August 9, 2013 @ 4:28 pm
  32. 2nd. comment [here] =LOVE* LOVE sea horses ….w/ love from plumz soapz

    mindy simmons — August 9, 2013 @ 4:28 pm
  33. Lovely pillows! Thank you for showing us how!!!

    Linda Levine — August 9, 2013 @ 4:33 pm
  34. Thank you for the tutorial and for the great way to use this stencil. Thanks, too, for another chance to win it.

    Christie — August 9, 2013 @ 4:34 pm
  35. June, This pillows are stunning! I love your ocean-themed stencils. Thanks for sharing them with us.

    Jackie — August 9, 2013 @ 4:34 pm
  36. Great tutorial. Thanks for another chance in the giveawy.

    Christie — August 9, 2013 @ 4:34 pm
  37. Wow, gorgeous pillows…love them!!!

    Jean McNulty — August 9, 2013 @ 4:48 pm
  38. Gorgeous pillows…fabulous stencils!

    Nancy Lefko — August 9, 2013 @ 5:14 pm
  39. What a gorgeous fresh looking project. Thanks for sharing.

    Kate M — August 9, 2013 @ 5:16 pm
  40. What a cool project! I’d love to try this myself. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Gunvor — August 9, 2013 @ 5:22 pm
  41. What cool projects. Love the pillows!!

    robin — August 9, 2013 @ 5:47 pm
  42. My daughter loved the water and the ocean. I lost her Oct 2011 and having these stencils would give me the opportunity to do some memory pages of her.

    Teresa Richardson — August 9, 2013 @ 5:49 pm
  43. these look like they cost hundreds of dollars. Love it!

    Mary Beth I — August 9, 2013 @ 6:15 pm
  44. Simply LOVE these pillows and the stencils !!!

    Sandy — August 9, 2013 @ 6:16 pm
  45. Love your pillows. Great use of stencils. Thanks for the tutorial, too.

    Gaye — August 9, 2013 @ 6:22 pm
  46. i am speechless! i looove the stencils and what u did with them, too awesome for words! aloha, angi in hana

    angi eharis — August 9, 2013 @ 6:52 pm
  47. So very cool!

    Jean A Marmo — August 9, 2013 @ 7:09 pm
  48. Wow, These are sand-tastically coolio pillows!! I want to make some of my own now! Thank you for sharing your process too!

    Christine Kiehl — August 9, 2013 @ 7:15 pm
  49. Those are gorgeous!!

    Pat Garvin — August 9, 2013 @ 7:21 pm
  50. I love the stencils. I agree with MaryBeth maybe next a sea urchin and I would add a squid and a jelly fish

    melissa — August 9, 2013 @ 7:23 pm
  51. This is lovely I love the stencils. Your project is beautiful,thank you for sharing.
    susan salyer

    susan salyer — August 9, 2013 @ 7:26 pm
  52. These projects are AWESOME!!!! Absolutely gorgeous and inspired! Thank you for sharing!
    SUsan Chong
    beegsmachine@yahoo.com

    Susan Chong — August 9, 2013 @ 7:53 pm
  53. Give me a sec while I pick my bottom jaw off the floor. I could totally see these being sold at a place like Pier 1. I really need to build a better relationship with my sewing machine. (we don’t see eye to eye, it’s rather sad) You did a great job showing another great way to use these or any type of stencils. You picked the perfect colors for this project as well. I’m TOTALLY impressed. Have a great weekend. (((HUGS)))

    kimmie hogan — August 9, 2013 @ 8:17 pm
  54. wow what a great idea …

    Boni Grabusky — August 9, 2013 @ 8:45 pm
  55. how beautiful! they would look great in my beach house!

    Helen Markee — August 9, 2013 @ 10:17 pm
  56. What a great project!

    Sarah Jones — August 9, 2013 @ 11:20 pm
  57. Great projects. I love the stencils!

    Raine — August 9, 2013 @ 11:27 pm
  58. your pillows are simply stunning! What an awesome idea!

    Paula McLane Jennings — August 10, 2013 @ 12:11 am
  59. Gorgeous pillows! Thanks for the tutorial – the lumier paints add just the right shine. Thanks for the inspiration!

    I would love to win these to start my own project!

    Carmen Lucero — August 10, 2013 @ 12:31 am
  60. As a beach lover this has got to be my all time favorite stencil. It has so much versatility. Awesome Project. I think I may have to give this a try :)

    Blessings,
    Kathy Carter
    carterscraftingcorner.blogspot
    https://www.facebook.com/CartersCraftingCorner?ref=hl

    Kathy Carter — August 10, 2013 @ 2:55 am
  61. Love these beachy inspired stencils! The sea horse is awesome!

    Karen Buchanan — August 10, 2013 @ 8:30 am
  62. Beautiful stencils and professional results with the pillows. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

    Valerie Gilreath — August 10, 2013 @ 8:47 am
  63. great pillows.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

    stamping sue — August 10, 2013 @ 8:52 am
  64. Your pillows and stencils are so fun! They feel relaxing, just like a trip to the beach!

    J Elizabeth Ballard — August 10, 2013 @ 9:24 am
  65. June, I love your stencils and these gorgeous pillows!
    The iridescent colors are beautiful with the canvas and burlap!
    What an inspiring tutorial! :)

    Mary C. Nasser — August 10, 2013 @ 9:38 am
  66. Love Love Love your pillows!! They are great! And the stencils are awesome!! Looking forward to adding some to my collection soon!

    June H — August 10, 2013 @ 11:00 am
  67. wow these are awesome I can see all kinds of Christmas gifts out of this idea. I think I have to have these stencils.

    Kitty

    kitty — August 10, 2013 @ 12:16 pm
  68. LOVE the Lumiere paints on your pillows!

    Darlene Propp — August 10, 2013 @ 1:07 pm
  69. Great stencil designs! Love ‘em…

    Tricia — August 10, 2013 @ 1:26 pm
  70. Makes me think of peaceful time at the beach.

    Dorothy Freeman — August 10, 2013 @ 2:06 pm
  71. These are gorgeous !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Pam D. — August 10, 2013 @ 3:01 pm
  72. Your pillows are wonderful! Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win a stencil.

    LynneP — August 10, 2013 @ 3:16 pm
  73. Oh, and I’m glad to have found your blog, too!

    LynneP — August 10, 2013 @ 3:17 pm
  74. Love the stencils and those pillows are amazing!!!!

    Carol Samsel — August 10, 2013 @ 3:47 pm
  75. your pillows are wonderful and your stencils — marvelous!

    Snap — August 10, 2013 @ 3:51 pm
  76. Thank you all so much for your sweet sweet comments. You all inspire me. I love this supportive community! : )

    June — August 10, 2013 @ 3:57 pm
  77. Your pillows are gorgeous! You’ve inspired this not-great-sewer person to attempt some. I love love love your stencil designs!

    Helen Campbell — August 10, 2013 @ 4:29 pm
  78. These pillows look as if they would cost a fortune to buy.Great tutorial.
    Susan Samuel

    Susan Samuel — August 10, 2013 @ 4:31 pm
  79. Wonderful choice of colors and materials to complement these designs.

    Linda on the Prairie — August 10, 2013 @ 4:41 pm
  80. So Creative! ;) Love it!

    Erica — August 10, 2013 @ 5:06 pm
  81. love seeing the tutorial

    gerry — August 10, 2013 @ 6:03 pm
  82. LOVE TO SEE THE STENCILS BEING USED ON A PILLOW.. FOR HOME DECOR.sometimes you forget that you canuse them for more that artwork. but also home décor. tfs!

    TAMIKO MCCURRY — August 10, 2013 @ 8:15 pm
  83. June, your stencils and projects are wonderful!

    Tameko — August 10, 2013 @ 8:40 pm
  84. I love the pillows and the stencils! They are really awesome! Love to win a stencil or will want to purchase several of them!

    Geary Herendeen — August 10, 2013 @ 10:53 pm
  85. I love the way you used the stencils. have a great day. smilz

    Ronda — August 11, 2013 @ 12:37 pm
  86. Very sweet colors. Thank you for sharing. Here in N.FL we have a shell show every summer.

    Nancy Lee — August 11, 2013 @ 3:23 pm
  87. I also have quite a stash of fabric – I am going to have to try stencils on fabric. I always make papers for my collages – but fabric would be a nice change. Thanks!!

    Sandy Karsten — August 11, 2013 @ 4:51 pm
  88. These cushions are beautiful!

    Lizzie — August 11, 2013 @ 4:57 pm
  89. Those are beautiful pillows! It’s great you can use the luminarte sparkling acrylics. I love the colors!

    Chandra — August 11, 2013 @ 6:10 pm
  90. Fabulous project!

    Renee Zarate — August 11, 2013 @ 7:04 pm

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