February 24, 2012

Painted Duck-Cloth Pillows

Ooh, it's starting to feel like Spring around here guys!!!

We've had blue skies, 70-degree weather and gorgeous sunshine the past couple days and I am in LOVE.

Completely ready for spraypaint, capris and sunglasses season :)
How 'bout you??

I've been working on several furniture redos that I'm dying to show be on the look-out.
You can see some sneaks as to what they are on my facebook page.

Onto today's project.

I have a slight love affair with pillows...
I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one with that love affair though.

And these ones I actually made :)
No stuffing placemats this time!

Wanna see what I came up with??

I had fun :)

*A yard of Duck Cloth (I got contrasting colors- a beige and dark brown)
*Sewing machine
*Acrylic Paint
*Foam Pounces
*Stencils of your choice

I love this stuff.

I first used it back when I did my kitchen stool makeover and I'm super impressed with how it holds up- especially since a four year old eats there regularly!!
I swear, we spilled a big amount of spaghetti sauce and it came up!
So you know it's amazing :)

I found mine at JoAnns fabric and the label calls it 'duck cloth' and it just feels like drop cloth material.

So I picked up the two colors in enough yardage to do a couple pillows.

I decided I wanted to glam them up a bit with some vintage-y type painting so I printed out some stencils.

Oh yes.
I still love the whole 'keep calm and carry on' slogan and used it to inspire my 'be calm' pillow.

All I did was print out the designs, cut them out with my exacto knife
(yes I STILL do this even though I've entered about a bajillion giveaways for a silhouette. Sigh. Someday...)

I then used regular old acrylic paint to stencil them on with a little round pouncer.
Works like a charm.
You can also pour a little fabric medium into your paint to make it a bit softer but these aren't really for laying on so it didn't really matter.

To make my "H" pillow, I painted the H on and then used a paper doily I had to get the circle imprint.
I just laid it on the cloth and pounced some paint into the design.

Added a little bit of pretty :)

Once I was done painting, I got the sewing machine out and whipped some pillows up :)

I love the contrasting brown on the back!!

Here's my 'be calm' one in all it's glory:

Isn't he cute?
I took some fine-grit sandpaper to the paint to rough it up a bit to give it more of a vintage feel.

And the same to my little "H" pillow:

I just love them!!
I always love having a fun pile of pillows and these are a fun addition :)

What do you think?
Need some more vintage pillow eye candy in your life??

Are you excited for Spring like me??

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  1. Oh my goodness! These are beyond perfect...I am going to have to make my own! I am hosting a Link Party today and would love for you to add these, and anything else you like!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

  2. Kelsey, OMG! I LOVE THEM! They are amazing and awesome and so cute. Great job! :)

  3. WAY WAY cute! Thanks for the duck cloth tip!! Cant wait to get some!! I am obsessed with pillows fact Im getting ready to make some this weekend ;)

  4. So cute! Love the crown!
    XO Cindy

  5. Those look great! I love to work with duck cloth. I used to make bags out of it. I have entered into all those silhouette give-aways with no luck too. :( I haven't tried to print out a design and cut it out. I'm definitely going to give this a try. Thanks for the inspiration! I look forward to exploring your blog for more great ideas!

    I am following you through Linky Followers. Hope you visit and follow back. Thanks! Have a wonderful day!

  6. How stinkin' precious! Those pillows look amazing! Wow! We're your newest linky follower and we look forward to coming back soon to be inspired again! We think you'd love See Beautiful too!

    Happy seeing beautiful!

  7. I LOVE your pillows!! I haven't worked with duck cloth but I think I am going to now!:) I am a new follower via Linky. Stop by if you get a chance. Thanks

  8. Cute! We have our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party going on now and would love for you to share this!

  9. I love the pillows!! Stopping by and following via the Linky Followers Blog Hop at Its So Very Cheri!!! Be great to have you follow back. Have a great day!! :)

  10. These are beautiful! I am a new follower from the Linky hop. Hoping you will stop by and follow:

  11. they look so pretty it would be great if you could link up at

    thankyou aimee xxxx

  12. So pretty! I love the lacy edge on the monogram especially. Feminine but no over the top. Well done! Would you link up if you have time?

  13. So cute... I too love to paint and print on fabric so I just loved these.
    Thanks for sharing..


  14. Great pillows! It looks like so much fun to paint them! It makes it so easy to personalize that way! Thanks for linking up to the Stache Party! I featured this! Hope you have a nice weekend!

  15. Ummmm I think I need to steal that beautiful blue chair!! Adorable pillows. Great idea to use duck cloth. Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  16. You are so talented!
    Featuring you tomorrow during Sticker Time!

  17. This is AWESOME! I'd LOVE to have you link up your project at my party! XO, Aimee


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