I want a fun project to do this weekend! I have these taupe pillow covers that could use a little TLC. Do you have a technique that would help me bring them back to life?
Great question! The old saying, “out with the old and in with the new” dates itself as up-cycling gains in popularity with homeowners. We find ourselves thinking twice before heading to the garbage bin with our outdated belongings.
One of my all time favourite ways to up-cycle accent pillows is to paint them. Yes, that’s right, I said “paint”. Did you know that there are special paints that can be purchased at craft stores that allow you to paint fabric? And best of all, if you use a pillow with a pattern, you don’t have to be artistic! Just paint within the lines and it will look fantastic.
Embellished Accent Pillow:
- 100% Natural or Natural Blend Fabric Accent Pillow Cover
- Fabric Paint(s)
- Small Craft Paint Brush
- Rhinestone Setter Hot-Fix Applicator Wand (Optional)
- Rhinestones to use with Hot-Fix Applicator (Optional)
The pillow cover before
Choose a pillow cover (100% Natural or Natural Blend Fabric) with an interesting design or pattern. Wash and dry the pillow cover (without using fabric softener). Once dry, insert a piece of cardboard inside the pillow cover to protect opposing sides from paint seepage.
Highlight specific areas of the cover’s design or pattern with paint.
Embellish the pillow cover by adding decorative rhinestones with a Rhinestone Setter Hot-Fix Applicator Wand.
Insert a pillow inside the cover and display it on a chair.